Christmas in April!

We got the kids a trampoline for Christmas and because the weather isn’t arctic cold anymore, the kids and I finally set it up.  I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have kids that actually like to help and when I told them that we were going to set up the trampoline, they were super excited.  I honestly couldn’t have done it without them (and some other neighborhood kids who helped as well).

Trampoline 1

It was definitely a chore to put this puppy up especially since the directions were not great.  In fact, we assembled the trampoline to include putting the springs on the jumping mat (the hardest part) and had to basically take the whole thing down again because the directions were ambiguous as to one critical piece.   The kids’ favorite part of the directions were the warnings that said “only one jumper at a time.”  They all had a good laugh at that one!

trampoline 2

The kids (and I) were good sports about putting the mat on the springs the second time around since it went a lot faster because we had “all that experience.”

As we were putting the trampoline together, 5 neighborhood kids came to help and with the exception of the 2 year old, they all did something helpful and the 12 year old figured out a better, easier way to put the springs on that I really wish were in the directions to begin with!  All together it took us about three hours to put it together (4 if you include the fact that we had to take it apart and put it together the right way…).

trampoline 3

Even though my hands are so sore from pulling the springs into place, seeing all the kids have fun on the trampoline is a great way to kick off Spring!