Thursday, July 29, 2010

Should we or shouldn’t we?

So,lake 4

we have a pool membership.lake 3

AND, we have a best friend with a pool.lake

We have tons of chlorinated options for us to partake in

every.single.day.lake 9

But,

guess where the boys like to swim the best?lake 2

The lake.lake 5

Now, technically, there are no signs that say not to swim therelake 8

but there certainly isn’t any little beach to wander into the water…

and there certainly aren’t any other people swimming there…

and there are certainly lots of boaters that give us the stare….lake 7

I am sure there are parasites galore

and old fish hooks

and jagged rockslake 6

Don’t worry though-lake 12

I have a little speech I have been practicing for when the

Park Warden pulls up to arrest me.lake 11

Love,

the absolute worst

(total rule breaking)

             Mommy in America          lake 10Where is your favorite place to swim in the Summer?

photo story friday

70 comments:

Cecily R said...

Oh, I'm totally with them! The lake just has that magical summer feel that a pool could never hold a candle to.

Faaaaaabulous pictures.

Kelly said...

I grew up in Minnesota and agree...lakes beat pools. Any day.

But it's against the rules?? There is something wrong with that!!

Love Letters To China said...

Your pictures are fabulous! Who wouldn't want to jump into that water, it looks divine.

I love to swim in our pool in the backyard. The only problem right now is the thermometer is reading 98 degrees these days. It feels more like a bath than a refreshing dip in the pool.

Deep in the Heart of Happy said...

A pool where I can see the bottom. I know...lived on a beach for a long time, love the beach...hate the water, but the boys sure do look like they are having a blast. Love the shots and smiles.

theTsaritsa said...

Yes! I used to love swimming in the lake, too-- but ours didn't have boats or fishermen.

What's your story when the ranger comes?

Sarah said...

One thing to say: LOVE that picture of Naji on the dock!! It is beautiful!!

AND I used to swim in the lake when I was a kid, but now I do not like it because I can't see the bottom :) My kids will play in any kind of water!

p.s. I would love to hear your speech for the Park Warden!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm all for the "real thing" and that includes lakes, rivers and oceans. They're way better than chlorine pools any day.

Your guys look like they're having a blast.

jj

Life with Kaishon said...

Dear Park Warden,
I LOVE your uniform.
You are so sexy.
I had NO idea I wasn't allowed to swim here.
I mean,
just because there isn't a beach,
or any other swimmers,
doesn't mean I would know.
I am not that smart.
And it is 110 degrees.
Please don't arrest me.
Did I mention how HOT you look in that uniform?
Super.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Too cute! I think you are just the coolest mom. Ever.

I tell myself that it will be easier/safer (for/to ME) when Sam is Kaish's age. :o) Say a prayer for me, my friend!

Marilyn said...

We always took the boys to swim in the lake. The fish nibble, you know.

The Incredible Woody said...

Love, love, love that next to last shot!

Mighty M said...

I am not a big lake swimmer. I like pools. Glad they are having so much fun!

ThisMamaRAZZI said...

These pictures are hilarious! So much fun!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

That looks like much more fun than your standard swimming pool:) They are certainly enjoying their summer and making lots of memories.

I am the kind of gal that prefers chlorine.... I don't like it when I can't see what is swimming with me, next to me, or beneath me. I think I have watched Jaws one too many times in my lifetime:)

xo,

Lisa

Anna K. said...

My bathtub. Complete with bubbles, a good book and a locked door. ;)

They look like they are having a lot of fun!

Lauren said...

I would have to say the lake, too. I would rather live on a lake than on a beach. The water's always calm, and there are just enough waves going on from boaters. Plus, the water isn't salty and make your skin sticky and burn.

Teresa Dawn said...

Oh I agree, I much prefer swimming in lakes! I rarely go to the pool!

Rebecca said...

Oh I am so with you. Swim in the lake if you can...one of the things I noticed after our trip to Germany was there were not signs all over things say you can't this and you can't that. Like that last shot.

jlo said...

Be a rule breaker until you are told otherwise. How could you say no to those boys anyway?

