Inflatable Pool

The things I do for my kids.  This is the inflatable pool that surprisingly has made it through two summers going on three without a leak…or a raccoon eating it as a midnight snack.  I’m not kidding…that’s what happened to our first inflatable pool.

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2011

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2012

Every year I blow it up with a foot pump or by mouth.  It takes A LONG TIME.Image

Halfway through the process the husband says, “Maybe we should buy an electric pump.”  Somehow I seem to forget every summer how time consuming it is to blow up this pool…and how lightheaded I get in the process…Image

It all seems to be worth it in the end, of course!

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Oregon hot weather, here we come!  We’ll be in the mid 90’s starting this weekend.

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Excellence

Today in swimming lessons: (FYI I am referring to my kids by their silly nicknames.  Poonch is my oldest 7 1/2 year old).

Swimming teacher:  Poonch, would you demonstrate the dolphin kick to everyone?  See, everyone, look at Poonch’s perfect form.

It was one of those “Proud Mom” moments. Like I wanted to slap on a bumper sticker:  “My child is swimmer of the day.”

Do you ever have those “mourning for you own childhood losses” at the same time?  I never really learned to swim.  I didn’t play very many sports and none beyond 8th grade.  I quit band after 9th grade. I quit track after 9th grade. I struggled for many years believing I was good at…well…nothing.

 Depressing…I know!  And not true.

I think that’s why I push myself so hard now…sometimes way too hard. Excellence NOT perfection is my new motto for many things.Image