Well, I had some setbacks, and it took me a little while to put up this post after I had finished but her it is. Project for the month of April.
P1 and I had decided that getting a swing set for the kids was a great way to spend our tax return. That's not as simple as it sounds. First, we had to borrow a pick up truck from a friend to go pick it up. Paying for it was painful, these things don't come cheap!
I spent an entire evening unpacking the two large boxes and carefully sorting, measuring, and labeling all the parts. Of course, it never fails. Several parts were missing. I had to call the manufacturer to send replacement parts. The parts took a week to get here, but luckily they were necessary for some of the later steps of the construction, so I could get started anyway.
P1 is the nicest, and at least to me, the most exciting guy in the world, but anything more complicated than changing a light bulb is not for him, so the construction project rested solely on my shoulders. In addition he is so busy this semester, that I was not counting on his help holding parts up during assembly either.
So, gradually I started putting the pieces together. All the lumber was stacked up in neat piles on our back porch with the labels attached. I could only work on it on the evenings after the kids went to bed, and even then not for very long. One morning, about a week after the project started I went out to the porch, and found that F1-3 had carefully removed all the labels from the lumber, and placed them on the coffee table in a neat little pile. She ran to stand next to it and was obviously very proud of her handywork, and wanted to be praised for her hard work.
It took me a few days before I could muster up the energy to start re-labeling. And even then, I caught F1-3 on a few occasions, trying to sneak by to remove some of the labels. Finally, I finished both sides of the fort, and it was time to attach them to each other with the lumber for the front and the back. I could no longer go on by myself. F1-1 was spending the weekend with his biological father, P1 was too busy preparing lectures, what to do? Luckily, one of F1-1's friends stopped by looking for him, and got cornered into helping me out. It got dark shortly after he arrived, so I could only attach the front of the fort. The whole thing looked rather unstable, so I leaned it against the house, hoping that would provide enough support. And it did. At least, as long as it was just standing there.
A few days later, I decided to try and attach the back, hoping it would be more secure once I had done that. When I started, the whole structure came crashing down. I guess it wasn't that stable after all. Two pieces of lumber were damaged. I had to wait until it was Monday to call up the manufacturer again. They were very nice about it, and said they would sent the replacement right away. It took 5 days before that got here.
A week or so later, when F1-1 was with us for the weekend, I enlisted him and his friend to help out. This is not easy. Tell your pre-tween: hold it up straight, and pay attention. Keep holding it up straight. Yeah, right! Like that's going to happen. Oh well, eventually, I managed to get to the point where I could tell the guys they were off the hook. and from then on it was pretty steady going. And the end result is not bad......