How many parents do you think it takes to inflate a tiny pool and fill it with water?
For us? Two.
How long do you think it would take two parents to inflate a tiny pool and fill it with water?
For us? A little over an hour.
You’re saying, “What?” Or you’re laughing at us. Either response is completely acceptable.
Last year I bought Tom an inflatable crab pool. As in, it’s in the shape of a crab.
But last year I tried for about 10 seconds to blow it up using my own air, and then I decided it was too hard so I put Tom in our plastic pool that was made for dogs and clearly said in big letters, “FOR DOGS ONLY.”
Which, Tom loved.
This year, I was determined to blow up the crab pool.
Not because I felt the need to conquer it or anything, but the dog pool needs to be scrubbed down so instead I thought I’d just start over with a new pool.
So I found our air pump we use for our air mattress and then proceeded to inflate the crab pool.
And after about 5 seconds, my air pump died.
So I plugged it in.
Also, our air pump doesn’t work while plugged in.
I waited for what felt like 20 minutes, but I’m sure was only 3.5 minutes, and then tried again.
And after about 15 seconds, it died again.
So then I rummaged through our hall closet again and found the manual air pump that would work a lot better if a certain mommy had ever worked out in her entire life.
But I figured I’d been picking up a 27 pound kid a lot lately, so surely my arms had some strength.
And they didn’t fail me. After about 10 minutes, it was inflated.
The crab pool has five different plugs leading to parts that must be inflated.
What? Just one plug, crab pool!
Why do I have to pump up a part, plug it, find another plug, pump it, plug it…infinity?
So anyway, it was inflated.
Tom was getting pretty stoked right about then, so then I started filling it with water. With a pitcher.
Kev: Why don’t you just use the hose?
Me: Because then it will be too cold.
Kev: Uhhh…okay. (Translation: You’re insane.)
After THAT was done, we then tried to hook our hose up to the pool because it will spurt water, which we just KNEW that Tom would love.
But I couldn’t get our sprayer attachment off the hose.
And then Kevin couldn’t get our sprayer attachment off the hose.
So then he unattached the entire hose from our hose holder and got a new hose out of our shed.
He attached the new hose to the pool.
And he turned it on.
It sprayed everywhere!
Turns out, Tom does NOT like the little sprayer on his pool when it hits him in the face! And drenches him! When he wasn’t expecting it!
Me: Turn it down!
Kev: I am!
Kev: I am!
So…we eventually got that under control.
And then we all had a wonderful time!
For about seven minutes, and then Tom was done.