Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Pool

I have to admit. I don't really like going to the pool. Don't get me wrong. I love to swim, I love the water, and I like to get a bit of sun. But since I had kids, the pool seems more like a job than a recreational activity. You have to pack sunscreen, swim diapers, towels, floaties, more floaties, pool toys, floating rings, rafts, snacks, drinks, hats, and the kitchen sink. Not really on the sink, but seriously, it's a whip trying to remember everything you have to bring to keep three kids occupied and safe.
Plus, I have an unnatural fear of my kids in water. The thought of taking my kids to a lake makes me queasy. I have had nightmares about them drowning in the bathtub. I have a hard time relaxing (or breathing) when we are at the pool, I am so afraid that one of them is going to fall in without floaties or an adult. I will not take the three of them by myself. Every time my husband mentions that Avery is almost tall enough to be on slides at the big water park, I freak out. We are NOT going. I happen to know that my neice, who swims very well, almost drowned at a water park with her grandparents last summer. I would seriously have had a heart attack if that were my child.
As you can see, I have quite a bit of weird, over-the-top anxieties about my kids and the water.
So why do I even take them at all? Why don't we just stick to the slip 'n' slide in the backyard and forget about the pool? Because they love it. I have the pictures to prove it.

I also like what the sunscreen/chlorine combo does to Rhett's hair.
I don't know what causes his face to look like that, but I like it.


Dodi said...

We just went on a boat trip. It was hard to sleep at night. The what ifs. What if Ben learns how to climb out of the playpen, learns to open a door, can somehow climb over the railing and I don't hear him. What if Ellie starts sleep walking (never done). Still not a lot of sleep. We had that 103 fever last week too. On the boat trip. It's good to be crazy.

Tricia said...

Even with the anxiety, it looks like you caught some great moments on film. And that face...adorable.

Courtney said...

Great pics! I promise it gets better. You'll always have to load that much crap for the pool but soon they can carry it themselves. I tell my 3 daily, "I'm no longer your pack mule. If you want it or think you need then YOU have to carry it."