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Our Family Project May 1, 2012

Filed under: family,gardening,parenting,Uncategorized — mandyholbert @ 6:48 pm
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Our project may not be Southern Living or HGTV worthy, but it’s coming along.  Here’s what we started with:

This was the beginning of what we have dubbed our “garden project” which led into the “tree house project” – only to be later combined into one grand plan of making both projects one big entertainment area for our family.  It has taken a lot of hard work, and we’re not finished, but we got so much done over the weekend that I’m just itching to share it.  Here is a look at what we have accomplished so far.

This was the start of the garden – we fenced it in and Ronnie built the planter boxes.  The kids painted the fence (well, they helped me paint it).  Next, we decided to put an arbor over the entrance.  We made the garden rabbit-proof with the wire (which was a terrible, hot, tedious job) and we moved the rabbit house in to house our pet rabbits.

Ronnie built the exact swing set I imagined, and we planted our first vegetables and flowers.

With the garden finished, we started on the tree house.  Since it’s so high off the ground and Max is such a little, adventurous guy, we decided that a ramp would be the safest way to access the tree house.

The tree house was plain old hard work.  Ronnie and I did the whole thing together.  I told him what I wanted, and he not only made it happen, but also taught me how to use all the tools and think like a carpenter.  Here’s what we have right now:

Now we have a garden and tree house.  What we are working on right now is the area surrounding both.  Here’s our progress from the past couple of weekends.  We are tired!

We still have so far to go!  The next step, of course, will be grass everywhere that is currently dirt.  We’ll build a fire pit in right between the garden and tree house.  I have an idea for an outdoor chalkboard for the kids to draw on.  The tree house will have a mail box.  Oh, and the tree house will look like a true house in a tree when it’s finished.  We’ll have strands of lights suspended from the trees.  Oh!  And the obstacle course!  How could I forget?  The kids will have an obstacle course through the woods.  And a zip line coming off the back of the tree house.

We still have so much to do, but look at how far we’ve come!  Nothing makes me happier that walking out to the garden with Ronnie, watching our bunnies hop in and out of their hutch while the kids laugh and swing and run up and down the tree house ramp, and just being a family.  There’s absolutely nothing like sitting back and enjoying the fruits of good, hard, honest labor.

I can’t wait to go back out and work my butt off to finish.  It will most likely take years.  And I’m okay with that.  I have so many ideas, and my husband has the know-how.  And the willingness to teach me.   And the patience to let the kids help.   And the willingness to come home after a long week at work to put in an even harder weekend.  That’s just who we are.  And I couldn’t be happier.


35 Responses to “Our Family Project”

  1. betsyk1 Says:

    Where do you live that you have so much land? And those hills! Gorgeous! A little bit jealous over here!

    • mandyholbert Says:

      Honestly, we still can’t believe it either. Up until three years ago, we lived in a cookie-cutter neighborhood. We had a really big house, but no land. We cut our house size in half and opted for more land instead. We’ve never been happier with a decision. We don’t need a big house! Oh, and to answer your question, we’re in the mountains of western North Carolina. One of the prettiest places on earth!

  2. lorajbanks Says:

    That is already amazing…I can’t wait to see what it becomes!

  3. Sarah Says:

    That looks amazing! my husband built a tree house and zip line last summer and it has been so wonderful. Your garden looks great too. I was trying to do some work in ours and wondered aloud why on earth we made it so there is no room to get a wheelbarrow in there! Glad to see yours has ample space for it 🙂 And where are your chickens?

    • mandyholbert Says:

      I’m so excited about the zip line. I bet your kids love it! We have the chickens up closer to the house where we can keep a better eye on them. Thanks for reading!

  4. brooklynbite Says:

    oh wow. such lucky kids! Can’t wait to see what happens next.


  5. sherbear64 Says:

    You and Ronnie make a great team!!!!!! And the place looks awesome!!!!!

  6. irishsignora Says:

    I’ll be waiting for the updates — that looks awesome!

  7. I’m gonna show your tree house to my husband. We’ve been trying to come up with ideas and stalled. 🙂

  8. Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy Says:

    really cool!

  9. ememby Says:

    Gorgeous – I love the tree house with the ramp – perfect!

  10. Teresa Cleveland Wendel Says:

    I wish I could come play with you. This is the sort of thing I love to do! What lucky kids to have parents like you and your husband. The mailbox is a great idea. Kids love stuff like that. I know I did. Which gives me an idea to put up a mailbox in the backyard for my grandboys. Thanks!

  11. Kourtney Heintz Says:

    Wow this is awesome. I wish I could work in the garden and play in that tree house. Super cool!

  12. tfun2662 Says:

    My brother is currently updating his back yard and I understand how crazy it can get! I think it looks great!

  13. babso2you Says:

    Really lovely!

  14. babso2you Says:

    Oh – and thank you for signing up to follow my blog!

  15. Jason Says:

    I love outdoor work. Looking at the size of your project though, makes me feel comforted that I have such a small concern with my little bit of England. Well done you guys though, and what a lovely view.

    • mandyholbert Says:

      Thanks so much. If you’re like me, you’ll never be finished with an outside project. The more we accomplish, the more ideas I think of to add to it. Happy gardening!

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