It's been a loooooooooooong time coming, but here it is...
As if the house, itself, was not enough, Shane threw in a balance beam for good measure and added a "big kid swings".
He's amazing, I tell ya! I wouldn't know the first thing about building a tree house. But my man, he researched it, and taught himself!
He started back in February with the platform connected to the trees.
By March, he was framing the walls.
...siding the house and cutting out the windows.
In April, he was busy framing the roof and starting the porch railing.
He also laid the floor of the loft.
Sometime in May, he shingled the roof and built the ladder.
He also attached the slide and trimmed the windows!
Doesn't it look great? Now that we spend so much time in the backyard, Shane needed to fence off the path on the side of the house. Not a problem for him.
Since a tree house, trampoline, swingset, monkey bars, balance beam, and large grassy area aren't enough to keep 5 kids happy busy, Shane brought our backyard to a new extreme level: He added a biking/nature path! I'm trying to get a video of Cole running it (it's one of his favorite afternoon activities.) So I'll save that for another post. Just know that it goes completely around the yard...behind the bushes and shed...along the fence. Zoe loves riding her bike back through it...and so does Shane!