We are still unloading bags and loading up others.
This summer will be one to remember as it started out with a bang -
we finally got rid of the beloved and much used swing set.
The swing set we bought at our last house the summer we moved in there, when Rhiannon was a baby and David was two. We started with a baby swing in place of one of the swings and eventually added the teeter totter when they got big enough for it. There were many happy swinging days spent, teetering, gliding and sliding. They especially loved the summer we put a pool at the bottom of the slide.
After moving with us here to this house in 2008, it survived another couple years before losing the swings that are now attached to trees for higher, more stomach dropping swinging capacities. Soon the swing set was used more for hanging upside down than anything else.
We made the decision at the end of last summer that it would be the last but of course we were talked into keeping it until this spring when the glider literally broke out from under feet that were clearly too heavy. It became more of a hazard than anything else at that point so we took it apart through pleads. We brought it down to the end of the driveway, each carrying a couple pieces. As dad brought the slide down, there were sad faces and a request to go down the slide that had been pretty much vacant for the last couple years "just one last time?".
As she sat at the top of the slide, she put her hands in the air like she was little again, like it was going to be the ride of her life. At that moment I thought about all the happy years that swing set brought and I hoped she remembered some good times too. She gave out a good whee on the way down and that was it.
The end of an era.
Best $125 I have ever spent. Lasted a memorable seven years with no major injuries. Haven't gotten that good a return on anything I've invested in yet. Now we move on to bigger like a tree house and better like a zip line - the thrills just aren't what they used to be..
What's something you invested in for your kids that has had the best value and return?