Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Tree Fort

Steve started building a tree fort for the boys back in May, when his parents came out for a visit. I think we can safely say we are entering the home stretch of completion. It turned out so nice, and the boys just love it! There are times when I want to take a chair and a good book, and go hide in it myself (like today, for example - - Calgon, take me away!). There is some painting yet to do, and I still need to make a curtain for the door and shades for the windows, according to Camden. We picked out some cute canvas material the other day, so I must fire up the sewing machine this weekend and get it done.


It appears that there isn't a roof on the fort, but Steve used some clear plastic stuff, so that daylight would still shine in....love that idea!

The boys wanted a little sign to hang outside the door, so here is what I came up with.

I was happy to finally find a home for this nifty cow bell - - my mother got it for me at Stonewall Kitchen back in 2005 when I was home for a visit. Unfortunately, our house is brick so I've never been able to hang it up!

7 comments:

Karen said...

Love the hideout - what kid wouldn't want to move right in! Imagine all the story telling and play acting that will go on inside and out! Kids don't let their imaginations get used often enough these days - now that's good parenting!

Jen said...

This is so nice! What a great job you and Steve did. The boys are going to love this for years. I love the cow bell and sign and the red paint!

Terrij83@yahoo.com said...

What great pics!!! I love all the little finishing touches it will be so full of memories

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Wow-what a very impressive-looking fort! What little boy wouldn't want one of those in his backyard? Steve did an amazing job and I like the idea of letting the light in. The sign is neat and love the cow bell! This retreat will be used for years and years, and maybe you can sneak in a quiet moment once in a while! Ashton and I used to have picnics on top of her play set, hard to climb up the tiny ladder but fun to sit, talk and picnic!

Jean said...

One of the assignments I used to give my creative writing classes was to draw a map of their childhood play areas. This activity would trigger memories of good adventures to write about. For boys, the map always included a fort or two or three. Forts seem to be an essential ingredient in a boy's childhood. Now Camden and Griffin have their very own fort to build memories in! Lucky boys.

Melissa said...

Fantastic fort! I'm sure the boys (and you ;) ) will get years of enjoyment out of it!

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Happy Fourth of July! Just wanted to say I like the updated photos and the new look.

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