We had some brickwork done at the end of August, and the brick guys were nice enough to agree to cart away the pile of rocks we've had decorating our backyard for the last four years at cost. (It was clear that even trying to give them away on usedottawa and the like was going to result in our backyard being full of rocks for at least another decade).
So at the beginning of September they left us their truck and we piled about four and a half tons of rock into it. By "we", I mean that I sat by the pile and helped Amelia stick rocks into a bucket and Brendan did most of the lifting. I may have still overdone it. Oh well. It was pretty exciting to no longer have a safety hazard in the backyard!
The idea was that we'd put up the climbing structure Elizabeth and Matthew got for their birthday in place of the rocks. We didn't exactly rush to build it, but after Elizabeth wanted to know if she had outgrown the structure we finally decided today was the day!
Brendan had lots of help from our awesome neighbours, which was great because it would probably have taken the two of us several days to complete otherwise since I kept getting distracted by needing to wrangle children. It soon became obvious that the backyard isn't really big enough for it, so we moved it to the front, where I suspect it will get much more use anyway since the neighbourhood posse likes to play there. In the winter I'm hoping it will be an igloo. So far it's been a great hit.