I'm sure putting down roots - home - means something different to each person. I'm always surprised what makes this missionary kid, retired military spouse, Third Culture Kid suddenly have a sense of permanence - roots. All of today's projects speak of permanence to me. We certainly wouldn't have picnic tables and play structures if we were "hot" for orders. We have been here for two years and there are no orders on the horizon - a joy of retirement.
Once we went into the military, and began living in base houses and moving every 2 - 3 years, we never had a garden or a swing set. I DID grow some things in containers, but it isn't the same. We certainly didn't plant things with an eye to "3 or 5 years from now we'll see this or that." Some families do have swings - but we had a large homeschooling family and were always too near our weight limit to haul around a play structure. We made liberal uses of play areas on, and off, base. Today, Michael and Alex began tearing up the sod to level a spot for our very own play structure.
|These Gherkin guys can do anything|
Dad enjoyed supervising...he even gave up the chance for a second outing of the day in order to stay hoe and supervise.
|Dad, Michael and Alex|
I was aiming for the color of my accent wall in the house. Inside is a bit darker...close but this is by far BRIGHTER. LOL
I love that we are giving these Mother's Day gifts new life...and that Stacia and Alex (our babies) are now personally connected to them as well. They should withstand the winter much better this year.
The three picnic tables are the same color...yes, we have literal turquoise tables now. I actually do plan to place one in the front yard...and in years to come the orchard will shade it. The man at Lowes encouraged me to get the BEST exterior/advanced weather protection they sell....and I did. He also encouraged me to get high gloss. I didn't. I'm glad I didn't. This is so shiny and bright, I think they'll see them on satellites from space. In fact, I'm pretty sure small planes will begin to use the three bright, shiny tables by the mountain as navigational landmarks.
|I love them|
Stacia and I ran to Lowes for another gallon of paint. We also bought some plastic lawn chairs at 50% off. I REALLY want to have wooden Adirondack chairs...but that project is a ways in the future...and these will be more comfortable and hold up better than the camp chairs are holding up. I also bought some hardware for another project in my mind. I only need to learn how to use one of the fancy saws and how to paint pretty words on the pallet Michael found for me.
We broke for dinner and then hit the play structure again.....and it began to take shape. It was a family affair.
|The picnic table and awning are attached|
|The slide is attached and tried out|
|The rock wall is attached - but no one has climbed it yet|
Oh yes, I'm going to make up for lost years and take lots of family photos right here. I surrendered the idea of trimming it in turquoise. ::snort::
|Stacia, Krista, Alex, Nolan and Dad in the background - he wouldn't climb the slide.|
Dad is enjoying reading with us. He finished, "Your God is Too Safe," and is now reading "Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska." This is written by Torry Martin, of Wooten fame on Adventures in Odyssey. It's sort of a Christian Patrick McManus. It's fun to see Dad enjoying it.
Ah, look.....doesn't it say...this is home and we plan on staying.....unless, of course, God says, "Move!!" ?