I come up with the ideas and he
implements goes absolute nuts with them .
That's how it usually goes and so it did with our gift for the boys this year.
My husband is an over the top sort of guy so my little idea for some gym equipment for Christmas to make our dungeon cellar a bit more usable became something a little bit...more. Because that's how he does. The last year or so these boys have been getting more and more
insane active. When the weather got cooler and the wrestling matches and running contests and furniture bouncing reached a peak (and repeatedly woke the baby), I decided we ALL needed somewhere for them to get out that energy that wasn't in our relatively small downstairs living space. My thoughts were to get a mini trampoline, a climbing rope, a swing or bar with mats, a chin up bar and the punching bag my husband had from when he was a boy. Nice and simple and a good outlet for all that testosterone flowing through our home. I gave him the idea, bought a few of the items and asked him to figure out how to arrange it all down there.
It's like a real gym in our tiny and what I thought unusable cellar. Maybe I can even call it a basement now.
The boys FLIPPED when they saw it.
And guys...wait for it...almost everything he used for building came from scraps we had and pallets he had picked up free. That makes my frugal heart so happy. Leftover wood from house projects, pieces of old dropcloth, leftover paint, even the hinges and hardware he used was all stuff we had. He did have to pick up some extra 2x4s and rope.
They've been playing down there a ton the last few days. The next morning John Paul said that when he woke up he couldn't remember if it was all a dream and that it didn't feel like it was really real. I can definitely hear them from upstairs which is good and for the most part it's been all happy noises. So far, at least.
This past year we got the basement a little less dungeony by cleaning the walls, painting the floor and drying it all out with the dehumidifier. And now we have this home built playspace that I never thought was possible but from what I've been able to tell so far will be SO well used.
The rope bridge is David's favorite.
People pay top dollar to workout in a gym with the exposed pipe ceilings and industrial decor. We get it free ;)
The peg board cross is John Paul's favorite. It's modeled off the one from American Ninja Warrior as are the ball grippy things (apparently the official name is cannonball alley) to the left. Those are old bocce balls from the garage that were never once used for actual bocce.
Luke says the trampoline is his favorite. I got this one (fyi, it was $60 when I bought it). Only the littler ones are allowed on since the ceilings are so low! A few weeks after I had already bought it David who has SO much energy declared one evening after being told (again) to stop jumping on the furniture "but but but...I just need to BOUNCE!" So now I have a place when a boy needs to bounce :)
It makes a great Booper cage.
Getting his workout in. He knows how it's done.
He flips every which way like a little monkey.
Trapeze bar I got here and the mats are these (free shipping at the time). This is Michael's favorite. (P.S. Who knew gym mats were so expensive? Nearly impossible and probably gross anyway to find used. I tried.) These were the best price but they are really thick and will last hopefully a long time. We have some free weights that we picked up from the side of the road (!) in the corner. I'm thinking as they get older the boys may want to use this are for weightlifting and such, too?
These boys are so crazy blessed to have a papa who goes nuts like this for them. I have no doubt that the year they got the basement gym will be one of those awesome memories from childhood that stays with them forever. And maaaybe it's a gift that will preserve a little bit of my sanity, too ;)