Our First Day at the Pool


My memories of summer as a child are always at the pool.  My mom took us there  at least five days a week.  To this day, I still can’t go through the sunscreen aisle at Target without sniffing a bottle of baby coppertone. It brings me back to the sounds of kids splashing in the water, a picnic under a shaded tree with cold peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and bing cherries.  I would climb out of the pool at adult swim and lay directly on the concrete to get warm, then sit anxiously at the side  until they blew the whistle, “OPEN SWIM”, and I’d plunge back in.  My white hair was green with chlorine, but I didn’t care.  I was a fish.   Sometimes, my mom would take us home for a nap, and then we’d go right back to the pool where my Dad would meet us at the grill for dinner, or we’d stop across the street at Roman village Pizza to pick up dinner.  My job was to carry the pizza carefully on my lap in the car.  It was so hot on my legs, but it was my big girl job and I took it with pride.    Then there was treat day—once a week we were allowed to hit the snack bar for a treat.  I almost always got the licorice rope–it seemed to be the biggest treat that would last the longest.  My sister always got a coke.  It was the day we looked forward to all week, as sugar wasn’t allowed the rest of the week.  Ahhhh….so many wonderful memories!   Summers days as a child were so simple and perfect.

 Last Friday  we finally took Ramona to the pool and she LOVED it!  Of course, we probably loved it more–seeing her in her little baby Gap swim suit and cap, and watching her splash in the pool like a duck– It was just as I had remembered.  Sounds of laughter all around and of course the smell of baby coppertone sunscreen.  My friend Tracy even packed a lunch in the cooler like the old days ,with sandwiches and iced cold diet coke.  Monie  had her first peach, which will now be a daily thing– Wow! She devoured it.  My life on Friday was a dream as I was back to work on Saturday, but we plan to do this every week and I am enrolling Ramona and swim lessons later this month…  Stay tuned for that…


Mandy - Oh my gosh, her cuteness kills me. She looks like a fab synchronized swimming beauty in her swimsuit and cap…love it!

April Ingram - How precious! My only “pool memories” from childhood were in our backyard in one of those hard plastic pools that would get slimy and murky after 2 days and my mom would send me and my brother out with a bottle of bleach and a mop and make us clean it, lol. I do love that my kids have plenty of relatives and friends who have pools that we are welcome to use anytime and our tiny town has a great park with a spring AND a creek to play in. So water is definitely part of our weekly routine in the summer 🙂 Ramona looks SO precious in her little suit and cap! So glad she enjoyed her first dip in the pool!

Jan Gonzales - Beyond cute!!! Thanks for sharing … enjoyed the blog.

Johanne - Those are such beautiful photos and precious memories Julie! I love both of your blogs and I think you are the most amazing writer & photographer ever.

Emilie - She is just adorable!!

Jess Hunt - I love that having kids allows us (forces us?) to do all of the things that didn’t sound nearly as fun before. Going to a pool (and having to get in a bathing suit!) on a hot day used to sound like torture, now it’s all I want to do because it’s so much fun to see Harper in the water. So I put on my mom-suit with pride and for a while l feel like a kid again, too….

Jen - Are you kidding me? Can a baby girl possibly be more precious?? Love, love, love these photos!! Do they make that suit in my size?

hillary - I can’t handle the orange hat!!!! I must have one for my babies!!! Precious.

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