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ha! we forted.

April 26, 2009

okie dokie peeps! its time to share your forts.

come on…tell me you built a fort and are ready to share it??? πŸ˜€ you have til the end of today to submit your photos or video. i’ll announce the winner of the contest tomorrow morning.

to share photos – youre welcome to leave a link if youve uploaded your photo to a photo uploading service like flickr or skitch. or…if you posted pics of your fort on your blog, then please leave a link to that post here.

if you were not involved and didnt build a fort…shame on you. but…theres still time! contest doesnt end til tonight. ya know you wanta πŸ˜‰

we had a blast building our fort sunday afternoon! we went old school too. we took over the living room, used 12 sheets and blankets, 72 clothes pens, stools, phone book, weights, cymbal stands, living room furniture…just about everything!

33 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2009 10:39 pm


    That was an AWESOME video! I would love to know how you did the beginning, if you would consider sharing! Sweet! Emily

    • April 27, 2009 8:07 am

      hi emily!

      my husband recorded it on his mac. every 30 seconds, or so…im not sure, it took a snapshot that are then all put together.

  2. April 26, 2009 10:46 pm

    As expected, we had approximately 14.3 seconds of spare time this weekend, and while I’d have loved to have spent Monday night (ie: now) building a fort with Diane…I’m not at home… *sigh*

    Enjoyed watching your fort experience though, and caught a snippet of Russ’s fairylight wonderland on his mogulus broadcast yesterday when I checked in on Twitter at the right moment. Look fwd to seeing what everyone else has come up with too.

    And, if you’re ever down here…I mean WHEN you get down here…haha…don’t refer to clothes pens or clothes pins or whatever else you Americans call them. They’re clothes pegs, as all good British, Irish and Australians know πŸ˜‰

    • April 27, 2009 8:09 am

      clothes PEGS. of course! i shouldve known πŸ˜‰

      ya know david…its really never too late to build a fort. i mean…any time is the right time for fortin πŸ˜€

  3. April 26, 2009 10:53 pm

    We built Our Fort Right Here

    What’s not in the video is the 3 times my 3 year old tore it down, which sucked any creativity right out of us :-).

    We had fun though.

    Thanks for hosting!

    • April 26, 2009 11:53 pm

      Went ahead and put it on the blog too :-).

      One can never have fort building videos posted in too many places!

      • April 27, 2009 8:28 am


        that was so incredibly fun to watch!

        i love how your wife moved the furniture.

        “um, no honey…i’ll just hold the camera. YOU do all that moving stuff. its good for you. arrrrrrr!”

        • April 27, 2009 10:47 am

          Hey, I’m not too proud to tell ya that if anything gets built in this house, it’s the wife that builds it! I have an amazing tendency to put things together backwards. I am quite the camera man though, huh? πŸ™‚

  4. pokinatcha permalink
    April 26, 2009 11:38 pm

    Looks pretty cool! What a fun idea this was.

  5. April 27, 2009 3:31 am

    It is here.

    Here is what we did…took apart two older outdoor playsets. Recycled pieces and redesigned the new Fort. We did have to add one piece to it and that was posts to anchor it in the ground for safety and to get it level. Could not imagine kiddo tumping over in the Fort…not cool.

    Well, after a long weekend of work, here it is in all its glory. Child included testing it out.

    • April 27, 2009 8:29 am

      aaww, man. your fort has a slide! and a built in kid.

      who can compete with that?!!

      NICE JOB!! impressive πŸ™‚

  6. April 27, 2009 4:31 am

    “Duke, ya wanna pray?” hahaha

  7. April 27, 2009 5:07 am

    We built a fort as well! Had a blast and it was great to wake up this morning on my Birthday in a fort!! Woot!

    • April 27, 2009 8:42 am

      “a plant for oxygen”

      i dont know why that totally sent me over the edge in laughter!


      this was an awesome fort! the stars. the fan. the entrance. nicely done, russ!

      happy birthday again!!!

  8. April 27, 2009 5:48 am

    oh my word. can i just say again how much i love you guys?

    the still’s with kota covered in clothes pins, especially the three frontsie’s, cracked me up πŸ™‚

    • April 27, 2009 8:45 am

      kota needs his own “rating”, ya know? like ” kota, not fit for all audiences. view and listen with caution. rated K3″

      we love you too!

  9. April 27, 2009 7:02 am

    love the doggy door.

    • April 27, 2009 8:46 am

      funny thing about the doggy Duke knew it was his right away. and its been his only source of exiting and entering. even when the bigger blanket is lifted he stills uses the “doggy door”.

      brilliant i tell ya!

  10. April 27, 2009 7:45 am

    We have those same snowman sheets!

    Had no time to build a fort this weekend as we were sleeping on a wet field under the stars for Invisible Children. I built some blisters though walking over 20 miles. That wasn’t comfortable.

    Love your Fort!!

    • April 27, 2009 8:47 am

      howd that go??? sorry about your blisters…but i know it was for a great cause. proud of you!

      • April 27, 2009 9:47 am

        I learned a lot through the process. One that our church have amazing youth… they went through a lot without complaining. It was unseasonably hot here (87 degrees) and they walked about 20-21 miles while carrying back packs. When they were done walking we were at a soccer field under the stars. Sounds cool until the temperature and the dew point are around the level where you can see your breath. We ended up sleeping with sunburns in wet sleeping bags – shivering. And still they didn’t complain.

        During the walk, I learned these things (6 P’s):

        P – Purpose: It would never have happened without a defined purpose.
        P – Preparation: It was important to have water, food, the right clothing for the trip.
        P – Participation: No matter how much purpose or preparation one does, if you don’t join in it never happens.
        P – Partnership: It was a community thing… each person encouraged the other during the trip. Without that, we would never had made it.
        P – Perseverance: There are times that you want to check out but you learn to keep going and holding onto the purpose that your brought you to the activity.
        P – Prayer: Prayer was necessary for each aspect of the trip. Not just for ourselves but for those we marched for.

        Maybe I can build a fort now!

        • April 27, 2009 10:00 am

          thats fantastic tony! “if you don’t join in it never happens.”
          huge point!

          its amazing how our youth these days are frowned upon. but yet…there are those, like this group, that destroy that opinion. these are the ones who are making a difference. these are the ones that need to be high lighted.

          im so proud of them!

          now go build that fort.

  11. bahava permalink
    April 27, 2009 11:27 am

    We made a fort and then watched The Notebook in it! I don’t have pictures yet—someone else took them, but I’ll make sure to post them when I can. Looks like you guys all had fun with your forts too!

  12. April 27, 2009 11:52 am

    Okay Tam, I made a fort. Here’s the link to my blog:

    Your fort is waaay bigger than mine. How fun that the kids slept in it. I love the doggie door!

  13. April 27, 2009 12:47 pm

    seriously, i love these!!! wish i’d gotten it together in time to pull off a fort!!! seeing you all on video made me really miss you!

  14. April 27, 2009 5:57 pm

    Here is our fort. Thanks for the extension, Tam!

    We had lots of fun doing it.

  15. April 27, 2009 5:57 pm

    Oh and I put on my blog too.

  16. April 28, 2009 8:17 pm

    This is … absolutely awesome.

  17. April 29, 2009 7:47 pm

    not sure if this was said before or not…but what was the music? Loved it!

    And that fort…totally cool!


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