As one loyal reader recently pointed out, it's been some time since I managed an update here. I'd like to make up for that with a post about springtime at our house. We've been getting this joint ready for a spring and summer, and are now set to spend a lot of time outside.
First, there is the new gazebo. Our patio has a southern exposure and pretty much bakes any time there's even a glimmer of sunlight. An umbrella doesn't really cut it, but so far the gazebo is excellent. Lots and lots of patio-based picnics this past week.
Then, the real excitement. I had mentioned in passing to our neighbors that I've been looking on craigslist for a swingset for the yard. Andrea (who happens to be the mom of our most excellent new sitter, Edie,) got a thrilled look on her face and said, "We have one that we need to get rid of!" It had been given to them, and they gave it to us. Wonderful! Yesterday afternoon, they helped us carry it across the street and Elise carried the (detatched) swings all by herself. A real team effort.
But don't take my word for it, listen to what Elise has to say about it: