Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Simple Math Lesson

$4.99

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= 3 hours of (relative) peace for Mom.

One of the disadvantages of living in the country (and 50 miles from a town with a stoplight) is that the kids don't have friends down the street or a library around the corner. We have plenty of chores to keep us busy, but sometimes we have to stretch our imaginations to come up with new recreation ideas. Chasing the chickens only lasts so long, and unlike our neighbor's five-year-old, my kids aren't thrilled with the idea of roping goats and dogs for fun.

Sometimes I like to surprise them with a special treat like a new game or outdoor toy. This week, we went to town for 4-H interviews (and parts and groceries - we must multi-task on our trips to town), so I browsed the clearance aisle of summer toys. I'm wary of the Slip-n-Slide. I already have one child in a cast, and I don't care to gamble.

This little fishy looked like a safer alternative. I should have known better. They soon had the slide and swings rigged up so they could splash into the water from greater hights. Luckily, no bones were broken, and the $4.99 was paid off - and then some - by the smiles I captured this afternoon.

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Who knew that two inches of water could be so much fun?

6 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

he he... plain ole fun! good for the soul.

BoufMom9 said...

Their facial expressions say it all! FANTASTIC!

Jenny said...

Lots of fun! I may have to swing by Walmart and see what they have clearanced.

FWIW, my experience with the slip and slide a couple years ago: the kids all had a blast, but it really tore up my yard. The combination of water soaking in the ground and a 175 pound kid (not one of mine, a friend's who came over) made my yard looked like a pickup had spun out. Took all summer for it to recover.

Pony Girl said...

Awww.. I remember the days of kiddie pools, sprinklers, and slip n' slides! I miss the simplicity of what a hose and a little water can do on a hot sunny day. Except I always hated how the grass in the lawn would stick to my wet feet...

Glad your kiddos are having so much fun!

minnesotamom said...

That looks like a BLAST! Reminds me of my own humble "running through the sprinkler" times as a child. Endless fun, I tell ya!

Anonymous said...

Boy, they had a blast by the looks of it! :-)

Sandy

 
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