Making a Splash

The sun in the Pacific Northwest has been a fickle creature this summer.  Temperatures have been on the cool side.  Clouds and Rain menacingly make their presence known like a couple of gangsters flicking their switchblades open and closed in a shadowy alley, faces blank.  When we get days of pure sunlight we do not waste them.

This summer we have purchased a wading pool for the boys and it is a huge hit.  The other day Cody had the brilliant idea to combine the big plastic climbing toy with the wading pool to create our very own water slide.  It worked like a charm!

Water Slide 1

The boys were quite excited about it but the slide was slow.  They added water with their aqua zookas for more speed.

Water Slide 2

After a while they decided to don their goggles and look for sea life.  As you can imagine there was not much to be found.

Water Slide 3

But they sure were cute in their new goggles.

Water Slide 4

As with any activity they do together there are fights.  At one point Carter, who was soaking wet and having a great time, accused Cody of splashing water on him.  Carter’s great temper flared and he ran to the end of the yard to pout.  I followed and, with my camera clicking, started doing a live documentary on the creature known only as the Grumpy Cartersaurus.

Water Slide Carter Collage

Apparently Grumpy Cartersauruses find documentaries funny for it did not take him long to start grinning. The grin was followed by what I can only describe as a superhero POW of his fist as he leapt up and ran off.  With order once again restored in the universe there was no time to waste – the water slide was beckoning.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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32 Responses to Making a Splash

  1. What a perfect summer afternoon! Looks like so much fun!

  2. christiana83 says:

    It does look like fun! I remember doing this as a kid…

    • shoes says:

      I don’t remember having a wading pool but I do remember the slip and slide we had set up on a rather weak hill. We had a great time with it – that and just a simple old lawn sprinkler. Kids love water play. Ah the good old days… 🙂

  3. The Waiting says:

    Great pictures! Waterslides are the BEST; Cody is a genius 🙂

  4. Pictures look great. It sounds like a very fun time was had by all.

  5. Oh will Carter and Cody let me come play on their waterslide?If I get stuck on the way down well the can just use their fancy water guns!

  6. mimijk says:

    They look so happy!! And what great idea!! Far better than the time my guys (as teenagers) gathered their friends to move the trampoline next to the diving board at the pool. Picture our surprise (and horror) when returning from dinner we see some kid with serious heft and lift jumping off the diving board!!

  7. jensine says:

    oohhh me too me too

  8. Nancy says:

    Looks like a fun summer day! My kids do the same thing with their pool and slide. But we’ve had so much heat and sun this summer that they have grown tired of the waterslide/pool combination and now they just want to hang out inside in the air conditioning. Which I can’t complain about too much. It has been so incredibly hot. Love the live documentary of the Grumpy Cartersaurus. I’ve heard they are hard to capture on camera 😉 Great job!

    • shoes says:

      Our summer has been the opposite with lots of cool almost chilly days punctuated by a couple warm sunny ones so we remember what season it really is.

      Yes, the Grumpy Cartersaurus is a tough creature to photography, I was lucky to get these shots. 🙂

  9. Momma Margi says:

    Summer in the PNW is scarce!!! Glad you and the boys were able to enjoy it! 🙂

  10. Stephanie says:

    Looks like so much fun! The slide is such a great idea!

  11. muddledmom says:

    Aw. Love it. Summer is never long enough. Never.

  12. Beth says:

    Grumpy Cartersaurus transformed into Carter of the Mask, so of course he was happy :). The cold hose water in the wading pool makes the hottest day disappear. Love the pictures.

  13. Sandra says:

    I miss those days when my kids left the basement. I think these pictures are a perfect representation of an idyllic childhood. Can I move in and watch?

    • shoes says:

      Well judging by the way my kids beg for tv or computer time I don’t believe that their basement days are all that far away (although the joke is on them because we don’t have a basement!) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Oh, and sure come on over and stay for a while but as far warning we don’t have a guest room so that leaves Cody’s room where the snake cage is located or bunking with Carter who hollers out in his sleep about spiders and kids stealing his toys. 🙂

  14. Jodi Stone says:

    Ah we have a similar pool at our house, but I do see lots of fish in there. 🙂 I love the way you coaxed Carter out of his bad mood, brilliant.

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