Brother Club

When the littles begged and pleaded for a playset in the backyard Honey jumped right on that project.  You see, this great neighborhood has one pretty major flaw – no playground!  There are a couple nearby, but nothing in walking distance.  So, we watched the sale flyers in the Sunday paper until we found an affordable option that wouldn’t take over the entire back yard.

All was good and fine with the building of the thing (I mean, from the air conditioned comfort of my sofa all seemed good and fine) until Honey went to screw on the green and neon yellow topper to the “fort” (as the PCP likes to call it).

This is just about when I put the pedal to the metal and headed straight to Lewis and Sheron for something a little sassier (and, lets face it, a lot less neon.)  I was happy as a lark to come across a black and white polka dot indoor/outdoor fabric perfect for my project at only eight dollars a yard.  Note: this is not the exact one I purchased.

I used the provided garish yellow/green tarp as my template and simply cut out the new fabric to fit with pinking shears.  I added the triangle cut fringe along the bottom front ad-hoc as I went.  You know, to give it a lil somethin’ somethin’.  (Insert profuse apologies here for having no pictures of this process.  I promise it was as easy as pie.)  

As Honey was finishing up the building of the jungle gym, I scrounged up a scrap piece of wood from the basement workroom to make a little sign for the front of the playset.  I then picked up an outdoor sticker alphabet pack at Hobby Lobby and, after spray painting by wood black, went to town spelling out “Brother Club”.  I hope that it will weather a bit and probably should have distressed it before Honey screwed it on but, as previously mentioned on this here blog, I have known instant gratification issues (and no plans to work through them) and just wanted it D.O.N.E.

I think it turned out splendidly. And the littles… well, they could care less about my newfangled tarp and custom sign as they are swinging, sliding, climbing and hanging upside down on their very own playground. :-)

And, if you were wondering…
1) Yes, my littles (and Bird) play outside half nekkid while I lounge on our newly decorated deck sipping on wine at the end of a loooong day with Honey.  It’s like a backyard hootenanny around here.  I’m sure old Miss J was muttering all sorts of unmentionables under her breath.
2) My grass is admittedly horrendous.  Embarrassingly so.  Which is why I’m just totally tickled that we are getting new grass next week!!!  Oh, and perhaps that will please the aforementioned Miss J for a day or two (until I bathe the kids in the sprinkler or check the mail in my nightgown again.)

Happy second day of Summer, y’all!

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Decked Out

We’re starting to gear up for Independence Day around these parts – hanging flags and gathering up all things patriotic.  Yesterday I swept up the remnants of our latest hail storm and decked out the deck in red, white and blue. And the reward for my efforts – dining alfresco (albeit on a spur of… Read More

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Dad’s Day

We had such a fun and exhausting day doing everything Honey’s way for Dad’s Day! At the request of the honoree, we kicked off the festivities with McDonald’s sausage & cheese muffins (which the PCP immediately declared smelled and tasted like poop…and I could neither disagree, make him eat it nor punish him for the… Read More

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This Father’s Day morning, while Honey peacefully slumbers upstairs and before we gear up for his big day, I am celebrating my own Daddy O. He’s an only child that impressed upon me how fortunate I was to have Sister in my life.  He would almost cry when we fought – hurting that we didn’t… Read More

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You may recall just about six months ago when the PCP had his very first slumber party with college bestie N’s son L.  Well, it was high time to repay the fun and we were just delighted to have the party at our place this go-round. We went swimming at the club, played superheros and… Read More

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Honeycomb Cakelets

After three hours worth of happy hour last Friday night I adventurously set out to bake, from scratch might I add, a honey almond pound cake for bestie S’s baby shower. So, after I’m-not-sure how many pool-side spirits, I peeled the cover off of my brand spanking new Williams-Sonoma Honeycomb Cake Pan, bought specifically for this… Read More

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