We've been up to something fun around here. And like so many of our other favorite spring activities (gardening, park trips, playing in the creek), this one involves mud.
We're working on a new bike shelter!
We've been parking lots of bikes in Austin's shop, which has made it difficult for him to get work done there. At the start of his spring break, we held a small work party to get things going. Many burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, and beers later, we've made a lot of progress.
Austin's younger brother, Jake, spent the weekend with us and did a big chunk of the back-breaking labor. Little and Big idolize him, so his presence also helped to keep our littlest workers happy.
Austin's dad, Graig, was in town for work. Even though he wasn't feeling well, he hung gutters on the bike shed and let the kids play in his very popular truck.
Cindy helped with tricky pathway work, and with crucial dress-up and story-time portions of the construction. (Caring for children is an important part of any family project!) Her husband Scott was here, too, though he somehow evaded capture on film.
Big insisted on dressing just like Papa for the duration of the project. We had to wash his outfit each evening so that he could feel a part of the process in his carpentry clothes. Little enjoyed watching from the window when he wasn't helping outside.
Grandma Mona also lent a hand with various tasks, though she was nursing a cold, too. She took most of these photos, as my camera broke over the weekend.
Our family has a very tight budget, and we certainly couldn't afford to hire someone else to help with a project like this one. With busy work and school schedules, we don't have much time for big projects, either. I think it's fitting that our shelter for such an old-fashioned, practical means of transportation was constructed in the spirit of a barn-raising. Many thanks to all who joined us!