Me and Drama Teen, with assistance from Princess Lollipop managed to get the trampoline together ourselves. We built the frame. We, well I, attached the trampoline bed with the springs! It was one of the hardest things I've ever done!! I tried to keep attaching the springs evenly around the trampoline, but managed to get more on one side than the other. I had to put my foot up on the trampoline frame, and put all my (not inconsiderable) weight into pulling the spring into place! It was quite a workout!! I almost gave up, but with encouragement from Drama Teen, I eventually got it all done. I wanted to get the safety net up too, but Drama Teen had reached the end of her patience and we had to stop and take her to her boyfriend's house.
When I picked Little Prince up from school, he went straight outside and wanted to play. He was told he could play if someone was out there supervising and if he was sensible and only did gentle bouncing! Me and Mr Messy were sat outside watching him and he was mostly managing to be sensible. He had Princess Lollipop pretending to blow him over, which she loved and was giggling madly. They played this for a while, and then Little Prince carried on bouncing. The problem was he was more hyped up now, and me and Mr Messy were absolutely horrified to watch him bounce towards the edge and keep going, right off the edge!! For the split second it took Little Prince to shout ouch, I was thinking the worst. It was horrific! Mr Messy was so scared he lost his temper and told Little Prince he was banned from the trampoline. I had to leave not long after this to take Little Prince to his swimming lesson, I was hoping his teacher was up for the challenge as Little Prince was extremely hyped up!!
The swimming teacher commented on the fact that we were a few minutes late, and when I explained that it was because of the new trampoline, she was dumb struck that we'd bought a trampoline lol. And that was without me mentioning that we had let him on it without a safety net!! Despite the hyped up start to his lesson, Little Prince did very well and worked hard. His teacher is impressed at how fast he can move through the water using just his "crawl legs" she says he is incredibly strong, which we knew!! Apparently most swimmers get their speed when swimming front crawl using their arms, and their legs aren't as involved - not with our little powerhouse :-)
As soon as swimming had finished we had to rush to pick Mrs LMS up from work, as both the lesson and her work finish at the same time, we were late! Luckily it was sunny and Mrs LMS was able to sit on the grass near the work carpark and read her book while waiting for us. She was very very tired but still functioning, just about lol.
When we got home Mrs LMS looked after the littlies, while me and Mr Messy put up the safety net. It didn't go very smoothly!! We spent ages trying to follow the slightly confusing instructions, about putting the foam covered poles into pockets in the safety net. The two part poles kept coming apart as we tried to push them into the slightly too tight pockets!! It was frustratingly hard work and took us a lot longer than we thought, but we did eventually manage it :-) Mr Messy then let Little Prince get out of bed and bounce in his pyjamas for a while :-) And peace between my boys was restored :-)