outdoors

Building a Treehouse

Treehouse In-Progress with custom build plans

The treehouse in our backyard is almost complete. The only remaining step is to paint the house to match our house and backyard shed. We started the treehouse as a gift for Jenna’s birthday, but over the past few weeks, I think we’ve all grown equally excited about the little hideaway we’ve created.

Our initial plan was for a simple, look-out tower style treehouse, but then I came across the picture below (on the right) and thought a similar treehouse would look pretty amazing aside our shed, which is where we decided to place the treehouse. And so a more elaborate treehouse build began – one that took our initial idea for a simple, open treehouse and combined it with the angled lines of the treehouse (and our shed) below.

Treehouse Inspiration

More details about the inspiration treehouse, along with construction plans, can be accessed here.

And here is our simpler variation, awaiting paint but otherwise perfectly functional as a site for adventure:

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Backyard Treehouse

Favorite Places: Rory Meyers Children’s Garden

A Visit to the Rory Meyers Children's Garden at the Dallas ArboretumSince moving to the DFW area several years ago, the Dallas Arboretum has been one of my favorite local places to visit. Last fall, they opened the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and now it’s one of Jason and Jenna’s favorites too. The garden is science-focused, with each of the indoor and outdoor stations featuring interactive activities around common themes, like energy, space and geology. We visited this weekend and arrived just after opening. We had the entire park nearly to ourselves!

Here are (more than just) a few of my favorite pictures – the gardens are so beautiful it’s hard to narrow down all of the photos I took.

A Visit to the Rory Meyers Children's Garden at the Dallas Arboretum

A Visit to the Rory Meyers Children's Garden at the Dallas Arboretum

 

Favorite Places: Rory Meyers Children's Garden

Favorite Places: Rory Meyers Children's Garden

 

Favorite Places: Rory Meyers Children's Garden

The Backyard

We still have lots to do to create a backyard we love, but we hit a major milestone this week: the patio is complete. Now all we need are some cooler temperatures so we can enjoy it before 10pm.

Here are a few of the in-progress pics:

Sidewalk and patio are framed

Concrete is poured

Border is added

And, tada, patio is complete

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden at the Texas Discovery Gardens

This weekend we went to the Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas. What better place to spend a cold winter day than a 90 degree indoor garden filled with waterfalls, flowers and colorful butterflies. As a reminder of our weekend fun, we created butterfly collages out of the pictures we took and paper butterflies.

Jenna’s Butterfly Garden Collage