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You Know What Else Beach Parties Need?

You Know What Else Beach Parties Need?

June 7, 2008



We rarely have bubbles here. I buy them, or occasionally make them, and the kids will play with them for a little bit. Inevitably, someone will knock the container over and spill the bubbles mix. Then other kids will scream at the person who knocked it over, because there is no such thing as an accident. Then everyone ends up in tears and also covered in bubble mix, which is not conducive to being sent inside for time out.

Instead I prefer to just lobotomize myself with a butter knife.

Posted by Chris @ 7:27 am  

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  1. Monique says:

    I need that for my grandsons!! Your photos are so amazing! They capture every moment..expression.. face ..perfectly!

  2. Shannon says:

    We totally have the same problem with bubbles here. Only whomever spills the bottle always claims that it wasn’t THEIR bottle, but someone else’s, lol. Awesome pic! What kind of camera do you use for your shots? They are always so clear and fresh. Your son looks like my eight year old from the back (minus the shag, lol). I marvel at how much food my son can eat at supper, because I honestly don’t know where it goes.

  3. kristi says:

    That is one killer bubble.

    Might as well burn money, bubbles last about .5 seconds in these parts…

  4. Alissa says:

    i’m so glad to hear i’m not the only one who loathes the bubbles/mess.

  5. Paula says:

    Oh my goodness. I thought I was the only mean mother who hates bubbles. The same scenarion has happened at my house too many times and bubbles are now usually for grandparents’ houses only.

  6. Leeann says:

    Well heck, if you’d let your fans convince you to buy a high-quality chef’s knife, your cuts would be much more exacting! lol


  7. jodi says:

    I feel the same way about balloons.

  8. Sue @ My Party of 6 says:

    I feel the same way about bubbles. THAT is a great picture though!

  9. suburbancorrespondent says:

    Same here - bubbles and I have a love-hate relationship. First they make the kids deliriously happy (and outside!), then they are the source of tears, recriminations, and regrets.

  10. Lulu says:

    Wow! Love this pic. You and your new camera what a combo!

  11. Jamie AZ says:

    That is one cool bubble!

  12. Angela says:

    But if you don’t have bubbles you don’t get amazing pictures like that one! And I bet the kids have fun while they get the chance to play!!

  13. Carla Robinson says:

    I know what you mean about bubbles and children. Usually ends in a big soapy mess :-)

    That’s one awesome bubble, though! Very cool!

  14. DR says:

    You can use bubbles to teach and explore, too. Generally the kids are having so much fun, they don’t realize they are actually learning.


  15. jean says:

    Bubbles! I love them. This is a fantastic photo too.

  16. Earthami says:

    Aw but see you don’t live in the desert and so can get those HUGE bubbles. We just get tiny ones.

  17. arduous says:

    Ok, maybe a dumb question, but how do you make your bubble mix? What’s in it other than soap and water that produces those huge gorgeous bubbles?

  18. CathyC says:

    Yes, but it is so worth it! The bubbles, not the lobotomy. We love bubbles around here. Great photo!

  19. Amy says:

    I’m partial to scooping my eyeballs out with a spoon. I forgot about bubbles since I banned them from the house a month or so ago. Maybe I let bubbles come visit next week and see how it goes.

  20. myfullhands says:

    Bubbles at the beach is a great idea, you can leave the sticky mess there and rinse it all off with a quick dip!

  21. elizabeth says:

    LOL - I have the same, er - issues with getting the kids bubbles. BUT pictures like this make me want to run out and buy a tub full. I love your descriptive, hit the mark (and my thoughts) writing…

  22. Carolynn from Western Australia says:

    Hi Chris,

    What is your recipe for making these big bubbles, they look like great fun and I know 2 little girls who would absolutely love them, not to mention one much older one LOL.

    Take Care and enjoy your Summer, send us as much winter and rain as you can.
    Lots of Love Carolynn xx :-)

  23. Angie says:

    He’s really good at bubbles to have had so little experience with them. I so agree with you on bubble mix.

  24. Jamie says:

    I hate bubbles. I’ve never seen anything else that makes kids want to kill each other faster. Over what- a buck?

  25. Lena says:

    I never saw my kids make a bubble that big.

    But you know what that reminds me of?
    NEVER let your kids use tide on the “slip and slide” :)

    It DOES work …like greased lightning… but ..later on….oh do the genitals hurt.
    (and I only know that from an 11 year old girls perspective)
    God only knows what it did to the males.

    Whoooo…the joy of unsupervised kids. ROFLMAO

  26. inzaburbs says:

    Wow! That is one amazing bubble!
    Truly, bubbles have saved my life. I buy multi packs from dollar stores, refill them and then hand them out like candy all through summer. The kids never get bored of them. I constantly resist the temptation to buy a bubble machine because the challenge! of blowing! the biggest bubble ever! is such a bonding thing and it only takes ten minutes of my time before they go off and play happily.
    But yes, bubble mixture always gets spilled and usually it is me doing the yelling.

