Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Backyard Park

Whenever we attend the State Fair (a VERY big deal for those of you not from Minnesota), we always stop at the Rainbow Playset display. They have a couple playsets out for the "general public," to crawl all over, but we never stop there. Each year my husband makes them think we're going to purchase a set so that Cameron can go behind the fence and play with the really cool sets. Last year, the sleazy sales guy recognized us from the previous year, using all the same sales tactics...using our first names whenever he talked to us as if we were old friends; "Can't you see this in your backyard, Cari, with the neighborhood kids coming to play," "We can get Cameron in one of these by next week." blah, blah, blah. Well, this year, it was no different. Except the joke was on us, because we actually bought one (from the same sleazy sales guy). With the huge new yard, we knew we'd have the room. We just weren't sure if the money paid would be worth it. But we went for it. Mind you, we by no means purchased the biggest ones there (which were the price of a used car), but we got some nice accessories for the kids, including a baby swing, which Max LOVES (and screams when I take him out). Below are the pictures from the day.

Cameron waits with eager anticipation as he watches the guys put the set together.

Once all ready, Cameron sprints out to the playset.
He cruises up the climbing wall.

Cameron encourages Max to climb the steps to join him in the clubhouse.

Cameron and Max take a first slide together (what I didn't capture on camera was the boys falling forward with Max ending up on his face because the slide was so fast...a few tears to start our day!).

The boys played for a while on the set....Cameron ended up having 2 friends over....although they seemed to spend more time in the "woods" next to our property (a large line of pine trees separating our yard from the walking paths), than on the playset. But by the end of the day, Cameron was all tuckered out, too tired to eat dinner and falling asleep on the couch before 5:30.


At 5:16 PM, Anonymous jdoc said...

How fun! I want to play!

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At 6:00 PM, Blogger Grace said...

:) Congrats on purchasing a Rainbow Playset! Now, that's two good parents! When I was little, they had the "same" booth at the MN State Fair. Yeah, I was one of those kids yelling, "I want one! Get one -please!" I ended up getting one, but not a Rainbow. Though I personally think mine is better of course. Well, I'm sure they will enjoy it!

At 7:48 PM, Blogger LH said...

looks great. i like the climbing wall part. the boys look so sweet together

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Cari said...

jdoc, You can come over and play anytime....especially if you want to play with a little one year old who is in the habit of screaming for everything.

anonymous, Stop spamming me!

grace, Does ANYTHING change at the fair? Do you still have your playset? I wonder what people do with them when their kids outgrow them?

lh, I am very lucky to have Cameron, who loves Max so much. As a matter of fact, when we were looking at the set, he said we couldn't get that one because there were only 2 swings on the model, and there were going to be 3 kids (with the new baby). He was genuinely concerned about everyone having a swing!

At 11:34 AM, Blogger DR said...

Hey Cari! the blog is looking spiffy, and the boys look like they're real "swingers" already. your post about why white ppl should tan was hilarious. well things in DC are going well, i just wanted to stop by and say hey.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Cari said...

Hey DR!!!!!!

Love hearing from you! And I checked out your awesome blog...cept you haven't updated it since January!!! Let me know if you start up again...I'd love to read it, and link it to my site!!!! Glad to hear all is well in DC!!!!


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