I bought a trampoline. The kids have been begging for one for years. I know how dangerous they can be, really I do. If ever I was tempted, I’d ask Jeff and he would say, “No way! Someone will break their leg, or their neck, and it’s such an eyesore.”
But finally, I caved. I justified it this way.
1. Jeff says no to everything, but always comes around, and plus he massively owes me one after making me drive 20 hours there and back to CO so he could make me hike moutains and enjoy the outdoors.
2. I want the kids to have something fun to do here with friends, OUTSIDE.
It took me only a mere 6 hours to put together. I did it all by myself. Well, Patrick was here, but refused to help. The instruction manual kept saying, “For this part, you need two people.” They didn’t know a mother was putting it together, because really, we’re like 4 people in one, don’t you think?
I just pretended I was in Amazing Race and I did fine. Except for a couple issues like when I lost the little thingy in the grass that you need to screw the screws on and it took me and extra 5 minutes to hunt for it. Also, when I put the springs on, I miscounted more than once and had to redo all my work twice. And during the middle of it, I had to put Patrick for a nap, so I lost some time there.
But no biggie.
I still think I won.
When they got home from school:
Back packs were thrown and socks were shed.
A timer was set as more and more children showed up. (I posted a list of rules, that only 3 children at a time could jump and they had to be close in size…you’ll see how long those rules were enforced.)
Someone needed to be distracted when they didn’t understand the rules.
As 6:00 drew closer, I was hoping to have so many children here that Jeff would be convinced that I did indeed, make the right decision by betraying him. What can you say when you see a dozen or more happy faces in your back yard?
He of course, came around and realized I was a genius.
We sat in chairs and watched the goings-on all evening long.
Till we decided it was our turn.
Blurry picture through netting…my favorite of favorites.