Summer = pool

Is it just me or did you grow up associating summertime with pool time? I just love it! It is ESPECIALLY nice to get up in the morning and go run, then change into your suit real quick, and jump in the pool. Fabulous! If you have not done this you must.
Going to the pool for me can be a small ordeal, because I like to be prepared (even though its only one street over and I drive there still haha!) I bring a small lunchbox/cooler with water, a snack or two, magazines, sunscreen, phone, sunglasses, towel, pillow (no, not a real pillow, its made for laying outside with, it has a beach towel type cover!)
So this morning I had to get up early to go do my dogsitting duties, then I came home at hurried to go run before it got too hot. Too late. At 8:30 it was in the upper 80’s and not a cloud in the sky. (even though now it has already rained. dang afternoon summer storms!) I set out on 3.25 miles and had to stop and walk a couple times, it was just too warm. I hurried home and changed into my swimsuit, got my “gear” together and was back in the car and down the street in no time. Not to mention, SCORE! I was the only one there!
It’s a saltwater pool, and while nice, it’s way to small for a neighborhood our size (you will see!)

yes behind our pool is a pasture and a random pond that the neighborhood likes to try and call a “lake” as an excuse to sell house for a lot more money.

So, it was pure bliss for about 30 minutes…and then one by one families with small, loud, splash you with their cannonballs kids started arriving. Now, don’t get me wrong, I realize this is a pool, and I realize it’s a fun fun family place….but letting your child scream at the top of their lungs and splash people with water and fight with their siblings very loudly is not pleasant for the other pool goers. After my magazines got thoroughly soaked, I had had enough. (On a side note, why were these people not at work? There were several DADS with moms at the pool! on a weekday! This is why I came today, I thought it would be less crowded. No such luck. oh well!)
I got to relax for a few minutes, right? Bobby came home from court a little bit later and we went to lunch and wal mart then took a nap. He has a tumble cheer lock in tonight so he wanted to get a quick nap in since he will be up till about 4 am. All in all a good day. I have to go back and do my dogsitting duties again tonight, but other than that no major plans which is fine with me! We are having date night tomorrow night, yay!

Have a good evening everyone!
QOTD: what do you think is good pool etiquette, while still maintaining a “fun” factor for kids?

Comments

  1. This is a sensitive topic for me…I left the pool I used to go to and started paying for a gym membership because I was so annoyed with people ignoring etiquette. The kids were roudy and wouldn’t stay in designated lanes, people who swam slow were always in the fast lane…It was just too much stress. All I want is a lap pool with no annoyances! ;)

    • lol glad I am not the only one! I of course don’t want them to not talk or have fun, but there is a fine line and some parents just ignore it! glad you decided to do soemthing about it for yourself.

  2. danicastacijo says:

    letting your have fun is one thing, but letting them run around like a wild child is another thing. Thats why there are rules at the pool is for those types of situations, ie. no running around the pool. I hate it when parents let there kids do that, it ruins it for everyone else. by the way good job for going out and doing a run today in the warm weather.

  3. Well, first of all, let me just say that while it certainly won’t teach you everything you need to know, being a teacher will be a great asset to you when you and Bobby do decide to add to your family. You probably have a pretty good idea what age appropriate behavior looks like and how to enforce that standard; sadly, some parents know neither!

    That said, I think it depends on the situation. Peyton and I met as lifeguards, so you can bet this is something we will work on instilling in AP. I think it’s appropriate to teach kids that they can have a good time, but need to turn down the volume if someone is there reading/relaxing. Obviously, there are differences between a neighborhood pool and a true recreational pool, where I think that level of noise would be expected. Maybe the dads were pharmacists, my husband has CRAZY hours ;)

    • I didn’t know yall met as lifeguards! too funny. Yes, this is a neighborhood pool. My parents are members of their county club where they live, and it a nice set up, they have an adults only pool and it is surrounded by shrubs bocking the kid pool and has a golf course view, its amazing! I think I need to petition for this lol!

  4. Yay for the run! I always need to take walk breaks in the summer.

    Your pool looks so nice. Sorry about the size though and selfish people :(

    • ya it never did make sense. they have all this land and they keep building houses, but they have this tiiny pool! weird. Oh well, I am just glad to have one I guess.

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