"Ya know? I heard that a gift means more when it's built by hand. It comes more from the heart."
(it was something like that. But less cheese.)
I agree, Daddy-o. Totally agree.
And so! He got to building something for all his grandkids for Christmas. Something big. Something huge.
I couldn't wait to tell you about it. But I was sworn to secrecy until after Christmas. Lame.
It started with this as inspiration:
Okay, now this, in and of itself, is totally bad to the bone. Isn't it? But that's not all.
I should also tell you, that this isn't meant for here at home. Oh, no. It's meant for up at the Lakehouse.
Daddy-o built the. . . what do you call this part? The rotunda. The castle part. The part with the cute roof. The spire. You get the point.
and it's made of cedar, and it smells sooo good. . .
Now. Picture it:
this rotunda/spire part? It doesn't sit on the ground. It's a treehouse. Except there's no trees to make it a treehouse. So you improvise.
Can you tell what these are? They're telephone poles. TELEPHONE POLES. I didn't even know you could buy yourself a telephone pole. Everyone should have one!
Picture the rotunda/spire/castle part, off the ground, treehouse/telephone pole style.
Now: what if, you could, like, zipline from that rotunda, all the way down to the other end of the property??
I am serious. Mommy-o and Daddy-o, people dream of this kind of crazy crap, but you actually do them.
And just for fun, as a sort of "mini" zipline, they put one along the ceiling in the kids' playroom at the Lakehouse.
And since nobody's actually at the Lakehouse for the holidays, the parental units gave the kids all the equipment for the zipline, and then made a video to show the grandkids their Christmas gift.
Wanna see it? Course ya do. It's that cool iPad app-- you know the one that makes your videos into movie trailers?
My mom's pretty cute, huh? I'm thinking this is gonna be a pretty exciting summer.