Monday, 1 June 2009

May the drowning dreams commence ...

For some reason the schools in our village have two weeks at half term. Great for the kids, not so great for parents who have to work and juggle childcare. To add further pressure one half of the OAP childminding duo is in hospital having an operation.

The husband was in charge today. This morning as I was leaving for the office, the glorious sun was beating down and I suggested the husband bob to Tesco or Argos and get one of those cheap little paddling pools for the kids to mess around in whilst he tried to do some work. Off they went.

At lunchtime I sent a text asking if the kids were enjoying their paddling pool.

His reply 'we won't have to worry about swimming lessons' just made me roll my eyes to the heavens.

This is what greeted me when I got home ...

Man lust had taken over. Why buy a cheap little paddling pool when you can have a vast swimming pool?

Does anybody else have tales of man lust taking over?

22 comments:

dulwich divorcee said...

OMG! That really IS a massive one. Did he have a pump?

Jo Y said...

How long did it take to fill up? LOL

Littlemummy said...

Hilarious, good for him, we all need a bit of man lust sometimes errr yes, that is all.

The wife of bold said...

Haha, this had me laughing out loud - my husband is exactly the same and subscribes to the "bigger is best" motto, it's a male ego thing. x

Single Parent Dad said...

Is it heated?

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

DD - An electric one!

Jo Y - All afternoon

Littlemummy - Say no more

Wife of Bold - It's not even to impress the neighbours, they can't see over the fence

SPD - According to the husband with it's cover on it will heat up in the sunshine. Paddling pool fact - it has a filter to get rid of all the 100's of floaters. Also, please bear in mind we are moving in 4 weeks

cartside said...

I'm impressed, filter and all...
Still, the thought of cleaning that monster... no more said.
Looks like fun though. I'll just stick my head in shame into our paddling pool of 10'' in diameter or something like that.

Kylie w Warszawie said...

Yes, it was around this time last year that I posted about a very similar thing.

http://hrncirsinghana.blogspot.com/2008/07/death-trap.html

And yes, it was totally my husband's doing. And this year I cannot convince him to buy a trampoline.

Andy D said...

It took 4.5 hrs to fill. Ahem. We are NOT on a meter.

It has it's own filtration system; removing grass, flies, pondskaters various other flotsum and small boys fingers :)

Cheers, the Husband.

b said...

At least you can all have fun with it, my hubby would do the same, I say good luck to them if they are paying for it and I do not have to have anything to do with setting it up and looking after it

Maternal Tales said...

OMG - I think we're married to the same man!! My husband, although he hasn't actually done it yet, has threatened to go and buy the exact same thing. All my kiddies want is a little puddle to splash around in!!! Gotta love a bit of man lust!

Katherine said...

Yes, sounds familiar, I asked sig. other to buy me a new ironing board once and he managed to drag home what I can only liken to a full scale surf board. It takes up half the kitchen!
Sorry not put up duplo (sp?) piccies yet - still have no camera...suspect a small child has a) been hiding stuff or b) gone on a little photo taking spree and put it down somewhere

lizspin said...

I once asked my husband to clean the toilet and I later found it dismantled, with all of its parts soaking in vinegar. . .

Mum Gone Mad said...

We've got one of those pools! Ah yes man lust, good phrase must remember it next time Other Half ups the ante with whatever necessity he's been sent for and comes back with something else entirely. Now where did I put that blinkin' pool?

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Too many to even begin. Isn't the water still freezing???

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

I'm jealous - Forget the kids, I want one of those!

Claire said...

Can I come over? I've always wanted one of those!

Perfectly Happy Mum said...

I WANT ONE!!! It looks great, unfortunately I think that would over take our garden so paddling pool it will be :)

I have got lots of man lust stories, erm where shall I start?!

English Mum said...

Good jaysis, what is it with the husbands? I feel your pain. A perfectly good waterfight round ours ends up with an enormous, life threatening waterslide thingy and children being dunked in wheelie bins full of water. Must be a testosterone thing.

And a filter? Seriously? does it come with flatpack lifeguards too?

Experimental Mum said...

How on earth do you empty it without getting a mud bath for a garden?

Working Mum said...

OMG! Really?

Currently fighting the 'man lust' over a beach tent - he wants something a family of six could live in, I just want something to park my sun tan lotion and towel in.

Rebel Mother said...

At the end of two weeks your kids will be olympic swimmers with a pool that size!

Dont forget the chlorine!

RMx