Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008 - Update

We now have a gate. . .thanks to my dad. It's almost impossible to put up a gate when you don't have walls on both sides. My dad, however, has an uncanny ability to find creative solutions to make anything work. Thanks dad! Now I don't worry about Olivia riding her pony down the stairs.

Now, I plan my escape!


Casey's trio said...

Isn't it nice to have creative family members? We had to find a way to put up a gate at the bottom of our stairs and my husband had to rig something! Now they just try to climb over it:0

Don said...

.......and, I might add, Jodi has an uncanny way of putting exactly the right caption with the right picture...don't you think?

I also wanted to share something with everyone that I witnessed first-hand yesterday. While I was at Jodi's house working on the gate, Olivia was down the hall on the famous pony and Jodi mentioned how Olivia loves to raise up her shoulders and tuck her head down and "charge" ahead full speed on that pony.....and suddenly Olivia did that very thing! She charged up the hallway at full speed....Ryan says Olivia does that to be more "aerodynamic". We laughed and laughed! Jodi and I discussed how we used to be so concerned about her motor skills....not anymore! She's going to do just great!!! Charge!!!!! Oivia!!!!!

Emily said...

That second picture is hilarious. She looks so mischievous!

I don't want to spoil your happiness but my heart skipped a beat when I saw that the gate was a tension gate. Tension gates are not recommended for use at the top of stairs because they can (with enough force) be taken down. The only gates recommended for use at the top of stairs are ones that screw in and actually mount to the wall (or in your case it looks like the wall and banister). We had a really difficult time putting one up at our house because we have one wall and then the other side is a window so we had to add on blocks of wood to have something to mount the hardware to on one side. I only say all of this because Dakota can take out a tension gate now when she kicks it and I'd hate to see Olivia fall down the stairs

Jodi said...

It is not a true tension gate because the sides are mounted into the wall. Ryan even tried to push on it and it didn't budge. I appreciate you looking out for us, though.