Packing A Boden Swimsuit and Much More in My Pool Bag

I remember the days when I loved going to the pool.  I would pack up a cute, little tote with a book, magazines, and a bottle of water, and I would sit in a lounge chair with not a care in the world for about an hour.   Do you remember doing that in your younger days?  Heck, I was doing it when I was 36.  Fast forward six years, and the pool season is no longer what I remember and could perhaps be my most dreaded time of the year.  As a mom, you know what I’m talking about here.  Taking young kids to a pool is incredibly hard work.  It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done for only an hour of entertainment.

Gone are the days of sitting in a lounge chair with a good read.  Yes, I was one of those people.  Every season, I would have a nice bathing suit, hair and makeup always done, and my swimsuit rarely got wet.  These days, I’m lucky if I’m even able to sit down at all, my swimsuit could be on backwards for all I know, and it’s highly likely I’m hiding my no-makeup face behind a big pair of sunglasses.  My hair usually looks as if I have already gone for a swim.

As for that little pool tote, it has now been replaced with a big pool bag filled with sunscreen, snacks, sippy cups, extra diapers, pool toys, wipes, clothes for two kids, Zip-Loc bags for wet swimsuits, grocery bags for dirty diapers, and, of course, towels.

 It also never fails that I always leave something important at home.  The bag is so full and heavy that I lean to one side as I peer through the crowd to find a seat for us and all of our pool loot.  It’s only 10:30 a.m., and it looks as if the early birds got the best seats.  The pool doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m.  Those early birds need to teach me how to pack a pool bag quickly.

We find our lounge chair, apply our sunscreen, and are ready to hit the pool fountains at zero water entry, which is perfect for a toddler.  Let the kid fun begin! 

What’s that sound?  It’s a whistle.  Oops!  You guessed it.  It’s kiddie break time for ten minutes where people who are like the “old me” can frolic in the water splash-free.

I dig in my bag for snacks.  It’s never on top, so I sift through goggles and sunscreen to find the goldfish.  Even though we just got there, this is my chance to sit for ten minutes because the rest of the time this middle-aged mama will be standing in water with her rear end for all to see instead of lounging in a chair where my backside would be nicely hidden.  At least this year, I’m attempting to stand there in a cute Boden swimsuit. If only I looked as cute as the model in the catalogue, though.

The scorching, southern heat kicks in as it is approaching lunch and my daughter’s naptime.  Pool fun must end.  And yes, it’s just as much work to pack up that bag and change everyone into dry clothes as it is to get us ready to go.  One day, I know I will be able to park my backside in a lounge chair again while my tweens tote their own pool bags to the pool.  I’ll see all the younger mamas with their behinds in the pool with their little ones, and I bet I’ll say, “I so miss those days!”

See you at the pool! 
If you are taking Dad to the pool this weekend then stop by your local Wendy's for a Frosty to benefit Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which is a program sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation.  50 cents from each Frosty  purchased will be donated to the program on June 18 and 19 during Father's Day weekend.    As a thank you to my blog readers, I'm doing a promotion on the blog's Facebook page until Saturday, June 18 at noon, and will be giving one lucky Facebook friend a $10 Wendy's Gift Card for using the Treat it Forward application/link from my Facebook page to help spread the word.  Every Treat it Forward shared will also result in a 50 cents donation to foster children program.
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Disclosure: Wendy's and theMotherhood provided me with a $10 Wendy's Gift Card for this promotion. All opinions are my own and we will be eating Frostys this weekend.  Yum! http://www.wendys.com/

Until next time, I'm off to the pool.

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