playhouse potential

Remember this post? The one where we vowed to change our back yard because of Bertha, our giant man eating pecan tree?


Part of that included plans to make our back yard much more fun for our kids. I think that even the small things, like making your yard more accessible, or changing things up a bit, can make your home in its entirety feel better…feel bigger. It widens the horizons of possibilities for your children to play.


This summer, we had great intentions, and then the heat wave of 2011 hit. Here in the tropics of south Alabama, you can basically forget venturing outdoors, unless its right into a swimming pool. Or skinny dipping in a sprinkler. That’s how us classy folks roll. But I’m pretty sure the sweet little lady that lives behind us doesn’t care to see us all frolicking skivvy-less in the back yard. Just a shot in the dark.

So, between the heat issue, and the fact that we began a mad dash to finish up a few rooms around here before those shoots took place, the inside, once again, took priority.


Now that things are cooling down, Jamin and I wanted to kick off the cooler Alabama weather by {hopefully-I suddenly have the odd feeling that I’m jinxing us} creating a super fun play space for the little Mills offspring right in our very own back yard.


I’m not sure what direction its going to take yet, but the MIF {Mills Initiative Foundation-it sounded important/borderline awkward so roll with it} intend to meet this weekend, and draw up some plans for the place. Perhaps a bit of a hybrid of some of the photos we’re seeing.


It will definitely be simple…because I think in our case, simple is better. But I can’t help but throw a little style into the mix. I mean, what’s a treehouse without a dash of style?

Okay. Fine. It’s fun. But not as pretty…


So, wish us luck. Because Thanksgiving weekend will consist of purging the cavelike existence that is our garage, and now currently serves as the birthing place of possums and raccoons…and probably a few thousand bats by now, and…


…Building one of the greatest tree houses known to man a┬ásuper fun fort for the kids. {Sorry. I don’t know what came over me. Just call me Monica.} It should be a blast.


…I think.

So wish us luck! I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I’m looking forward to some down time with my little ones! I know you guys have built some outdoor forts out there. Let me see those photos!


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Responses to playhouse potential

  1. My dad built my sister and a fort when we were little. It had a lookout tower and everything. I loved that thing!

  2. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! It better include lots of pics and plans! (And the Monica comment had me chuckling to myself!)

  3. Melissa says:

    You should go with the Mills Fab Five FUNdation. I don’t know, it’s early.

  4. Samantha says:

    Ashley, This is not exactly a treehouse, but these are the most fabulous play structures I have ever seen, and I desperately WANT one, except for having to pay half of my husband’s salary to get one, hahaha! But totally drool-worthy, and maybe inspirational too:

  5. Samantha says:

    Oh, yeah: click the “serendipity swingset” link. Oh, wow!

  6. Your kids will definetly love it! We have a great tree for one but getting my “handy” dad to agree is another story :)

  7. Bethany Ogle says:

    I’m a grown up and I now want a tree house-greenhouse after seeing these images. How cool would it be to put some skylights in the roof and start your seedlings in there every spring.

  8. Found you on Pinterest! Just had to drop you a note because I am sitting about as far Southwest as you can go in Alabama. :-) Any farther south and you hit water… any farther west and you hit Mississippi! You comment “Here in the tropics of south Alabama” made me wonder about where you are. There are so few of us Bama bloggers!

  9. Katrina says:

    I love this! I am wanting my grand babies, a tree house and play houses.