When buying gifts for Kora & Logan for Christmas I like to make sure they have a lot of little things to unwrap. They are always so excited about everything that thankfully they are just as happy to receive cheaper gifts as they are expensive items. However, I don’t like to give them cheap items that won’t last long or they only play with once. Sometimes it’s quite a challenge trying to find good quality gifts that don’t cost a lot. This year though I was thrilled to have stumbled across a great gift idea that brought back memories for me and helped the kids create this.
Isn’t that amazing? They worked really hard on it for 2 1/2 hours and used the Snow Block Makers that I got them for Christmas. It was funny because when the opened them they had no idea what they were. Then a few days later it snowed. Unfortunately it wasn’t good building snow so they didn’t get a chance to play withe them very much. We didn’t have to wait long though. It snowed again and they immediately got to work.
It was so cute watching them build this amazing fort. They worked out a system where Logan was the engineer and Kora was the labor. After it got to a certain height Kora became the one in charge of filling the snow block makers with the snow and bringing them to the fort. Logan would then make sure everything was in line and pat it all together to keep it secure.
As they were building I sent photos to my mom. I asked her if she remembered my sister and I ever building a fort that big and she said no that we burned out way before that. She couldn’t believe how well they were working together and how impressive their fort was. I told her they even did it while having to fend off an excited Yoshi who was determined to run and leap through their fort. They took a pop can out that had a couple of coins in it and would shake it a little when she looked like she was going to knock it down and it would deter her. Pretty creative!
They also tried putting a top on it with cardboard but the pieces were already wet with snow and were too small so they didn’t reach. I was hoping it would be cold enough that the fort would stand through the next couple of days. The Polar Vortex was heading our way and I knew they wouldn’t be able to get outside again for a few days so I thought if the temps didn’t rise too high it stood a chance of making it through until they could play with it again.
It did end up warming up enough to rain which melted half the fort. Kora & Logan were a little disappointed but they then decided they were excited to get the chance to build it again once they can get back out. I love their spirit and excitement about everything. It sure makes getting through a cold snowy winter a lot more fun.
What about you? What have you been enjoying this winter? What’s the best thing you’ve purchased recently?