Saturday, August 09, 2008

D.I.Y. Swing Set

Erik and I did a lot of screwing this week. I mean because we were building a swing set (get your mind out of the gutter). Building a swing set is not easy. First you have to dig up any obstacles, then level the ground, then get out all the parts and wrap your mind around the directions. Oh, and there are also kids and pets to attend to and distract you during all of it. But now it's done. Halleluiah! Now we can get back to normal, only better because now we have a swing set in our yard.

Remember when I blogged about Sage's favorite swing? This is what I did to it.

It was a good rusty clothesline, but it had to go. It was sturdy, which was nice when Sage would swing from it, but it was a pain to dig it up. It took me 4 days, digging about 45 minutes each day. Then on Friday (last week) we toppled it. Anyone want a rusty clothesline? It's free!

(That's a popsicle stick in his mouth, I don't let him smoke in the yard.)

On Saturday we hauled it to the shed and the rest of the day was spent leveling the yard (hard!). The kids were pretty good at entertaining themselves.

We moved McKenna's playpen to the shady spots and she just played with toys. Sage sometimes joined her and made her laugh (he's good at that) or read to her or organized all her Little People (the new-fangled fat ones) or teased her and made her cry. He's such a brother.

On Sunday (evening, because the days are way too hot) we started to build it.

Sage did a lot of reading. He reads a lot for an almost-6-year-old.

Monday and Tuesday we worked for a few hours when Erik got home from work. On Wednesday we worked into the wee hours with spotlights on so Thursday the kids could wake up and see this:

It was like Christmas morn, in August.

We did more work to it today - staked it to the ground, moved the sandbox, installed some accessories the company threw in for free. There was a telescope:

and a periscope:

neither of which actually magnify anything (how lame!) but don't tell Sage. We also moved the sandbox under the platform and installed a steering wheel so he could drive it into outer space.

I painted his old swing to match and hung it in the middle. No more accessories now. It's full.

Holy plastic and wood, Batman! It's still surreal to see it in our yard.

Thank you Nana and Papa for the birthday(s) present! (Next time give them something smaller, with less parts, please.)


Michele said...

Awwww...they're gonna love playing on it. McKenna is so adorable...I remember the days when the playpen was a godsend!!

You done good...looks great!


textile_fetish said...

Holy frick! You're like Santa Clauses! That's INSANE! I thought you had to embed them in cement or something. And forget leveling the yard! That's for people with heavy machinery. You two are unstoppable.

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Ooo, looks like fun! Good to know you don't let him smoke in the backyard...I'm tucking that one away. :D

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