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Dirt Digs Me

June 9, 2013

I did not stage this photo.  He just happened to be doing and wearing (or not wearing) the right thing at the right place at the right time. I truly hope this is the story of his life. Minus the not wearing part. 

J.D. is building the boys a sandbox and we had to level an area in the backyard first. The boys “helped” by hucking dirt on the lawn and using the hose to turn the site into a mud wrestling arena.


This is me helping for real. I strapped a baby to my back so I could feel more like a homesteader.

J.D. built a frame that is 8ft by 8ft. Then he calculated how many metric tonnes of sand would be required to fill it. A little over six, in case you were wondering. He promptly concluded that children do not need six metric tonnes of sand to enjoy themselves. So he turned half the sand box into a stage where they can host their own backyard poetry readings and stuff.


The project is at a bit of a standstill while JD works on other endeavors like his job.  So for now, the one metric tonne of dirt we dug up is where the backyard playtime party happens. 


6 Comments leave one →
  1. MomC permalink
    June 10, 2013 9:36 am

    The mud wrestling part sounds fun . . . .at least for the boys, that is. You may not have to bother with the sandbox – the dirt hill seems to be providing a great deal of enjoyment!

  2. June 10, 2013 6:54 pm

    brings back many memories- I used to allow one mud bath a year on our farm

    Remember, One Mud bath Per Year!

    • Claire permalink*
      June 11, 2013 10:09 am

      If I ever make a list of family rules, that one will be at the top. Next to: “Only one person is allowed to cry at a time”

      • June 11, 2013 10:16 am

        yea you can’t make a rule like this until the kids are at least 7 or 8…and boys LOVE dirt and mud

  3. Phil! permalink
    June 11, 2013 9:30 am

    “The project is at a bit of a standstill while JD works on other endeavors like his job…”
    Don’t you mean “sandstill”? hmmm ha ha. And here my contribution ends.

    • Claire permalink*
      June 11, 2013 10:07 am

      I am so full of regret right now. Can’t believe I missed that opportunity. But thank you Phil. At least it made it into a footnote.

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