Warm weather, BBQ dinners, and outdoor play. These are the things I look forward to most about summer and spending time with my family outside.
When we bought our house a couple of years ago, one of the main things that attracted us was the gorgeous backyard with perennial cottage style gardens and tons of trees. Paved patio areas and a second floor deck. Essentially lots of outdoor space, cultivated especially for playing, eating and having fun.
This year I decided to tun the backyard into a play zone and adult-friendly oasis. Something we can all enjoy together, with lots of baby and toddler distractions. Here’s a glimpse into our first day with the new kiddie pool and sandbox incorporated into the space, I have a few more plans up my sleeve yet — so stay tuned for the big reveal next week!
Play-Space In The Works...
Click through to see our toddler and baby’s 1st big kid swimming pool and the beginnings of their outdoor, backyard play area >>>
Biggest Water Table Ever!
They’re both so used to their sensory/water bins that at first they weren’t sure how to go about this pool business. When they realized they could actually go in it they were over the moon.
We’re pretty happy with the little oasis we’ve created for our family. Not shown is our sweet little lounging and eating area. A few additions to come: streamers of felt and ribbon bunting and hand-painted muslin drape cloths hung by bamboo rods to cover up all of the brick walls and brighten things up a bit. Come the end of July I hope to see my bean and clematis vines having flourished around the balcony beams and up under the 2nd floor balcony deck to make a green ceiling. (Gardening twine!)
That's One Big Pool Kid!
I may or may not have chosen this pool with visions of lounging in it myself. I mean, it’s bigger than a tub and fits two amazonian adults in it quite nicely with only mere steps to the beer fridge. Uhm, I mean…I can totes get in there and play with them! (That too.)
I plan on letting her live in swimsuits this summer.
Fully supported and endorsed. There is but a brief period of time during early childhood wherein I think this is totally acceptable. I promise I won’t torture him with this image during his teen years. Pinky swears.
Ruffle Butt Ahoy!
This one is a framer.
Full-On Sensory Water Play
Never mind a water table! Pouring and measuring are favoured methods of pool-time play.
This look right here says, “thanks mama.”
As seen here, instructing her brother on where to pour the water next. She needed a little break from the big pool to take it all in, kick back and do some relaxing. Oh, and to pee on me. That happened too.
Hours of Fun
He may resemble a prune hours later, which just means everything is as it should be in the summer-time world of a toddler boy.
Daddy Daughter Talks
Here they were discussing why she couldn’t have beer in her sippy cup and the proper application of lipgloss.
Goodwill Rocks My Socks Off
I found this seemingly brand new turtle sandbox at my local goodwill! A couple of bags of sand later and we’re building up quite the nice little backyard play space.