Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poolside At Bungalow'56 (Spoiled Children)

Since I'm still stranded without any operating systems on my computer
and I'm really wishing the snow on the ground would leave,
I figured it was time to haul one out of the archives...

It will always be one of my favourite posts.

Poolside At Bungalow'56
or the alternate title
Spoiled Children

It seemed everywhere I looked, (see here and here,I was reading blogs about summer fun.

I found myself gazing at families splashing in the surf at their local beaches,
or yelling "Cannonball," as they flew into their backyard pools.
I was trying not to let the green monster of envy show it's ugly face around here,
but let me tell you, it was getting harder and harder with every blog post I read.

You see, this story started many years ago.
It had been my dream to have a pool ever since my early 20's
even before I had kids.  
I attended university on Vancouver Island in Victoria.  
I was fortunate enough to be near family. 
I would often enjoy some time on the weekends at my Aunt and Uncle's 
for a Sunday meal, and it was always much appreciated.
They had five children....and (being smart parents) they had a full size pool.
I watched as my younger cousins, and most of the neighbourhood kids, 
played all day swimming and splashing, and having a blast.

Ever since then, having a pool for my girls had been my dream.
My kids deserved it.  
I figured I deserved it. 

So this past Saturday, I decided we could wait no longer.  
My Frugal self, knew there was a way!
My kids were so thrilled, it brought a tear to my eye.
With a lump in my throat I watched them frolic in the water.
I could see they pretty much figured I was the coolest mom on the block.
I understood then what it felt like to be a superhero.

I was so cool, I even let them have a pool with bubbles.

They lounged and hung out in their pool.

It made me want to jump in with them.

Summer is the best time of year.
Especially.... with a swimming pool.

If that had been me, I wouldn't have wanted to leave the water until late evening.

They were disappointed I wouldn't let them jump off the trampoline into the pool,
but I explained you have to have a really deep one to be able to do something like that.

Sometimes though, I feel as though my kids are not very appreciative.
I didn't think it was too much to ask them to get a long
at least for an hour or two without arguing.

Why couldn't they just be happy?
I mean, they had a pool, for goodness sake?
I try my best, but it just never seems to be good enough.

They just never seem to "appreciate" how good they have it.

It was at this moment I realized... it was going to be a verrrry long summer.

Rubbermaid Pool or not...

Jenny Matlock

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  1. LOL sometimes it's the smallest of things that children appreciate and love. They will remember that day. LOl Luv the pic's and the post

  2. Oh, gaa!

    that last pic had me busting out laughing.

    TOO DANG FUNNY YOU ARE (remember, when I'm uberimpressed I talk like do remember that, don't you?)

  3. Hello my fellow night owl. Your post made me laugh so hard my incision hurt. But I needed and appreciate the laugh so much the pain was worth it. I loved the way the looks on your girls face's changed as the post neared the end. And then I realized why when I saw the final photo. Thanks again for the laugh. I hope your are enjoying your summer. My pool is giving me fits so you might appreciate the small quality of you current pool.
    Tasha, the big white fluffy dog was digging a hole in the flower bed and more than 5 gallons of dirt ended up in the deep end of the pool. It has been down hill since then. The water is too hard, the chlorine won't stabilize and the ph has been a nightmare to keep in the correct range. And then the algae showed up. I think I have solved the hard water problem which will in turn solve the chlorine and Ph problems. So first thing in the morning I am back to the pool store to get the algae controller. You might have guessed that the upkeep on a pool can be expensive. This week I would definitely trade pools.

  4. BBBBBBWWWWWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Now that is priceless. Kids. You can never please them, eh?

  5. Love the "pool" pics! Looks like you are off to a great start for summer! I always think the first week off of school is the hardest on kids & parents, until that informal schedule is established. We are on week 2 & everyone is doing well. I am having a hard time trying to find blog time! Maybe I need to get up earlier or maybe the pool we belong to, could get wi-fi....but then the pool wouldn't be the same, would it?

