Monday, June 8, 2009

Magical Playland

We've been really trying to revamp the backyard for the past month. Trav's spent hours digging a hole right off the deck to pour a patio (and if it ever stops raining we can actually finish it), and spent more time getting an area ready for a new nifty swing set and play area for the girls. We've re sodded the area that was our garden (I use that term ever so loosely because it as more like a box of weeds), and our back yard is starting to look clean and yummy, if I do say so myself. All due to Travis working his butt right off.

Devin and Travis began the daunting task of putting the swing set together Saturday around 10, and as soon as Travis started unpacking the scary amount of nuts, bolts, slats, and screws, I knew it was gonna be a very long day for them. My Dad and Cody joined them after lunch and by 7, yes 7 -do the math, it was finished.

The back of the house, right off the deck is where the patio will be. We are really hoping at some point it will stop raining!
And then right off the side of the patio is the new play area. Here's the boys putting it together. We are so thankful to have had so much help, and really appreciate all of them spending their Saturday helping us!


Tonight after the rain settled, the girls got to break the swing set in. After a while I asked if they liked their new swing set to which Adyson replied "It's like a magical play land!"
I wonder where she got her dramatic flair?
Here is the finished product. We still have to add the rest of the playground bark and finish edging it, but are waiting till the patio is poured. Have I mentioned how much we want it to stop raining?? I know I have. But I did again just to get my point across.





I also want to say thanks to the many friends and neighbors who have helped. Our friends and neighbors are fantastic and have helped so much by donating tractors, 4 wheelers, and muscles. We are so thankful, and so excited to be one step closer to having this finished!

15 comments:

Kristen said...

Your yard looks perfect for the whole family. I love the new Swing Set/ Club House/ Monkey Bars...Well Done.

Charee B Mcclellan said...

wow..looks like a wonderful looking swing set. where did you get it?? and was it really expensive?? we have been thinking of getting a swing set with a slide....maybe like your smaller one...where did you get that one??? sorry for all of the questions...it will just save us time shopping around. we just have small little kids, so i don't know how big we need it! your backyard is awesome!

The Drysdale's said...

Great playground. I think my kids would think it was a magical playland too. I hope it stops raining soon so they can really break it in.

Justin & Ashlee said...

That is looking so good! I bet that will be so nice to have done and enjoy this summer.

Trisha said...

I am so into projects right now...so I love seeing what others are doing! It looks awesome!

Lorinda said...

It does look like a magical playground! Ady said it perfectly! What a beaut your backyard is! I will begin a "stop the rain" raindance asap.

Chanelle said...

That's going to be HOURS of fun, and as an added bonus, you'll always know right where your kids are!

Kylene said...

It looks so FUN! It's so nice to have a place to just send the kids out to play. Nice work! Hope the rain stops so that everyone can enjoy it. :)

Emily T. said...

With ya on the rain, hating it. The backyard looks awesome. What a lot of work, but so worth the hours of entertainment.

Jeff, Jenny and Pearl said...

What an awesome playground and parents you are for doing that! I am totally jealous!!!

Nyman's said...

It does look like a magical playland. Good work, I'm jealous!

Dustin and Shelli Chambers said...

Wow, fun! There is no better investment than your own yard, I say. So nice to be able to say, "no, we will stay home today, you have a park in the backyard." by the way, I do love your hair. I'm still getting used to mine short and I love to see pictures of yours! Gorgeous!

Jared Heather and Taegen Pete Johnstun said...

That looks so awesome!! I bet your girls are in heaven. Can't wait to come see it and you in person!

Hanne and Fam said...

The playset is awesome! Thanks for letting my kids come over and play on it yesterday. They are way jealous! :)

Melissa said...

It looks fantastic! That'll be so much fun for your girls (and probably neighbors) to play in!