My Kids Make Me Laugh – In the backyard

my kids make me laugh in the backyardMy kids make me laugh, and I’m hoping it’s enough to get us through a week long zero budget stay cation (with very limited screen time).

Yesterday’s laughter occurred in the backyard.  The boys were swimming and contrary to what you might assume, I did NOT engage in any mischief.  They had it covered all on their own.

The standing rule in our house is pretty straight forward.  If you want to go swimming, you need to go upstairs, change into a swimsuit, and bring a towel with you.  When you’re done, you are supposed to change back into the SAME clothes and hang your towel up.

I rarely happens that way in reality.

In my backyard, things get weird.

My kids version is to strip off everything but their underwear, leave their clothes by the back door, and then jump in the pool in their underwear.

This is a big improvement over all the nekkid swimming from past summers.

(to the neighbor mom who had tween girls climbing on her garage roof every day to watch my little boys be nekkid, i guess i should say i’m sorry.)

When the boys are done, they yell for a towel.  I’m normally NOT in a hurry to get one for them.  They hand me their wet underwear and put their clothes back on.  If I don’t fetch clean dry underwear with the towel, they are perfectly content to go commando.

By the time they finished swimming yesterday, it was cold enough to want a sweater.

Boy:  Moooooommmm….. I neeeeeeeed a towel….

Me:  I’ll get to it when I’m ready.


(did i mention that all my neighbors were out in their backyards? yup.  several families just heard my kid yelling about his nekkidness. nice.)

Me:  Why are your underwear off?

Boy:  Because I peed in them.  In the pool.

(nice.  but i can see the logic there.  once you’ve peed in the underwear you can’t possibly keep wearing it.  even when you’re now swimming in your own pee.  sigh.)

Me:  Stay in the pool.  I’ll get your towel when I can.

Boy:  It’s COLD!

(i’m hurrying to wash the raw hamburger meat juice off my hands and fetch the towels.)

Boy:  It’s really cold!  MOMMY LOOK!  LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!

(the boy is pointing to his groin.  it’s cold.  his boy parts have responded the way boy parts do when they get cold.  and my child is about to yell about it where all the neighbors can hear.)

Me: Hush!  Don’t yell where the neighbors can hear.

(it does NOT help that i can hear giggling from the other side of the fence.  that is a bad sign.)

I grabbed the towels and proceed to dry off boy number one.  He dresses (commando style), gets a snack, and wanders off.

Meanwhile, boy two is gearing up.

Boy Two: Mooom….moooomeeeee…. mom! mom! mom! mom!

Me:  What?

Boy Two:  Watch me.

Boy two then proceeds to show me that he has mastered the fine art of water “ballet” as practiced by generations of kids.  He dives down and walks with his hands on the bottom of the pool while his feet wave around in the air.

His toes are pointed, so I know he thinks it looks good.

Boy Two:  Did you see me?

Me:  Yes, that was quite the show.

Boy Two:  Oh yeah? Watch this part!

Boy two starts doing summersaults in the water.

Then he pauses for a second.

Then he does another summersault – nekkid.

He surfaced, with a grin.


(in the interest of modesty i’m not going to type the rest of what he said.  besides, i don’t want THAT kind of google traffic.  yuck.)

What happens in the backyard stays in the backyard.Cue the cricket chirping.

Do you hear that?

Absolute silence from the yards around us.  No one made a sound.

The good news is that hubby and I now agree about adding some storage by the pool door.  I’m stocking it with towels and swimsuits.  And I’m sure hubby will be having a “chat” with the boys soon.

What happens in the backyard stays in the backyard.

So what’s happening in your yard this week?  Anything interesting?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, PINK, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. OMG! I am over here cracking up! I nearly spit cappuccino through my nose! BOYS! You just gotta LOVE ’em!
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    • EEEK! I would never want you to lose your cappuccino! Coffee is far to precious for that.

      Boys crack me up. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of writing material at the rate they do stuff like this.

  2. He-larious! You have the most hysterical stories! I can’t stop chuckling. I guess your husband’s “no screen” spring break warrants the need for a large screen to hide your boys’ antics sans clothes in the cement pond from listening neighbors and prying eyes. Get that storage facility and soon… : ) “butt” not at the expense of great posts. I mean it!
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    • It was HE-sterical, but only after the fact. It wasn’t until I was telling my mom that I realized just how funny it was.

      I’ve pinned the storage option. We’ve got an old dresser that has broken drawers sitting in the garage. I’m going to hit it with some paint and add baskets. The worst I can do is ruin something that was destined for the scrap pile anyway. It’s HIDEOUS right now.

      You are really pun-y today, thanks. 🙂

      • Oh boy! Can’t wait to see the finished product repurposed for covering all manner of uhm…things! : )
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        • I don’t normally “do” lifestyle posts, but if it goes like I think it will then I’m sure it will show up on the blog. Given that I had my glue gun confiscated it’s safe to say I’m not crafty unless yarn is involved.

  3. {Kathy} The difference between “naked” and “nekkid” —- the first, you have no clothes on, the second, you are up to no good. Boys and “nekkidness” go hand in hand. A quote from one of my older teenagers recently, “I wish I was still young enough to run around the house naked and not care.” My response? Just wait until you are married with no kids……
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