Emily said...

Some rules are made to be broken...looks like that lake was just beggin' to be swam in! :)

Studio JRU said...

They all look SO happy. Joy in each and every photo. LOVE it! :)

~Jennifer

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You crack me up with your speech. I'm sure he's heard that one before but maybe because you have cute kids with you, he'll let it slide.

I like to go to the beach just to walk in the waves.

Jacki said...

Best swimming was in the Perkiomen Creek in Spring Mt, PA, even if we did have to sometimes pick a few leeches off and feel the occasioalal fish slide by our legs in the clean, clear running water with the rocks under our feet. I'll never forget those summer days with my cousins growing up in the country air.
Let them have fun, and it is sooo odvious they are from your pictures.

RoseBelle said...

In San Francisco, the only place to swim is 1) someone's house that has a pool or 2) public swimming pool. I wish we have a lake that is clean and safe for people to swim in but no, none here. Also, the weather is mostly cold and cloudy which is not suitable for swimming anyhow.

Brian Miller said...

woohoo. you rock rule breaking mama! the lake is the bomb when it comes to swimming...

Tracy P. said...

Ha! Awesome speech. Our community pool is a little waterpark with several slides and a lazy river--all of which I love. I do love lakes, but not the sand afterwards!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

I would take a lake any day over a pool!! Looks like a great way to spend a summer day!!

Mrs4444 said...

Oh, that blondie--What a character!! Your blog is such a treat :)

Jason, as himself said...

I would go back to the pool. Parasites are yucky. Although pools are yucky too if you think too much about it!

Drew said...

I was going to comment asking what the speech would be, but I see you shared it. What if the officer is a woman? :) You better get Naji and Kaish prepared with a speech too.

Pumpkin Delight said...

I want to hear the speech! :)
Looks like they are having a blast. Ist that lake right near your house? It's beautiful.

Anita Johnson said...

What a waste it would be not to swim there. Practice the speech...it's worth the risk. We live in the "Lake Country" in Wisconsin, but I prefer to kayak in the rivers. Summers too short...enjoy it while you can!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I remember days like this! I am loveing Kaishon's hair too!
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Mental P Mama said...

What's the use of a perfectly good lake if you can't swim?

Jenny said...

LOL, we used to swim in the creek or the lake all the time. It was much cooler than the pool in the summer time.

gretchen said...

Everyone in MN loves to swim in the lakes, but I am not a fan. But it all works out because our pool is rarely crowded, so they can swim in the lakes and I will swim at the pool. :)

I am not sure if your speech for the park warden will work, but it is very clever.

Maddy said...

I had a big smile on my face reading this! I guess boys will be boys! Kaishon had the coolest friends (and hair!!) and now, he can add coolest mom to the list! And if you get arrested, you can always count on me to bail you out ;o)

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

rule breaking does not make you a bad momma. hitting a cop who is about to cite you...well, you will just have to reconcile w/ Gary on that one! sweet pics...
Mindy

He Who Laughs Last said...

Love this post!

Stacey said...

I love seeing the boys in the lake. That's the way it should be! Pure-dee fun. :)

Puna said...

Now now Rebekah! LOL! I'm with you. I love these photos very much, especially the one with the little dancing boy! Now he's having fun! Would you like to submit a photo to my Hello Canvas contest? I would really love it if you would:) It's here...http://lifesignatures.org/wordpress/2010/07/hello-love-hello-canvas-giveaway/.
Thanks,
Puna

Ashley Sisk said...

I wish I had a lake to play in...wait, I wish I had a pool to play in. I think I'll just live vicariously though you!

Jenny said...

I'm smiling reading this post. = )

Brooke said...

surely if its not posted its not a rule, but be sure to have that speach down pat just in case.

Anonymous said...

I just called the park ranger -- he should be visiting you soon.

Christy said...

hahahaha, I love your letter to the warden (in the comments), great pictures and I totally prefer the lake to any other form of swimming!

Sugar Mama said...

Grew up in Oklahoma... BIG lakes... loved the lakes. But I usually just like to boat on the lake, take a quick dip in the water, and get out.

