Our Free "Playhouse"

I’m still catching my breath after another trip to Seattle. Being gone two days a week makes it hard to catch up on life, but I am so grateful for the help we are receiving for Dimples. We are already seeing progress and a more peaceful, happy girl. Hopefully I’ll have time to write about the things we are learning soon, and in the meantime I have to show you something I am excited about.

I have been thinking about how to make the summer fun, give everyone plenty to do, and give the kids more play spaces. It occurred to me that if we had an extra tent, we could set it up for the summer and use it as a playhouse. Buying a new tent wasn’t in the budget, so I put a request for a used tent on our church email list and quickly got a response from a friend who gave us a tent for free! We set it up in a little grove of trees and the girls have been busy making it their own.

Russ suggested we get a carpet remnant to make the floor more comfortable, so he took the girls to a local carpet shop. When the man found out that the remnant was for the girls’ playhouse/tent, he gave it to them for free. Then they hauled our old plastic kitchen (that belonged to my niece who is now nearly 16) and a bin of plastic food out to the tent. They have been spending “Quiet Hour” in their tent, reading and playing games.

So far so good! I think this idea will be a summer hit. A special thank you to the Callihans for the awesome tent!

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Sandie Stirgess
    July 1, 2009

    What a fabulous idea. I am going to copy that one. Love it. X Sandie

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  2. small world
    July 2, 2009

    We also set a little tent up in the back yard. It's too small for a play tent, but we put an extension cord out there and the old T.V. and it's great for movie watching! I will be a little more lenient this summer on that. So the little girls love to go out there in the afternoon sometimes for a quiet time. It works well for me too!
    Love, T
    We are on vacation this week. I will call you next week to talk.

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  3. Kristen, The Pajama
    July 2, 2009

    what a fun idea!

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  4. Jess
    July 2, 2009

    Great idea!

    It looks like the girls love it!

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  5. Donna
    July 2, 2009

    Isn't it great that some of the best ideas are free!! We used to do this in the winter inside for our kids when the snow got to be to depressing.
    Thanks for sharing all you are learning with Dimples. I have been integrating lots of your ideas and have seen lots of improvement in our son

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  6. Laura
    July 2, 2009

    It is such fun to see Madeleine's kitchen still being used! Those Little Tykes toys just keep going and going.

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  7. Anonymous
    July 2, 2009

    Ahh, you are so welcome! I love the last heart picture from the girls. 🙂 And, just so you know, this tent was given free to us from the Rust family. So it has been well used and has many camping and now playhouse memories.

    ~Dani

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  8. Sandee
    July 2, 2009

    Awesome idea. I just cleaned out a tent we have in the back…,they have forgotten, put in a quilt, pillows, made popcorn and lemonade and ran a cord out with a small tv. they are loving it and I am their queen! lol

    Thanks for the great idea.

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  9. ManyBlessings
    July 3, 2009

    I think I'm going to steal this idea from you! What a great idea! 🙂

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  10. Laurel
    July 3, 2009

    What a fun idea! Wish we had a backyard to put a tent in … we have a great old 3 room tent that we used to use for camping, before we bought our tent trailer.I'll have to hang on to that idea. We could have a "kitchen room", a "reading room", a "Lego Room". Wow!Laurel 🙂

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  11. Bethany
    July 5, 2009

    This is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. The girls seem to play so well together!

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