Thursday, 21 July 2011

Emma's BIG present

We thought it would be nice to get Emma a trampoline for her main present. It is something I have wanted to get the Podlings for a while. We thought that if the whole family clubbed together, we could afford a nice big one that all the Podlings could use, even as they get bigger. All the family generously chipped in, so we were able to afford a nice 10 foot trampoline. However, what I thought was going to be a ten foot trampoline with an 8 foot bouncing area turned out to be a 12 foot trampoline with a 10 foot bouncing area. It's massive! The top of the enclosure is higher than the guttering on the one storey portion of the roof and it takes up a huge section of garden. Please remember, we are buying this ostensibly for a two year old!

The other difference of opinion we would have with the website we ordered it from would be our definition of 'easy assembly'. It took Mark and my dad almost four hours to put this thing together. They finished at 2 am this morning! Here they are at midnight last night, halfway through their ordeal...

It is a trifle large for a two year old. Emma can stroll around quite happily underneath it without so much as bending her head...

It might be big, but Emma loves it. She and Lily had a really good time on it this afternoon and we are going to have some really good fun with it this summer. Tom is sadly still much too ill to be bouncing on anything following a nasty bout of norovirus, but I know he will love it when he is better. I have to confess that I had a sneaky go on it when Emma had her nap today. It was great fun! It was the first time I had ever been on a trampoline, but it won't be the last!

We have identified one significant problem with a ten foot trampoline. When it is time to go in for tea and the toddler doesn't want to get off, she is ten feet away. My arms are not ten feet long! Here is my dad trying to retrieve said toddler, who was adamant that bouncing time was not over...

Love it!

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