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Our Sweet Play Pad

We have lots of raised bed areas in our yard, and due to neglect, most of them look like little chunks of the Amazon jungle in my own backyard. I decided to clear out one of them except for the trees and turn it into a summer playground. It's nice and shady so a good place in this hot weather. Last night I worked on it.  I cleared it out, put down some astroturf carpet stuff, bought some new pools for the kids, cleaned and replaced the sand in the sandbox and moved it, brought over my old swing bench, got a bin for toys, and now it's FLIPPIN' SWEET. I dont have to put the sandbox or pools on the lawn where they will kill it, but we can have them out all the time to play.  We played out there today.

This is an overview from one end.

I think Andrew is trying to squirt me.

Here's the dino sandbox (the beach area), and Loren asleep on the bench.  That's also where I sit when I hang with the kids.
You can't really tell from the pictures, but the leaning trunks on the right are red oaks that nicely shade the area.

Here's the water end, complete with two pools.  A bigger pool with slide for Andrew and Tracy and a smaller pool for Loren.  (when she's awake)  Tracy is putting water in the big pool.  Also featured is my dog's butt.

Here's an overview from the other end, once again I am about to be squirtgunned.


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Jun. 29th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Neato! We wanna come play!
Jun. 30th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
Wow. that looks really nice. :)
Jun. 30th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
omg, I'm so jealous of your backyard. I know I should be looking at the kids but I keep looking into the distance at those rock-lined beds, so gorgeous, I would go crazy back there!

Do you guys live on the west side of 183?
Jun. 30th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
About a mile or two west of 183.

I also would enjoy spending some time to clean up the beds, they actually have lots of nice flowers and plants in most of them, just all over grown and weedy. I dont get the time with the kiddos... maybe I can work on some of the back ones (they're in the front yard too) while the kids play over in this spot.
Jun. 30th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
oh no I'm not saying that if I had 3 kids I would go crazy in your backyard.. hehe. I don't blame you at all, I barely have time now and I don't have any babies. I just love the big trees and lined beds back there, gorgeous.
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