Water Balloons on the Last Day of School

For the past three years I’ve met my kids at their bus stop with camera in tow to record their last day of school. I like the idea of going full circle because I caught their first day of getting on the bus in August.

But, after reading a post someone sent me on the cool things that fun moms do (and the grouchy, laundry-laden mom in this house could use a few tips), I thought that I would mix it up this year.


I spent the hour before their getting off the bus, while Dylan was napping, filling up water balloons. Now, this is how un-fun I had gotten as a mom: I HAD TO GOOGLE HOW TO FILL UP WATER BALLOONS! Honestly, people, if you don’t have one of those nifty attachments for your hose, getting water into a balloon is not an easy task.

I was determined to see this project through even though every other balloon seemed to pop in my hands splattering me with water before I got the hang of filling and tying those crazy things. Scott finally came out of his office after hearing me scream as water exploded all over me for the umpteenth time.SONY DSC

Scott likes fun so he agreed to join in and made this sign:


Then we practiced the logistics of our attack. I think that we looked particularly convincing as a water gun totting mom and dad.


We left each of the children one water balloon by the front door so they’d get the idea. . .

As they came through the back gate, Scott lodged a couple of warning shots and then the water balloon war was underway. Let me tell you, an hour’s worth of water balloons last. . .um. . .about 7 minutes. Just enough time to get drenched.


Dylan slept through the whole thing. So after dinner we filled up some more balloons and they had another fight.

This fight wasn’t without it’s casualties as it moved to the trampoline and, after the water balloons were done, invovled the hose and buckets of water.

As I tucked Luke into bed tonight he said that this was the best last day of school ever!



I am a mother of two sets of twins and a singleton. I explore the wild world of multiples and provide resources for other parents of multiples.
  1. Those are some serious weapons you had, Mich! What fun. I love reading your blog posts.

  2. Truly a great way to celebrate and surprise the kids! I felt bad as they got off the bus with the other Mom’s/Dad’s taking pictures while we were busy home prepping for the ambush. But they laughed so loud as they read the note that we could hear them from the backyard.

    Amazing that it took so long to fill the water balloons and yet they were gone in an instant.

    Congratulations to you all on another school year in the books and have a great summer!

  3. Michelle (and Scott),

    You are SUCH an inspiration! What fun and, equally important,what am awesome memory (dare I say new tradition?)!

    When I grow up, I want to be like you!

    Happy tears and super smiles,

  4. What an excellent idea!

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