One great benefit we got when we purchased our current house was the plastic Little Tikes playground in the backyard. The previous owners asked us if we wanted it. A free piece of permanent entertainment for our child that would have otherwise cost us hundreds of dollars? Um, sure.
It has turned out to be the best free thing we have ever had! Hattie loves it and would spend hours and hours playing on it, in it, or around it if I had the patience to stay out in the backyard for hours and hours. Much to Hattie's delight, today was such a beautiful day that we happened to spend quite a few minutes in the backyard.
I decided to put Hattie up on the big slide and hold her hands as she zoomed down to see what her reaction would be. She loved it! She asked repeatedly, "Big slide? Big slide?" So Hattie went up and down the slide over and over again, and now I have an aching back to prove it. I also got some great pictures, too, though, so it was totally worth it :0).
Hattie comes face to face with the big slide.
Hattie loving every bit of being at the top of the big slide.
What was funny is after a few times, she got scared of coming down the slide, but every time her body would zoom down and her feet would touch the ground, she wanted to be back up at the top. The actual sliding was not the joy she found in the big slide. I think it was being up higher than Mama. I think she enjoyed looking down on me......hmmm.......Well, Whatever it was, she had a lot of fun, and I loved watching her!
P.S. Hattie is back to sleeping past 6:00 a.m. WOOHOO!!! Now, Hattie (if you happen to read this), if you start sleeping in past 7:00 a.m., Mama will buy you an even bigger slide! :0)