McCollum’s Fort

With a couple of inches of fresh snow added last night and temperatures in the low 30s, I put Sebastian down for his nap this afternoon and herded the other boys outside. Isaac is more of an indoor bookish fellow and he wasn’t too keen on the outing, but he came around in the end. After pushing the snow off the driveway with the snow shovel (it is the end of January and still we have yet to use the snow blower) the boys and I set to work building our fort with the brick maker Aunt Miranda sent for Christmas.  We had attempted a wall the other day, but the wind blew it over so this time we chose a more strategic location. The boys watched the progression with interest giving their opinion on how high the structure needed to be and suggesting a window.  They helped lay a few bricks, but mostly assisted with filling the mold and lifting it off and provided supervisory comments.  Once they started getting restless, I promised them a surprise once it was finished. This had two benefits: it kept them all busy for the next 30 minutes guessing what the surprise was and it lowered the height they wanted the wall.  At long last it was complete and the surprise was revealed: spray bottles with food coloring for them to paint their new fort. They worked for an hour.

Gabriel succumbed to fatigue and cold before much painting was done so I sent him on inside to wrap up in a blanket on the couch. This is how I found him.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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