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Pool’s Out For Summer

By Wyatt Earp | July 1, 2010

As luck would have it, my in-laws’ friends have an in-ground pool. I grew up with a pool in the backyard, but the new house doesn’t lend itself to such creature comforts – what with the electric and phone lines strewn over the yard. So, when we were invited over for a swim the other day, we dove at the chance. Heh, heh, “dove” – I made a funneh.

It was a hot and humid day, and the water was warm. 84 degrees to be exact. I took Kyle and Erik over with the in-laws, and the missus brought the babies after their naps. Any hoo, Kyle and Erik refused to wear their swimmies – the inflatable things that go around their arms. They can both swim, but since the pool’s deep end is about 8-10 feet, I’d rather them wear them.

They patently refused.

(Julia, with my father-in-law.)

I relented and decided that I would just stay near them for the entire day. They immediately went to the diving board and did cannonballs, belly flops, and the infamous “extreme pencil” – where they put their arms over their heads and dive in completely vertical. Don’t know why that’s “extreme,” but what are ya gonna do.

They would come up after diving and start swimming to the ladder. For the first two hours, we were good. Later in the day, they were getting tired and struggling to get to the ladder. That’s where Dad came in. I would tread water in the deep end, wait until they came up and help them to the ladder if they need it. It never got so bad that they needed to put the swimmies on, but as tired as they were, I was tenfold. It’s damned tiring treading water for half hour intervals.

Soon, the babies arrived with the missus, and our version of Freaky Friday commenced. Kevin, who is usually the water baby, wanted nothing to do with the pool. Julia, who usually cries when the sprinkler wets her foot, had a blast, as you can see above. Kevin was content to hand around and wear my straw hat (below). I’m surprised ICE didn’t pick him up and ask for his papers.

Overall, it was a great day, and we were invited back on July 4th – since I have the day off. I hope my legs don’t feel like concrete by then.

Topics: The Boys, The Girl | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Pool’s Out For Summer”

  1. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve had a consultation with the other female readers of SYLG, and we want to see some Speedo action! Since you’re going back to the pool on the 4th, we demand a new photo shoot. Get out of the pool and take off the rash guard. We’ve been very gracious up to this point with Christina, Jessica, and countless others. Do your patriotic duty! Thanks in advance.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Mrs. Crankipants – You and the other female readers are drunk – and none of you want to see those pics. And the shirt is not for my girth – it’s an actual swim shirt. Need it to ward off the skin cancer. That being said, I’ll see what I can do.

  3. dragonlady474 Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Awwwww…the pics are adorable! I can’t wait to take my grandson for his first swim in a pool. Since we’re looking for a house hopefully it will be OUR pool. heh
    As for the treading water thing, look at the bright side of things, do you know how many calories you burnt while doing that?? Not to mention toning of muscles.

  4. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Now I feel bad. Never mind.

  5. RT Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The kids are so cute! :) I’m glad you all had the chance to have a really nice day. Have fun on the 4th!

    (Mrs. Crankipants: Put the vodka with an olive down…ha!)

  6. Picky Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    And this makes me want all the more to move out of my subdivision where the homeowners association won’t let us put up an above ground pool. So we’re stuck walking two blocks to the association pool (or as I call it, “the incubator”) to pick up every disease known to man. They put in a 20×40 pool in for a subdivision with 700 houses. Yeah.

    Stupid HOA.

  7. Kim Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Happy you had a wonderful time. Can’t wait for more pictures. And save the speedo modeling for your wife. ;)

  8. RogerDee Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    No……Speedos……PLEASE. Now, Let’s see Ms Crankipants w/a two piece. Oh, and btw, OUR SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS SWEPT THE DOPE SMOKIN’ HIPPIES FROM UCLA TO WIN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES!!! How ’bout that, Smite a Hippie???

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    DL474 – Yeah, I thought about that at the time. If it helps drop a pound or three, I guess I’m all for it.

    Mrs. Crankipants – Don’t. Not a problem.

    RT – My luck, it’ll be raining.

    Picky – And it is probably chock full of urine.

    Kim – Oh God, she doesn’t want to see those pictures, either!

  10. Glenn Mark Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Ret. Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    The girls are ganging up on you in the comments there, Buddy!
    And the little incision in the left forehead/temple seems to be diminishing considerably. Hand Salute!