When the kids were little we had a pool. We actually had a salt water pool (easier to maintain and less likely to turn green if you miss a chemical application). The kids were in the pool every day from the middle of may until the first week of October. It was a really good investment in getting them comfortable with water and able to be in the water. I spent most of my summers in water. Well, I tried to spend most of my summers in the water. The picture is of Luke, wearing what we called a swimmy suit. These suits were an amazing addition to the arsenal. They allow the child to swim, but keep their heads above the water. They are buoyant and there is no way for the child, once the suit is on, to slip out. That gave them the freedom to be in the pool. We still had rules about the depend. It allowed the adults to relax (a bit) and watch the kids from one end of the pool. As they got older we had a neighborhood college student come and give the boys and Jakki swimming lessons. She was very good at getting the boys in particular to try new things in the water and be more comfortable as swimmers.
There is a concept in many states called the State Fair. Indiana’s was traditionally held in August. It was hot, there were all sorts of people and things to do. The State Fair was a big deal (once). There are people that love fairs and go every year. I think I am not a fair person. I am not a fan of the atmosphere and the crowd of people. But the food is amazing. One of the fun things about State Fairs is the fried food. Yes, you can get everything fried. Even the glorious fried twinkle. In Indiana the big deal was something called Elephant Ears. Now that I think about it, the name was kind of gross. But the result was really delightful. Deep fried thin batter that is taken out, and then covered in powered sugar and chocolate sauce, or drizzled with strawberry sauce. You then eat that incredibly messy concoction without getting any on you. Well that is the goal, I have never finished the second part of the equation. I always ended up with some of the elephants ear sticking to me. Or worse, I got none on me and at that exact moment I had to pick a child up or they wanted to hold my hand and I was covered in goo.
Barb found this wonderful red wagon which we used as a less cumbersome stroller when the boys were little. As you can see the boys were not the only ones who liked sippy cups and not the only ones that rode in the red wagon. If she could have figured out a way to harness her dog, and if her dog wasn’t the most stubborn creature on earth, Jakki would have been pulled many more places. As it is, the wagon made a nice resting place during the long day at the state fair. The other part of August in Indiana, is it is hot and sticky. So wandering around a fair with some air conditioned and some not air conditioned buildings changed our walking path considerably. As in, just as my mother and I had done in Bangkok many years before, choose to visit the air conditioned buildings between each of the other buildings. That way we got cool between roasting sections. We also then got to see sewing, quilts and baked goods that are all displayed in the air conditioned buildings. I have always wondered about cooking contents. In the end, you always see pristine cakes with a blue ribbon. But the best part of cake is easting it so it doesn’t make sense to me.