Monday, November 30, 2009

Tennessee Playhouse Cottage

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I had a few posts scheduled because the T family traveled from Virginia almost all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. It was a loooooong and painful car ride with two small children, but lots of fun once we got there. We stayed with T's Uncle Rich and Aunt Marie...and about 20 other people. In one (large) house. Really.

Most children have a radar sense when it comes to new toys and adventures, and mine are no exception. They spotted the backyard playhouse immediately the morning after our arrival.
Uncle Rich built this cozy little cottage several years ago, and all of the cousins enjoy playing when Thanksgiving rolls around each year. This isn't exactly my DIY project, but it's such a sweet little playhouse that I had to share it!

I love how Aunt Marie decorates it for each season. The front porch had a pumpkin sitting out, and the front door (which really locks!) had a lovely Fall wreath displayed prominently to greet little visitors. Soon it will have a Christmas tree and lights up!

Natalie was most enamored of the toy grill and adorable, child-size wicker furniture on the front porch.

This photo was unfortunately taken after my children and their cousins ransacked the house.

The cottage has a working chandelier and real laminate flooring. The cream colored furniture and bed belonged to T's grandmother when she was a little girl.

I love the cheerful blue walls and airy curtains. I didn't ask, but I believe that the cottage features original artwork painted by T's Aunt Edie.

When cousin Samuel arrived, he immediately found the only toy gun on the premises and announced that he was going out to hunt the rooster. I don't think Uncle Rich's roosters appreciated this part of the make-believe morning, but thankfully Samuel's hunt was unsuccessful.

The kids decided to make acorn soup in an urn instead. It's kind of like an outdoor crock-pot, you know?
Don't you love how Samuel thought to go inside and grab the toy blender? Those acorns are really difficult to mix.

Cousin Olivia thoughtfully reminded Natalie to roll her sleeves up when stirring. It would be a shame to get acorn soup on her new coat.

The acorn soup was wonderful, and I say that more out of maternal duty than of actually having tasted it. I'd rather eat cranberries from a can, and that's saying something!

Cooking can be exhausting, so the kids went inside and trashed our bedroom instead.

Happy Thanksgiving indeed. Maybe next time, I'll make Natalie sleep in the playhouse....

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Coming up at Serenity Now? My Blogiversary/Christmas Giveaway, a Thanksgiving and Black Friday Extravaganza recap, recipes, Christmas projects, movie reviews, and more!
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  1. How cute!! I would have loved something like that when I was a little girl!

  2. That is totally fabulous! That beautiful playhouse makes me jealous ;)
    There's nothing better than a big house full of family, seriously!

  3. Oh, I would LOVE my daughter to have a Play House like that!

  4. Popped over from BigMama...such a wonderful time your girlies had with the cousins! What a fun playhouse! My girlies see something like that and I'm doomed! My two are the first grandbabies in our family so they're the only ones responsible for the dress-up messes and delicious nature recipes in our family for the time being...hopefully someday they'll have that kind of cousin fun!

    But I'm dying to are woven potholders responsible for you and your husband being together?! It may be a long story but it sounds like a highly entertaining one! :)


  5. I want that playhouse and I am 31 years old!!!!!!!! Wow! So cute!!!!!! What a fun thing to have in your childhood.

  6. Holy cow! That puts our tree house to shame!

  7. That little playhouse would be any little girl's dream come true!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Great to see that it is awesome! I have been cooking up plans to build a playhouse for a couple months now and I am so excited to get started in the spring! Love the inspiration!

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  10. LOVE the litte play house! Pretend play is the best!

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I've missed you!

  11. These are my favorite kind of posts:-) Maybe someday Mom will have a cute little house for our kids. haha:-)

  12. what a darling post. takes me back many, many moons . . .

  13. That's sweet! Reminds me so much of my own pink playhouse. Which is still in my parents' yard, waiting for as yet unborn/unknown children to play!

  14. We were in Nashville this weekend too! Did you guys gets a chance to go see the Charlie Brown Ice exhibit at Opryland, it was awesome.

    Love your blog, I am a new follower! :)

  15. That is absolutley adorable. I've tried to convince DH to make one for our girls but it hasnt happened yet.


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