Tackle it Tuesday — First Day of Summer

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackling the Outdoor Toys…

Today, my Olivia and Susan’s Sophia and Julia were all sick with fevers. All were incredibly fussy and needy — only Mommy would do!

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of SummerAt about 3pm, Olivia decided she wanted to go see Sophia and Julia. The benefit of them all being sick is we don’t have to worry about keeping them apart.

In hopes that Sue’s kids would distract Olivia and I might get a bit of work done, I packed up Olivia, my laptop and my camera and headed over to Susan’s. (My mom did me a huge favor and picked up Jackson after school and brought him to me at Susan’s house.)

At one point in the late afternoon, Olivia got it into her head that she wanted to play outside in Susan’s tiny, townhouse backyard, with their filthy, haven’t-used-since-last-summer, water toy.

Now it may be the first day of summer, but summer hasn’t arrived here. It was hardly weather for feverish children to engage in water play, but I thought maybe we could just go outside for a few minutes, stay dry, and satisfy her need for outdoor water play. (Yes, I know. Crazy mom fantasties!)

Only problem — the water toy was full of old, dirty water that had been growing all kinds of bacteria and algae (or whatever still water does!) for the past how many months.

I had no choice. I had to clean it.

After I was ten minutes into the project, I realized this would be the perfect tackle for tonight.

(Yes, I had left my tackle post to the last minute again. Remember, the reason I started Tackle it Tuesday was BECAUSE I procrastinate on household chores. So the whole “be organized with tackle scheduled and ready to go” doesn’t always happen!)

Here is the closest I have to a BEFORE picture. Trust me — the water and algae that had been in there was vile! You can see the sides are still dirty. I hadn’t washed them yet.

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

Olivia helped. She scrubbed:

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

And then she got inspired to clean ALL of the toys in the backyard:

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

Julia came out for a few moments and gave Olivia directions on washing away a spider web:

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

And then we cleaned the slide:

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

And here is the only AFTER photo I have. Because after this shot, my camera card was full. AND when I opened the door to our home office to put down my camera, Olivia turned the hose into the house to “clean” the soapy footprint I made. I screamed for Susan and for the next 20 minutes we tried to dry up the office floor and the piles of stuff Susan had next to her desk. Yes, after that I had no more energy in me to take further after shots. So here it is — get excited:

Tackle it Tuesday - First Day of Summer

PS – The rest of the toys don’t look nearly as good as this shot. I didn’t really get them cleaned to perfection. Remember, I was cleaning with a sick toddler on a cool June afternoon when I was more than ready to sit down and eat dinner. And really, my goal was to clean the water toy. SO, tackle accomplished. Yes, we moms get to decide how much we care to tackle. Right?

PPS – Yes, Olivia was completely soaked by the end and I had to change all her clothes. And my jeans were soaked too. Fortunately, Olivia and I can always find clothes that fit us at Susan’s house.

What are YOU tackling this week? Link up show off…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the MckLinky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Link up here…

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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Did you know that Susan and I also have a pedal car store and a rocking horse store?



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Dominique June 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

I’m sure the kids had fun playing on the slide and with the other backyard toys after they were cleaned. Happy Tuesday!

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2 Susie's Homemade June 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

What a cute little tackle helper!!

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3 Holy Cannoli Recipes June 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

Those are cute pictures. That is really adorable that she started washing off the toys to play with them.

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4 Katina June 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thanks for the linky!!! Love the pics of the kids washing off the toys!

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5 LivingSoAbundantly June 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

That is great that your kiddos are right in there with you to help. Awesome teamwork! :)

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6 abi June 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Scraps of Life opps my fist linky #21 was wrong URL sorry

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7 Lindsay June 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Love your pictures!

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8 Self Sagacity June 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

My two year old is into all this stuff now, it’s fun to see pictures of your little one. I still need a kitchen, sandbox and playhouse for her outdoor toys!

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