Harrowing/Heartwarming Parent Moment of the Week

Sledding Forts, Turkey, and the Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor

What? You don’t know what a “Sledding Fort” is? Well, let me enlighten you. It is a fort, to start with. Much like any fort, you can crawl inside and hide, you may eat snacks therein, read books, or stockpile snowballs.

Unlike most forts, a Sledding Fort has other, more unorthodox uses.

The Hunky Hubby grabbed some old pallets and got all three boys working hard to build our own personal Sledding Fort.

Although all enjoyed the fort construction, not all enjoyed being photographed during the building process.

Eventually the Sledding Fort was completed and now we are just awaiting the proper amount of snowfall.

When the snow piles up, it will leave a handy cave inside the mountainous pile of snow that accumulates at the head of our driveway.

The aforementioned mountainous pile of snow will make a terrifying ramp that plunges downward from the top of the Sledding Fort to the sloped driveway below.

Which is the favorite haunt of boys with runner sleds. Handy fort + awesome ramp of doom = Dad Project Extraordinaire!

Some members of our family do not mind being photographed … although I do have to bribe this furry moose with dog cookies in order to get her to pose. So … I suppose she isn’t that different from the boys after all. We stuffed everyone into the car and traveled three long hours to Grandma Judy’s house for Thanksgiving. Actually, what with holiday traffic and all, it took a bit longer. But eventually we made it and enjoyed a marvelous visit.

The Hunky Hubby purchased an escape room game, The Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor for us to play while we were there. There is a 90 minute time limit and we couldn’t leave the room until we solved various mysteries contained within. This was our first escape room game and I think we’ll be looking for more like it. This was a good choice to play with Grandma Judy and myself, as we are not the avid gamers that the boys are, ie willing to sit for three hours or more!

Each of us had a different way of looking at the puzzles that allowed different players to discover different clues until the mystery was solved.


Of course, there was also turkey with all the trimmings and lots and lots of pie … and brownies too! Thanks to Grandma Judy and her fabulous baking skills, we did not go hungry. We were very thankful and very very full!


I promise you a crazed animal, a concussion, and a kiss in every single book...you're welcome!

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