Sometime this summer Briar and Avery hit their stride, no longer divided by vocabulary or agility, they play together. The play structure or, compound, as certain neighbors refer to it, has become a stage of sorts. The girls will play, becoming so engrossed that they forget I am there. Watching them run up the rock wall and scampering about on the platform, I find myself standing grinning like a fool. It was so much work, watching the girls while Sean worked 10 hour weekend day after 10 hour weekend day to build it. And the grief we’ve taken:
Date: May 27, 2008 3:27:20 PM EDT
Subject: “LET’S PLAY WALL”
The Chinese have nothing on you guys. With all this terrorism, I think it’s important to build a wall v/s a fence. This way, you keep out all those suspicious looking Muslims in our neighborhood. I think, it’s also good that your children never see anything but their own yard. Your world is their world– period. You get to mold them the way you want. And for God’s sake, keep the space small so they can’t run. It’s all about dicipline!!! Jj
And then there was this one:
Date: July 10, 2008 3:15:34 PM EDT
Subject: “SHERIDANS LAST STAND”
Nice fortress. Grant would be proud of you– even though he’s a couple of streets away. I particularly like the tower. This way you can see them coming. Take no chances. I noticed they got the duck before you could get him in the compound. Must have been the middle of the night. Get floodlights!! Stand guard 24/7 !!!
Look if all else fails, you can hold tours. Shave your head like so and so (name changed) and dress the kids like racoons. Before you know it Fort William Henry will be out of business. However, beware. Your fort is made of wood and just down the street is…Stonewall himself
So, for all the flack we’ve taken, it’s nice to know that the girls enjoy it. Lately the game of choice has been a modern-day twist on Rapunzel. Briar runs with a princess towel on her head as Rapunzel, then she scales the wall and goes down the slide. The slide, of course, puts her under a deep spell which only “true love’s kiss” can undo. Lacking a proper prince, she knights Avery as her prince. Avery is happy enough to comply if she can perform her daredevil-swing-from-the-top-of-the-slide-super-slide routine before planting true love’s kiss and more on Briar.
Here is a bit of unedited footage taken while the girls played oblivious to my presence. What you need to know is this is the fourth take. Briar seems to have accepted that you have to pay to play. The pay off comes in the last second of the clip.
I don't remember that last part from the fairy tale. It certainly would have worked for me if my Prince Charming had done that.
I love it! Does anything embody sisterhood more than the kiss followed immediately by the slap?? No, no it doesn't.
Thanks for the laugh-out-loud moment, Amanda! My 3yo was transfixed as well.
Cute! Reminds me of a couple of kids I know personally! Great video!
There is simply nothing like a kid's imagination! SO enjoyed watching that – and Briar's acceptance of the cost! 🙂
Oh I love it. Slap Slap. Wake up little princess.
Hey — saw your feature in the Times Union! Great photo and article. Hope things keep going well.
Can't blame a sister for keepin' it real, can you? Adorable!
ok those emails are hilarious, too
Oh that is fantastic! Kiss. Slap. Wakeup! What I would give for a safe enclosed play area to let my kids go wild to their hearts content.
But boy do you have some snarky neighbors.
You have just made me yearn for a sister. Lovely.
HEY! That's how my prince wakes ME up!!!
That is so adorable and it looks like those two have quite the imaginations!
Ahhhh, sisterhood. There's really nothing like it!
true sisters … kiss 'em, then slap 'em in the face!!
you just gotta be careful as they get older … my sisters have given bloody noses before! hehe. LOVE it.
Hilarious! My boyz would love that play structure–can we hire Sean???