Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hard Work pays off ! Our family project for the "Family Life" merit badge

Last month, my oldest had to work on a family project for his Family Life Merit Badge. It's an Eagle required badge and I happen to find that it's one of my favorite Merit Badges yet.

Here were his instructions:
Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:
a. The objective or goal of the project
b. How individual members of your family participated
c. The results of the project

The project ended up being to take out all of the landscape timbers that lined our back fence area and replace them with stone. Stone is quite expensive !
I did some research ahead of time and found a lady about 20 minutes from us, who had quite a bit of stone she needed to get rid of. We spent $30.00 and took everything we needed. 

Our initial plan was to have enough stone to line the fence, make a pathway to the trampoline from the porch and possibly build a fire pit.

We made 3 trips in the van with all of the stone. Hubby was out of town on business, so my Boy Scout, 2 Cub Scouts and I transported everything.

 

After my Gasparilla 15k, we decided to get working on the removal of the timbers. It made for a long day, but the project was going to finish itself. 



 

We needed to bundle up the timbers so hubs and the Boy Scout cut the timbers into smaller manageable pieces. Watching my  13 year old with a circular saw made me very nervous, but he did quite well.


We called a local waste removal company to haul the timbers away. 

My oldest says that he wanted more quality time with his dad, so we allowed the 2 of them to complete the project.


We had enough stones and bricks to make the border 2 high. The pathway tot he trampoline didn't work, as the flat paver type pieces we had planned to use, were too fragile and kept breaking with the smallest amount of pressure.

Instead, we focused on a great fire pit. We had had several different types that we had purchased from the store, but they rusted or became a nuisance. We all agreed that if we made one of our own, we'd probably appreciate it a lot more.

Yes, the leaves from the oak trees are falling here, but that doesn't take away from the amazing fire pit that hubby and the Boy Scout created. 

We used the fire pit the first night it was complete. We roasted marshmallows and made S'mores. We've done this a couple of times already and all of the boys really enjoy that we can do this at any time we want. They've asked if they can invite friends over and have a S'mores party.


We enjoyed working on this project together. It was a lot of manual labor, but the finished products were totally worth it. We definitely appreciate the time we are spending together outside around the new fire pit and while it will get some use over the summer, I know that when the weather cools down again we are going to be outside a great deal more !

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