Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How Big Are YOUR Rocks?

As the old adage goes, when the cat marks its territory in your combat helmet, throw it in a sink full of vinegar (the helmet, not the cat), and cross your fingers.

Wait, that's not a real adage?! Well it is now. As of today. At our house. If the smell doesn't come out, the Captain is just going to have to tell the Quartermaster he needs a new helmet because the old one has a bullet hole in it. Let's hope the Quartermaster doesn't call his bluff.

Here's something the animals have not yet ruined:



My kids had such a great time climbing on the fiberglass rocks at the zoo last month that I got it into my head that maybe I could buy a really big rock for the backyard. When I mentioned this plan to my fabulous neighbours, they laughed at me (I get laughed at out here a lot) and promptly drove me out to their pasture (closest I've ever been to a  huge herd of cows). It turns out the pasture is covered with huge rocks, and they told me to take my pick. Who knew?! Last night, they came over with the tractor and dumped down a huge pile of sand and two enormous rocks. Needless to say, my children are ecstatic.

I wanted to include a few photos of them both playing, but Rosemary's Baby took one look at his new sand box, ripped off all his clothes and went diving at it. When he learns to keep his clothes on, I'll get some internet-appropriate shots.

This has seriously saved me something like $800 on a new play structure, and brings the number of favours I owe next door to approximately one billion.


13 comments:

Kelly L said...

Love it - I remember my kids had the greatest time playing with a cardboard box when they were little - I miss those days..lol
I've Become My Mother

Linda said...

What a great gift!! Seriously, rocks and dirt are on the top of my wish list lately for garden work.

Years ago my kids would have been just as happy as yours are too.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Nothing like do-it-yourself fun! At least, that's what the cat said.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Nothing like a couple of rocks and some dirt or sand to play in! We used to dig for hours in the dirt. that was a hundred years ago....glad to see nothing has changed over the years!

Telly C. said...

Lol awww, the simple thrills of childhood :)

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Great neighbours - they rock! (sorry, couldn't resist).

fancythatfancythis.com said...

Don't you love the simplicity of kids?

So glad you saved $800 on your play structure and that you have such wonderful neighbors. Beats mine who don't even talk to us - apparently because they hate children?

Janine said...

HA!! Love the rock!! Boys are fabulous aren't they!!? A hunk of rock and some dirt and they are happier than pigs in poop!!
We are humidity free as of now... Thank goodness for that!!

Dimple said...

Both my kids liked playing in the dirt. Fortunately, I didn't have to pay money or go far to find some!

Country neighbors are the best!

In Real Life said...

That is so awesome! Sand and Rocks! Too cool! :)

vpostoronnim said...

Love your post. Actually love all of your posts. Just didn't have enough courage to comment. Gathering all of my courage, I want to tell you that your rocks aren't only fabulous as a playground: when your boys are grown-up, you can make a nice alpine garden there. Or maybe even a japanese rock garden, your choice!

Victoria from Mtl

Travis Erwin said...

Rock on!

Granny Bob said...

I guess there will be lots of rock and rolling at your house, welcome to the rockscaping family. You do have good neighbors, but I know that they have great neighbors in return.If you need more rocks I have a few to share lol,we farm them.Just figuring this out,thanks for the great blogs.