  6. I laughed until I had tears sliding down my face! Priceless!

  7. AHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is just way too funny for words. I made my dog bark when I laughed out loud. Priceless. ;)

    WW: The Games We Play

  8. It will be the little things that build character in your daughters. I guarantee, this "pool," which looks suspiciously like a blue plastic storage bin, will be a major part of the character-building. Make sure your daughters include this picture in their autobiographies when one of them gets to be prime minister of Canada and the other one invents the cure for the Ebola virus!!

  9. Best post EVER!!!!!!!!!

  10. too funny! I was expecting a kiddie pool but not THAT! lmao!

  11. love it!
    i have pool envy too..but not for the upkeeping, chemicals, cleaning, etc, etc...!!

  12. Hey, that looks just perfect. Those girls better be happy. Love that they are reading in
    xoxo, t

  13. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    LOL!!!! that is awesome! My son would totally dig that set up!

  14. LOL...that's the perfect ending to a great story.

    Imagine...not appreciating THAT!

  15. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    Leanne ~ via facebook

  16. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    love it!!!!!
    Jessica ~via facebook

  17. I knew it wasn't a full sized pool, but I wasn't prepared for that small of one! Haha, love your posts, Dana!

  18. I cannot stop laughing.

    What is important here is that they got a pool. And, if they were barbies it would be gigantic. Bet they didn't think of that. :)

    Enjoy your summer. :)

  19. hilarious! thanks for brightening my day :)

  20. Oh my gosh that is hilarious! I was expecting it to be a small plastic pool but when I got to the last pic it was priceless! You go mom...way to improv! :-)

  21. I raised two daughters, and they were forever fighting. It is just what girls do!

  22. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    Those children ARE spoiled! A lovely deep pool... Ahhh Dana I cannot compete with your mothering skills.
    Audrey ~via Facebook

  23. I knew if anyone was going to appreciate my mothering skills, it was going to be you Audrey.

  24. I am cracking up. Thanks for sharing!!
    My kids are wanting a dirt bike..I wonder what homemade solution I can offer them.....

  25. How did you talk them into getting into there? Must have been their idea, or you bribed them!! By the way, I found a great idea for my powder room from your link to Remodelaholic. Thanks!!

  26. I laughed so hard when I finished reading the post!!! I imagined it would be small but not a rubbermaid bin!

    You are too funny and your poor children! Probably serves them right for fighting. My girls are forever fighting over the bathroom!

  27. Hahahahaha! Good thing I swallowed or I'm sure I would have snorted my coffee through my nose. That last picture is hilarious!

  28. hahaha, oh my goodness, that was a great ending pic. I was expecting small but a TOTE bin!!? hilarious.
    And that outdoor family pool you mentioned sure was a highlight of my childhood summers!

  29. Total laugh out loud material here! My husband walked by as I was laughing and even made fun of said laughter (I believe 'cackle' was the word he used)

  30. Oh my gosh. It took me a second to compose myself. That was HILARIOUS!!! I was wondering why they were sitting so close. How in the world did you convince them to get in there??? Why are they complaining? They have BUBBLES for goodness sake. That's a couture swimming hole right there.

  31. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    Dana you are hilarious!!!
    Anne ~via facebook

  32. That is hilarious! Keep praying. I had just about given up on a pool. We got one this summer because a friend took theirs down and wanted someone to haul it off for them. It's not pretty, but it's good to teach an 8yo how to swim!

  33. OMG, I'm still laughing at this post - hilarious!! I'm over from Word Up, YO! Great blog - I'm your new follower :)

  34. I am laughing so hard.
    What cleverness!
    And I wouldn't want a pool if I lived in a place where it snowed on May 21st.
    Just sayin'.

  35. I like this. You are a VERY clever and witty woman!

  36. Susanne over at Left to Tell the Story sent me here and she was right...that is too funny!
    Great post!

  37. That's a real mom -- make the best of a not-so-great situation! I'm visiting from Living to Tell the Story where Susanne recommended this hilarious post. Loved it!!

    Come on over for some mom inspiration and encouragement (and summer fun tips, too -- no pools...)!

