As I mentioned Friday, we are well underway with construction of our mommy group’s float for the 29th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade! Wait, so sorry, not we, just C. A true labor of love, C is so happy to be making something like this for T and his friends to enjoy; C’s said it takes him back to his own childhood when his dad put in a lot of time and effort on a variety of carpentry projects for school and the like. And to be clear, in this labor of love, C has about 20 man-hours clocked on this puppy so far, and more work is coming soon as the parade approaches.
The parade is now less than two weeks away (eeps!), so C spent our weekend surrounded by OSB board, saws, nails, and paint. While I was not well enough to help with the effort (boo pain!), I was busy enough keeping T and at times his friend entertained while C and A worked hard – VERY hard! On Friday, C built the modular pieces for the float; six side panels, two end pieces, and one sail-and-pennant piece later, he then solicited assistance with the painting of those pieces. Luckily, help was available and on Saturday he and A painted the pieces together in about four hours.
Here are a few photos showing the incredible progress that C and A made over the weekend. The framework is complete, as is the “sail” for the boat, and the painting scheme (boat-on-water) is finished.
More detailed decorating will take place later this week, and then C along with others can assemble and anchor the float once we get the truck next week.
Enjoy viewing the photos! I’ll check in again in another few days with another update!