Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Here's a Tip :-)

Here's a post in answer to one of Mama Kat's writing prompts:

Maine is a land of many bodies of water. We have lots of rivers and lakes and a beautiful coastline to cool off in, but unless you are blessed (and filthy rich), it's unlikely any of these places are your backyard, just waiting for you to jump in. This is why you invest (and I use this word lightly) in a kiddie pool.

It doens't even actually have to be a pool pool. Just look at what we use:
Yep, it's one of those Fisher-Price turtle sandboxes. Sure, we could have picked up a $10 pool at Wal-Mart, but this was free!

All kidding aside, when it's crazy hot out, but you can't must the strength or energy or organization to get yourself, kid(s) in tow, to the beach, the kiddie pool is a cure all. The kids can splash around, you can dip your feet in, and since you probably aren't dragging out the pool at other times of the year (kind of cold in December, you know?), or maybe not even much during the summer, the novelty alone will keep your little one occupied. Throw in some beach or water toys, a freely running hose, and some popsicles and you've got yourself a little water park that beats Water Country (I doubt anyone outside of New England has any idea as to what Water Country is, but you get the idea--at least it wasn't an Aquaboggan reference).

I'd also say a cheapo sprinkler (we got ours for $3 at one of those discount bargain-y store bankruptcy places) and a tarp for a good, old fashioned slip 'n' slide does wonders, too. Who needs a fancy $30 piece of plastic when you can just a tarp that does the same thing for half the price?

Having these few, inexpensive items (kiddie pool, sprinkler, and a plastic tarp) really do make my life easier in the summer. Instead of having to track down towels, a beach blanket, snacks, toys, sunscreen, blah, blah, blah, all I have to do is pull out the turtle, fill it with water, and sit back. What a life.

8 comments:

Mommy Lisa said...

My hubby nixed the pool idea - but we got a Sponge Bob sprinkler.

Kirsten said...

Well, Sponge Bob is pretty awesome :-)

Georgia Girls said...

Great post. I loved sprinklers as a kid and so do my kids.

kathleenbasi.com said...

We have a couple of sprinklers--the funky kiddie ones--and whenever I need the lawn watered, we turn it on for a while. But I have to run through it with the two little ones, which makes it a little less of a survival tip and something to be survived. LOL

Minivan Mama said...

Perfect water park!

waytenmom said...

Looks like the perfect summer solution to me - we can make things way too complicated for ourselves sometimes!!

Maya said...

love it! i wish we had a hard to run the hose in (we're in an apt.), but i'm trying to find one of those $10 walmart pools for our enclosed porch. that turtle sandbox you use brings back memories...i had the same sandbox as a kid :-)

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mssharealot said...

What a great post! Just wish you'd ahred how to clean the floor from wet little feet without losing your mind!

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