February 24, 2009
After much research we finally decided on a swing set from Lowe's. I was really shell shocked at how expensive some of those play sets or "systems" as they call them are! The set from Lowe's was a fraction of the price of some of the bigger sets, so I was a little apprehensive. When we opened the box the instructions said it would take 16 hours and 2 skilled workers to complete just the tower part of the set - I got scared when I read that! There was so much wood and so many pieces. I guess that is why many people end up calling Lowe's anyway to get them to install it.
Eric just took one step at a time and between last Sunday and this weekend he got it done. He also had some help from our friend Jason which was wonderful - thanks Jason! I must say I am very proud of Eric. He never lost his temper and was just very methodical about every step.
In the end the set may not have all the bells and whistles of the bigger sets but I think Aiden and his friends will get a lot of use of it. We ended up not spending a fortune so we will not feel bad leaving it one day. We also liked the fact that you can add things to it as your children grow. For now we only got the tower, slide and swing set. As Aiden grows, we will add the tunnel and Rock Wall and of course we will be getting the baby swing for our new addition. We plan to put mulch under and around it and we will put railroad ties around the perimeter of the play area. We are going to add a sand box and maybe a picnic table. It comes with a built in sand box but it is so small and has no top to it.