Sunday, September 19, 2010

MY BOYS OF SUMMER!

There has been considerable discussion at my house the last two years about the possibility of a treehouse. You are only eight years old once, so it was decided that this was the year to make it happen. When you combine an eight-year old dreamer (Wyatt) with a seventy-one-year old engineer (his papa), there is a lot of talk about possibilities versus structure/buildability/safety/etc.
And then the supplies had to be gathered - trips to yard sales for reclaimed lumber, to the lumber yard and to the Habitat for Humanity restore for bolts, etc., and to one of our own hidey-holes for necessary pieces!


Finally, they got started.

A left-handed hammer and a right-handed drill.

Learning a few skills along the way.

Safety first - a railing, gate, and a sturdy ladder so the old-folks can climb up there, too.

Every castle needs a shield and every pirate boat needs a flag.

You need a supply of rope because you might decide you want to surf under the treehouse. In arid Colorado, you have to pretend to surf on a rope and board.

Where will this happy boy's imagination take him next?

Hopefully, when he is seventy-one years old; he will remember the summer he and his papa built the treehouse.

I'm linking up to Mosaic Monday with Mary at
Little Red House

and

Outdoor Wednesday with Susan at
A Southern Daydreamer

Please stop by these two blogs as I'm sure you will enjoy your visit!


24 comments:

Marilyn said...

Oh, my! That was a terrific summer project for all of you. It looks sturdy enough for a building inspector, too. Be careful climbing the ladder! ♥♫

Mary Ellen said...

You can see from the look on Wyatt's face just how ecstatic he is with his new tree house! How many wonderful memories were made by the building of it!

I remember how much he loved that big tree that blew down last year- I bet Wyatt is thinking just how much more fun this tree house is and, oh I wonder what many adventures he will have in the future!!

You and Bob are such terrific grandparents!!

Just got back from Pueblo. Bill filled in for a pastor there who was in the hospital. Were off to our fellowship in a few minutes!

bee blessed
mary

A Garden of Threads said...

Memories for everyone. What a great post. Take care.

Vee said...

Just delicious to see...yes, may he remember with the same grin he's wearing in that photo!

Dishesdone said...

I love your post :) How sweet and such terrific memories he will have of his papa and his tree house.

Shelia said...

Hi Sally!! I see lots of fun happening! Love it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bernie said...

Just marvellous. That was a great story and great photos to accompany it. What a memory for Wyatt to treasure.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I think he gets Grampa of the Year award. Yeah.

SmilingSally said...

You could link into Blue Monday too!

I've found even more things that we have in common. My husband is also Papa, although he is 72. We've been married 52 years too. Along with our two grandsons, we have 5 granddaughters.

I love this post and am sure that both guys will always remember this special time together.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ahhh...this is just the sweetest post, Sally! I bet your Wyatt was in his "7th heaven"...building a tree house with Grandpa! Ohhh yes...these are the things that sweet memories are made of! I'm so glad that you shared this with us...I think it's so sweet!!!

Well my friend, I hope that my note is finding you and your sweet family doing well! Saturday we had a little cold front blow in and I just about froze to death (exaggerating a little...but it was really cold)! Then today...it got up close to 100. What is that about? We certainly have been having some crazy weather. Warmer than usual for this time of the year. I'm with you...I'm sooo ready for autumn! Sally, thank you for coming by and taking a peek at all of my autumn decor! I always enjoy your sweet notes, my friend!!!

Love ya,
Chari

bj said...

Oh, Sally...this is priceless. And I am sure he WILL remember this time.

Mr. Sweet built a big tree house for our grandsons a long time ago...back before blogging and I didn't get many photos. I will have to search and find the ones I have so I can show you.

This one looks like a doozy of a great tree house. Such fun!!

Are you rested up from the big estate sale yet?? :)

La said...

That looks like a dynamic duo. What a wonderful story. La

LV said...

Times like this are more precious than anything that money could buy. The young fellow will reflect back to this day when he is older.

LV said...

Moments like this are more precious than money can buy. This young fellow will reflect back to this day when he is older.

Charlene said...

I don't know who's luckier... the boy or Papa!!!! I am sure they both had a GRAND time & that came out to be a marvelous retreat. Hope Papa goes up there & plays like he's 8 again often. HUGS to all who had such a dream & able to make one come true. Charlene

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sally, Wyatt is so cute and obviously very excited about this project. Oh the memories they created and will continue to create. I wanna come play in the tree house! It's great! laurie

Kate said...

Delightful! Wonderful that the two minds came together with something so special! Lucky young man.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Oh, the memories this young man will have...such a great story of a beautiful relationship between a man and a boy...

Sue said...

How adorable your two guys are...the big one and the little one...who painted the great Wyatt flag?....I have a feeling you had something to do with that!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great summer project, and great memories in the making.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Marbel said...

Great treehouse! My kids would be jealous!

Pat said...

What a fabulous post, Sally! Great photos! Wonderful treehouse and sweet grand!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh gosh! What a fabulous experience and the memories that will last forever! My boys still talk about the tree house they built with their grandfather. The tree house may not be around anymore, but the memories sure are.

~ Tracy

Donnie said...

looks like they had a wonderful day.