josh is always good at finding really fun things taking place in the city for us to check out. on saturday morning, he reminded me that he had bought tickets to the center for architecture’s family day all about creating, designing and constructing your own tree house! (next month is sky scrapers, which sounds equally exciting!) you might have caught some of our time there on my snapchat, but i was really impressed with the thought and specific detail both eleanor and samson requested for their designs. samson kept talking about wanting a door and a window in his tree house, but also a tire swing and an elevator! eleanor wanted a trap door like at the tree house at grandpa’s house and a tv and bed inside hers. haha! also, my kids and hot glue guns sounded super scary, but being in charge of the glue gun was their favorite part, and they were great with them!
a few photos…
starting off the day with a sketch of her tree house. if that isn’t the cutest tree house ever!
conrad was asleep in the stroller catching his morning nap for the first half of our tree house making adventure. but once he was awake, he desperately wanting to participate! i love that kid’s enthusiasm for anything his older brother and sister are interested in.
please take note of that awesome tire swing papa and samson built behind samson’s tree house! one of the things we tried hard to do was ask them questions so they could make all of the important decisions an architect would make. samson decided what the tire would be made of, where the swing would go, and what he could use as the rope. he just needed help tying the little itty bitty knots!
that white box hanging from samson’s tree house is his “elevator.” yes, i was in charge of helping him create his elevator, and yes, that is the best i could come up with. ;) also, that yellow string holding up a tiny piece of board is eleanor’s “tv” facing her bed (that floating piece of cardboard) as she really wanted a tv and bed in there. haha! she added two piles of cardboard at the end all by herself. when we asked her what they were, she explained that the tall one is a trampoline and the other one “is a pit for animals that are mean like tigers because that is in the jungle.”
this was so much fun. i loved witnessing eleanor’s and samson’s brains working away as they made their creations come to life! did you know that when i was a little girl, i would sketch countless home floor plans in my notebooks? i had notebooks seriously full of sketches! i wanted to be an architect for a little while there. also, this brought me back to the days of building my big treehouse back home with my dad and sisters in utah. my dad, still such a kid at heart, was so into it, and at the time, i don’t think any of his daughters were. haha! poor guy. but now i look back and i think, wow. he did that for us, and that was such a fun place to play. and then seeing my kids playing on it when we’re visiting where i grew up makes everything come full circle. we don’t exactly have a yard to build our own tree house with the kids at the moment, but there are a lot of wonderful things about raising little ones with this city as their backyard and i’m thankful for the things the city has to offer them for now.