I survived the first day of kindergarten…I’ll be honest it was horrible for me, but he loved it. He said, “Mommy, it’s like a birthday party, but it’s not.” Our original plan was to homeschool this year, but a great opportunity came up and we’re trying it out…

I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine and have been waiting for a day that my hubby was home to help us with it. The basic idea is to use PVC pipe, PVC connectors & adaptors and tubing to construct a ‘water park’. I used all 3/4 inch tubing and PVC pipes. We cut the pipes down using a saw and drilled holes in the pipe, tubing and caps. We really needed more “T” joints and smaller pieces of pipe….next time I am at Lowe’s I plan to pick up more of those. We didn’t use any glue to hold it together…which allowed us all to take turns taking it apart and builiding our own designs. Chris, Biggest Brother and I all enjoyed the building aspect. Big Brother and Littlest Brother loved playing in our creations. This was a really fun family project.

I really threw the Lowe’s guys for a loop when I went in asking questions about what adaptors I needed. They kept wanting me to draw out my plans for what I was building and I kept telling them there were no plans and I just needed to know what connected my hose to a PVC pipe. They were gracious, though I know I frustrated and confused them. They really wanted me to buy glue and bury my PVC to create a real sprinkler. I guess they don’t get many women with babies coming in asking for PVC pipe and so on to build a toy with…

Baby sister chilled out in her leg warmers (they actually have pink bows on them, but you can’t see them in this pic). Cracks me up everytime I put them on her:)

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  • Andy - What an awesome idea! We get Family Fun, but I missed this one. It’s going to be my project for this weekend, the kids will love it. Our baby (14 months) will love it too, just like when I sent him down the slip and slide.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriebela/sets/72157621830574564/

    I really enjoy your blog!

  • Jesse - Great idea.

  • Trinity - looks like a ton of fun!

  • Whitney - I ? your punkins leg warmers!!!

  • Whitney - What!!! that ? was suppose to be a heart….dern computer

  • Kelly - LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing my little dude would love this, I’m sending my husband to the store this weekend.

  • Carrie - Your kids are going to grow up and be engineers!

  • trish - i SOOOO love leg warmers, i need to just give in and order some online. i’ve looked EVERYWHERE for some and can’t find any. what a fun idea with the pipes! my boys would love to live next door to you guys, haha!

  • Lisa - this is fabulous!!! I love it!

  • Jeannette Swan - Are you kidding me…you made your own water park…if you didn’t have pictures to prove some of the stuff you do, I just wouldn’t believe it. Not that you aren’t capable, it’s just that I don’t know how you find the time, energy, brain power, etc to do some of the things you do!! You are awesome!!

  • Ayesha Riaz - first things how cool is a water park i need to come live in your kneck of the woods lol and i love baby legs its so ad we dont get them here

  • PamperingBeki - This is such a cute idea!

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  • Shantel - So, what DOES connect your hose to the PVC pipe? You never gave us the answer to that questions. This activity looks awesome. I made my own floor gym for my baby out of PVC floor pipe, so I love your idea. Let me know what connects the hose and pipe. Thanks.

  • jackie - so cute!

  • Heather - I wanted to do this last year but didn’t really have the money in August and then couldn’t remember how to do it this year. I found your blog along with the Family Fun article though. I was in Lowe’s today asking the same questions about how to connect the PVC to the hose. I got a couple of funny looks and a friendly, albeit skeptical, “good luck!” The guy showed me a brass fitting that would connect the “male” end of the hose, which apparently has different threads than the PVC threads. What did you end up using to connect the hose? Should I return my brass do-hickey? I know it would work, but it was nearly $5. I can’t wait to get this up and running! Thanks for showing your “real life” application of this project!

  • Grace - I’m not the builder here, but have done similar work in home plumbing and barn plumbing. One idea is to skip the screw connector – and cut the hose – how you have 1/2 inch rubber flexible line – and you use clamps to make the transition to 1/2 pvc water line.

  • Jodi - Leg warmers are my MOST favorite thing right now!! I’m expecting my first girl (after two boys) and I am SOOOOOOOOO excited!! I just found your site after searching for baby girl nurseries. I absolutely LOVE what you did in yours. Did you end up keeping it that way? You had said that you might change it. It’s fabulous.

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  • Uri - Wow! So fun! Sure you’re the best mom ever! You have a beautiful family, when your kids grow up they will remember everything you did for them to have fun and how much you love them! I hope to be so when I have children.

    Greetings from Mexico

  • Una - I really like your idea.It is so amazing!

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I love shopping for school supplies. I love the list and checking things off. I love the colors. I love the creative plethora of goodness. I was excited to share my love for school supply shopping with Big & Biggest Brother this year….they were not so fond of my love. I made it up to them with a date at Braums on the way home.

