chronicles of an in-ground trampoline

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Guess what we did on the first day of Spring break!

The trampoline is actually in the ground. I cannot believe it. I woke up this morning and ran to the window to make sure I hadn’t dreamed the whole thing. After many months, the huge hole in the backyard is gone. Well actually it’s still there, but now it’s a functional hole with an obvious purpose. The neighbors can stop referring to us as those crazy peeps digging a bomb shelter.

Let’s review.

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Day 1. I head into the backyard with a shovel and start digging. Caleb joins me an hour later.

Caleb: “What are you doing?”

Jackie: “I’m going to bury the trampoline.”

Caleb: “Do you have a plan for this?”

Jackie: “Of course. The plan is to dig a big hole and put the trampoline in it.”

Caleb: “That’s not a plan. That’s an impulsive idea.”

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Turns out he was right. It’s unwise to start anything bigger than a minor weekend project without an actual plan. And it takes more than one weekend to put a trampoline in the ground. But I was tired of seeing it in the backyard with all its bent poles and holey net. The boys were jumping on it less and less and I figured putting it in the ground would solve all those problems.

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Day 63. I finally admit that digging a hole this big by hand is not as much fun as it sounds.

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We drag the trampoline into the hole to gauge the size.

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Minor issue.

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If he looks mildly annoyed it’s because this was right after he asked me to clarify EXACTLY how I measured the trampoline for the correct size hole.

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Day 75. We build the frame in the hole and make sure it’s level. Then we start removing all the dirt from the center.

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Jackson brings home December’s journal.

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Day 82. A week of rain and another minor problem. Those things that look like whale intestines are actually drainage pipes that unearthed and floated after the hole filled with water.

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Day 118. After several weekends of correcting drainage issues, digging out the trampoline legs (again), installing a fabric skirt and reburying we finally put the springs back on the trampoline. And Caleb tells me I’m never allowed to start a project without a plan ever again. Ever. Again.

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But he also said it was completely worth it. Because we could barely keep the boys off long enough to finish the installation. And then followed many screams of delight. I think it’s a hit.

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Comments

Anonymous said…
Awesome! So, let me guess...when you guys leave this house, packing the trampoline is entirely YOUR job, right?! Or maybe........it's a permanent upgrade?!
Love you all,
Dad
Andrea L. said…
You're crazy... and I love it. And Jackson's journal entry is priceless.
Anonymous said…
Thanks!
Garret Miller said…
Some wonderful photography I saw from here and that's all are about trampoline. By notifying these pics I got lots of knowledge about trampoline that how it can be situated and hope that I will try myself by notifying your pics. Good one:)
Bobby Jassos said…
Trampoline is a form of exercise: rebounding. Rebounding is just a fancy name for jumping on a trampoline. I can remember begging my parents for a trampoline when I was younger, only to finally get it when I was too old to want to jump on it (glad you got to enjoy it little brothers!)
Andrew Fox said…
I am glad kids got you and you know how to take proper care of them. My kids love trampoline and I am really excited to make something like this for them as my kids enjoy trampoline a lot.