"....And when your tree house is finished we'll invite your friends over and have a ribbon cutting," I told him, as we were driving in the car one night last week. I didn't mean it literally, really, but I should know by now that you can't say a thing like that to a four-year-old if you don't mean to do it.
"What's a ribbon cutting?"
"Well, it's when you tie a ribbon to the door and you cut it and everybody cheers and drinks champagne."
"Why do they do that?"
"Well, it's a ceremony...it's a celebration."
"Yeah," he pursed his lips and shook his head decisively, "We should cut a ribbon."
The scissors were safety. The champagne was sparkling grape juice. But the tree house, if I may say so, was worth a little celebration.
We (the parent-people) have been going back and forth about building this tree house for months, largely because we're not sure about our life plans for the next few years. Are we going to add on to this house or move? Wouldn't it make sense to wait until we decide? And on and on.
The conclusion? A big, fat "We have no idea".
But in the meantime, we had a little boy who really, really wanted a tree house. And there are only so many summers that was going to be true. So, we decided, "Screw it--let's build a tree house!"
I know very little about the constructions details--I mostly occupied children so that Sweet Husband could work undisturbed--but if you have questions feel free to ask and I'll try to get answers. The frame is attached to the tree with several lag bolts and there is one support post on the corner opposite the tree. Otherwise it's probably simple enough to figure out from these photos, but, for reals, ask away.
I do know that we owe our Dear Friends a big thanks for letting us raid their garage for scrap wood and spare tools, which made the project much less expensive than it otherwise would have been.
I also know that I'm heart-glad we decided to pull the trigger on this one.
The Kid has eaten dinner in the tree house just about every night since it's been finished. He and his friends climbed in and out of it all night at the party. It's just...well, it's going to be such crazy fun.
Yay for a summer in the tree house!