Thursday, January 13, 2011

some assembly required...

Its a highly technical endeavor.  You have to get just the right angle on your shovel, or garden hoe as the case may be.  The bigger the brick,  chunk of snow, the more manpower it takes to place it.  The crew has been at it for weeks now. They use sleds and wagons to haul the big chunks of snow left behind by the snowplows.  Then they hoist them stacking one on top of the other to build up the walls.


 
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On any given day between 2 and 6 boys show up to play, work.

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Nolan decided to venture out on his own and dug this fort out on his own.
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He is explaining to me he wanted to be able to stay out of the wind so he dug down, then built the walls up.
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You see, the boys have been taking notes.  Across the street is the grandaddy of all snow forts.  Now this is an entrance.  Its perfectly mommy-proof as no amount of convincing could get this neighbor mom to crawl inside.
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But don't let the fact that you have to crawl in on your stomach fool you... its big inside and has not 1 but 2 rooms in it.
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And to the untrained eye?  That is just an old broken hockey stick sitting in a snow bank.  But if you watch carefully... smoke has been seen arising from the depths of the fort.  We've heard it has its own "heat" source, but we're keeping mum on that little added bonus. 

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16 comments:

  1. how cool! i love that they're using their imaginations and working together!

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  2. Oh My Goodness!
    I am not showing this to my son! He and his friends have taken plastic tubs and made snow walls, but this is amazing!!!

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  3. Oh, I love little boys. This fort makes me want to be one.

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  4. I remember doing stuff like that when I was a kid, but I usually had to work by myself. I bet it's much more fun with a friend or a brother.

    They looked like they had fun. Plus it's a great way to use the imaginations. Good going guys!

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  5. This sure brings back memories! I remember my brother and his friends making snow forts. They would makes blocks of snow and build walls with that. Fun times just like your sons are having! :0)

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  6. My grandson is building a snow fort, too ... I'm not going to tell him about the heat source, however!

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  7. What a great way to spend a snow day - I remember the days of old, when snowforts and snowball stockades kept us busy all day. My kids were out videoing themselves falling down into and doing somersaults into the snow drifts.

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  8. How fun does that look!
    I have to ask...because I truly don't know (not having snow here...) Is it safe to be inside those 'tunnels'? Could the walls 'cave' in? You know that I look at them with this 'rookie' eye and think that it looks like great fun...but I wonder about the stability of it. Am I a worry-wort, or what?? :)))
    Love you, my friend...
    Jackie

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  9. Wow, cool snow fort. I remember when my kids tried to do that too. One time they tried making a igloo out of snow blocks, but then it got to be too much work so they stopped after making one wall!

    Only in the Midwest!

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  10. You've opened a can of worms now - you must go inside and take pictures for us to see this 2 room snow fort!!!!!

    Those are AWESOME! I'd be terrified they'd collapse - you know me I'm always so negative :)My hubby hates that about me.

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  11. lol boys will be boys. I remember those days. Those were great days when we made forts as well.
    One boy made it on the sidewalk and when the blower came it ..... well you know.
    We lost taste for fort making after that and when we did make them, they were made in our yards.

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  12. Vicky you’re lucky enough to live or vacation with a blanket of white, your kids can build memories only winter can provide. To get out and enjoy some snow play with them; it’s a perfect chance to be a kid again!
    A snowstorm, even in a climate where it is not unusual, brings excitement and happiness to children. The white wonderland provides a never-ending supply of new activities and things to do, and children can hardly wait to get their snow gear on and get out to play.Nolan seems to be in the top snow gear.I enjoyed this post to the maxims.
    Thanks for sharing this dreamy and visionary post for me residing in the year long heats of tropics.

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  13. Super cool! I love how inventive and creative you all are. I have to show the pictures to my boys for inspiration.

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  14. wow wow wow.....
    i think i would have to "tummy up" and slide through that tunnel just to see that fort.

    in fact i know i would. i'm too curious not to do things like that.

    now granted. i might have 911 on speed dial while doing it. but i'd do it.

    come on. i dare you !!

    and if you do go. let me know :)

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  15. Boys will be boys in hail, rain, sun or snow. And I love the fact they are outdoors doing something creative and physical - two rooms? My gosh construction engineers of the future! Very clever!

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  16. Girl, we made snow houses just like this on the farm when I was little. I still find it amazing that none of them ever caved in on us... it was SO MUCH FUN. I love seeing this... brings back so many memories!

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