Proceed With Caution

by Courtney Sirotin on April 4, 2012

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One place we won’t be hiding Easter eggs this Sunday is our backyard; it’s a death trap back there! I always think of Baby Jessica circa 1986 when I go out the back door and try to keep an eagle eye on Dylan.

Taking Dylan outside to play, which is something he wants to do multiple times a day, is not relaxing; you have to keep your guard up. Let me give you a tour…

First of all, Dylan has to climb a dirt mound just to get behind the house.


Grass doesn’t grow in our back yard, but thorns seem to thrive. These thorns are sprinkled all throughout the yard so that anywhere Dylan might step has the potential to contain needles ready to mutilate his delicate skin.

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If  you’re an ant, my yard is the place to be and be seen.

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But we don’t need wildlife to make this yard a death trap! Jason made sure that all available real estate  has a good, old-fashioned booby trap. From afar, this looks like a lovely little camp scene:

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Fire pits are super safe for children, right!? Well, maybe except for the “fire” and “pit” aspects of them.

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As if one fire pit wasn’t bad enough, Jason went and hid them all throughout the yard. You kind of just happen upon them! Today I found this one:

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This one:

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And this one with a sharp pig spit in it:

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Nice touch, Jay!

And should you think these fire pits can be safely enjoyed under adult supervision, I offer you this video taken a few months back. It’s my backyard on fire…under adult supervision.

I think it’s safe to say that as long as we are living in this house, I’ll never be opening the back door and ushering Dylan out to play by himself. Quite frankly, I don’t even like him to stand in one spot for too long lest one of the many bugs or lizards living back there crawls up his legs. And did I mentioned there have been two rattlesnakes killed in my neighborhood since we moved in?

So what do we do back there each day?

We stay in our “safe zone” as much as possible:

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(without standing still too long).

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We (I) also do a lot of singing, dancing, and blowing bubbles from inside the circle while Dylan hangs in the swing and watches.

This video shot today shows Dylan enjoying one of his favorite activities out back:


Dropping wood chips through the slots of a wooden chair never gets old!

Soon I’ll need to get a fun and water-based toy for the upcoming dog days summer. Last summer Dylan played with this little water table but it’s seen better days:

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Right now it’s just a repository for dirty water that’s probably growing deadly diseases:

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There is danger lurking everywhere in our back yard. Anyone want to come over for a play date?!

(No, really…I’m running out of things to do back there!)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

RUSS April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

LoL…. Oma Rox is coming to visit and she’s bringing MATCHES!!!!


COURTNEY April 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

We will take the Oma but leave the matches!


DONNA CUSHING April 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

Weeds grow so easily. They don’t need to be cared for or nurtured at all. But they do not end up beautiful and bring no joy. They always remind me of how some people take the easy way out when raising children and then through no fault of the children they resemble weeds .
I am glad Dylan has his safe zone to play in!


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