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Float Flip

He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother.

He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother.

Yesterday my sons found a new way to have fun in our backyard swimming pool, as well as make me laugh.

It involved my strong baby boy lifting his lighter, older brother on the Sting Ray float and turning him around in circles.

What goes up . . . .

What goes up . . . .

But that wasn’t what amused me.

Oh oh!

Oh oh!

This did! After little bro tired, he would flip the float, as I snapped away chuckling.

Man overboard . . . or is that under float?

Man overboard . . . or is that under float?

It seemed to happen in slow motion, which made it look even funnier.

Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

The best part? The reaction by my “concerned” younger son.


Little G Then and Now

Big Glen holds baby Glen in our pool two years ago.

Big Glen holds baby Glen in our pool two years ago.

The first time that Glen V visited our backyard pool, he was a mere three months old.

Kelly makes sure baby G is secure.

Kelly makes sure baby G is secure.

His parents, the ever-lovely Kelly and Glen IV, had to do everything for the tiny tyke.

Now let’s fast-forward two years.

Little G jumps into Glen’s arms from the waterfall.

Little G jumps into Glen’s arms from the waterfall.

Glive (as we like to call him) is fun in the sun! He and his parents visited my younger son and I last week, and we had a swell time.

Kelly guides Glive.

Kelly guides Glive.

Fortunately, little Glen was wearing his Puddle Jumpers, so we didn’t have to worry about him sinking. It was cool watching him and marveling at how far he’s come since his first time in our pool.

The Stingray looks like the same one, but it’s not.

The Sting Ray looks like the same one, but it’s not.

This was a more-confident Glivester kicking his legs trying to swim, jumping into his dad’s arms, and squirting his mom with a water gun.

Time out for a snack

Break time

Of course, he did have his terrible twos moments, which resulted in him going into time out (at least he got to enjoy his snack, though; food always soothes the cranky Frankies, as we liked to call them way back when).

Double Glen love!

Double Glen love!

Other than that, it seemed like he’s learning to enjoy all the freedom that growing up brings.

Slam dunk time for my baby boy.

Slam dunk time for my baby boy.

Before we know it, little Glen will be just like this guy in the pool!

More Pool Antics

My #2 son helps his big bubba get on Chase’s shoulders.

Just when I thought my sons couldn’t scare up anything new to do in our backyard swimming pool, they pulled another water-logged rabbit out of the proverbial hat.

First, they came up with the potential heart attack-inducing (for mom) leap by my older son over his little bubba and my third “son,” Chase. Without so much as a running start. All I can say is that my collegian definitely has hops.


Then they decided to stack the deck pool and form a totem pole. As my younger son might say, “They’re not heavy, they’re my brothers!” I’m not sure if he’s having as much fun as they are, though.

What goes up . . .

While the kid stayed as the anchor, the college duo tried switching places. Even though Chase weighs the least, this made for an unsteady totem pole.

. . . must come down!

But it seemed like falling in the water was almost as much fun as rising to the top.

A watery high five

Yes, there’s nothing like fun in the pool during the summer . . . for the boys. I’m nervously anticipating more death-defying acts in the months ahead.

One-Word Wednesday

My older son leaps from the deck over Chase and little bubba into our pool.


Over and ready for a wet landing!

Lounge Chair Photography

I get a peaceful, easy feeling when I look at our pool.

I’ve learned that when you’re in a funk inside the house, it’s best to just go outside and sit in a lounge chair. The peacefulness of the backyard always calms me.

I see a good moon a-rising (looks like a little dot above the tree here)!

Naturally, I carried my iPhone 4S, opting to shoot using the Camera+ app. It’s easy to add a border and text that way.

No clouds in my coffee . . . just in the sky.

Before I knew it, my mood had turned from stormy to sunny, and I was ready to face the rest of my day with a smile.

But I sure was glad that it already was 6 p.m.!

Underwater Photography

My younger son snaps a photo of his brother . . . underwater.

