RIP Kiddie Pool

I told you the raccoons here are badass.  Look what one did to our pool one night this weekend.  Please help me cling to the belief that it was a raccoon and not a knife-wielding escaped prisoner.  It’s a very narrow thread that is attaching me to the raccoon theory, and not the horror movie in my head.

We will miss you kiddie pool.  You were our fancy pool.  Just big enough that I could feel justified in telling people that I was having drinks by the pool.  Now when I say that, I will be sitting beside this:
Barbie Puppy Swim School Pool

We had one like it 2 years ago.  It was a hand-me-down.

From golden retrievers.

My father in-law bought it for the dogs, and my mother in-law was concerned that they would pop it.  It survived.  Until she gave it to us.  We killed it.  And now this one couldn’t even survive our yard.

I think we are officially *those people* who can’t look after their belongings.

A short reflection on our pool’s month with our family:

All filled, freezing and ready for fun.  And bugs.
Maggie and her hose of terror.  Makes the splash pad look like child’s play.  Wait..
Maggie finally went in and had fun splashing around.  The black circle at the side is a random flying saucer.  Most definitely not a wayward camera strap of someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.
Maggie loves to throw things into water.  Or possibly she is trying to drive a stake through the heart of the pool.  Maybe the raccoon did us a favour.

When we looked for this house 10 years ago, we were adamant that we did not want a pool.  Those houses are surprisingly hard to find.  My neurotic cautious nature had me worried about having a big pool when we were planning on having kids, and I really do feel like we made the right decision.  It would have been too much to worry about with 3 kids so close in age when they were young. 

Now though….I want one.  Today.  I am feeling pool envy.  The kids are big enough that they would be easy for me to watch, and it is a super hot summer, with no camp for the kids.  I just want to hang out with them.  Let them have their friends over to chill in the pool.  I had an above-ground one when I was a kid, and I have very fond memories of it.

An in-ground one is definitely not in our budget, but I am really considering an above-ground.  I was thinking of an Intex quick set pool, but perhaps not with the Edward Scissor Claws that hangs out in the yard. 

Do you have a pool?  What are your thoughts on if they are worth the time and expense?  Lots of fun?  Or is the water bluer on the other side of the pool noodle?

Please excuse the pictures….they look out of focus to me.  They looked fine until I emailed them to myself, used an app on the ipad to put the watermark on, and then uploaded them.  I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t turn out in such a seamless process.  What’s the eyeroll font?


  1. JILL says

    I could have written that house-hunt-not-pool-envy part! We bought this house when Frick & Frack were 1.5 and I was too worried because the boy was an escape artist. I would have had to put a life jacket on him every night before bed to lull myself into a false sense of security. But now, 5 yrs later I sooooo wish we had one. We also had an above ground growing up… with those same great memories. Thankfully, our blow up pool has not fallen victim to anything nocturnal… yet.

  2. JILL again says

    Oh and about the pictures. I have that same issue where I think my blog pics aren’t as sharp… if you (and your readers) click on the pics, they get bigger and show the way you intended them to.

  3. says

    We started off with kiddie pools and slowly got deeper above ground pools as the kids got older, but a requirement was that they were enrolled in swimming lessons. All three of our kids can swim well, we now have a five foot deep above ground pool which is used mostly by me. The kids are 23, 20 and 17 so they are not around much, but there is no way I will give up my pool, I love it.

  4. says

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting…it makes my day to get comments! Yes, I can see why you would not want to give up your pool…you finally don’t have to supervise pool parties, and can properly relax and enjoy it yourself now…that’s what those floating chairs are made for! And maybe pool boys 😉

  5. says

    Whoa! I missed a couple of blogs! NOW I understand what Friday nights are for….

    Anyway, yes ,we have an inground pool. Yes, it’s absolutely worth the expense and headache. After all, the headache only lasts until the kids are old enoug to assume that duty themselves, and we now have one pool-cleaner in training … No matter what those child labor laws say….

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