The Clubhouse: Phases One and Two

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PHASE ONE: EXCAVATION

After we’d planned out the size of our clubhouse, we realized that the size of our sandbox had to change too. Our sand was old anyway and was hard to play in.  In the spring, especially, it was like chipping away sand stone until you got an area big enough to play with. Some years Matt tilled up the sandbox when he tilled the garden. It was time for some new sand!

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We dug out the sand, dug out the new area- check out those roots! It was a lot of work and took many evenings. Luckily, a lot of people needed extra dirt. Still, one or two loads ended up at huge field where there are piles of dirt anyway.

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The fun part was riding on the back of the trailer when it was time to deliver the dirt!

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Megan was pretty jealous. Matt wouldn’t let her ride in the trailer.

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Megan’s smile for me while we were waiting for the kids to get back.

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Megan’s smile for Cayden

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Cayden practicing his ripstick  while waiting.

 PHASE TWO: SAND

The sand arrived while we were at the Dance Festival. When we rounded our corner (walking home) Megan squealed, “The beach!!!”

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Here was this huge pile of sand, and mom said not to play in it. So mean!

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I finally changed my mind. Seriously! How often do you get to play in a mountain of sand?!

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Megan and Jackson

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I love this picture- Dylan holding out his hand to Megan!

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Super jump!

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Belly slide!

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Flying!

We spent Friday playing in the sand and all day Saturday hauling it to the back. We borrowed Blake and Laura’s small 4-wheeler trailer and we (Cayden and Ashlyn) drove that thing constantly.  It had been raining the night before and our big trailer would have ripped up our back yard pretty badly. It was already in bad shape from all of the excavation.  By the time Matt had built the new frame and gotten the trailer working, we actually started bring the sand to the back about 2pm. Cayden had friends coming over at 7pm and thought we’d FOR SURE be done by then.  We worked constantly. I have never worked so hard physically! We dug sand from the front to fill up the trailer, drove it to the bag, and dug the sand out of the trailer into the sandbox. It seemed like every load barely sprinkled that big box.  One of Cayden’s friends got the time wrong and showed up an hour early. We put him to work! 7pm came and we were still not done. Cayden and his friends were inside having a great time but now the goal was to finish before dark. Besides, the next day was Sunday. We just needed this to be done! We borrowed wheelbarrows and men from the neighborhood started trickling over. We were like machines- filling up trailers and wheelbarrows! We made it! It was so satisfying to be a part of this project! No pictures- there was literally no stopping.

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Look at this perfect sandbox!

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Of course, we spent Sunday after church playing in it!

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Matt can always build a good road!

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March 2003, Matt and Cayden building ramps for trucks

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Megan had just woken up from her nap- still in church clothes. I love this picture!

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Jackson driving on the little roads

Phase Two: Complete!

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