Sunday, February 25, 2007

17 Hours Later...
The Third Installment (please read below in reverse order to bring yourself up to date)


I think this picture says it all:


At 8:20 tonight, approximately 17 hours after "Project Play Structure" began, Dakota all but completed it! The only thing left to do is to add the anchors. To do that, though, we will need to make a Home Depot run for some deck screws. For some reason, there weren't enough in the seemingly hundreds of bags of bolts, nuts, screws, etc.

We let the kids stay up to see the finished project (Dakota was determined to complete it tonight.) and they were THRILLED! If you notice in the photos, I have them decked out in the snow pants and boots in a fruitless effort to keep the mud off their bathed bodies and clean pajamas. I did say fruitless, right? Yeah. I thought so. BUT...they had an great time trying out their new structure and put up quite the fuss when it was time to come in from the rain. It was two hours past their "head to bed time" by the time they were done playing.

It's been quite the wild weekend here. Great job, Dakota! We're all very proud of your hard work...and I'm sure the feeling will eventually come back to your fingers. :)

13 comments:

Froggymama said...

Yahoo!!! You guys are brave to build it yourselves! And you can see the anticipation of fun on the kids faces. I think if my husband and I tried to build something together, we would probably need a trial separation.

Pam said...

WOW! I am impressed! It took Bob two full weekends to put ours together in nice weather!

Caroline said...

Nothing says fun like mud all over yourself.

You guys did a great job putting that together. You can see the pure joy on the kids face as well as Dakotas.

Brenda said...

That's a dedicated mom! It looks great and the kids look thrilled!

seasonalkat said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I would love something like that, but we don't have a lot of room and D's already vetoed that idea a million times over. Luckily we live vaguely close to a few good parks!

Mieke said...

DAKOTA ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!

Casey said...

FroggyMama: I think that's why I bow out of projects so much (and so easily). We rarely see eye to eye on how best to complete things. 12 plus years later, I know just to help when needed and stay away when not. :)

Pam: LOL!! :)

Caroline: Well then, we are having some serious fun here. Mud everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Next weekend it's carpet cleaning time. :) The kids were/are very happy, that's for sure.

Brenda: Thanks!

Tracey: I hate going to the parks. You are a better mom than me. :) I just like to open the door and shoo them outside. :) :)

Mieke: She sure does! :)

Declan's Mom said...

You guys are CRAZY :) The things parents will do... can't wait for a playdate!

Lynilu said...

Wow! I wanna be a kid at your house!!!

gabrielle said...

wow very impressive job by dakota especially as small children and projects that need lots of construction don't mix that well I've found

Kristen said...

Ah, that feeling of accomplishment when its all done! At least your kiddos knew it was done and were excited about it. Audrey didn't really care about hers, but she does like it now. Are they playing on it everyday, despite the rain?

Casey said...

DeclansMom: We can't wait either - just need to wait for the mud to dry a bit. :)

Lynilu: We're happy to adopt you. :)

Gabrielle: I don't think they mix well either. There were a few tense moments there but mostly, they were good and when they got too tired, wet or bored they would go back inside.

Kristen: YES! Several times a day. And I have to be out there with them since Kaylen is too little to swing alone or climb the ladder. Let me just say BRRRRRR!!! And I am so, so tired of the mud. Spring can't get here soon enough for me.

Denise said...

Just awesome!! This looks like a blast. We built one when Rowan was two and it is still a much loved thing nearly 7 yeras later - it is a project well worth the time and investment. Ours has currently been transformed into a pirate ship stuck in a forzen lake (-: