Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Sandbox

If you follow me on instagram, you saw that Matt and Jack had a special project going on this weekend...
Who wants to take a guess what they are building together? The title of this post should pretty much be a dead giveaway...

It's a sandbox!! The boys have always had a little Tupperware container full of sand that they played in at our last two houses, but now that we are moved into this house, and we know that we don't want to go anywhere else for a good long time, we thought it was time to plunk down a real sandbox.  We made the mistake of telling Jack about it a week ago, and although we hadn't planned to build it for at least another month or so, he asked EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Needless to say we are total pushovers.

The backyard has a long way to go - but it has a lot of potential to be an awesome place to hang out.  We have a rock-covered area (patio?) at the back of our house, and we thought it would be great to have the sandbox down there so that the kids could play while we hung out at the table or the fire pit.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take as many pictures as I would have liked, but we went back and forth on the size of the sandbox, and after marking it off on the ground we settled on a 4x6 sandbox.  It;s big enough that no one is getting in anyone else's space, but it's not so huge that we would have to bankrupt ourselves on sand. 

Matt and Jack built the frame, while Luke and I dug out the rocks and got a start on digging down a few inches so the sandbox could settle in.  My brother Everett came over to help, and in no time at all we were making real progress.

We laid down two layers of weed block, to make sure there wouldn't be any little intruders in this sandbox, and it also makes sure that the dirt and sand won't mix - while still allowing water to pass through it instead of the sand staying wet. The boys and I looked on expectantly while the boys then settled the frame down in to the hole we had dug.  We then used the rocks I had cleared earlier to shore up the outside a little bit, and make it look a bit cleaner. 
And then! It was time to add the sand.  We still need to buy another 10 bags of sand or so, but we had enough to make a good start.  At this point the boys got SO excited.  It suddenly was really real to them, which was adorable.
We still need to build a real cover, or risk having the largest litter box in town, but right now we simply have a piece of plywood that we drag off when we want to play, and put back on when we are finished.  It's not ideal but it is fine for now. 
And the boys?  Well...they are LOVING it.  But this has raised one HUGE question for us...
Why do babies eat sand?

Did you have a sandbox when you were little?  I still remember my dad building ours, and have high hopes that Jack will remember building this one with his Daddy. 

11 comments:

  1. How fun Bekah!! I seem to remember we had a sandbox but don't remember the details. I remember the wood being painted red, and knowing my dad, that is what it was! Your guys look so cute and they will have hours of fun in that sandbox!

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    1. Thanks!! I totally wanted to paint the sandbox but I knew Jack would not understand drying time! Haha

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  2. I always want to smooth Luke's lips, but that last picture- OYE!

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    1. hahaha it makes my teeth feel gross just looking at it!

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  3. We had a sandbox growing up and I have lots of fond memories of it- including flooding it with the house to make a mud box once! haha.

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  4. Aww! They look so cute playing in their little sandbox! Though I'll admit that sandy mouth picture makes me feel gross too!

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    1. Oh I know!!! Haha I didn't actually see him do it, but my brother said he was just laying there LICKING the sand. Gag.

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  5. Andy build our boys a sandbox that was 8x8-- and put 5000 pounds of sand in it! (Yes, three zeroes.) He's kind of in the 'go big or go home' category. ;) Showing the sandbox to Drew is one of my all-time favorite memories. (http://adventuremamablog.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/lucky/) I'm so happy for your sweet kiddos-- lots of fun times ahead!

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    1. Oh my goodness! Drew's face is priceless!

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  6. Awww so sweet! My dad built me a sandbox when I was little and I LOVED it! :)

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