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Summer Sandbox Surprise

Sue-Head-ShotAnother day, another dollar. We have another busy weekend planned. My little man is turning 2 and a small celebration seems in order. Today I ordered the birthday cake, and tomorrow I’m picking it up along with the rest of the fixin’s. ... We’re having a small party – just Grandparents, Godparents, and Nana, his great aunt and surrogate grandma. Should be a nice little get together.

My hubby, ever clever with the tools, built him a nice sized sandbox for the historic event and everyone is pitching in a little money to help pay for it as his birthday present. Apparently “Play Sand” is VERY expensive ... who would have guessed that!?!?! I mean ... it’s sand? I plan to pick up a present yet consisting of a couple toys for him to use in his new sandbox.

When I was a kid, we had a HUGE one, and I have lots of fond memories of sitting around that sandbox with my siblings burying GI Joes and Barbies and making sand cities, only to crush them again with the giant hand monster! I can only hope my son has as much fun. Inspiring imagination! If building a sandbox isn’t your thing, but you’d still like your kids to have the opportunity to get dirty and create sand cities of their own, there are smaller ready-to-go plastic versions that take no skill or preparation whatsoever.

Let them run, let them explore, get them outside, and let them get dirty. After all, kids only stay young so long, and soon summer will be gone! Happy Birthday Lil’ Man!! Can’t believe it’s already been 2 years!