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Birthday present for an 8-year-old – Part 2

Now that we had the trampoline sitting in a big box in our secret hiding place, it came to making plans on when to set it up. Since we wanted it ready on Sunday morning when Luka woke up, this presented us with a bit of a problem. Let’s just say that Luka (like most children I know) is not known for sleeping in on her birthday.

So the only option was the night before. A secret operation under the cover of darkness.

The frame and mat came in one big box, the safety net in a second, smaller one.
The frame and mat came in one big box, the safety net in a second, smaller one.

Once the kids were in bed, I started the assembly. Luckily we have a nice, big carport with proper lights. So I was not totally blind.

Taking everything out of the box and getting it ready.
Taking everything out of the box and getting it ready.

I did have to be a bit careful, as the kids’ bedroom is right above the carport and the windows were open. Banging the frame pieces together made quite some noise.

The first step is to assemble the 10-foot ring.
The first step is to assemble the 10-foot ring.
Then come the legs. At this point we moved the contraption into its final position.
Then come the legs. At this point we moved the contraption into its final position.

Happily the ground in this part of the “garden” is very level, so we only had to do a few minor adjustments to get everything even.

Then come the springs. The first eight have to go in at opposite ends to ensure an even spread of the initial load.
Then come the springs. The first eight have to go in at opposite ends to ensure an even spread of the initial load.
The final product, including safety net and ladder.
The final product, including safety net and ladder.

The whole affair took us about an hour and a half. In the end a lot quicker than we had initially thought.

The next morning, after breakfast, we took the kids outside. It turns out that I was careful enough the night before and they had not heard anything. Neither did they look out of the kitchen window before breakfast.

Nothing can compare to the looks of joy on their faces when they saw our latest addition to our garden.

Neither the fact that they were still in their morning jackets, not that the mat was still wet from the morning dew could keep Kai and Luka from trying it out.
Neither the fact that they were still in their morning jackets, not that the mat was still wet from the morning dew could keep Kai and Luka from trying it out.
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5 thoughts on “Birthday present for an 8-year-old – Part 2

  1. Natürlich finden wir das neue Trampolin auch suuuper! Und die Aufbauschilderung kann man gut nachvollziehen – nachts heimlich ein Trampolin aufbauen – ohne sich die Finger oder andere Körperteile zu klemmen .Könnt Ihr denn noch aus dem Küchenfenster raussehen oder ist da jetzt alles “schwarz”? Liebe Grüße H.-W. und M.-D.

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  2. Super leuk om te doen! Veel plezier ermee! (Onder schooltijd kun jij mooi je workout doen, Willemijn 😉
    X Susan

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