D goes back to work next week which means he has been off for over a month. I am so grateful that his employer lets him take paid leave; most dads don't get to do that. And I am so grateful that he chooses to do that; a lot of dads don't do that. Lest you think it's all roses and sunshine where I sit around and just sing his praises, I also am grateful he's been home to finish up a bunch of projects!
Like our backyard. He hauled mulch and put in our gravel dig pit this week. (The swing set and play structure were put up right after we moved in. We actually paid the fence company to sink the posts for the play structure which was definitely the best $70 I've ever spent on a construction related project.) Our kid space is now complete and I love it as do the actual children.
Things I like best:
1. The swing set because it was free - My friend, Kelly, was getting rid of it because her daughter had outgrown it. It's a bit faded from the sun but still sturdy and well used.
2. The stump balance beam because it was also free - The corner of the yard where we put in the play area actually had a medium size spruce. (The variety that eventually take over the whole yard) So we cut it down but we kept the stumps to use for this. It's great for balancing or for sitting.
3. The gravel dig pit because I'm pretty sure we will get hours of entertainment out of it. I opted for gravel over sand for several reasons. I was wanting to avoid problems with alley cats. I was wanting to avoid sand in shoes; I think I would rather deal with gravel. I was wanting to avoid sand in the hair. Between playing trucks and digging with shovels, the kids have had a great time.
4. Communication tubes made from plumbing supplies - I have no idea what the actual name of this product is. But it's cheap and it works. Zeke thinks it is so much fun to yell into them and I've enjoyed watching him.
We still have some major landscaping in the back, front, and side yards but I'm definitely glad to have a kid friend space.