Ace’s Ride

Ace's Ride
Ace’s Ride

BEWARE! Swimming Children Have Super Powers!

Remember when you were a kid and loved going swimming?  Did you have a favorite game that you played in the pool?  Did you ever imagine you had super powers?

I always imagined that i had some kind of underwater jet pack that propelled me through the water at high speeds.

If you could pick a super power to have in the pool, what would it be?

If you wished you could shoot “heat rays” from your eyes like Superman does, you should come swim in our pool.  Apparently swimming in our pool causes just this phenomenom.

If a swimming kid places both palms upwards and stares at their parent, a beam will shoot from their eyes and zap their parent right in the face!  Seriously!

Take a look at the picture I took of the warning on the side of our pool…  😆

BEWARE! Swimming Kids Have Super Powers
BEWARE! Swimming Kids Have Super Powers

Dad’s Can Do Anything!

Part of being a Dad, at least for me, is getting to fix things and put things together.  Sometimes it can be fun!  For example, putting together your kids first bike, easy bake oven, or something else that you know they will love.

However, sometimes it can be not so much fun.  For example, crawling through fiberglass insulation in a 120 degree attic to install an attic fan. (I think I sweat about 10 gallons that day.)  😀

A few posts ago I told you about our good deal on the pool.  Well, who gets to put this pool up?  Dad, of course. (Momma helped too. I can’t take all of the credit.)

One of the important things about putting in an above ground pool is having the ground level.  If it is not level the pool will be deeper on one side than the other.  A few inches is no big deal, but much over that and you start to have major problems.

Our back yard already had a big dip in it where the people that lived here before us had a pool and took it with them. We figured our pool would go right there…because it is the most level spot in our back yard…so I thought.

It took us three days to till up the dirt and level it out with garden rakes to our satisfaction.  While not perfect, it is close enough.  Then we put down 18 bags of play sand.  (The dude at Home Depot probably thought we built the biggest sand box EVER!)

Next the pool liner, support frame, pump and hoses, and finally the water…6000 gallons of it. (I’m dreading the water bill next month) 😀

After all of that we were left with a functioning above ground pool filled with water so cold that my nipples almost popped right off my body when I jumped in.  😆

After a few days the water temp is tolerable…about 76 degrees…and my nips are much happier now.

Looks like we have a summer full of fun in the sun ahead of us!  😀

The Intex Pool Put Together

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

 Metal Pool

We have been in the market for a pool.  We want to get one of those above ground pools to put in the back yard for Ace and Momma to play in during the day while I am at work.

We got the whole pool idea about two months ago when it started getting warm.  We didn’t buy each other Mother’s day or Father’s day gifts from Ace and decided that we would buy ourselves a pool instead.

I’ve doing some research on line, some price comparisons, etc.  And even saw another Dad blogger put one of these pools up.  There are a few kinds of pools that were in our price range.  The ones where you inflate a ring with air and then fill the pool with water, or the ones with metal supports around the outside.

Of course the inflatable ring ones are less expensive, but you get what you pay for, ya know?  What happens when that ring gets a hole in it and then your back yard floods with 5000 gallons of water?  So the inflatable ring type was out of the question.

On to the metal supported ones…the are a bit more expensive.  There is a 13 foot pool that is 42 inches deep which, at Walmart, has been $199.  Then there is a 15 foot pool that is 48 inches deep which has been $299.

Of course, me, the cheapo, wanted the smaller of the two, and Momma wanted the bigger more expensive one.  I’ve been hoping that the pools go on sale and we can get a good deal.

We have not been able to come to an agreement on which pool to get…until the other day.  Momma, Ace, and I walked into Walmart and headed right for the pool section to see what is available.  Low and behold they have both pools that we have been considering, but not agreeing upon.

Momma starts looking a bit closer and they have the bigger $299 pool that she wants marked for $199, the price I want to pay!

I immediately pull the pool off the shelf and we bust our guts getting it onto the cart (Todd, I see why you got a hernia now)  and to the checkout line where it rings up wrong…of course for $299.  But since it was marked right on the box for $199 they had to give it to us for that price.  YAY!

So in the end everyone got what they wanted.  I got a pool for $199 and Momma got a 4 foot deep pool.  So, see?  I think it is true…  Good things do come to those who wait!  😀