Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Improved Backyard - Clothing Optional

I have slowly become, through my married years, a real lover of bargains. There is nothing I enjoy more than scoring some amazing item for next to nothing. Garage sales, Goodwill, clearance bins, I throw out a few bucks and come home with bags of stuff. But, I have reached a new step on my money saving mission. Some might say a new low, I would say a new level of awesomeness.

I have officially dumpster dived.

Before you judge, check out what I got.

Is that a rock wall tree house with a slide, you ask? Yes, yes it is.

Our backyard has gone from pretty awesome to "Oh my gosh, mom. Can I go play at the Nielsens?!?!" Seriously, it's that great.

Here is Scarlet walking out in the back yard and seeing it for the first time.

Her actual words were, "Yes, it's a tree house!" How the heck does she know what a tree house is?

It has been a great find. Our other score of the day was this lovely contraption.

Ever have the desire to have all the blood rush to your head at a disturbing rate while your skull dangles inches from the cement supported only by your ankles? Come over to my house, I have the thing for you.

I don't even know what these machines are called but they are supposed to be great for your back. Jon has actually grown to like it. I think it might be the most uncomfortable thing ever. But free I remind you.

So now that my backyard has reached near child perfection, the kids have upped it a notch. For some strange reason, our backyard paradise must scream 'no clothing necessary' to the 5 and under crowd. It started with kids getting their clothes wet in the kiddie pool and then continuing to play without them, but it has somehow morphed into a nudist sanctuary. Children who walk out the back door fully clothed are streaking by the next window in milliseconds.

My backyard has definitely gotten an amazing amount of use this week. Scarlet's friend Jane spent the week at our house and the two of them spent hours and hours outdoors. It was great. The two of them, frequently clad in only panties, ran themselves to exhaustion daily. In fact, I think Jane's mom might be shocked by the number of clean outfits left in her suitcase.

I did insist on clothes for church though. Have to put your foot down somewhere!


Cassidy said...

funny post. awesome finds. Good job girl!

Mindy said...

Thank you again and again. BTW Jane is naked 80% of the time at home, we just don't have a private backyard for her to play with which doesn't help with the tan lines but she's 2 tan lines are not that big of a deal. :D

Angie Larkin said...

Paradise! I wanna find some grannie pannies and come over too! Great find! I too did my first dumpster dive this week. I love my neighborhood. People throw out all kinds of good stuff. I got one of those upholstered mini Disney Lazy boys with the Princesses on it. They must have had dogs cuz Raisin has peed on it twice. Love this post!

Stacie said...

Yes, your backyard is the epitome of awesomeness!!! Bradley and Madison have FREQUENTLY asked me to return. Now. Right now.

I've told them they must wait 'till Thursday.

They will probably arrive already naked...

Samantha and Tyrel Ross said...

Cute dresses!! And might I add I love Rhode's hair in his church outfit!! So how have you been I feel like I haven't talked to you forever!!

The Cattelain Family said...

That is awesome! Free is our favorite four-letter "f" word.

Katie said...

One woman's trash is another woman's treasure =)

Ty and Dani said...

Ah... I woman after my own heart! I love free stuff and that my friend is a true find. I would have to say you have the cool house as long as you give the kids lots of treats too!

Ryan and Courtney said...

You definitely hit a new level of awesomeness. I'm pretty sure that rock wall, slide, treehouse gets you the coolest mom award. Also, my dad has one of those back things and loves it... but he looks like a bit of a nut when he's using it.

Peggy Dee said...

I was just thinking how cute Scarlet's hair looked in her dress and then I saw Rhode's! What the hec? Great backyard. Can't wait to play in it myself. I think I'll spare you all and opt for clothes!