My dad used to try and scare me as a kid by telling me that alligator gar fish would bite my toes. Well, it worked. I still think of that.

I'd prefer a private chlorinated pool. One that isn't packed with other people. I'm anti-social that way.

Colleen said...

I love your speech...I'm pretty sure that he would look the other way when he heard that and you'd be free to swim until your heart's content.:)
I say continue...there are too many silly things people aren't allowed to do! teah them to be rebels!!:)

Pseudo said...

I refound you through Eddie's roast. You take gorgeous photos and I loved this trip to the lake with you all.

Raise Them Up said...

That next to the last shot is my favorite. You have a real gift with the camera. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

We have a rule too. We only swim in places where we can see the bottom!!!!
Fish hooks? that makes me cringe.

Modesty is Pretty said...

hehe this is such a funny post, okay maybe not supposed to be funny but I can imagine the boaters looks as the boys have a wonderful time! And you practicing a speech is pretty funny, I'd like to hear how it goes.
Now I'll share a sea-cret (dumb joke) I can't swim! I have never ever wanted to learn how to, I never had a horrible near drowning experience or anything, I just never had the interest, so everytime we used to go "swimming" I would stay by the side of the pull and just move my feet up and down but never tried to learn. =D
My son loves to swim though, but unfortunately we don't have a pool. This summer was pretty boring so he didn't get to swim at all, maybe next summer.

tera said...

I've always been a lake swimmer myself, much better than those smelling chlorine pools with dozens of kids peeing in them. Fish pee is way better! :)

(Thanks for stopping by my blog!)

TechnoBabe said...

My favorite place to swim is in the bath tub. I wouldn't subject anyone to the horror of my in a bathing suit. Ha. It looks like the boys do like swimming and playing at the lake.

casual friday every day said...

There really is something special about the lake. Some of my favorites memories around water are at the lake.

Probably why it's my dream to own a lake house, either as a vacation spot or to live.

I simply adore these photo's!

Nell

Samantha said...

These photos are simply fantastic. You captured exactly what it feels like to be a kid at a place you love. Stunning!

And even though I hate to swim...I think I must now visit a lake a release the inner-child in me! :)

CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) said...

these photos are awesome. looks like a fun day.

Alee said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog! Swimming in the lake is my favorite summer pastime!

joyq said...

Oh man- this is the first post I have read of yours and I am hooked. Beautiful images, children and words. So the dishes will stay undone while I do some reading:)

thanks for stopping by my blog! I love company!

Jane said...

Great photos, summer fun. I love to swim in the sea. The beach is my favorite place to be especially in summer.

Tracey Axnick said...

My mom is from a little town in rural MINN and love swimming in the "swimming hole" as she calls it... any sort of lake was where we always got DRAGGED to as kids.
Me, on the other hand... I lvoe swimming in the ocean (sharks be damned!) and a traditional swimming pool.

But no matter how you slice it, splashing around in cool water on a hot Summer day is a delicious way to pass the time with your buddies... lovely photos!

Bec said...

I grew up near the Mississippi River and my grandma would take us to a little beach and we'd swim for hours. 1. that river is disgusting. I wouldn't touch it today if you paid me. 2. We later found out that that section of river is infested with snakes and people are shocked we never saw any. GROSS.

mamamia said...

Please share you speech because I would totally love to hear it!

Kelly said...

Hey, as a boater, I say that as long as you don't block the ramp, swim on!

Liz said...

Well, it looks like they are having fun! I don't care for lakes, ponds, etc. I am a pool person! :o)

These Three Kings said...

HAAAA! you lil rule breaker! Loove seeing the boys enjoy themselves! keep em coming! I cant swim but I love the water!

Cortney said...

I have loved swimming in a lake about 5 minutes from my house this summer. They kept the triathlon swim course set up all year so I can get the practice in and enjoy cooling off!

Serline said...

A splashing way to fend off the summer heat...

Dita said...

I adore you.

Love the 2nd Worst Rule Breaking Mama in America
Dita Darling

seo indonesia said...

Fun in water! lovely pic