Tim did the initial groundwork for the project by buying several large pieces of lumber, and Keegan bought a plastic toddler swing at Home Plus. The men assembled on Saturday morning to start putting everything together.
Tim makes himself useful as a post.
By the afternoon, the frame of the swingset was erected, and the men set about digging holes to put the supports into. Unfortunately, the shovel we had was not up to the task of digging such large holes, and two guys were dispatched to the hardware store for a new shovel and some concrete to fill in the holes.
Sophie on the construction site, waiting for a stronger shovel.
Much hilarity ensued as the remaining men, impatient to keep making progress, attempted to continue digging with a severely bent shovel and to break up large rocks they encountered with a rubber mallet. Jokes about time on the chain gang abounded. Finally the new shovel arrived and the frame was properly secured.
By the time we returned from a dinner out with some friends, the toddler swing was mounted, and Sophie went on a nighttime ride. She loved it! We got to try it out again on Sunday afternoon, and once again it was a big hit.