Creating a Gnome House!

So, fairy houses are ALL THE RAGE now!

I think they are adorable.

I have a great play area outside.
Except for one issue. The neighbors behind us have a cherry tree, the LARGEST cherry tree I have ever seen. It is about 35-40 feet high. I am NOT kidding. It is HUGE.
Unfortunately, because of the size… it has roots that protrude into our backyard.
They have left some foot tripping root balls.
I have had several kids trip over them. Nobody has gotten seriously injured but….. I was not willing to take that chance.

Last year I asked my husband to make little houses to go over them. He tried to make them really cute octagonal shaped ones and after a day of him losing his mind with angles…. I had him put it away for another day. Then the Summer 2015 heat wave started and that was the end of that.

Well, after our rabbit decided he would rather live with his chicken harem…. his dog house turned rabbit house was empty and sitting there.

About $20 later and some inspiration… we have what started as a fairy house but was turned into a gnome house because of the size. No way would a fairy live in a dog house sized house. Heck, the door alone is HUGE for a fairy.

So, now a Gnome and his pet moose live there.
If this rain would ever stop, the kids would get to go out to play and meet him!

Stay tuned for further adventures of Preschoolers Day by Day!

Spring, oh glorious Spring!!!!

We made it to Spring, once again. Yippeee

It sure seems like it took a long time to get here this year. Of course that could be because of the epic rain we have had since beginning of December. Almost 40 inches. I feel like I grew gills and webbed feet.

And because of the crazy, intense heat that started early and lasted a long time, followed by the rain…. our backyard aka the daycare play area is trashed. The grass is gone, killed by the elements.

Well, that started it all…… you know, one of those deals where the tiny snowball starts rolling and hits the bottom of the hill as a giant mountain of snow!!!

Kinda makes me think of the, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book!!!

New grass must be planted, and new grass means that the chickens and ducks must be kept penned and the kids off of it. Grass starts growing and is so green and clean, that I want to keep it that way. That leads to a discussion of using our extra fence panels to create a wall between the chickens and kiddos. One giant yard becomes 2!!

And that new grass is so green and pretty that I don’t want to kill it with heavy plastic climbers. Hmmmm, the dirt strip refuses to grow grass…. we could dismantle that area of landscape timbers and mulch and move it…. as I smile at my husband and bat my eyes.

That leads to hmmmm, now the back of the garage is free AND on the daycare side AND in the shade in the afternoon when we are outside….. we now need 44 pavers and more landscape timbers to create a patio of sorts for the water table, the sand table and the picnic table.

2 busy weekends later, I have a yard divided. But my daycare kids have a poop-free play area, we will have both shaded and sunny play areas. The chickens have their own animal habitat. And, because it is chain link…. the can still interact with each other.

And of course we HAD to add a new garden bed on the daycare side. Add to their learning with plants!!!!!

Can’t wait for the end of the month when the grass has grown enough to let the kids play on it!!!!

Stay tuned for further adventures of Preschoolers Day by Day!!!