Unpacking the box and eyeing all the wood pieces - plus about 30-some odd bags of nuts, bolts, screws, and washers -was a little overwhelming.
Before my coffee I was thinking,
All this is supposed to become this??
After refueling on coffee, we were officially ready to enter construction mode.
We took a wrong turn on Phase 1 (of
The main rule of constructing something that came in a compact box bought from Wal-Mart: ingenuity is your friend.
We spent a total of 8 hours on this bad boy.
I am proud to say that Jared and I did it ourselves with zero help from others - unless you count the "help" the girls were more than happy to offer up in the form of mixing up bolts and swinging a big mallet.
I can't be 100% sure, but I don't think either of us even offered up a swear word.
Can you believe it?
And it was a good thing we were both working on it, too. Not only did it make the process go even faster, but with vague directions and less-than-optimal diagrams, a second set of eyes definitely came in handy.
About every 5 minutes for the whole 8 hours, one of the girls came to inquire if the slide was ready yet.
If only it could be ready in 5 minutes.
Or even an hour.
Or even 6 hours!
But the important thing is that we got it together. And it's a big bonus that Jared and I were still speaking to each other as the last screw was drilled in. The kids wasted no time and were climbing all over it the second we finished building it.
And believe me, after only one day the fights over who gets what swing and who gets to slide first have already begun.
Oh well, bring on the outdoor fun!