School’s Out for Summer!


Somehow we went from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of kindergarten in the blink of any eye.  Yesterday was Wildman’s last day of school.

It was also his teacher’s last day of work before retiring.  Her room which is normally visually overwhelming was pretty much empty.  Nothing on the bookshelves, nothing on the bulletin boards, nothing on the chalkboards, no art hanging from the ceiling, even the tables had been cleared of name tags.  Everything had been taken down.  It was really sad to see.  But don’t get me wrong.  I’m thrilled that Mrs. Lacy is entering a new chapter of her life after 42 years in the trenches of public schools but I’m sad that her light won’t be lighting up the school anymore.  Her hallway and room just won’t be the same without her.  She is an amazing person and a truly gifted teacher.  Cutie Pie will have one of the other wonderful kindergarten teachers in a couple of years but she will not be Mrs. Lacy.

The class had a little party for Mrs. Lacy yesterday.  There were gifts, pizza and cupcakes.  One of the parents the manager at the Publix sushi counter and brought in a huge tray of samples for the parents.  YUM!  The afternoon was bittersweet and lovely all at once.  Yearbooks were signed, hugs were given, and a few tears were shed.  Wildman and I pried ourselves away from the party with many of the other parents who were checking their children out of school early.  I had less than an hour before a bunch of Wildman’s friends were coming over for an end-of-the-year pool party at our house.

We had ~15 kids ages 6 and under in our pool that afternoon!  Even though most of the parents stayed to hang out, I was happy that I hired a lifeguard to watch the crazy kids in the water.  You just never know.  It was pretty chaotic, as you can imagine, with children splashing, swimming, diving and running around.  An extra set of eyes keeping tabs was just what we needed to watch the kids of varying skill levels swim.

In 15 years, this picture will probably look totally different with those colorful ice pops being replaced by beer or Zima (do you remember that) or something…  But for now, don’t they look adorable?  That’s not even all of the kids either.  It was such fun.  All of the children got along really well like they have all year long.  I’m looking forward to hosting another party like this sometime this summer.   Maybe a back-to-school party?

For the record I didn’t heat the hot tub very much since it was so darn hot outside.  It was set at 95 degrees.  I think the kids just like the bubbles and the idea of it being slightly warmer than the pool 🙂

These sweet girls crack me up.  I just love them  The three on the right were in Wildman’s class and the two on the left are little sisters.  So cute!

J went into work super early so that he could come home for the party in the afternoon.  He was one of three dads who came to hang out.  Here he is chillin’ in the blue floaty probably contemplating how murky the water is…  Ha!  He ended up cleaning the heck out the pool the moment the party was over.  He found all sorts of tiny toys, ice pop stick, mulch, etc. at the bottom.

The get-together was a nice distraction from thinking too much about how grown up everyone seems and how our sweet little class will be broken up into several first grades and the TK-1 class in the fall.  I only know of one child who will be joining Wildman in the class that Mrs. Lacy recommended for him.  Ugh!  I hope there are more familiar faces than that.

Anyway, today is the first day of summer break!  The kids and I slept in and now I’m off to get dressed.  I think we’ll take a bike ride somewhere before lunch.  The day is ours!!!


Warm Saturday

I found the boys relaxing in the sun on Saturday afternoon.  They appeared to be napping out there on the lounge chairs but after I snapped a photo of them they quickly jumped up to play.

The weather was really nice last weekend.  I’d classify it as mild- not too warm, not too cool.  Sunny!  We have not had a glorious sunny day in a long while.  It was too nice a day to waste so I suggested that we warm up the hot tub and go for a dip while J was out kiteboarding.

The boys immediately agreed!

I took a couple of quick underwater shots of Wildman and Cutie Pie then changed into my swimsuit so I could join them.  It was great!

On a side note, check out my cool hanging votive candle holders that J finally got around to hanging for me.  I found them at IKEA a long time ago.  I bought them when the pool was being built thinking that the would be so lovely to have at night.  I’ve lit them several times on evenings when we were on the patio.  It makes the whole place kind of magical.

Candlelight is a wonderful thing.

Also, our hot tub leak is finally fixed!  There was a material science issue going on.  When the weather got so cold a few weeks ago, the plastic that the drains were made of contracted causing water to escape.  When the water warmed back up again, the material expanded and the leak stopped.  Our builder ended up replacing both of the hot tub drains so we’re back in business!

This Falls Under the Category of CRAP!

J and I have suspected that we have a little problem with our pool for a while now…

It seems like we have had to fill it with new water more often than our other friends who have pools.  At first, we chalked it up to increased evaporation from the waterfall.  That was a fine explanation when it was 95 degrees outside.

It is not a fine explanation when it is 35 degrees…

Our pool is still under warranty so we finally contacted our builder this weekend to let him know the situation.  He suggested that we turn off the circulation pump (and waterfall) and mark the water level on Sunday night.  He told J to call him back on Wednesday if we noticed a decrease in water level.  I don’t think he really believed us…

So, late Sunday night after he had filled the pool for the 5th time that week, J marked the water level with a PVC pipe and some electrical tape.  The water was at the bottom of the black tape when the process started.  Less than 24 hours later, this is what the pool looked like…

And this is what the hot tub looked like…

The water level in the hot tub should be right up to the edge of the waterfall when the pumps are off.  Obviously that’s not the case.  We’re losing water rapidly.  We didn’t need until Wednesday to determine that.

The pool builder was supposed to make it out to our house on Tuesday but never showed up.  I have a sinking feeling that the water is leaking from a pipe buried somewhere in our yard.  I’m a little freaked out at the thought of having to dig up our lovely landscape and possibly the pavered pool deck.  Ugh!

Here’s what the hot tub looked like this morning (about 36 hours later).

This is so not good…

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