  38. lol...LOL...cute! well done

  39. Oh my gosh, am I glad I stopped here today in the link party...this is HILARIOUS!

  40. Come on by the Friday's Favorites linky party... I am laughing out loud at you!
    Absolutely brilliant!!

  41. have got me on this! I was thinking you really went out and got one...oh me this is the best I have ever heard! Best Seller in my opinion!

    Well I should have a post for you about a trampoline...I will have to do it on Monday...I think you would get a kick out of you mind if I refer your page to my post on monday?

  42. This is HYSTERICAL!! The second post I read on your blog and this one has me hooked!!

  43. Omg, that is so funny I've got tears in my eyes.

  44. HAHAHAHA!! Ok, so I originally thought this was such a sweet use of the word gullet, but then I see you have them in a Rubbermaid container!

    Thanks so much for joining in!

  45. That was hilarious and also brilliant. I hope you have an awesome summer filled with many other ingenious improvisations. Hope you'll stop by and check out my blog. Maybe I'll follow your lead sometime and do something silly with my kids and share it with you. Thanks for the inspiration

  46. Ok, that was too stinkin' funny!! I may have to try that next time my kids think they need a pool! Great use of the WOW too!

  47. The last pic surely cracked me up. Your post is funny and you have that distinct sense of humor in you. :-) I had been wondering what made you say that your kids just don't appreciate you; and as I was scrolling down the pictures and ended up with the last pic, I can better understand them. LOL :-) You are so funny indeed. By the way, your kids are so cute:-)

  48. Ha, ha...HILARIOUS! Good on your for improvising!

  49. Thanks so much for that! It totally brightened my day. My kids were upset because swimming lessons @ the Y were I can give them an option when they whine about walking a tenth of a mile to the public swimming area at the lake!! ROFLMBO!

  50. You are gol darned funny. That was hilarious! I'm making your Lazy Lasagne tonight, by the way, and I LOVE the quotes on your home page. You are my kind of gal. Plus, I may live in Minnesota, but my husband is a Canadian all the way! Born & raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We are going up in July for a visit. Love it. I'm so glad I found your blog via Sellabit Mum. ;o)

  51. You are too funny! Thanks for a laugh today:)

  52. How funny! Great post!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  53. Hahahahahahahaha...that was great! Thanks for the good laugh. I needed one:)

  54. lol, so glad i stumbled upon your blog from a blog from a blog... you know how it is! hope to drop by from time to time to be inspired, laugh, and realize most of us moms have SO much in common - call us crazy or not -it's life =)
    from a designer mom in MD lovin' a bit of inspiration!

  55. wonderful! and indeed, you are super mom.

  56. I loved it then and love it just as much now! ;)

    Angry Birds: Space Needle

  57. Hilarious! Kids can sometimes be so ungrateful. :)

  58. Hahahahaha!!! Loved the last picture, that was hilarious!

    Thanks for linking up with Blog Bash!

  59. What a wonderful way to keep cool on a hot summer day!

  60. Oh this KILLED me! That last picture ---> Ba Da BOOM.
    So very funny.
    You big spender, you!
    Thanks for linking up to our Blog Bash! (-:

  61. That is still one of MY favourite posts too! What a fabulous mom you are! Those girls don't know how lucky they are.

  62. the hubs wants a pool like this for the dogs..LOL

  63. that story was darling! Thanks so much for sharing.

  64. HAHA! That was funny! I'd love a pool too. Where I live, it can easily get to be over 100 in the summer. Sometimes over 110! Yikes. But putting a pool into our background would be prohibitively expensive. So no pool for us!

  65. HAHA, Sweetly Silly:) And don't worry, someday they'll be close as ever...

  66. When my kids were in grade school, we bought them a swimming pool -- a galvanized metal stock tank (for cows). They were young enough (and it was deep enough -- about 3 feet) they didn't care. But now, of course, they won't let us live it down.

  67. You have me laughing So hard right now... They really couldn't stop arguing for 5 minutes? I remember those days!

    Thanks for Sharing Such a Silly post for the letter "S"!


  68. You make me smile! Love the rubbermaid "pool". I just might have to copy you on that idea this summer.



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