Friday, August 29, 2008

Feel the fear


Ball pits are not nice. I can't help but imagine there's a lot of wee swishing about in the bottom of these.

However, my pal the Yoga Guru talked me into taking her son and my daughter to play. Since Peaches' socks remained dry throughout the visit, I've been assured that the hygiene didn't hit the all time low that I feared.

I wasn't ready for the crashing and leaping about that ensued. Fortunately I realised that it would not be cool for me to go in and join in (that is, stop) the mayhem. It was exciting to see how confident they both were at exploring and playing in this massive cage of squashy shapes, balls and slides.

The only advantage I 'enjoyed' was that at least it wasn't Peaches who was throwing herself headfirst down the slide. I don't know how mothers of boys handle the stress.
PhotoStory Friday
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17 comments:

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

love this!!
we went to this HUGE (and I mean massive - as big as a basketball court) ball pit in Beijing - we later found outthat there were mice living under all the balls!!

Cecily R said...

This WHOLE post made me laugh. From the first sentence to the last.

I don't know how we parents of boys manage either. Or we parents of girls like mine (Gracie is probably more brazen than Isaac ever was in places like that).

LOVE the shot!

Adrian said...

I'm sending my friend Maxine your way. She is a transplanted Brit who lives here in Utah and has a daughter about Peaches' age, so I think she'll enjoy your blog tremendously. Hopefully it won't make her too homesick...

Ew! I just read the comment about the mice in the ballpit in Beijing. Yuck!

SaraLynn said...

valium....that's how we handle it...just kidding ;)

It looks like a fun palydate!

CrackerJacks said...

AWESOME shot! How fun!

Killlashandra said...

Great picture! I have to admit, I wouldn't want mine diving head first down the slide, but at least the ball point wasn't the sidewalk and he'll probably survive. ;)

Tammy W said...

I remember these! My kids used to love them. There aren't anymore around here now! How fun!

Chris said...

I love that picture. He looks like a torpedo coming out of the chute. My girls are definitely scarier than my son.

gigi said...

I've never met a kid that don't love these ball rooms. But the yuck factor always stops me from going anywhere near them. Cute shot of Peaches and friend!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Looks like fun!

CC said...

ewwww! The wee comment grossed me out!

Working mum said...

Colourful photo. I hate these places. Not because of what daughter does, but because of the agressive behaviour of the boys. I had to intervene once when one was throwing balls in my daughter's face!

Amanda said...

It looks like fun, but I, too am totally grossed out by the pits. I won't share all of the horrible stories I have heard about ball pits. But I'm sure yours are all a lot cleaner than ours. Looks like it anyway...

Susan said...

I completely understand the fear of those places and my son is FEARLESS. I laughed when I say that picture because that would be him without a doubt. Headfirst right into the pit of germs!

imbeingheldhostage said...

oh good, I'm not the only one who feels this way? These ball pits are at every kid place we go now, too :-(
Great PSF

WORKING MOM said...

Our small town had to get rid of our large party ball pit due to kid's getting a fungus from the balls. yuk.

scrappysue said...

i am sooooooooooo glad i only have girls (no disrespect to the mothers of boys!) had family dinner with friends last night, GOOD friends, but uch, watching their son eat (i was sitting next to him). homer is hugh jackman in kate and leopold compared :)