Tessa's Totally Toddler Yard

Tessa's Totally Toddler Yard

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Carrie McBride
Jun 10, 2010

Names: Kelly, Scott and Tessa
Location: Queen Creek, AZ

Having a baby does change everything! We recently updated our outdoor space to better accommodate our growing family. We had a small patio connected to the covered porch, and soon realized it wasn't enough space for our soon-to-be-mobile baby girl.

An additional challenge was our grass - or lack thereof (our Weimaraner, aka Terrorist, would dig holes in it all the time). Plus it was irrigated multiple times a week, leaving us with wet grass all the time. We extended the patio to the back wall and ripped up the sod and replaced it with artificial turf (our best idea ever!).

Our new patio made room under the covered porch for a rotating stock of toys so we could have a covered play space in the summer (plus add adequate tricycle-riding space). Under the covered porch we added an inexpensive Ikea rug ($40 - much cheaper than an outdoor rug of that size) for softness, hung a swing from the roof and splurged on the VIRRE slide which looks great indoors and out. I think we have maximized the space we do have and can't wait to see it adapt to our growing baby girl.

Thanks Kelly!

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