We always buy a pool pass for our family. It's only one-fifty for all of us for the summer. If I were to pay for me and the four kids to go to the pool once with cash, it would cost sixteen dollars. SIXTEEN. HOW, I wonder, do I see all the same folks at the pool every day, and no one has pool passes except for us? I think that some folks don't know math. Or maybe they don't have a pile of kids. But even with one grown up and two kids it would still ten bucks. So if you go fifteen times it will have paid for itself. The pool season goes from memorial day until labor day, so it seems like it still would be more economical for most people to buy the passes.
At any rate, with the pool one block away, this is the deal of the summer if you ask me. It also gives me clout: as in, we aren't going if you don't do xyz (mostly clean your rooms...as in...today.) I really don't think an almost eight year old needs my help doing that, KWIM???
And I bought this really cool chair back pack: it has straps, and a huge pocket for stowing all our gear and it's one of those low down to the ground lounge chairs. So not only can I bribe the kids, get them so much exercise that they are quiet and sleepy at night, I can lounge poolside and read books.
I only have one question: What is it about lolling in the sun (wearing spf 50 sunscreen, of course) that is so...exhausting?