Our "Staycation"

Posted by Tamie on Monday, October 20, 2008

A few weeks ago our family was really needing some time together. When I was at the temple thinking about one of the boys and how to best help him I felt strongly that we should build a tree house. What? I've never used a power tool in my life. This was going to take a lot of faith. Fortunately I got Ryan on board. We decide rather than take a vacation we'd do a "staycation" (Debbie Runnells asked us how our "staycation" was going so we give them credit for the name).

We took Ty out of school, got a tree house book from the library, and consulted a contractor friend about how to proceed. I bought some easy vacation meals and snacks then I set out a bunch of fun cereals the morning we started. Each of the four days we tried to do something recreational in the morning (tennis or going to the park) then started around 10-11 on the tree house. The little guys napped around 12-3 so we could work with the big boys all afternoon. At night we'd do something fun before bed. We rented "Honey, I shrunk the kids" one night, went to Kung Fu panda once and I can't remember what else.

Tyran was totally into the tree house and would beg us to get started each day and hated having to stop. Tanner was more interested when he saw the progress and the little guys just loved eating fruit leather and bunny crackers. My confidence soared as I used all kinds of power tools. I even had the brilliant idea to use the tree branches as railings. As you can see, the tree house currently features stairs, rope railings, a yellow slide, a pulley with an ugly plastic basket (we're planning to replace it with a tin bucket), a yellow zip line and yellow slide. We're so happy with what we got done and are already looking forward to building a swinging bridge and crows nest.

It felt great to create something--just like Elder Uchdorf talked about at womens conference. Rather than the let down you feel when coming home from a trip we felt more refreshed and ready to move on when it was over. The staycation was perfect for our little family. We could sleep in our own beds, be in a familiar place but still take time to be together, create memories and build a tree house that we'll enjoy for years.
Comments (4)

I love that you asked for and listened for inspiration and you were led to such a wonderful family memory. Now I want to build a tree house. But first I'd need a tree bigger than a 2 inch diameter. :)

Posted October 20, 2008 at 11:30 PM by Blogger Allison

Wow! What an awesome family project. The treehouse looks great! After reading this entry and seeing the pictures John and I got an urge to build a treehouse...too bad our only trees big enough are in the front yard!

Posted October 22, 2008 at 6:06 AM by Blogger Aub and John

What a great, great, great idea!! I love it! The tree house turned out great. A "staycation" sounds so great. I've commented to my hubby, Matt, about how nice it would be to have some days with him off work and just be at home doing fun things. I think I'll have to mention it again! =)

Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:38 PM by Blogger Jeannie

What a great idea and how it came to you while you were in the temple. Great blessing come from going to the temple!
The tree house looks so fun!

Posted January 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM by Blogger *liSa*