Poolside

27 June 2013

Virtually every day I say to myself, "I'm going to not post today. I'm going to just put the kids down and chug some Hulu and be prudent and not post." And then ... here we are. I'm sorry.

We need to bite the bullet and buy a new air conditioner because our house is really bleeping hot. We knew it was an old unit when we bought the house and that it would need to be replaced but when you're presented with a house that doesn't reek of cat urine or cigarettes like the previous houses you looked at did ... you don't care to think that far ahead. But! When you're stewing in your own sweaty juices by 8:10 every single morning you start to think that far ahead while lingering in front of the open freezer. We had a couple over a few weeks ago and the poor guy parked himself under our living room's ceiling fan after dinner until Simon noticed and insisted they go hang out in our master attic (that was very messy and I'm really sorry Jeff - although I'm sure you're not reading this) where the a/c is a little bit cooler. Don't read this as a complaint because ... laundry room woes like whoa ... it's just a not so cold but a very hot fact.

So ... we go outside and live it up poolside until lunch and naps most mornings.


Simon always says Julia is such a bully but I don't know what he's talking about and I know. I don't know where their suits are at the current moment. C'est la classiest life.

If Theo is awake he joins me at my lifeguarding post ...


Where he usually just plays a game of cat and mouse with one of my hands until he catches and gnaws and gnaws and gnaws and gnaws.

But sometimes we can't resist Julia's, "you guys want to play with me and Bash? Okay. I'll let you."

And because I can't resist that kind of generosity ... we join ...


Theo puts up with it for like .3 seconds.


When Julia lays down in jumping jack position you know she means mean business because (shockingly!) there isn't one single inch of extra space for "the kids" as she calls the boys. We raise nothing but the sweetest of hearts around here.


And sometimes she pulls a faux nap to get Sebastian to leave her alone which works about as well as you'd imagine it might.


"Wook! We're ALL swimmin!!!"

I'm wooking. And ... we are.



Stay tuned for part II: The Sprinkler. To be blogged tomorrow.

Or sooner.



(just be happy I didn't blog about our trip to Costco this morning because it was a fun one complete with "is THAT Santa Claus?!" and "is that a BOY or a GIRL?!" question yells and a spilled tray of root beer samples et al)

32 comments:

  1. I need to get me a backyard puddle too.

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  2. Ummm Miriam saw a lady at the grocery store with an eye patch and said loudly "look! A pirate!"

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  3. oh my gosh! Too cute. I have been known to let the kids do a little backyard diaper time with the hose, as only true midwest white trash can. But I want to compliment you on dressing Theo most days. I've noticed that Wilson doesn't really wear a lot of clothes unless we're leaving the house.

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  4. Well I, for one, am glad that you post almost every day, because your Midwest naptime writing time is timed perfectly to my East Coast witching hour. (I think I could handle all of motherhood 200% better if someone could please just take my children from me for the hours of 4 to 6pm every day.) There have been many a day when I turn to Camp Patton for some relief. Thank you!

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  5. This was a bright bit of sunshine on this overcast and 75 degree day here in my backroom 7'x7' office. Those kids are so cute and you are so clever and I don't understand how you could afford such a huge, luxurious pool (would you call yours an infinity pool?) but not a new air conditioning unit. Yes, I am winking at you and giving you a few playful elbow jabs.

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  6. Don't you dare stop posting. You're the bright spot in an afternoon featuring zero naps.

    I really need to drag our pool out. Maybe I can use it to bribe naps. I'd just do the sprinkler thing but G is a big fat wuss and is scared.

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  7. They're such cute little guppies!

    And you guys totally need to go get at least a window air conditioner. We picked one up yesterday because I was pretty sure I was going to die without one and we're all the way up in Michigan. I can't imagine being without a working one farther south.

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  8. That pool has always cracked me up, but the overhead shot really illustrates just how small it is. Have your children ever seen a real pool? If not, I'm thinking the sight of one will blow their minds right out of their skulls.
    Cute photos, as always.

