The kids made good use of the sandbox yesterday afternoon while I worked on staining the top. I bought six 50 lbs bags of play sand to get started (I think we will need another 6 or so to fill the 18 sf). I still have one more coat of stain to do on the backside of the boards for the top/seat. The stain is drying incredibly slowly (fingers crossed it will be dry by the weekend so I can get this guy finished). I am also going to pick up some pvc pipe to mount on the inside of the box. These will be mounted on either side to hold up the beach umbrellas.
I am really happy that I could watch them from the kitchen and am pleased with the placement of the box directly in front of the window. The kids wasted no time taking off their shoes and socks. Now I have to make sure that I wipe the kids off before they come in the house. Sam also went and found his beach chair right later when Maisie was napping. He proceeding to lounge back and play quietly in the sand.