Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tree House Complete

The treehouse is done. I decided to make it two stories. It's been complete for a few months but I'm just now finally getting around to posting some photos.

We call it the "Giles Cube" -- it's a fun little getaway for the kids [and adults]!!

You can launch the zip line from the first story and fly down the hill.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Zip Line

I decided to skip phase 2 and jump to phase 3 - the zip line. 150 ft. line, stainless steel cable, connected to trees with galvanized steel eyebolts -- climbing harness for the kids -- fun, fun, fun!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tree House (phase 1)

Summer time is here which means projects. After watching "Click" with my wife -- the Adam Sandler comedy where the remote control becomes the universal control for his life -- I thought about how many times I've told the kids "sure, I'll build you a tree house", and then it never happens (you'll have to see the movie to understand the context). Now that we actually have a yard with big, fully grown trees, I decided NOW IS THE TIME.

I found two big pine trees and decided to build a 8' x 8' wooden platform about ~9-10ft. above the ground. I am not a
carpenter but I've learned a lot in the process -- it was a lot of fun! I bought myself my first "skil saw" to add to the collection of power tools. I learned to measure twice, cut once. The girls helped and it's been a great project over the last few weekends.

Phase 1 is complete. Phase 2 will be to add railings and find a slide to attach to the far end. Phase 3 will be to add a zip line from tree house to distant tree on the other side of the yard. The slope in our yard will provide for a very nice ride!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

We had Megan's good friend Patricia come visit us from Texas during the holiday break. We had a blast visiting the beach in San Diego, Wild Animal Park in Escondido, and then I took the girls up to Palomar Mountain State Park to play in the snow. We are enjoying southern california weather. Fun in the sun and snow within 1 hour. excellent!