Monday, June 14, 2010

Sandbox


School is out. My run as PTA president is officially finished!!!
Spring soccer is over.
Girl Scouts is on hiatus.

I'm ready to start blogging again! It's time to regain some of those followers that I lost during my unofficial break.
I miss you, followers! I'm sorry I disappointed you...
(no worries. I might have un-followed me, too!)

Luckily, I HAVE been crafting while I was away! I always make time for that :)
So I have plenty to catch up on. I promise lots of posts this Summer!

Last year my husband and I built this swingset for our children.

At the time, I wanted to put a sandbox in the bottom portion of the tower, but the husband talked me out of it.  He had valid points...it's messy and cats may pee in it, namely.
But now I have a little boy who's almost 4.
There's a world of difference between 2.5 and almost 4. kwim?
The little boy LOVES dirt. LOVES it. He's digging in whatever he can find at this point. I'm already dealing with dirt. And as far as cat pee goes...I don't see very many kitties around here. We're really more of a dog neighborhood.
Mostly, though, I just WANT him to have a sandbox.

So I built one.

I started by cutting out the grass that was growing in the base.

Once all the grass was pulled up I measured the box and cut my lumber.  I used 2x6's and screwed them all together before fitting it into the existing box.

Then I screwed the two boxes together.

After the box was in place I used weed plastic and staples to make sure nothing will grow up through the sandbox.

Then we started filling it.

Our sandbox is pretty small. We used 7 50lb bags of sand in it - 350 pounds! That filled it pretty well, but there are 2 more bags in the garage to be added when we need them.

My last step was to cap off the tops of the boards with 1x4's, to give it a little more of a "finished" look, and to give the kids a spot to sit while they play.

It's a hit! The boy loves it - so does the neighbor girl :)


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6 comments:

Mama Thompson said...

How great...I keep telling my husband I am going to build one....think I am just gonna do it:)

Kimberly said...

Fresh sand!!! :) I remember that sweet, sweet summer sandy feeling. :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

yay! welcome back! Have a great summer.
just stopped by to say, your blog will be highlighted tomorrow on Featured Followers Friday.
gail

Anonymous said...

Как говорилось на Seexi.net Ребенок взбунтовался-не желает с нами ехать к морю.Мальчику16 и ему с нами скучно(ещё реб-10лет). Все годы ВСЕГДА ездили всей семьей. Я его понимаю. А как ваши дети -подростки относятся к такому отдыху. Мне может показаться на первый взгляд это нормально и ничего не случится,если поедем без старшего,но благоверный категорически против. А как вы считаете? Эта ситуация для меня была настолько внезапной-нашла коса на камень-вплоть до развода. Мы никогда не отдыхали вдвоем с мужем.Хотя есть полновесные бабушки.

Anonymous said...

Я - благоблагоосмысленная девушка. Но порой пробивает, как же жить, в случае в случае если не верить и прислушиваться к любому шороху? Должен же быть кредит доверия мужу? Противно естесственно, эти придумки именно в мелочах... Но вроде с начала знакомства этого более не повторялось....

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