Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Caught in my own 3 ring circus

I downloaded the following picture off the web because I failed to take pictures this afternoon. Julie and Lil Man got home from a little over a week in San Antonio yesterday. I missed my Lil Man and his mom.

Today, while we were at the store, I bought this pool (good looking family not included). What follows is proof that I am not bright.

We dropped Juls off at her house so she could go to work and Lil Man and I went to my house. We took the box with the pool into the house to read the directions.

The wind was blowing 25-30 mph with gusts in excess of 50. My bright idea? Inflate the bottom of the three rings, take it outside, put the child and all 4 dogs in it to hold it down while it filled. I was smart enough to get the electric inflator thingy that goes with our queen size camping mattress. I plugged it in and we were in business.

My living room is 16 x 13. This pool is 10 x 6. Sounds doable, right? Yeah, I failed to take into account furniture, laptops, internet connections, etc.

That sucker popped open just like all of those inflatable rafts in all of those screwball comedies we all used to watch. So there I was, with a pool longer than my couch inflated in my living room. The wind?

Yeah, it picked up.

About an hour and a half later, I was tired of dealing with the pool in the house and decided that it was going outside. It did. Lil Man and I wrestled it out the door, across the yard and the rest of it worked as planned. We got enough water in it to hold it down, smoothed out the bottom, and I inflated the top two rings.

Holly LOVES swimming pools. She got a bad case of the Boxer Terrors - you know, where they run around like the hounds of hell are on their heels? She took off zooming, the other dogs chasing her and then, when they all had lost their minds, she just leaped into the pool. She is the only one tall enough to just walk into it. Duck scrambles. Buddy has to be lifted (I'm getting him a little surfboard thing tomorrow to rest on). George is still undecided about the whole thing.

Anyway, we all got in and watched the whitecaps. Yeah, it was still windy!


Kaytabug said...

The visuals you created are fantastic!! FUNNY!!!

Junebug said...

So this pool is tuff enough for dogs? Wow!

nikki said...

I would have loved to seen a video with the dogs in the pool! said...

I hear you loud & clear on the windy front. It's been windy around here for weeks. I'm glad the doggies are loving the water.

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Robinella said...

Super funny story! It was like watching a video clip.

Our backyard isn't right for pools, but I've been thinking of getting a blowup job and see how it holds up.

Karmyn R said...

I was waiting for you to tell me the wind took the pool down the road with a dog inside it!!!

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