Joel told me that he wanted to make Levi a sandbox this summer. I was so excited. You see, my husband isn't one to suggest home improvement projects...or any projects for that matter. I usually have to beg and bribe him to do anything DIY. Don't get me wrong, Joel is a great guy...and he is good at so many things. But he works incredibly hard, long hours on the farm and the last thing he wants to do when he comes home is "work" some more. I think I did him in when we tackled our big remodeling project the summer before we moved into our house. It was a TON of work. So you can see why I was excited about the sandbox. Levi was too.
Levi was very helpful and took out every screw one by one. He loves to help his daddy...and his daddy is very patient with him.
A few days before we went to buy all the supplies for the sandbox I saw this DIY sandbox over at MADE. It was exactly like the one Joel had described to me that he was going to make except it had stripes painted on it...and a cute little umbrella. I asked Joel if I could butt in on his project and paint it when he was done. He agreed as long as I did the painting. But he must have felt sorry for his prego wife dying in the summer heat as I painted one afternoon...he ended up finishing the whole thing for me. He is super sweet like that.
I loved how Dana painted her sandbox four different colors, but I wasn't quite that ambitious. I love red. So we went with red and white stripes. The worst part was taping off the lines. But it turned out pretty cute and was definitely worth the extra work (right, Joel??).
Joel filled the new sandbox up with sand and Levi helped him spread it all out.
He wasn't so sure about being covered with sand at first, but he loves it now and usually comes in at the end of the day covered in sand from head to toe.
The sandbox lost his attention when he realized his daddy's tractor was still parked in the yard. I think he would spend all day sitting in a tractor if he could.
He even got to go for a little ride around the yard.
We have spent lots of time playing in the sandbox. It was such a fun project to do together with Joel.
I even found a red and white umbrella at Target.
I think there will be many, many hours spent playing in this sandbox. And pretty soon Levi will have a little brother to play with him too!
There's "the look" again.
So here it is. Levi's new sandbox. A summer DIY project by the Macs.