Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Busy Summer time activities!

We have been BUSY outside with all of our wonderful weather! You would think that the inside of our house would be totally clean since we have been outside so much, but somehow the dirt is still finding its way into the house. The kids have been dropping in to bed each night exhausted. :) LOTS of pictures!
Of course school is outside. K-girl enjoys reading to us while we are in the playset fort.

K-girl in her basketball outfit ;)

playing at the park

75 degrees in MN = sprinkler weather. The boy on the left is our new neighbor.

We found a few minutes to plant half of the garden this weekend and everyone got to help. We may have to do some thinning out.

K-baby loves my oven mit :)

K-girl and Pistol

K-man and his horse Charlie at his second lesson.

K-man and Abby

K-girl and Abby

K-girl practicing her vaulting!

K-sis had her last gymnastics class.

K-man planting herbs.

K-girl planting her strawberry plants.

Daddy took the big 3 K's fishing! The caught lots of plastic (pretend) fish, but had lots of fun.

The girls working on the shed project.

New bricks in front of our storage shed.

Finally getting around to EASTER

We have been crazy busy around here the last couple of weeks. The weather has been so nice every day that we have been spending lots of time outside. The kids had a wonderful time hunting Easter eggs in the backyard and this was our first year to hunt eggs without some type of snow. Where do you hide eggs when you don't have snow drifts??? Good thing we had finished to playset to hide eggs on.

The Stash of eggs!

Ready for church

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our new swing set is complete!

Shawn, the kids and I worked over a week long period to finish our new wooden playset for our backyard. Shawn put in a lot of time working on it after work and then this past weekend we all spent most of our time out "helping" dad finish up. The kids have been out there constantly (even while we were building it!) enjoying our wonderful spring weather.

We looked at Home Depot, some other stores and on-line for pre-made kits and then decided to do our own thing. I wouldn't have been able to do it, but Shawn has built lots of things while helping his dad out on the farm so he knew what to do.

We were also hoping to save some $ and build one in our budget. We spent about $275 on wood and the playset parts cost $220. So our final total was $495!! Not bad for a swingset that is strong enough to be a storm shelter. :) Just kidding honey.

We may add a monkey bars and gymnastic bar later, but so far the kids are enjoying it as is.

The final product!

Sitting on their custom bench seat in the play house.

The restaurant serving bar. :) They have already served many happy customers rocks and sand.

The ladder that mommy built! We may add climbing rocks to this later, but I didn't want anything on it to trip K-baby up when she is climbing.

K-girl steering the ship which is in the top fort section.

Our wave slide. Shawn had to raise it about a foot to make it a little less lethal.
Overall, I was pretty proud of Shawn for planning this project and completing it in such a short time span. The kids sure owe daddy a few kisses and hugs in the weeks to come. Now I think the pressure is on Uncle Eric to get his up! Wish we could help.
They also managed a small project of putting patio stones in front of the storage unit, which is usually just a mud whole.
Don't you want to come play with the k-kids on their new toy??