We moved to this small town almost four years ago. It was winter and we had to buy quickly but our choices were different versions of the same 80s style house. I wanted to pass on this place, til my realtor sent me a picture of the backyard in the summer. So we signed the X on a mortgage that we will likely spend the better part of our adult years paying off.
It went without saying that we would reno the place from top to bottom and make it ‘ours’. It also went without saying (and lots of Pinteresting) that we would make our backyard an oasis for us, as well as a place of adventure for our kids. I’m talking ridiculous tree houses, ziplines, quiet swinging benches, firepits, and gardens.
Clothesline season has begun due to the following reasons: 1. I forgot to put the laundry in the dryer and am facing imminent back log status 2. Something about a mini #DavidSuzuki on my shoulder 3. I like crunchy clothes that smell like allergies 4. My neighbours love when I display the province’s most depressing collection of stretchy pants #chanchosometimesyouwearstretchypants #likeyourentirepregnancy #clothesline #housewifelife
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Grass seeding in a fashion that a 73 year old senior would be jealous of.
There are soft, sunny moments of coffee and good friends. Loud buzzing evenings of birthday BBQs. Wet hands and and belly giggles chasing sprinklers and bubbles. Our backyard sees a rotation of soccer games, kiddie pools, bikes, hot dog roasts, a good book (aka the iPad), morning brunch, late summer dinner. It’s the place we always want to be. Every chance we get you’ll hear that screen door screech to the side and out we go, no matter the season.
A Backyard Family Swing
We recently added this family swing and moved the firepit by the sandbox. We hung it between two fir trees and I can see it from the kitchen window.
We hung it low enough for the kids to crawl up and down and not to worry about them falling.
While everyone else is napping, Levi will ask me to go on the swing with him. Usually I want some time to myself, but I can’t lie that I enjoy the swing as much as him….
The swing is from Swings & Things, based out of Kelowna BC. It is strong enough to hold up to 600 pounds! It has a soft finish (no hot rubber tire swings); is sturdy enough for the small kids to climb around; and can easily be taken down or hung at different settings. It is a quality swing that I expect to last years and years.
It is yet another little place of adventure and relaxation we can use throughout the seasons.
If you want to upgrade your backyard, get your family hooked up with one of these swings.
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