Capital Earth Rugs Braided Jute Round Rugs - New Arrivals!
Christmas Extravaganza 2013!

So, we got this playground...

When we moved last year, one of the blessings of our new home was a fenced in back yard. Our previous home was fantastic (I still miss my 600sq ft of veggie garden, and the start of the orchard we had planted...), but the yard was a bit of a nightmare - it wasn't fenced in, and it was a corner lot - which meant that on two sides it was epically dangerous for the kids. So, when we moved, and realized "we can just let the kids play out back all day long!", we (meaning Chris, primarily) got a bug in our bonnet to get the kids a playset. Of course, not just ANY playset - Chris figured we could build an awesome playset for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one. We even managed to get two slides and four playground grade swings for free from a garage sale! Come spring, Chris caught the bug again (probably being cooped up inside with two energetic kids helped push that along), and started scouring the local craigsist for options.

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Lo and Behold, we managed to find a HUGE playset that a local church with a daycare was selling, as they were upgrading. The set was massive - three 12 foot tall towers, two slides, a crawl tube, a bridge, and a picnic table. The price the daycare was asking was spectacular, and so we all piled into the car and drove the hour to check it out - and Ben fell in love. Which pretty much made it a done deal.

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

SO, Chris called up some friends, rented a 24' foot truck (we were optimistically hoping we could pull the thing apart in sections and keep it mostly together; SO could have happened, if everybody involved was either The Hulk or on the Olympic Weight Lifting Team - and we had more of us), and headed down on what turned out to be a rainy Saturday. Several hours later, and soaking wet, we piled back in to bring it back up to the house.

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Long story short - with much back breaking labor, the help of Janene and our amazing cousin (Andrew Rash, we're talking about you, dude), Chris managed to get this thing up and put together. Ben was GIDDY, which made the sore muscles worth it (mostly).

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

So far, we've had one birthday party here and on it. Other than that, it has "simply" been used for hundreds of hours of fun - wild and crazy, and quiet too! We put the kiddie pool at the bottom of the big slide while it was hot - which WE thought would be awesome. We're not actually sure the kids ever went down the slide into it, but they sure had fun putting other things down the slide and into it...

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

Awesome Playset and Summer Fun, from The Weed Patch family

All in all, very much a worthwhile investment, and Chris is already thinking of new things to add to the thing as time goes on...

Comments