N and Lars

Take A Tour and Help Us Decorate The Backyard Fort

Yesterday, we had half-a-wall to go on the backyard fort.

Backyard fort
Can you even see what’s missing?

With a few cuts and bolts and N complaining about how loud Dada was…

Too Loud Saw
TOO LOUD! (Scott couldn’t actually hear her at all, which was awkward.)

By early afternoon, we had the upper wall in place (I didn’t notice it was missing either so don’t feel bad) and voila!

Backyard Fort  Done

Take a little tour with us and enjoy the hammock, slide (which now even grown-ups can go down) and everything in between.

Chillaxin’ (I will never stop using that word so don’t even ask)
Climb on up, people.
Ladder on 2nd Floor
There’s plenty of room but only two chairs.
Backyard Fort 2
Safety rails in place so I stop having heart attacks when my kids are up there.
N and Lars
Hello down there!
Slide and Fort
And I’m out!
Enjoy the fort
Someone is very proud of his work. And should be.

Now we just have to decorate although E already started with his drawing of our family.

Decorating the fort
E kicks off the decorating
A drawing of the family
He drew our family with hearts.

You can help us decorate by shouting out ideas. I want it to retain some ruggedness so don’t go too twee on me.ย I also don’t want it to become a plastic toy bonanza either. Let’s all remember that it’s a fort built by hand to withstand zombies.

Here are our color options for the wood. E wants New York Giant’s colors. I like the red, too, but we do have a green roof so probably not. Scott wants to do dark brown and paint white lines so it looks like Lincoln Logs. At least it fits the green roof motif.

Stain colors

We, also known as Scott, wants weather-proof curtains in front, but it turns out those are called shower curtains. (Scott insists this isn’t true.)

Other points? The inside stays dry unless it’s raining sideways through the windows (although we could put shower curtains there, too).ย We are thinking a large rug and some containers for the kids’ stuff (and our survival supplies). I also envision books, but I can’t think of how to keep them safe.

Here are some pictures of the walls, too, so you realize that it’s not dry wall.

Note in the lower right (my right?) picture, the missing upper wall was still missing when I took it.
Note in the lower right (my right?) picture, the missing upper wall was still missing when I took it.

Any ideas? I really want the inside to live up to the outside.

Or feel free to just ooh and ah. I’m so very impressed with what we’ve accomplished, and I finally get to beย more involved now (and by “more involved” I mean “could have always been very involved all along but chose not to be until now because hammers, nails and wood don’t appeal to me at all.”)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

24 thoughts to “Take A Tour and Help Us Decorate The Backyard Fort”

  1. I suggest nailing a board across the inside (maybe under the windows or on a large part without windows) and painting it with chalkboard paint. Then the kids can draw inside like crazy. Plus you can draw out your plans when you are hiding out from the zombie apocalypse.

    Maybe one of those large plastic containers where the handles click over the lid to keep your books safe? But the kids would have to be good about putting them all back in there each time they read.

    Also, I think you need to attach a pulley and bucket system out of a side window so you can transfer snacks and other needed supplies up to the kids in a really awesome way.

    So fun!

    1. ooh the chalkboard paint is a great idea. Also you made me think of doing maybe a window sill pots to grow flowers or veggies.

      I’m thinking that maybe books are for when they are older?

      OMG the pulley system — are you totally thinking about the Sid the Science Kid song about the pulley family?

  2. That is a freakin’ awesome playhouse!! I had one similar looking to that as a kid but it wasn’t quite as nice ๐Ÿ™‚ My kids have the Costco version because there is no way I could attempt to build something like that myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have major fort envy! As I child I wanted a fort so badly but had to settle playing under our deck in the dirt. I might need counseling for this now.

  4. I LOVE it! You are all going to have so much fun in there.

    I think the Lincoln Log idea is kind of fun. Of course, I’m staring at a giant tin of them right now, so I can’t possibly think of another idea.

  5. Plastic tupperware containers. They come in a gazillion different shapes, sizes, and colors, and I’m sure you could find one that will keeps books, toys, and stuffed animals dry and clean. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The child inside me just exploded.
    Thanks for ruining my version of what i thought was a cool tree house. Old boards and rusty nails I found on the street. There may have been tape used. Perhaps that is why my brother broke his arm?

  7. DUDE!!!! Way to go, Scott! I am so impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the flower box idea, and the chalkboard paint sounds great, too! I’m personally kind of a fan of keeping the inside low-key to let the kids figure out what they want the space to be… and you know a hundred kitties are going to end up there anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I will say that since they now have a new vantage point on your house and on the neighborhood, they need some spy gear. Notebooks, binoculars, maybe a cheap camera. Kent has a great set of binoculars that he uses for bird watching and “spying”, and I just love what he thinks to use them for.

  8. I am so impressed and jealous!! I agree that simple is best. I think brown (with or without Lincoln Log stripes) would be nice and wouldn’t stand out too much in case of zombie apocalypse. Is the wood inside treated/weatherproofed? Maybe it would be worth getting some kind of protective curtains for winter weather. Not that you get much- but it would be so fun to hang out in there while it’s snowing outside!

  9. This is all kinds of amazing. I’m ooo-ing and ahh-ing like crazy over here.

    Also? I like the Lincoln logs house idea, but not the shower curtain idea. That sort of crosses the line into tacky.

  10. Holy mother *long, exhaustive omnibus of inappropriate words*! That. Is. Ah. Maz. Wait for it… ING!!!

    I have no other words.

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