Sunday, January 20, 2008

changes to the outside

so there have been many changes to our house since theresa opened up the school in january, with still more to come. One of those changes is what i refer to as the, "ghetto goal", netting that we have put up in certain off limit zones around the backyard. Have i talked about this already? skip on if i have.

so we have this problem area in the back corner of our property where theres a little tiney alley that seperates property (perfect for hiding bodies). a small fence was put up to block it off, but was never really properly installed and through the years has slowly decayed to where you cant even stand it up anymore much less keep it affixed to the fencing.

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here is the ally with decayed fencing removed.

now this is an obvious no no for the kiddos. so i had to fix it asap. its kinda a weird situation. it doesnt require a lot of wood, but ive never put a fence into this situation before.

luckily the HOME DEPOT sells every kind of fixer/fastner imaginable.

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a few of these did the trick!

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whala! not the prettiest, but it will work and its solid. i wanted for the fence to look the same as the one next to it, so i screwed in the screws from the "alley" side. so i fenced myself in. i was stuck back there for a while because theresa and akello were sleeping at the time. and i have a torn shoulder muscle and cant do much with my right arm. luckily my neighbor was out and about and she threw me a ladder. whew!

soo now that that is complete , the area is still a little "off limits" do the some electrical phone stuff.

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theresa had the idea to put up orange netting like you see in construction sites around the area.
oh, you mean the "ghetto goal" i call it this, because one of our neighbors on Duplex row, aka, the ghetto walk, was using this netting between some pvc pipe in his front lawn as a soccer goal. Brilliant i thought, but quite ghetto being on the front lawn and all.

this stuff is 39 bucks, but its durable and you get a lot of it, probably about 40 feet.

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whalah! i affixed around some fence posts with some orange zip ties and that was that. off limits!

i also did the other area by the gravel pit.
pardon our progress
this is a weird space that we dont know quite what to do with yet. we fenced it in when we made the fence and are thinking we'll put a storage shed over there, and get rid of the one in the middle of the backyard. we shall see. for now, this is an easy way to block it off. i use zip ties on one side and these little orange cable clamps on the other, so that i can go in and out of the area.

You might remember that we used to have a swingset in the back, Well, its just not montessori enough because the children that theresa is teaching are not old enough to get in and out of the swings on their own safely. WAIT WAIT hold on, before you go on and on about how Gil says swings are evil, just put down the phone (garcia family).
The montessori philosophy fosters independence. Thats one of the main things. Akello gets a cup and pours some water for himself when hes thirsty, grabs a book when he wants to read, grabs a bowl, spoon and some cereal if he's hungry. All because these things are made accesible and available to him. A baby swing is not something that he can get in and out of on his own. He has to be lifted into it, and he is not old enough to safely get in and out of the older style swing (much less be able to swing on it) i THINK thats it. dont quote me, theresa might tell me something else after she reads this

so that had to go, we sold it on craigslist.Theresa wanted to put a climber in its spot, and soon after theresa found a very rare climber on craigslist. this STEP 2 climber. She says that she has been wanting something like this but knew that it would never by on craigs, just like the stokke kinderzeat or the learning tower, or a good parking spot downtown. people just don't give them up.

well one couple had to because they were moving. and theresa saw the post and before you could say, go to the ATM! i was in lakeway, cash in hand to pick up this bad boy

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akello shows off his new climber

we are super thrilled about it. it looks great in the space. Now we got a little plastic farm in the back. We dont mind it though.

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