Sunday, June 28, 2009

And The Winner Is...

...well, not to keep you in suspense but things did not go as planned.
First of all, Jayden's first time in the pool left him somewhat water/swimming pool shy! He was afraid at first to take off his life jacket, and I was anxious to get on with it, so when I threw the diving sticks into the pool Jayden just pointed to one and told 'Paw' to dive for it, Ray retrieved it and handed it off to Jayden. Oh, and there is no video because Ray said he was not going to allow us to film a 'whale dive' as he put it! I don't blame him, I wouldn't want anyone filming me in my bathing suit either!

So, on with the picture show ~

Before they could get in the pool they first had to install the ladder:

Then Jayden checked the pool temperature (Seventy-eight, too cold for Grandma!)

Then Jayden waited patiently (NOT!) by the side of the pool for Umma to write everyone's name on the diving sticks:

Okay, finally finished! Time to get wet!

Brrrr! It's cold!

Take a little swim and try to warm up!

There go the diving sticks!

Everyone is sitting at the bottom of the pool ~ here we go!


Let's see!

Turn it around!

And the winner is...

...drum roll please....


Jerelene, if you click on my email you can let me know where you want your winnings sent to!

And for all the others who left me comments, I have a little something for you too, if you email me I'll send it to you. I am working on a few projects, and as I finish them I will mail them out. And I didn't forget that some of you wanted the beach glass!

Okay, the rest of this post is just Jayden enjoying the pool for the first time this summer! I never thought we'd have to wait until the very end of June to get use out of the pool!
And if you look in the pictures you can see what a mess the deck is again with sticks and leaves blown about from all the storms we've been having!

Oh, and after about an hour, Jayden did get braver and he took off his vest and was willing to swim without it! Oh well, I should have had more patience. (You can see where Jayden gets his 'ants in the pants' from!)

After this Jayden showered, got dressed, and had a good, long nap! Then Ray barbecued dinner for us. It was a really nice summer day!


  1. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Thank you Jayden and THANK YOU EILEEN!!! I had told Sam what you were going to be doing and so both of us just checked your blog together...I don't know who got more excited, me or Sam! :) I am so tickled pink!! I NEVER win anything..Thank You So Much!!!
    With Love and Gratitude...Jerelene:)

  2. Eileen, I sent you an e-mail! Can you let me know if you get it? I usually use my aol address but I used my local internet carrier address and I'm never sure if it actually goes out or not..;) thanks, Jerelene

  3. Lucky Jereleen...congratulations!

    I love the photo of Jayden posed with hands together...getting ready to dive in...and the the next photo shows him jumping in feet first.
    Very cute and wet!

    Well Eileen I will email you to be polite...but you needn't send anything...honest...Actually I hope you win Marcy's gift...whatever it might deserve it with all your creative guesses!

    Smile and take care! :)

  4. Thank you Eileen. I enjoyed reading this!!!
    Congrats Jerelene!!!
    Eileen, I love the way you led us step by step to the winner's name. That was fun. (Jereleen....did you scroll to the bottom?? before reading all the good stuff?? :-)) ) That was very cute Eileen. I, too hope that Marcy awards you some sort of crown or cap. You tickled me with the list of occupations.
    The pool looks so nice and cool..and give Jayden a pat on the back for taking off his swim vest...hats off to Ray for his part in the award ceremony. Very nice post Eileen.

  5. Oh good Lord the suspense was killing me. Great job on that Eileen and congratulations Jerelene. Poor little Jayden looked freezing in the beginning! I'm glad that you finally got your summer day Eileen. We finally were able to turn off the air conditioning and open the doors and windows!
    You really did a good job with the suspense Eileen!

  6. This was such a fun post!!! And the SUSPENSE!!! Wow!!! Cathy

  7. That was too cute and I'm so glad that Wanda noticed that Jayden did the hand thing and then went in feet first or I would have missed that gem!!

    The suspense kept building because there were three red ones! It is truly wonderful that Jerelene won and more so since she said she's never won before!!

    Good job cutie pie!!

    blessings and hugs,


  8. Eileen....there is an award for you at my site.

  9. Eileen, your helper is such a cutie pie!


    Sheila :-)

  10. Congratulations to Jerelene!!!! What a great day you had Eillen. There is nothing like swimming and then cooking out on the grill. Your pool looks so inviting. Little Jayden is a real cutie pie ♥