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    Pool party! Plus, GRAND Social No. 219 link party for grandparents

    Pool party!

    Pool parties have long been a favorite way for kids to celebrate their birthdays, whether it be in their own backyard swimming pool or a paid party option at the local public swimming spot.

    My daughters never got to have a pool party for their birthdays when I was in charge of party planning. In part because I can't swim and the thought of being reponsible for little ones bobbing about in a body of water, large or small, scared the bejeezus out of me.

    My oldest daughter turned 34 last week. This weekend she had a birthday party. A pool party! Because she was in charge of the planning. And because she has a pool in her backyard.

    pool party 

    I'm still not a swimmer but I did get in the pool for a bit. Because the pool is just four feet deep. And because it gave me the opportunity to splash the birthday girl. As you can see above, even Andrea's dog, Luke, enjoyed the pool party, bobbing about in an inflatable cooler.

    Cheers to pool parties! And cheers to Brianna!

    GRAND Social No. 219

    Now for the party! Thank you for participating once again in the link party for grandparents. You, my friends, rock!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.


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    Reader Comments (9)

    I didn't mind the swimming parties. Our oldest son always had a pool party because his birthday is in July. Our youngest son always went sledding because his birthday is in January. Our daughter had girlie girl parties because her birthday is in February close to Valentine's Day. Oh, what fun we had.

    Looks like your pool party was a swimming success!

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

    Our swimming parties were always at the lake when we were growing up as we didn't have a pool either! Like you, I would hate to be responsible for a bunch of kids in a pool. I get freaked out enough just take one of them along with us to the beach!! Thanks again for hosting! Have a wonderful week.

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Pool parties were always a favourite of my son, and it was always hard to get him out of the water. Nowadays it's just hard to get him out of the bedroom.

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Forbes

    Lucky Brianna to have a pool in her backyard! It looks like she had a wonderful birthday!

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat @Mille Fiori Favoriti

    Backyard parties are the best. My son has a summer birthday. He don't have a pool but we always had a slip and slide and water cannon balloons!

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarion Conway

    Brianna is still one of my favorites in the whole world, having been my very first grand-daughter, so I believe she should have whatever she wants!

    August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I know that swimming is a great form of cardio and a good way to burn fat, but I’ve never been a strong swimmer. I have always wanted to jump in the pool and get a good workout in, but I feel as though my weaknesses in swimming are so severe that any kind of workout won’t be successful.

    August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames

    My husband and I spent 4 hours one afternoon playing in the pool with our grandchildren this summer while on vacation at the wonderful Outer Banks! It was so much. We played a lot of Marco Polo, raced, tried to do handstands. Just had an all around good time. I'm not a very strong swimmer, but I can get by. My husband laughingly jokes that he kept having to save me! Cheers to you and your family!

    August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    The pool party looked so fun! I have always wanted a pool..but still haven't convinced my husband after all of these years.

    August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Shank
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