Monday, July 05, 2010

How to Beat the Heat

The hot and humid weather has arrived! After yesterday morning's 4th of July festivities we decided to see how long the kids would be entertained by the kiddie pool (we actually don't have one of these at home). Turns out the answer is: a long time. We put the pool out around 10:30 a.m. and, besides one trip inside for the bathroom, Harper didn't come inside until 4:00 p.m, SEVEN HOURS LATER.

Michael didn't like to sit in the water, he mostly entertained himself by climbing into the pool, throwing the toys out onto the driveway, climbing out onto the driveway, and throwing the toys back into the pool. Repeat 387,000 times.

After a while my dad brought out some old paint brushes and the kids entertained themselves painting the driveway, and the neighbor's porch steps. Of course there was always more painting to be done because, as Harper would say, "It kept melting." (evaporating)

Michael eventually came in to eat lunch and take a nap, but not Harper.

She discovered that filling the plastic turtle with water gave it enough momentum to carry it down the slightly sloaped driveway. And then it could be chased!

This is how Harper avoided coming inside for lunch - she cooerced Grandpa into having a picnic with Kid Sister. Got to hand it to Grandpa for being such a good sport. Over 80 degrees and he didn't even get to sit in the shade.


tracy said...

Maybe our kids can all hang out in our kiddie pool on Friday afternoon!

Heather said...

Sounds like a pretty perfect time to me!

CARRIE said...

G*d, I LOVE it when something entertains the kids for extended periods of time. Like a little slice of heaven. Oh, who am I kidding? A GINORMOUS slice of heaven!

I would suggest you get a kiddie pool on your return, but if your kids are like mine it would they would completely have no interest in it 5 minutes after it was brought home and filled up.

MamaK said...

"over 80 degrees"????!!!???!! hee hee.

we don't even consider pools until it's over 80 degrees ;)

tracy said...

ps: I LOVE Kid Sister.

Pam said...

What's a really nice thing to do, is pull up a chair with the pretense of "playing" in the pool too, but really makes for a great cool water foot-soak!
Hope you guys are having fun this weekend too.