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  9. If I don't post on a particular day, then all I did was keep my kids alive one more day. Well, and a bunch of other stuff, but none of it stays done. I just have to do it all again tomorrow. :0)

    But if I do post, then it exists FOREVER (or at least until there's a Canticle-for-Leibowitz-style destruction of all technology). It lives on the internet gathering views and comments and never smearing peanut butter on anything.

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  10. Is that supposed to be a drink cooler? Fill with ice...throw in drinks...chill.

    I do love it - and I like Julia's style with the nap idea...perfection.

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  11. Air conditioning is a MUST for this menopausal woman. There would be death and distraction if it didn't work. Sweet Mama it has been hot here. Good luck with the replacement.

    One last thing - I want to wear Julia's bathing suit all day everyday. Topless is where it's at. LOL!

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  12. Dear goodness, I love your posts. I took my little one to the pool for the first time today and all that fun-having was too much for him...so he cried. Attempt number two (despite the 30 minutes of getting ready) will be soon.

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    1. Sorry...the link was too ugly.

      We should probably all pitch in a bit and get you this sweet number...

      Because then, you might never have to leave the backyard! :)

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  14. My dad came home two nights ago with a big plastic pool but we move in a month and won't have a yard. So yeah, super useful. And our dogs drink out of it to the point that we couldn't swim today because there was only a drip of water in it. Oh yeah, I forgot ot it IS useful. My dad bathed her in it the other night. White trash much?

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  15. That voice that tells you not to blog each day is from the evil force that is systematically trying to remove all sources of joy from my life. Don't listen to it.

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  16. Don´t apologize for posting today. I needed to see the picture of Bash running from Julia with the hose :D And also, don´t apologize for posting any day.

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  17. haha these pictures are awesome, as is "i'm wooking". oh julia.

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  18. What is it about houses and stuff breaking? In the law of "everything breaks when my husband is gone on military duty" I have had a squirrel hole chewed in the attic, found a rat hole in a crawl space and discovered a rotten window frame. Sigh. Glad you got you some air-conditioned Costco!

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  19. Please post about that costo trip. I am not kidding!

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  21. Haha! Grace keep posting as often as you do because you literally make my days better.

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  22. Yay my internet has decided to stop kicking me off everytime I try comment.
    I loved yesterdays outfit, and had a little laugh at your 'break down' of it- the hair is very Carey from Sex and the city, I think you should just call it that and pretend like its on purpose:)
    eee and daily posting is so helpful for my daily procrastinating, aka procrastiblogging.

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  23. I feel your pain about the air conditioner. We just moved into house, knowing that the units were old, but we thought we had some time. Surprise! We need a new air conditioner AND furnace. The AC is still chugging along, but its only a matter of time until we have to shell out all the cash for both.

    I may have to follow your lead and get a pool for myself. Babies in the belly like to play in the water too, right?

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  24. i have to tell you something - spencer committed the cardinal camp sin and thought julia and bash were twins...and when i corrected him, he said "oh man, the older one is gonna hate that HIS younger brother is the same size." in his defense, he was looking at an instagram pic of all three of them in the stroller and not of j in her pink swimsuit.

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  25. Those pictures are adorable and so fun! I love how they're so content in there - just playing around!

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  26. hahahahahah!! That second picture is very, very funny haha. Lifeguarding with Theo sounds like the best job ever. Do you ever just sit and laugh at them as all of this unfolds?? Because you make me laugh SO much Grace and I hope you feel it too!!!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. They are so cute. It looks like they are having a great time! Who needs a big pool when the small one is just as fun? :) I also have to tell you that the longer I read your blog the more and more I think of this video. For some reason I could totally see Julia doing this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF7b_MNEIAg Hope you have a great day! ;)

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  28. That's awesome, lol! Kids get so excited about the simplest things!!

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  29. Haha. The last shot of the jam packed pool + your shoes is my fave.
    www.pintpipecross.blogspot.com

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