It’s been a month now since our new playset was installed, but it feels like we’ve had it forever. Playing outside has become routine. We’re usually out there in our PJs, right after breakfast. Me, with my cup of coffee and New York Times, and my daughters, with nothing more than sleepy eyes and bountiful energy. They can be out there for hours!
I’ve always believed that kids need their own space. Somewhere where they can escape, where mommy won’t go and tell them to clean their room. For my daughters, this is that place. It’s become a refuge for Maya, Maura, and all their friends.
Just because it’s theirs doesn’t mean that they can be careless, however. The playset is part of our home now, so we must treat it as such. Maintaining it is mostly mine and my husband’s responsibility, but I also make sure the girls understand that they play a role. Whether it be wiping off the dusting of pollen on the slide, or storing their toys in the little storage area, they know they must help out in some way.
Speaking of maintenance, I’ve wanted to seal the playset, but the rain doesn’t let up long enough for me to do so. You know… April showers! Sigh… BUT I read somewhere that it may be better to wait a little while and let the playset weather slightly before treating it, because cedar has a natural resin that can inhibit the penetration of a sealer. So maybe the rain isn’t so bad!
I just saw that Backyard Discovery has partnered with Woman’s World Magazine to give away the very same playset we own – The Highlander. You can enter by visiting swingsetsonline.com/sweepstakes.aspx starting this Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Bookmark the site so you don’t forget!
The special Backyard Discovery discount that I mentioned in a previous post is only valid until May 7th, so if you’re thinking about buying something from the website do so soon. As a reminder, use code: byd blogher at checkout to get 15% discount. Be sure to include the space in the middle. This code is valid on all the products sold on www.swingsetsonline.com. Look for the “Buy Online” button. Right now there are several playsets on sale! You’ll find ones as low as $399, all the way up to $1299, and most include free shipping.
Disclosure: As part of an ongoing relationship, Backyard Discovery provided my family with the wooden playset pictured above, and will be covering my BlogHer ’10 conference expenses. Click here to read my previous posts detailing our experience with the playset.