This just makes me happy. I could have shelves upon shelves in my house with this goodness.

As much fun as I had shopping, now I am a bit sad over the reason for all those supplies….

(I did not write this poem, the author is unknown and I modified it to “he” instead of “she”)

He started school this morning,
And he seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside him
In the Kindergarten hall.

And as he took his place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw him as
He first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When he began to talk.

This little boy so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though he must have grown
To boyhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred but hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar his first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with him
And keep him by the hand
To lead him through the places
That he couldn’t understand.

And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew he would no longer be
A baby by my side.

But he must have his chance to live,
To work his problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.

And I must share my little boy
With friends and work and play;
He’s not a baby anymore –
He’s in Kindergarten today.

Biggest Brother a few months old….

2 years old

5 years old

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  • amanda torres - Ohhhh…I am already sad for the day mine start Kindergarten. Exciting for them. All the new experiences. New friends. But a part of me gone for a large portion of the day brings some tears.

  • Jeannette Swan - You have me crying here!! I have sent 2 to kindergarten so far and it is hard for Mommy, but a great experience for the kids. My biggest baby starts 4th grade tomorrow, I’ve already been thinking…only 2 more years of elementary, how time flies. On a lighter note, I have to say that shopping for school supplies is one of my least favorite things to do, I love the stuff, but not the process of finding it all. The last few years I have just ordered a kit for my older children, no excitement there, but no stress either.

    Happy first day of Kindergarden, C.

  • lesley - Oh man, I knew I should have waited to check your blog today till after work – or at least not put on eye makeup this morning! That was so sad. Congrats to my oldest nephew on such a big day!!!

  • Carol - I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way the day you started school. It is happy and sad emotions at the same time.

  • Stephanie May* - I was doing so good this morning until I read this! My oldest son Gavin started 1st grade today. It felt so strange to leave him in that classroom and know that I won’t see him again until 3:15.

    But, I have my two daughters here to keep me busy….

  • Lisa - Oh! I don’t know how I’m going to send my little girl off to school! This is such a beautiful post!

  • bopha - wow, it chokes me up just thinking about it, kindergarten, marraige…hope that you make it through. did you change your mind on the home school?

  • stephanie - that poem is beautiful…it truly captures all the emotions that we go through….I’m already dreading that day in a way, because i want to keep my baby a baby for a long time….She’s only 8 months old but i’m thinking WAAAY ahead!

  • Julia Leinen - Don’t forget to donate any extra school supplies to Safe Harbor! You can drop them off at the Pointe on Sunday. This past Tuesday, we served 155 people and gave out ALL of the school supplies that have been donated so far. You should have seen their sweet faces- they were so grateful and the kids were delighted! It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! And 2 young Mom’s who just came in for school supplies ended up giving their lives to Christ. Cannot beat that! God is Good!

  • Ayesha Riaz - i still have to live this yet i mean she starts school next summer and im slightly scared ohhhhh shes getting big not fun at all

  • melanie - You really are the only person I know who would set out all the school supplies, make them look festive simply be how they’re displayed, and take a picture of it! Love you! AND I can’t believe he’s in kindergarten already!!

  • Denise - My first Kindergartener started HIGH SCHOOL today!!! Time goes by so fast I just hug and kiss as much as I can no matter how old they are—in 4 years my first will be off to college and I will just have to muwaaahh over the phone. Gotta go I’m crying!!

  • becky - I will have a 1st and 3rd grader this year but I still feel the same emotions when my oldest started kindergarten. So exciting but it goes by so fast!

  • Jessica McCart - So inspired right now.

I was driving home and saw this at the top of our street:

So I unloaded the car and grabbed Littlest Brother and Big Brother to head up the street…they drove their Artic Cat and I chased behind.

Biggest Brother got left at home because he was being a grump. Not much compares to getting to play in a splash park on steroids fire hydrant!

If you follow this blog then you know Littlest Brother loves to drink out of water hoses or anything connected to running water…

Oh the joys of summer. While we were playing the home owner of where the hydrant was located came out to see what we were up to. I smiled, told him we lived down the road and just wanted to play in the water. He laughed and walked back in.

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  • amanda torres - That is so funny! Love the one of R drinking from the fire hydrant. So cute.

  • Emily Beaty - LOL – you guys are hilarious and know how to have fun! :)

  • hildegunn - Hi Ashley, I came across your blog yesterday (found the link in elleinterior.no) and I got SOOO inspired by it :-) Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa - these pictures are too cute!

  • christina larsen - FUN!!!!!!!!!