  27. Bobbie (BlogRmom) says:

    LOL!! There is nothing in the world that will make my 7 yo and 4 yo fight more then BUBBLES!! Great photo BTW!

  28. lani says:

    Add me to the list of mother bubble haters. Gah.

  29. Anna and Hunter's Mommy says:

    LOL…I’ve been laughing for 10 minutes about the lobotomy with a butter knife comment. That is hilarious!! Motherhood is totally worth it…but full of moments like that!! Amazing picture though!!!

  30. Asianmommy says:

    Cool pic! We have the same I-knocked-over-my-bottle-of-bubbles problems here. To add to it, I had bought those little hand-held bubble machines with a tiny fan at Target, so now we also have my-hair-is-caught-in-the-fan problems, too!

  31. Carolyn says:

    I love the idea of “learning” from bubbles. My kids have learned: how to direct the soapy fluid to the other’s eyeball to make it sting more, the slippery viscosity of bubble fluid spread evenly on granite steps, the fact that bubble fluid can actually glue pollen to the dog’s fur, and my favorite: the art of knocking your sister’s head off for spilling the damn bottle.

    It’s all good summertime fun. Bubbles, and chalk, and sparklers oh my.

  32. LateBlossom says:

    Delurking to say that bubbles are conflict-free at our house, but don’t get me started on balloons. My 8yo decided not to get a balloon shape on the Easter Bunny Express. His explanation: “I don’t want to be disappointed when it pops.” Amen. I nearly cried with relief.

  33. Mocha says:

    Dude sure knows how to make a bubble. It’s a good idea to just bring all the dirty dishes outside and let them ‘fun wash’ them with the bubbles.

    I know. I’m astounded by my genius, too.

  34. 11frogs says:

    Great photo! I am in the bubble-loving camp … at least the mess is usually outside.

    Unrelated question: What’s the status of your “Year Off” blog? I enjoyed reading it, but it appears to be defunct now.

  35. Don't wear a jumper...ever! says:

    Are you painting rainbows on the ground again, Chris. Clean it up!

  36. Jane Smith says:

    I can only say that you usually get what you pay for… dollar store bubbles never worked for us, we use the homemade stuff - I’m looking at your photo and guessing you do too! I love watching the 18 year old having as much fun as the 18 month old (on my side, not yours) and seeing how much joy is possible from such a small thing.

  37. Laura says:

    I love bubbles. I also don’t like to share. I save them for nap time;)

  38. the Speckledpup says:

    how did this one escape the “great haircutting of 2008″?

  39. threeundertwo says:

    I’m an anti-balloon mom too. They create nothing but insane amounts of grief at our house. I thought I was alone in loathing a childhood favorite.

  40. Becky says:

    What a cool picture! I don’t think I ever made a bubble that huge! :)

  41. melissa6 says:

    i hate bubbles….they are absolutely BANNED from my house. I just used to spend ages mopping up their soapy mess…amidst the screams and tantrums!!!!

  42. The Simple Family says:

    Thank you. Every time I see the damn bubbles come out, I look for something that I can use to impale myself.

  43. To Think Is To Create says:

    OH gah. I hate the bubble drama too. I often pretend it’s all gone or accidentally spill it all myself once it’s reached it’s peak usefulness (i.e. when the fighting starts, i.e. right away).

    Love those colors, great shot.

  44. Maryn says:

    Oh my gosh, yesterday at playgroup this kid threw bubbles into my kid’s face…laughing, not caring that it stung her eyes. I had to grab the wand from him to stop him and even that didn’t register as any kind of alarm. Well, I was pretty nice about it b/c I thought the kid belonged to someone in our group– turns out he didn’t.
    Bubbles– why don’t I just smear my kid with syrup and let her play in the dirt? Squirt her in the eye for good measure.

  45. Carolynn from Western Australia says:

    Hey what happened the following post disappeared ????

    Are there Gremlins in the system??

    Love Carolynn xxx :-)

  46. formerly fun says:

    That’s how it is with sidewalk chalk at our house.

  47. Antique Mommy says:

    Love this photo - as well as the others from your recent posts. You have a keen eye for composition.

  48. reen says:

    Wow, that photo is a stunner!!

    I skirted the spilling/fighting issues by buying some small spill-resistant bubble bottles, just have a little slit at the top big enough for the wand. Kid dumps it (yes, they find ways) or uses it up, refill and voila! They all have to be different colors, though, or they’ll find THAT to fight about. Sigh. Balloons, however…don’t get me started on the balloon drama!!!!

  49. Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk says:

    Are you kidding me? Bubbles have kept my children entertained for hours. Sure most of the mix ends up on the garden but they have endless fun racing around popping them AND come in washed and cleaned because they’ve smeared so much of the washing up liquid mixture up their arms.
    We LOVE bubbles. We also love that giant bubble making thingumy.