Day 26–Treehouse!

My hubby has spent much of his free time this month ‘working’ on a treehouse for our two 8 year old boys.  I keep teasing him– although he calls it work, we both know very well that he is just as excited about the treehouse as the little guys are.  Above left shows him in the skeleton of the treehouse a couple weeks ago.

Right above and below are pictures of the treehouse yesterday. Isn’t it just the coolest thing?   I especially love the Swiss-Family-Robinson-style rope-woven railing. 

The bottom part of the ladder has locking ‘shutters’ to cover the bottom three steps of the ladder, effectively blocking the youngest ones from climbing into the treehouse without permission. 

Hubby is also still planning on adding a bucket on a pulley, to make it easier to bring treasures up.   This morning the little guys had ALL their school done by 10:30, they were so excited to be up in their new paradise!

They have the best daddy!

Money spent:  $75 on gas for the van needed after woodcutting in the mountains last weekend.


Meals today

Breakfast:  Leftover pancakes.   (Whenever we have extra pancakes, we toss them in the freezer for an easy breakfast another day.)

Lunch was interesting today. It was called ‘aiyish’ — a hot cereal-type dish made with millet flour. We got the recipe from the “Hungry Planet” book I’ve mentioned before.  It is a food eaten 3 times a day by poor people in Darfur, Sudan.  

If you’ve ever read the book “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” you’ll understand me when I said I did a ‘Kit’ while cooking it.  (It was a leetle lumpy..)

The big kids ate it cheerily, bless their hearts.  The little kids thought it was hideous, even after we doctored it with butter and sugar.  One of my 8 year olds said, “What do little boys do in Sudan if they don’t like this stuff?”

“They DO like it because that’s all the get!” my 16 year old informed him briskly. 

And we all sat silent for a minute letting that sink in.

 Dinner, to make up for lunch, was fabulisimo, if I do say so myself.   ChickenFajitas with bell peppers, onions, sour cream, and homemade Flour Tortillas.   Mmm, mmm, good!  We all agreed that the homemade tortillas are tons better than store bought.

Actually, that is a revelation we have had often this month.  In general, homemade is way better than convenience stuff from the grocery store freezer.

Oh, and here’s one last pix of the treehouse with its most important ingredient– the kids!!

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  1. Way to go Dad! It looks like the tree forts my dad used to make for us growing up, it’s nice to have a handy man around!! They’ll make great memories in it!

  2. Looks great with the kids in there! I love the rope railing…so ingenious!

    Ok, so I got started eating millet in college because my roomate was allergic to well, a lot of stuff. I’m am curious about what you guys ate for lunch since I’ve never used millet flour, but from your reactions not curious enough to make it for us since I’m pretty sure I’d be the only one even trying it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome fort! If we lived nearby we would definitely be on our way over to play. My kids can't resist a good fort.

  4. Kelli,

    Actually we do eat pretty much this way all the time. This month I have added a few new recipes, cooked with a little more variety, and have skipped a few convenience things I sometimes buy. We usually eat fish sticks and corn dogs once or twice a month, for example, and we probably eat hot dogs once a week in a 'regular' month.

    But Ethiopian and Korean food is a regular part of our diet– the kids all like spicy food, fortunately, since both Korean and Ethiopian food is spicy. Even the baby eats spicy food happily. We do lots of veggies, lots of casseroles, and use meat more as a condiment than a main dish. This is healthier AND more affordable…

  5. Outstanding treehouse! My kids would be REALLY jealous.


  6. Money spent: $75 on gas for the van needed after woodcutting in the mountains last weekend.

    He made all that lumber himself from trees?

    Cool fort BTW.

  7. awesome! well done 🙂

  8. Hmm…I’ve tried making flour tortillas many times and in my opinion, they’re one of those things that are just not worth the effort. (of course they’re not available here; now I use Arabic (pita) bread cut in half)
    Treehouse looks great! The friends we stayed with this summer have one too, and sometimes my friend and I would escape the kids and sit up there with our coffee and chat uninterrupted for a brief while. You never outgrow a good treehouse! Enjoy!

  9. I think it is fantastic that you’re teaching your children such a wonderful life lesson. It really touches my heart.

    And, as an aside, that treehouse is seriously awesome!

  10. Such a cool treehouse!!!

    I’m curious about the way you guys eat when you’re not doing the 30 days. Are these meals a lot different from the kinds of stuff you normally serve? I’m guessing you eat some Ethiopian and Korean foods on a regular basis since you haven’t said anything about your kids complaining. 🙂 Mine probably would if I started cooking some of these things because we’re completely unused to them around here. They sound good though!

  11. My hubby made a fort with our boys last month using lumber he found on jobsites. He did have to buy a small amount from the store but it ended up being a pretty cheap project. They love it and spend quite a bit of time in it!

  12. What a wonderful tree house!!! And I also agree that homemade tortillas are the best! I found an electric tortilla press at a yard sale and that is the BEST for making them — makes it so easy to do.


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