Archive for June, 2010

Memories – the slip and slide

June 23, 2010

Seems everyone I know grew up with a slip and slide. And, their fathers complained about how it screwed up the grass, soaking parts, making mud out of what was once green grass…you know what I mean, right?

Well, today we brought out the slip and slide. Buzz Lightyear at the end of a fourteen foot piece of PVC vinyl that you fill a half-circle ring with water to make a “pool” of sorts. Whew, that was a long and winding sentence. Anyway, this slip and slide has a fitting to attach a hose. Not anything like what I had as a kid. So, I attached the hose and water shot everywhere except across the vinyl. Anna squeeled with excitement and I pictured her running at Mach1, hitting the dry vinyl and stopping in about three feet with some sort of abrasive burn. I had to tell her no fewer than three times, “Wait!, Wait!, HOLD ON!!!!” while I figured out how to get the fitting not to leak and not spray water in the wrong direction. Finally, defeated I just turned on the sprinklers. Squeels, again, and much shriller and more excited.

So, Anna couldn’t slide. Anna would run and jump straight up and come straight down. Yep, you guessed it. I had to take off my shirt and hit the slide. You guessed it, once you learn how to ride a bike you know how to ride a bike forever…and yes, slipping and sliding is exactly the same. Whew! After a few times down the slide, completely soaked and freezing, I had Thomas out there screaming and sliding (he’d decided it wasn’t his thing until he saw me slide through the mini-pool and off the end and into the grass several feet).

So, getting back to memories, right? Seems the slip and slide has come a long way. My slip and slide wasn’t “branded”, didn’t come in a box, and didn’t have any cool cartoon characters waiting at the end. No, my dad took several large garden trash bags, cut just right, and staked down with rusty nails and large yellow plastic tent stakes. Boy those were the days. And, true then as it is today, all I could think this afternoon was how much this d*mned slip and slide was screwing up my grass.

Kindergarten is over for one and summer’s just begun!

June 16, 2010

Thomas “graduated” from kindergarten on Monday.  Today is Wednesday and we’ve run out of the things to do.  That didn’t take long.  I’m only kidding of course.  Seems with a six year old and a four year old there is always something to do, even if you don’t feel like doing it (was that the buzzer on the dryer going off again…who dirties all these clothes!).

We’ve been to the water park, completed all of Thomas’ summer “homework” workbook, made crystals in Thomas’ crystal growing kit (thanks John) and drawn well over two hundred pictures of robots attacking vampire villages with mummy pirates trying to take over the world.  Does it get any better?  Answer: No.  We’ll just have to find more things to do.  Suggestions anyone?

Well, today is day two of being home all day with no school.  Maybe we’ll go to the water park again.