My fabulous father-in-law came up to help with the impending build. He likes building things that are "structurally sound" and taking far too many trips to Home Depot, Lowe's and the local hardware store (yep, they did all three multiple times) as much as my husband does, but with all the work he did, I cannot complain one bit (though I can still make a little fun on my blog, it is my blog after all).
We started with something like this.
The boys set to work sinking posts. Apparently, we have really rocky soil or something 'cause they said it wasn't so easy. (I didn't get pictures of them working the 2 man post hole digger which I'm a little sad about, but I've had to move on.) Meanwhile the kids were soooo helpful. Seriously, worth their weight in gold. What? My nose is growing?
The older one was a little more helpful. He helped gather rocks to throw in the holes before they poured in the cement. And yes, barefoot construction is totally a good idea. Safety is number one around here.
Oh and yes, here are the tears I spoke of. What do you mean I can't eat concrete? My parents hate me!! Where's DYFS? Oh, the huMAAANity!
And here is where we finished off day #1.
Did I mention we only had a half a day left with my father-in-law. Well, crap.
I promise, the story has a happy ending! Stay tuned.