Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Sand!!!!!

We have a substantial sized sandpit/sandbox in our yard. When we first built it, the dump truck delivered 19 tons of sand.  I know it sounds like a lot, and it is, but not nearly as much as it sounds.

(This photos was from 2009, you can see that it takes up a large part of our yard.) 

Considering that the sand was delivered to us quite a few years ago, coupled with the fact that we installed a new play structure, it was time to have another load delivered to top off the box. I know that our little ones take sand home with them by the shoe full on a daily basis! (Well, when the sandbox isn't covered in snow!)

The children had a great time moving sand around in anticipation of the big truck's arrival. There was a lot of buzz. I wonder what color the truck will be? Will it be able to fit on the driveway? How much sand can fit in a dump truck? Will there be a mountain in the yard? 

Finally, the truck arrived (quite a bit later than anticipated). It was a long red dump truck. Last time we had sand delivered, the truck drove through the neighbor's yard and dumped the sand right in the spot where we needed it. This time, we were unable to do that because we have a fabulous new fence and fantastic music area where the truck would have had to drive though. So, instead, the truck dumped the sand in our driveway. We will have to use our wheel barrow, wagons, and toy dump trucks to move the sand where it needs to go.
19 tons of sand sure makes a great hill! "It is kind of like a mountain of sand!" "Look at all that sand!"
If you're coming to visit anytime soon, bring a shovel! You know what we will be doing :). 

Then, the truck drove away.

To be continued.... (after we have our afternoon naps.)


Anonymous said...

That is a lot of sand! I do not envy the work you have ahead of you in moving all that sand. Good luck.
But what an amazing playspace you have available for your little ones!

jenny @ let the children play said...

That must have been the height of excitement! I sometimes think you and I live very same lives on the other sides of the earth - I wrote about a similar experience here:

Unknown said...

The anticipation is half the fun, isn't it?

We had new sand delivered this week too at our apartment building's shared play area (though we didn't know in advance, so no anticipation to savour), and it has made for lots of fun outdoor play too! Unfortunately, it was dumped onto the sandbox right on top of everything, and half the (new!) sand toys are buried underneath it, and now probably broken :-(

Thanks so much for sharing at Outdoor Play this week!

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