PVC Sprinkler: Lowe’s outdoor challenge

The last week here has been H.O.T…HOT!!  With temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s we have been feeling the heat.  So when Lowe’s challenged their Creative Network to create something to make the outdoors more fun and memorable, I knew this PVC sprinkler would be a perfect fit and would cool us off.

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I have seen a few of these around, but the first one I saw was in the Family Fun magazine a couple of years ago.  I have always wanted to make one.

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I decided to come up with my own design and drew it out before we even got started. My husband and I made a few changes to the design when we actually put it together.

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I was really happy with how it turned out.  The kids LOVE it.  We even had the neighborhood kids and some cousins over to play in it with us.  The kids rode their scooters through it and we have plans to put it over the slip and slide.  Doesn’t that sound like a ton of fun?!

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PVC is really inexpensive and we were able to put this whole thing together for $25.  That is a pretty great price for something that entertained the kids for a couple hours every day and cooled them off during the hottest part of the day.

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I will be back to share with you the specific details for how we build this in case you would like to make something similar at your house.

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What are some fun ways you are making memories outside this summer? We could always use some fun ideas around here!

Next month I will be back with another outside idea, courtesy of Lowes and I’ll be giving away another Lowes Gift Card!  So be sure to keep checking back!

Family Reunion Tree

My parents were recently in charge of an annual Family Reunion a couple of weeks ago. My siblings and I were all given different assingments to help with the reunion. My job was to come up with a way to display the Family Tree. With the help of my mom and sisters, we decided to make a tree to display each individual family member and connect them to the aunt or uncle they directly descended from.

Remember my hubby’s love for collecting all things cardboard under our porch? Well, it came in handy once again. I was able to find some large peices of cardboard to make a large cardboard tree. Although I have grumbled about his “trash” collection, once again I have found it quite useful. Can’t you see that look of smug satisfaction on his face?

Since the cardboard was not as wide as I needed, I cut out a couple more “fluffy” leaf shapes and added them to each side of the tree with duct tape. Then I spray painted the leaves green and the trunk brown. I hammered a couple nails into the cardboard to attach the cardboard tree to a real tree to display it. The top nail was also used to hold up a sign that had our family name displayed on it and the lower nail was used to also hang the picture frame from. I wrapped wire around the picture hanger and the nail to ensure that the picture would not be accidently knocked off and broken.

My mom enlarged a picture of my grandmother’s immediate family (the reunion is for all of their descendants) and I placed it in a frame that normally houses a family photo in my entry way.

My sister prepared some name tags that were colored coded according to which brother or sister you came from. Each person was to wear the colored name tag and also write their name on a cut-out leaf of the same color. When each person arrived, they placed their name on the limb of the tree that was labeled with their ancestors name. It was fun to be able to get a visual of just how many people came from this little family and to be able to see who belonged where.

I know that the season for family reunions is usually summer and we are moving beyond that, but maybe this will be something you can use and adapt for an upcoming reunion or activity. Or maybe it will inspire you to host your own family reunion. In the near future I will post some of the fun activities we did at the reunion!