Today was the first time the kids have ever stepped foot in the backyard. Seriously. I know it sounds ridiculous, but since we had two dogs, we had a major doggie-doo-doo-land problem back there. We had planned to fence off a section for the kids and an area for Teddy (we now have only one dog) in order to keep the kids from running into the piles of poop. But today Daddy got almost all of The Matterhorn completed and also tried to pick up some of the dog bombs out there so that the kids could see and enjoy their new play set.
We spent about an hour this afternoon running around the backyard and testing out the new slide and the swings (as Daddy assembled them). They LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The swings are a big hit, but we only have two, so we will see how that works out. There is another glider that holds two children, but I am not sure how easy it is to operate for 25 mo olds. Daddy still has to assemble the parts that actually allow them to climb up to the platform so that they can slide down, so we have to put them at the top (though Clark was able to climb all the way up on his own). Unfortunately, I took pictures before he was really done with today's work, so I'll have to get more tomorrow with the swings attached, etc.
Daddy had some other work to take care of, so I loaded them up for a quick trip to Nana's back porch to eat dinner and have a little more playtime. I truly thought that they would be worn out tonight, but were still going strong for more playtime after baths. Uncle Stevie came over and we encouraged them to RUN RUN RUN, so I'm thinking they should sleep like rocks tonight!
It was so fun to see their excitement about being in their backyard. It's a whole new world for them out there with sticks, rocks, trees, dog bombs, the neighbors at the fence, etc. They got a kick out of just running and chasing each other at one point and it was just too cute!
I'm looking forward to many hours of fun in Our Big Backyard....camping out under the stars, roasting marshmallows, potato sack races, building forts, sprinkler time in the summer..... We have so many more memories to create out there, but today was a big one for us!