Finally, after who knows how many hours, untold amount of curse words, and a LOT of frustration, we finished putting together Ruby's behemoth of a play set Last weekend. Two weeks ago I would have told you that I wished we had a spare $600 laying around to pay someone else to finish the blasted thing. Now that it's done, I am proud of the work we've done and feel like it was all totally worth it and I can put together all the things from now on. But if you have the money, for the luvva god, pay someone to do it for you!
Parts of it were easier to put together than others, obviously. The main structure took for-friggin'-ever (it's about 12' tall) but once we got to the swing bar it went pretty smoothly...except for this metal part that H had to beat the shit out of and re-drill holes to get everything to line up properly. Yes, there are some extra holes, and yes, we had a couple pieces of extra wood laying around but it's still structurally sound and most importantly, finished!! Now Ruby can stop guilt tripping us (to grandpa: "Mommy and daddy didn't work on my swing set....").
Ruby is, of course, thrilled. She mastered the rock wall in an instant and now that the swings are up she is all "PUSH ME!" like a thousand times. This girl has got to learn how to swing herself! Me having to push her defeats the purpose of getting the swing set in the first place. She needs to entertain herself AND just getting pushed does not burn nearly enough of the boundless energy this child has.
The moment we screwed the last screw into that thing I realized how stressed I was about getting it finished. My mood lifted and I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I was seriously desperate to get the thing done and off of my very full plate. That's even how we spent Mother's Day, working on the play set, followed by sushi. I'm not really into making a huge production of holidays but by mid-afternoon that day, after seeing posts all over Facebook involving flowers and dinner cruises, and whatnot. Well, lets just say that I was a little bitter about how I'd spent my day. But, oh well, such is the life of an adult. And hey, IT'S DONE!! Woo hoo!!