If there is one thing i learnt from this weekend it's that 4 cubic metres of sand takes an awful lot of heavy wheelbarrow loads to fill a sandpit!
Oh my…everything is hurting tonight but am so pleased to finally have at least one part of the backyard landscaping complete!
The toddler twosome had lots of fun on the sand mountain and then digging with their new shovels and filling wheelbarrows to help…although it did take longer it was a joy to watch them participating and taking their helping roles so seriously. It also wore them out nicely 😉
Look at that pure joy as she sinks into the now deep sand…this girl of ours has travelled a long way since throwing up when she first touched sand!
A little garden edging brought cheaply from our local Bunnings provided a fun space for animals to explore and cars and tractors to move little gnomes and treasures around through the sand….
The landscaping jobs continue and i think we are really starting to see some progress now although i really am growing a little despondent about all that red dirt and lack of grass!
The photos below show me looking up from the sandpit towards the new area at the very top that will be for the chooks…we are moving them because i want the family day care children to be able to enjoy them too. As you come further down the hill i am going to put in a special little Kid's Vegie Patch that children in care can tend to, learn about gardening and hopefully take home some treats to share with Mum & Dad!
His Patient Self was busy building the new chicken coop and constructing a fancy egg collection box…assuming the eggs follow his directions and roll correctly into the chute….we will see!
There was a little treat at the shopping centre…..i have recently been reflecting on how nice it is to be able to take them both out on my own now without using the pram (which Ruby hates)….still difficult and stressful trying to keep them by my side but no longer impossible!
A little indoor crafting with some sensory challenges included…more about this activity later in the week!
A little wooden tray made by Miss Teen many years ago at school is now a beach and park for a few favourite wooden dolls from the dollhouse and ‘Mr Frog'…so many opportunities for exploration and imagination!
Of course it didn't stay looking like this for long…but to me that is the point…i provided a little invitation for them to play with these props in any way they wanted to!
Miss Dolly seemed to be particularly enjoying her day out on the sand and the little tresures collected on recent trips to the beach.
To me these items also represent the steps Ruby has taken to finally become more comfortable playing and exploring on the beach….
What did you enjoy doing this weekend? Hope you have a lovely week ahead!