- Borrow an air compressor to pump it up. (Thanks to our neighbor for inflating the pool with his mega air compressor!)
- If it's blazing hot like it has been here this week, create a little shade by putting up a pop-up tent canopy over the pool. (Thanks to our other neighbor who helped me assemble the tent!)
- Put a protective surface under the pool to keep the plastic from getting holes - a tarp or landscaping fabric are sufficient, but I love Gramma's idea of using those large interlocking foam puzzles (they look like this) under the pool
- Old yogurt containers (washed of course) make great buckets for dumping water on each other.
- Set up a sprinkler or water guns beside the pool for an extra splash while playing.
- Put a towel on the floor inside the door nearest the pool, so your floors don't get wet.
- If the pool is large enough, your kids will love it if YOU get wet too!
God our Father
God our Father
We bow our heads to thank you
Bow our heads to thank you
We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.
It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.