A BIG SANDBOX!!!
When I was a kid we had a nice size sandbox and all of the neighborhood kids loved playing in it with us! My dad built it for us out of sandstone and it even had a little roof over it and everything. We spent many very happy hours playing in it.
So I wanted my kids to have that as well. But as in everything it seems, I had to make it BIG!! :)
|Yep, I said big. 10' long, 5' wide and 16" deep.|
Oh yeah, it holds 2 tons of sand!
So anyway, I built it several years back and got it filled up with sand but guess what? When kids play in a sandbox the sand seems to slowly disappear! So this year it needed a fresh filling, so Tammy and the kids shoveled what was left of the old sand out and got it cleaned up and ready for the first load.
|It's hard to see but there is a little bank that makes|
it interesting to get the truck up to the end this way!
|Oh yeah, I have a really cool gadget called a LoadHandler! :)|
|So the first load is unloaded it's off to the gravel yard for load #2!|
So while I'm off getting the second load, let me tell you about my back yard. From the back of the house there is about 40' and then a drop off into some woods. (That's the trees you see in the left hand side of the pictures. The small bank in these first pictures cuts across from the back corner of my garage back to the woods. At the other end of the house is another bank that does the same thing but is about 8' high and quite steep. (It's a bear to mow!)
Being the perfectionist that I am, (despite there being no room to move in the back yard on a bicycle let alone in a full size pickup) I had to attempt to get the second load of sand into the empty end of the sandbox so this is what I ended up doing to achieve that:
|It took about 20 minutes of maneuvering to do this during which time, |
Tammy was cringing every time I came within 3" of hitting the house!
(Which was quite often!)
Well, we got all the sand in the box where it belonged, got the truck out of the back yard and with the exception of a few tire tracks in the grass, there was no harm done!
And now we have a very happy little boy!
OK, make that two happy little boys!
|I love tunnels! :)|
So there you have it! One big sandbox, 2 tons of sand, some beat up trucks, cars, and other toys, and a whole summer of fun!! What could be better? Well, maybe the GIANT slip-n-slide I'm going to put up but I'll save that for another post! :)