09 June 2008

Plastic snow sled as water table and beach tow

Don't pack the snow sled into deep storage just yet! From Lisa:

I use a sled on top of a picnic table as a makeshift water table – just fill the sled with water and the kids sit on the benches while they play.

I’ve also found that loading a sled up with kids, toys, and equipment can be a good way of pulling things across the sand at the beach.

Must interject here: I am recalling one particular trip to the beach (solo with kids) in which I schlepped bags, backpacks, etc. across the sand, all while pushing a @#$% stroller. I had a perfectly good one of these sleds sitting in my garage at the time. D'oh!

Related: Plastic garbage bags for low-stress beach packing

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I spotted the snow disk in the garage yesterday whil rummaging around for the bike trailer flag. I momentarily wondered if we should take it to the beach next month when we go yurting -- it's a "yes" now! Thanks!

Hmmm. . . with this hack, you can even use a sled in the South!

Awesome :-) We don't go to the beach that often, but my four year old son LOVES playing with water. This is a great alternative to the wading pool for "non swimming" days because he can still play with the water without having to kneel in the muddy grass...

This is a great idea, one that reminds me of a dear friend named Lisa also who never stops coming up with new ways to make life easier- while having the most fun!
Thanks.

I'm in two! I liked the one in my the town where I grew up (about 90 minutes away) so much that I started another one in my hometown!

I just went yesterday, and I ended up with beef for tostadas, some sort of chicken/vegetable/rice soup, a beef roast, marinated chicken, shepherd's pie... We had four participants and we each made two meals, so I came away with 8 dinners.

The trick is remembering to get something out the night before and thaw it!

We use a Google spreadsheet to figure out a cost per meal for each entree, then we figure out what the total of the meals cost (so the average cost of one of each meal added together). Then we subtract what we spent from that amount, and end up with the amount owed to the group or owed to the individual. One person plays "banker" and writes checks to the others (or takes their checks). That way if someone makes something vegetarian (cheap) and someone else makes filet mignon, no one gets cheated - everyone pays the same amount by the time the groceries they bought for their meals and the checks are all sorted out.

I'm planning a post about the specifics of how our group works. When I get around to writing it, I'll link back to it.

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