Backyard play area update

Well, I guess even a 3 year old can mess up a good thing.

As you can see by the attached photo, between my house and my play area, someone stuck a swimming pool.   This is turning out to be quite the problem for me.

It seems that both Grandma and Papa are not to thrill with me running full speed OUT of the play area and around the pool.   They think it’s an unsafe thing to do.   Of course, I don’t see the big deal so when they yell at me to stop running or get away from the pool, I just ignore them.

At dinner, Grandma and Papa were talking.  They said they were going to have to put up some kind of fence where the stones (at the end of my play area) meet the plants to slow me down.   They are talking to the folks next door that replaced our big fence to see what they can do.   The fence would contain me.  Well, contain me at least long enough so they can catch up to me.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

Well, that it for tonight.

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“The King*” has his own backyard play area now

Over the weekend, Grandma and Papa finished putting together a play area for me in the backyard.

Papa says this play area could be the most expensive play area ever built.   It seems that Papa found this Little Tykes Playground play set way back before Christmas with free shipping, a huge savings considering this thing weighed in at 240 pounds when it arrived in two boxes.  He couldn’t pass up a deal like this.  And since we no longer have a dog we don’t use the area behind the garage, a play area for me seemed like a great idea.

Unfortunately, the wooden privacy fence in the part of the backyard Grandma and Papa wanted to set this thing up at was in pretty bad shape.  They were concerned I could get hurt on the fence or “escape” through one of the broken fence boards.    So Grandma hired someone to fix the fence…  that ended up being someone who replaced all 250 feet of fence around the entire backyard….  $$$…

OK, fence is finally replaced.   Now the area behind the garage, where the play set will reside, needs to be brought up to spec.  You could hardly get back there because of the row of bushes.   So, bushes had to be moved making it easier to walk in and out of the back grassy area.   We have very little grass in our backyard….  $$$

Of course, you can’t set up a play set that Grandchildren might fall off of (this play set if about 6 feet high at its highest point) on hard packed dirt.  Something safer needed to be laid down first.   The solution, a couple of inches of rubber mulch… 2,000 pounds worth to be exact.  $$$

But wait, when measuring the area to determine how much rubber mulch we might need, Grandma discovered that the ground is not the least bit level.   Papa thinks that could be problematic.  Solution, have the landscape people who are going to move the bushes to a different location, level out the area for us… $$$$$

The bushes are moved and the ground is level.   The landscape company even laid down some black plastic stuff to prevent grass and weeds from growing up through the rubber mulch.

But wait again..  The place that sells the rubber mulch doesn’t normally deliver, although they will for a huge fee.  Fortunately, the landscape folks agree to pick up and spread the rubber mulch for us saving us a ton of work.  Papa had no idea how he was going move and unload a one ton bag of rubber mulch… $$

Fence is fixed, area is level, and the rubber mulch is in place.  It’s now time for Papa to finally assemble my play set..  gee, it’s only been almost 2 months since it was delivered and I’m ready to play.

I went to the petting zoo with Mom while Grandma and Papa put the play set together… something about small children possibly getting in the way and inappropriate language.

Finally.. Sunday morning after church, Grandma and Papa took me into the backyard for the unveiling….  My play area was complete…  and it was well worth the wait.

Grandma even set up a small picnic table for me… Little Tykes Easy Store Table

And there is enough room, even with the play set, for me to kick around my ball and play with bubbles.

This is way too cool.

*Now you also know why my good friend Jim coined the term “The King” to describe me.

Well, that’s it for today.

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Lego Space Shuttle update

I heard Papa telling Grandma that someone asked him what happened with the missing Space Shuttle pieces; the one’s everyone assumed I took.

It seems Lego has a very nice replacement process for missing Lego pieces.   Papa contact, told them which parts “disappeared”, and Lego mailed them to us.   In just about a week, the new pieces arrived.   However, in that same week, Papa managed to finish our Lego Space Shuttle.

It seems Grandma found two of the pieces inside the high-hat (that’s a part of a drum set).

Then, weeks after the parts disappeared, I found the remainder of the missing parts.  I’ll never tell where I found them.  I just showed up one day in the kitchen with the Lego’s necessary to finish the Space Shuttle.

Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.

(Isn’t using a Grand Piano as a Lego display table such a good use of it… )

We have put together quite a few Lego kits since then.  In fact, yesterday we build one of the space ships from Star Wars.  I have no idea what Star Wars is but Papa seemed to be excited.  Here’s a picture of what we ended up with…  I like it..

Grandma even got in on the fun and helped me build three of the Lego Toy Story kits.    I’ll have to get some pictures of those…

Well, that’s it for today

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