My baby turned one today! For his birthday I made him an over-sized fire engine red sandbox. I held up the paint samples in the store and this was the one he chose. He loves it!
William climbed inside before I even had the chance to fill it with sand. The black cloth is weed cloth that I stretched across the bottom of the sandbox and stapled in place. It permits water to run through it but will prevent the weeds from growing through the sandbox over time.
The frame is constructed from 2" x 12" non-treated pine and the sandbox is 6ft x 6ft. I hadn't yet added the corner seats, but got to it in the afternoon. The corner seats are 2" x 4" picnic bench-style seating, which is big enough for adults and creates extra support. Under the corner seat you might see the snaps I screwed in to the side. A tarp snaps into place to cover it up to keep animals, debris and rain water out. (I designed and constructed the sandbox myself!)
As I filled it, the kids jumped in and got to work with their sand toys.
Savannah was thrilled when I added her little digger. William likes to help fill the bucket. He also likes to throw sand out of the sandbox...
William enjoyed it so much, he thought it might be the perfect place to take his afternoon nap.
Maybe not! At least with a binky in his mouth, he doesn't put sand in his mouth.
And there was a cake... strawberry cake with fresh strawberry cream frosting and vanilla pudding, made from scratch.
William actually liked his first bite of cake and had five or six bites, clapping in between, which means either he likes it or "more" in his version of ASL.
We practiced our walking (William takes 1-2 steps on his own and then quickly holds onto something as we cheer him on), went swimming in the pond, had a paddle boat ride, played in the sandbox three times, and patted the chickens. The only thing missing was a tractor ride for the birthday boy, but we can save that for next weekend. Happy First Birthday Baby!