The things that will never make it in the baby books and other musings from a stay at home mom

Monday, August 08, 2005

The swingset chronicles

Summer, 2003: Every 18 month old girl deserves a swingset. I want to make sure our kids have the coolest one on the block. Look at this lovely $7,000 model. Do you think it looks too small? Let's think about it a bit.

Fall, 2003: I'm putting these catalogues away for the season, but next spring, we're getting really serious about this. I still like the $7,000 one, but if money's the issue here, I think we could do this pretty well for about $5,000. Let's think about it a bit.

Spring, 2004: There is no way I can manage a whole summer at home with a toddler and an infant unless we get a swingset. It doesn't need to be the biggest or the best, but quality is obviously really important. This one's only about $3,000. Do you like it? Let's think about it a bit.

Summer, 2004: It's too hot to get a swingset right now, but we are not going to miss the fall sales this year. $2,000 or so should get us a basic one that we can add onto as the kids grow. Let's think about it a bit.

Fall, 2004: I just found this flyer in the weekly ValPack coupon mailing. We can get a discontinued swingset model for only $1,500. The wood isn't the highest quality, I guess, but really, it's a slide and some swings. Who cares? Let's think about it a little bit.

Spring, 2005: OK, seriously? We can't go another year without a swingset. Do you think this is the kind of thing we could get on eBay? Let's think about it a bit.

Summer, 2005: A friend of a friend is moving. She's got a swingset at the old house and there's also one in her new backyard. She's willing to sell the old one for $750. Maybe this time we shouldn't think too much, OK?

The eagle has landed. I give us a month before somebody breaks a bone...


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Kristy said...

I'm laughing. I'm the one who wrote *into the contract* on our house purchase that the existing swingset had to stay. The thing was old, and was in dire need of some elbow grease, but I was sure as heck not going to let them cart it away! Not for the premium I paid on the house! Used swingsets rock. And broken arms make for great stories. Mine? Broken on Christmas Eve. Yeah, on a swingset. When's the next big Jewish holiday? That's my bet.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Dana said...

Hmmm, this sounds frighteningly familiar. Substitute "swingset" for "pool" (of the medium sized blow up variety) and this is my life. Enjoy the swingset. You will get it this summer. Right?

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Steph said...

We've been talking lately about upgrading to a "real" swingset from our current Little Tykes version. Phil also wants to build a playhouse on stilts with a sandbox underneath for the girls (a friend of his did so, and he thinks it's the coolest)

The cost of all this? And, the time to build it? I have no clue. When it will actually happen? Give us a few years...

And, on the broken bone statement.... who needs a swingset in the backyard to do that? Mine did it at the public playground. ;-)

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At 6:13 AM, Blogger DUSIE said...

my God, are swing sets really so pricey? what about finding a good used one? or does ikea have any do it yourself jungle-gym? for the prices you've quoted I would rather learn how to build and make one with a treehouse to boot, or enlist Grandpa's help!


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