I really should have put these pictures up sooner (sorry Mum!), but here they are now.
We wanted to redo the deck from the minute we bought this place. However, the fact that the interior needed a lot of love meant it kept being pushed back, then we fell pregnant, the outside needed to be painted, the baby was born meant that this has been a long time coming.
So, after much backbreaking work and many helping hands lent, we have a deck! It is amazing because it is 1/3 of the house (so you can imagine how small it is inside!). We ended up being able to recycle all of the wood from the old deck as well as the wood from the inlaw's deck when they had theirs redone. Once it was sanded and oiled it blended seamlessly with the new decking we had to buy because none of the recycle places had decking.
Now we are entertaining like we have never entertained before! All of our friends' kids love the sandpit. Fortunately David's parents kept all of his Tonka trucks, which makes for hours of fun. Every evening after work, David is in the sandpit with Bel playing with the trucks and making sandcastles. It's so sweet!
Our marvelous deck with Bel's sandpit (or 'sharbap' according to her!) at the end, which was probably more hassle than the rest of the deck!
This is Bel's princess tent. I saw one in a boutique shop and fell in love with it, but it was over $200. This was *much* less than that! Bel loves it too. She hides in it, especially when she doesn't want to eat dinner.