I seriously overestimated my ability to deal with four children under the age of 5 all by myself. Bella did step in at crucial moments. Such as when I broke a glass on my patio. She also took the three older ones for an hour at “rest” time. God bless her.
I also overestimated the attraction of a kiddie pool. I figured hot day + cold water = kid magnet.
Not so much.
Bun absolutely refused to go in at all (she had woken at 6 a.m. that morning, and was disinclined to be cooperative pretty much for the rest of the day).
I completely underestimated the desire of children to be outside on a hot, beautiful day, especially with the promise of a kiddie pool.
As a matter of fact, my nephew complained that the water was too cold. What?? Too cold? He asked me to “make it super hot.” Dude, it’s 90 degrees outside. I did add two buckets of hot water, as much as to appease Nephew, as see if the temperature was bugging Bun. And it still wasn’t much of a go.
Also, I overestimated the size of the pool. I thought it was easily big enough to accommodate four kids. I was wrong.
Anyway, some pics:
The “Down” part of the title references DearDR’s Sunday activity, namely cutting down the half-dead tree in our yard. It took two almost-40-year-olds and two teenage boys about eight hours. No blood was shed. I don’t think anyone even got seriously bruised.
However, I cannot speak for the other almost-40, but DearDR could barely move today.
I hope some of these pictures give you a sense of scale. Suffice to say: Not a small tree. But my man had a plan, everyone followed the plan, and they took their time. And drank roughly 20 to 25 pitchers of water. And probably a couple of beers (for the almost-40s).
Now we just have to tear out that box and level the ground a little, plant some grass, and walla! Backyard.
Countdown to Girlie Weekend: 36 hours