After six straight weeks of telling Ella that she couldn't play outside because it was too hot, James and I realized that we needed a new strategy. Our little girl has breathing problems, and they get worse (like scary worse) when she gets overheated, so I couldn't just let her run around in the yard. Then, we went to the seminary's summer picnic, where they had kiddie pools set up outside, along with a slip and slide (blast from the past!) for the kids to cool off from the heat. (The Dean of Students also climbed into the pool and took several runs down the slip and slide, too. That's why we love him.) That gave us an idea...we needed to buy our own pool!
So the next day, we went to Target and got a fun little blow-up pool, and Ella thought it was the greatest thing ever. Here's how it works. Ella wakes up, and we do our usual morning and afternoon routine. Then, around the time that James usually comes home from work, she starts making periodic trips to the front door to look out at the street and see if daddy is home yet. I eventually get her a little popsicle to combat the heat, and we go out to sit on the front porch and wait. Before too long, she sees his car pull up, and he gets out. She squeals, "DADDY!!!!" as he walks up, and she starts to jump around and run into the house. Before he even gets his shoes off or puts his keys down, she starts trying to pull him towards the back door. After a few minutes, he humors her, and she leads him to the garage, where they pull out the swimming pool, as I head upstairs to get swimsuits for both of them.
It's adorable. Seriously.
You might notice all of the letters and numbers floating around in the water...those are her bath toys. She loves to bring them downstairs and put them in the pool.
Ella doesn't seem to think the pool is nearly as much fun if James doesn't get into it and splash with her. She's such a sweetheart.