Over the summer we decided that our backyard was no fun...we had no fence to contain Kaelin (and a big retaining wall drop off between us and our neighbor). We had nothing fun to do in our little patch of grassy suburbia...soooo....we decided to change it. We found a man to put in a fence for us for a very reasonable price and I bargained with Home Depot and Lowe's to get the price of the materials down as low as possible.
Then we bought a sand table from BJ's and this lovely Little Tykes playset from a woman on Craigslist. This playset is used, but in good condition and we got it for a great price (after some more haggling!). The playset is an 8 in 1 playset because it can be configured 8 different ways which is great because Kaelin won't easily get bored with it! At first she wasn't so sure about the tunnel, but once she saw Calvin (our cat) go through it, she went through it too! She also LOVES the playhouse part of it and often takes my or Adrian's hand and makes us go in the playhouse with her. PLUS, we get friends to come over and play with us with the lure of this playset...it really keeps her entertained on her own, or with friends. Now we don't feel like we have to go to a park everytime we want to play....we play in our own backyard everyday!