Talk to me about swing sets. Do you have one? Do your kids play on it regularly? Do you like having it? Do you hate it?
We’re getting ready to put down on a deposit on a play set for our backyard. It’s way more than we ever thought we’d be paying for a swing set. But once we started researching them, we found out that there is a lot more to them than you might think.
Like, for instance, that you have to power wash and re-stain wooden play sets every couple of years. Say what, now? We can barely muster up the time and energy to re-stain our deck. (In fact, it needs to be done this year. NEEDS to be done. And the project is so overwhelming and undesirable to us that we’d rather just rip out the deck. I’m serious. We want a patio anyway. But I digress.) So to have to go out there and stain a wooden play set? No thank you.
Also? We have a lot of carpenter ants in our yard. They’ve apparently been feasting on some of our trees back there, and they have made their way into our house, too. The last thing we need is to put some more wood out there for them to munch on.
While we were shopping, we came across “maintenance free” sets. They are still made of wood to be sturdy, but they are vinyl-encased so that the wood is protected from the elements, and you don’t ever have to re-stain anything. Down side? Well, they’re even pricier than their wooden counterparts.
Cha-ching. Cha-ching. Cha-ching.
It’s actually kind of hysterical how expensive (and FANCY!) some of these sets are. Some of the ones we priced out—that seemed to be at least relatively basic—had shock-worthy dollar figures. That one pictured above? That’s not one of our contenders, because if I remember correctly, that particular model runs you more than $4,000. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that there are people out there who might drop $8,000 (or even more) for a playset. WHO KNEW?! At least hearing those figures made the ones we are looking at seem like a bargain. (Okay, not really. But almost.)
Anyway, we’re thinking it’ll be worth it. It’s a “toy” that they can grow with. I remember my brothers and cousins and I playing on our swing set until we were 8-10 years old. But on the eve of the final day on which we can put down a deposit, Michael and I are still talking about it—do we really want to do this? Somehow, this purchase seems more stressful than buying our minivan!
I sure hope these girls of ours will like it and play on it for years to come.
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 33 and have been married to Michael for seven years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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