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Initially built to share my Treehouse Building Progress, this is now outlet to share the things I love most: Family, Travel, Art, Surfing, Food, Growth, and any Creative Pursuits like building treehouses.

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Treehouse Dad

Below are updates on how I built my first treehouse, my mistakes, and lessons learned along the way.

You’ll also see articles on new travel, surfing, food, personal growth, art, and the most important thing: FAMILY!

My Perfect Sleep Recipe

My Perfect Sleep Recipe

Though I know everyone is different, I’m going to share exactly what’s required for my getting a perfect night’s sleep. Hopefully, some of you will take away at least a tip or 2, but this is really just for me.  I’ll be refining this article on a regular basis.

40 Books Challenge for 2024

40 Books Challenge for 2024

So, for 2024, I’m shooting for 40 books.  I’ll be moving back and forth between fun books (sci-fi, biographies, fantasy) and self-helpie (business, money, discipline, web geekery.) 

‘Ōhia ‘Ai – Mountain Apples

‘Ōhia ‘Ai – Mountain Apples

We have a beautiful tree that we’ve watched grow from 3 feet to over 12 in the last few years.  A few flowers, but never any fruit.  It’s said it can grow up to 60 feet tall with trunk circumference of 15 feet.

Copenhagen with Kids

Copenhagen with Kids

3 Days is an insanely short trip for any city in Europe, but we had to sneak in a Coldplay concert.  Copenhagen has captured our hearts, and its now on our revisit-list!

Bristol England with Kids

Bristol England with Kids

We managed to visit the aquarium, surf man-made waves, watch the Lion King musical, participate in a wild street festival, and explore old Tyntesfield.

Heartburn & Meditation Challenge

Heartburn & Meditation Challenge

Unfortunately, I’ve suffered from heartburn (GERD) since High School. Not good. It’s time to put a 100% concerted effort to stopping it!

Zakynthos and Peligoni Club

Zakynthos and Peligoni Club

We’d just come off a week through the Greek Islands on a catamaran, and staying at a beach club didn’t sound half bad. With building expectations, we were excited to spend time on land enjoying the beauty, food, and people of Greece.

William Norberg

William Norberg

It's been over 12 years since we had to say goodbye to Will, and personally, I'm at a point where there are more good, positive memories and...

Saronic Islands Greece with kids

Saronic Islands Greece with kids

When friends ask us what our favorite part was on our Europe trip with kids across 9 countries, sailing in a catamaran through the Saronic Islands is first to mind.

Athens Greece with kids – 2 Days

Athens Greece with kids – 2 Days

Here we share the limited experiences we had in the short time before and after going on our week-long boat trip through Greece.  We had a day before and after, and we took full advantage of the little time in Athens we were afforded. 

Tuscany and Florence, Italy with Kids

Tuscany and Florence, Italy with Kids

My first trips to Italy 20+ years ago left me underwhelmed. Heat & Crowds turned me off. This trip, however, changed my opinion of what I now see as one of my favorite countries on Earth: ITALY!

Montmartre Paris with Kids – 2 Weeks

Montmartre Paris with Kids – 2 Weeks

We’ve stayed at his flats in the past, but it was always just 3-5 days in Paris (and never with kids.) Traveling back to France after an 18-year break from Europe, we were itching to explore one of our favorite cities again.

Richelieu France – 5 Days

Richelieu France – 5 Days

Our only exposure to Richelieu was a lunch 20+ years ago, so we were excited to spend some quality time in this old city after our stay in Geneva with kids.

Geneva Switzerland with Kids

Geneva Switzerland with Kids

I’ve shared some of our favorite things to do in Geneva with kids, within surrounding areas, and tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years and during this recent 2-week trip.

Virginia with Kids – 7 Days

Virginia with Kids – 7 Days

7 nights is never enough in Virginia with our favorite people, but here are some fun things to do with kids in and around Aldie.

Maui Hawaii

Maui Hawaii

I’ll be documenting each part of our crazy trip coming up, and I thought sharing packing and prepping would be fun. 

Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi Vietnam

We went to Vietnam on a whim knowing we’d spend over 60 total hours traveling on our 7 day trip. Crazy? A little bit. Worth it? Absolutely.

NO BOOZE & NO CAFFEINE: 21-Day Challenge

NO BOOZE & NO CAFFEINE: 21-Day Challenge

I’m taking 21 days off from drinking as well as coffee to begin developing habits of abstinence and calm, but I’m mostly doing it to record how I feel.  2023 is all about health and growth.

NO SUGAR & BETTER SLEEP: 21-Day Challenge

NO SUGAR & BETTER SLEEP: 21-Day Challenge

I’m taking 21 days off from processed sugar (fruit ok) as well as going to bed by 9 pm (for at least 8 hours of sleep) to begin developing habits of abstinence and optimal health, but I’m mostly doing it to record how I feel.  2023 is all about health and growth.

NO BOOZE & DAILY WORKOUTS: 21-Day Challenge

NO BOOZE & DAILY WORKOUTS: 21-Day Challenge

I’m taking 21 days off from drinking as well as daily workouts to begin developing habits of abstinence and exercise, but I’m mostly doing it to record how I feel.  2023 is all about health and growth.

Treehouse Planning

Treehouse Planning

I share our treehouse planning, including sketches, goals, and overall design thoughts moving into this project!

Treehouse Platform Structure

Treehouse Platform Structure

Building a strong, safe treehouse structure is priority #1, and I share the platform I created along with its supports.

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Saronic Islands

 

We had a great time on a catamaran in Greece.

About the Treehouse Dad

To start, I have no business building anything.  I’m a web geek, so anything I share is just to show how I did it, and I’m not making recommendations.  My hope is to get feedback and learn from others!

A little about me.

treehouse family

Having been obsessed with both the book and movie (and Disney attraction till they changed it to Tarzan) Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss, it’s always been a dream to build my own treehouse!

My experience:

  • Garden boxes
  • A deck and stairs 95% made from used pallets (see photo above)
  • Chicken Coops. I’ve gone through building 2, and I think if I built a 3rd it’d be the best chicken coop tractor ever made.
  • A custom lego table
  • Various mediums of art

Clearly, I’m not a builder and all of my woodworking experiences were experimental, until now!

pallet stairs and deck

custom lego table

Chicken Coop Tractor 

My Inspiration:

Our kid’s Grandmpa looked up into a small tree in our yard less than a year ago and said we should make a treehouse.  it seemed way too small, but the idea was intriguing.  Grandpa was definitely the catalyst and part of the inspiration.  The other part came from, of course, Pete Nelson and his crew from Treehouse Masters.  We love that show and have bought and watched almost every season.

I didn’t know until starting this project that my own grandfather was a carpenter in his youth, which could account for the ancient hand-me-down tools I still use.

Why now?

Being a good dad and husband are my most important jobs.  As we first drew sketches of the treehouse, the excitement in my kids’ eyes was overpowering.  It had to happen, and I’m loving every minute of it!