Saturday, May 30, 2009

Since my good friend Ashlee mentioned the swing hanging in our office doorway, I figured I should tell the story behind it. See, the boy loves swings. At a playground, it's all he wants to do...he's not so interested in the slide, or playing in the sand...it's allll about the swing. Problem is, he doesn't want to get out. He screams bloody murder every time I take him out. Usually this means I'm walking down the street headed toward home pushing a stroller with a wailing child in it. Even at his birthday party, his grandma kept trying to take him out of the swing and he would cry every time, so she left him in there and he FELL ASLEEP. So one day we were wandering through a toy store, and we came upon these plastic swings for $20 and decided to get one, thinking we could hang it on our back porch and he could swing while I did yardwork, etc. - only when we got home, we looked at the porch roof and realized it wasn't secure enough to trust hanging our kid there. We looked all around and realized we were out of options outside...so we went inside. We hesitated to hang anything from our ceiling or doorways mainly because our house was built in the 40's and has plaster walls...not to mention it's a rental and technically not our house. So then we came up with the idea of a chin-up bar. We headed to Big 5 and found a chin-up bar that brackets into a doorway with screws...is removable and even comes with extra brackets (for my back door!)...holds up to 400 pounds...and was only $17. PERFECT. So we came home and hubs set to work installing the brackets. We slipped that bar into place and both of us hung on it to make sure it was safe.
And The Boy Was Happy... After a while, we got tired of standing there and pushing him - so hubs found a string...tied that sucker to the safety strap, and sat in his chair while the boy was happily swinging away. Tweak even joined in on the string actionAll in all, a successful idea!










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10 comments:

Joanna said...

This. is. awesome!!!! Really, hubs holding the rope is the best part. I'm totally going to show this to my husband :)

Anonymous said...

OMGosh!!!!!!!! That is CLASSIC mark holding the string so he doesn't have to stand there!! HAHAHA.. i'm dying.. I LOVE IT!!!!! such a great idea.. you should invent the take along doorway baby swing!
-Ashlee

samantha said...

You guys are pure GENIUS. The swing for sure but the STRING takes the cake.

He is so overjoyed--that's the best part!

2boymommy said...

so fun! we have one of those chin up bars on josh's door. i should totally get one of those swings!

lifeofafesler said...

Okay - so can you turn the swing around, so that you can pull the string while sitting in your office chair...?

Serenity Now said...

Actually yes, I can! hehehe - although I just pull the string through the back and do that instead of switching positions :)

Bitsy said...

That is totally awesome!

Kelly said...

What a brilliant idea! Love it! Hubs attaching the string is hilarious!

BTW, Aubrey laughed and giggled while watching his video. She likes the idea too!

Natalie D said...

THIS IS HILARIOUS!!! I love that he fell asleep in the swing at the park. The string is so creative. And funny!! !:) Thank you for your encouragement on my blog! It means alot!

aron said...

hahahaha love this!!!! what a great idea :)