Well, as most of you already know via facebook, we have a new playground in the backyard. Just so you can see why it ate most of our week last week, and all of our energy, I'm posting the step-by-step building pictures. I'm mostly just copying and pasting pictures and captions from Adam's facebook profile, so forgive me if you've already seen it.
Step 1: Remove the rocks from the side of the yard.
Step 2: Remove the curbing from the side of the yard.
Step 3: Remove the grass from the playground area.
Step 4: Remove and reroute the sprinklers to the new grass edge.
Step 5: Level and remove everything from the area.
Step 6: Add weed-blocking material.
Step 7: Start putting the playground together.
Step 8: Make sure the kids are okay with the job we are doing.
Step 9: Put more of the playground together.
Step 10: Make sure the kids are okay with the job we are doing.
Step 11: Finish putting the swing set together, make sure it works.
Step 12: Put borders around the area, fill with wood chips and sand.
The whole process, including wood chips, took a week. Excepting wood chips it was about 3-3.5 days give or take. I have to use this as an example of Adam's work ethic. He is amazing! When he starts something, he works straight through until he's finished. It was hard to get him to take breaks to eat or anything else. He was spending 14-hour days out in the hot sun, and I don't know how he did it, but it turned out so great! We are all enjoying it, the kids to play on, and us because it keeps them so busy and active and happy.