Last week I took the kids to walmart.
We were going to buy a pool. The hard plastic kind. $14.88 said the display outside the front door.
We have a pool, but it's the type you have to blow up, and I just don't have the foresight each day to spend 45 minutes blowing up a pool
when sometimes we just want to go out right this minute and play in some water.
So we wanted to buy a little hard plastic one that I could set up in seconds.
We made it inside both of the double automatic sliding doors.
Then we turned around and went straight home.
Major meltdown from Nicholas. Because I wasn't getting a cart. Because I was walking too fast. Because Ellie was walking (how dare she!).
I don't mess around when he acts like that and won't shape up. We turn around and head straight back to the car.
But when we got home, I still wanted to play in a pool! Being a consistent parent is such a bummer sometimes.
A quick dash around the toy room, a few buckets emptied,
Mommy created a series of three little splash pools.
And we had a grand time. I let the kids pour water all down my legs while I sat on the bench. They gathered rocks and Ellie drank dirty water and we splashed and played all afternoon.
Sometimes you just have to use what you've got.