There’s a little grove of four trees on the north side of our yard that was inhabited by an old fire pit for who knows how long. We knew we wanted to tear that thing out–although we’d love to add a firepit elsewhere on our property, the idea of a fire in the middle of four trees just didn’t seem like the best place for it.
A couple months ago, Wayfair contacted us about recreating a favorite childhood summer tradition–and we knew right away what we wanted to do. Chris and I both have fond memories of hammocks in our childhood–and we thought this would be the perfect spot for one. We spent a Saturday clearing out the old pit and debris and ash and filled in the hole, five minutes hanging a hammock and almost every night enjoying it.
It’s the Twin Oaks Hammock from Wayfair in Crystal, which looks like a light gray online, but apparently is tan in person. We don’t mind. I actually like that the earth-toned look blends in well in this grove of trees. Happy accident! Greta loves us to swing her really hard on the hammock, which we do. It holds up to 450 pounds, so we often all pile in there together and although I always seem to be the last one out–I give Chris threatening looks about tipping or flipping it. So far. So good. (Those were not good memories. Ha!)
And sometimes, best of all, after the girls go to bed, Chris and I sneak out with a laptop and watch movies. Or just talk.
You can see those pictures along with some other summer memories here.
It’s a small update, but something we couldn’t imagine life, especially our summer, without now.
Have your own summer memory you want to recreate? We are giving away a $100 gift card to Wayfair on instagram today! Head over there (@chrislovesjulia) for the details.
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