Our neighborhood boasts a lovely community pool with a kiddie pool that we rarely use. Other moms have invited us to join them several times, and I’ve politely declined each invitation. Taking four small children near water is terrifying and I’m only comfortable if we have a 2:1 child to adult ratio. The few times we’ve taken the quads swimming in larger pools, puddle jumpers were a piece of mind, but even with them the quads need very close supervision until they are strong swimmers.
George had a week off from work, which was the ideal time for us to visit our community kiddie pool. Because the water is 12 inches deep in the kiddie pool we didn’t use puddle jumpers. We had the place to ourselves making supervision MUCH easier. This outing reminded me why we are extremely cautious around water. Three of four kids lost their footing in the shallow water and went face down. We were always close enough to perform a rescue, but it scared me nonetheless. I think it helped the quads maintain a healthy fear of the water. Even though I’m gaining confidence taking the quads places myself, swimming is not an activity I plan to do solo anytime soon.
The quads had a blast filling their watering cans then pouring them repeatedly
Rylin spent most of our visit scowling in a lounge chair, and therefore she was never photographed in the water. Fearless Sydney was the only brave soul willing to stand under the mushroom.
I’m glad we used our community pool at least once this summer, but I’m not sure we will go back until next year. I was on edge the entire time.
- Sea Life Aquarium
- Train ride
Fire station tour Library story time Sprayground
Bahama Buck’s Frozen yogurt Community pool
- Grill dinner outside
- Water Table
- Indoor playgrounds
Lee’s Grilled Cheese
- Blow bubbles
- Chalk drawings
- Play dates
- Summer Reading Club
Dance classes Fireworks Sleep over with grandparents
- Nature Walks
- Bounce house
Popsicles S’mores Sparklers Water pistol duels