I might have mentioned this story to a few people on the weekend but nothing beats a full and complete confession that is written in a public forum.
For Strawberry's birthday we got her the Mini Dora Soccer Pop-up Goal. It's actually a pretty cool idea. It comes complete with ball, pump and of course the net. Everything is there to keep your child running around and busy right out of the box.
The night before I wanted to pump up the soccer ball and put it next to her so she saw it when she woke up. She's been raving about Soccer Monsters and her super soccer kick for a while now so I thought this was the perfect way to start her birthday.
The ball was this neat little yellow neoprene stitched thing that looked like a real soccer ball. The Dora and Boots decorated ball was Size 2 for little feet. It came with its own tiny pump and inflator needle. Yes, the ones you always lose and end up rummaging through the garage looking for. However I had a bigger pump that would take care of filling up the ball much faster. I did actually think about using the Air Compressor but thought that was overkill. So I pumped it up nice and firm and tucked it away for later.
The only problem was… Daddy over inflated it! The actual stitching and the neoprene ripped and the inner liner blew apart big enough to stick my foot into it. There goes half the present! I was actually ashamed to tell Jana but she just shrugged it off. What can you do? Hide the blown apart evidence and give the net to the girl and no ones’ the wiser.
Until this morning… I was confronted by Strawberry with the carcass of the Soccer Ball.
"Daddy… it blowed up!"
Does anyone know a good sports store that sells Size 2 Soccer balls? You know… for little feet. Otherwise Buttercup wants to use the net as a tent.