When my #2 son asked to use my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 in our swimming pool, I did two things: First, I handed over the waterproof point and shoot. Then I grabbed my Nikon digital SLR and followed him outside.

The watery result (taken by the Olympus and #2)

Using the Olympus underwater is a great way for my sons to remember the fun they’ve had in the pool this summer. And, for a change, it wasn’t dangerous!

Gotta check that LCD to make sure he got the shot.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed mimicking my younger son but in a more dry fashion, of course. I especially like the dreamy quality of the photos of him submerged. They could be something an impressionist would’ve painted.

Time to come up for air!

Want to change up how your photos look? Just add water!

Flippin’ Fun

My older son prepares to climb on his brother’s shoulders.

In case you’ve wondered whether or not my sons have stopped trying to give me a heart attack this summer, check out these latest photos of their pool escapades.

#1 starts his front flip.

The good news? The boys decided to stop flipping off the spa. The bad news? Now they’re doing flips off each other.

In mid-air

Actually, only my #1 son is doing the acrobatics, because he’s lighter.

Crash landing in the water

It took a lot of coordination and timing to accomplish the flips. So many of the attempts were flops!

Ready for the backflip?

Starting the backflip

Preparing to flip over

Upside down!

The #1 son has landed!

What in the world will they think up next?!?

Medical update

My ENT finally called with the results of my needle biopsy. All is well! Here’s hoping that pesky lymph node behaves.

Pool Fun

My younger son prepares to lift his older brother.

Now that our pool has water in it again, my sons have enjoyed cooling off in it. And pretending it’s a water park.

We have lift-off!

When we put in the pool nine years ago and the boys were younger and lighter, the Mister used to act like a ride at Schlitterbahn and lift them up in their tubes and toss them from the shallow to the deep end. Our sons loved it!

#2 is about to launch #1 towards the deep end.

And I loved that unlike the real water park, there wasn’t an excessive amount of tattoos and a distinct and undesirable lack of enough bathing suit material on people who really need to cover up as much as possible. The real Schlitterbahn is not a visual feast. Ugh!

Splash down!

These days the strongest member of our family seems to be our almost 16-year-old son (his birthday is Wednesday!). He’s taken over for his father when it comes to being the best Schlitterbahn ride, with his older brother being the beneficiary.

My #1 son enjoyed his brief ride.

After launching his brother into the air a number of times, my younger teen insisted that it was his turn to be Schlitterbahned (yeah, I made that one up; seems to fit, though).

No good can come of this awkward angle!

Unfortunately for him, he’s heavier than his bro, who couldn’t quite lift him straight in the air and toss him.

I didn’t think this would end well!

The result? My #2 son ended up in the water under the tube instead of still in it. Of course, his loving brother was totally chagrined.

The older laughs at the younger’s plight.

As if!

Fun at the Old Empty Swimming Hole

Water water . . . nowhere to be seen!

Know what’s as much fun as swimming in the pool?

My older son is about to throw a giant beach ball.

Apparently, playing in one that’s almost empty!

There’s just a couple feet of water in the “deep” end.

Last week John the Pool Guy drained our pool, because the chemicals were out of whack plus we wanted him to acid wash the surfaces.

My “third son” Chase bounces the oversized beach ball in the empty pool.

When we put the pool in nine years ago, my sons loved playing in it before it was filled. They got to relive that experience, and they had a blast!

“Catch, Mom!”

Even that couple feet of water left in the deep end provided a couple hours of entertainment for them.

My younger son putts towards a basket in the yard.

Of course, my #2 son had to put his own unique disc-golf spin on empty-pool fun. First, he climbed down into the dry part and practiced putting towards a basket in the yard.

#2 putts in the pool.

Then he put a basket in the pool for a different angle.

“Catch, Mom!”

Finally, he tried to get me involved. Know what I did?

I just kept shooting and let the disc fly past my head!