Boys Build Forts (or have their moms do it for them)

Boys will be boys. Really, they will. We didn’t even use the word gun for the first three years of Quinn’s life and he called it a “blaster thing”. He didn’t have one so he turned Mr. Potato Head’s fire extinguisher into one. There is no way around it.

Quinn is all boy and all energy. Wisconsin winters can be tough when there is lots of energy and nowhere for it to go. We all know how much Quinn loves building with my pillows (which you can read about here, here and here). He also loves building forts. This time when he asked to roast marshmallows I went all in and quickly collected some supplies and rigged up a little campfire.

It was pure bliss for my little guy. I tell ya, these little people come into your lives and turn it upside down and change the way you see the whole world. Everything is better. Okay, not everything. My wardrobe, body shape, and running errands are not better with kids, but you catch my drift. Today I share with you our fort: complete with campfire and marshmallows.

This my friend, is what memories are made of.


And because we know all too well what little boys are made of we created a little subway art piece that will be for sale in our Etsy shop. At the start of this post this print idea didn’t even exist. By the end of this post I told my husband we should make a boys will be boys print. Seriously people, this is how my ideas come to me. I have them written on pieces of paper all around. Someday we will get to making them all.


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Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.

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  • Sassy Sites

    My little guy would LOVE this fire!! Usually we just pretend there’s a fire. He would go nuts over this!! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks for hosting! Boys, they are all the same ;)

  • Leslie’s Garden

    I really got nostalgic, reading your post! My boy is all grown up.  Can’t wait to build forts again with a grandchild someday! I will definitely have to remember the “campfire”,  how cute is that??!!!

    • Megan Bray

      I feel like I just have to soak it all up now! Pretty soon my snuggly, free spirit is going to be telling me to go away and worry about what others think. Bet you will make one awesome grandma!!

  • Heather W

    love it! i just pinned your diy campfire. very cute and cant wait to make one for the boys :)

    • Megan Bray

      I bet your boys will love it. Thanks for pin and the comment. Double the fun :)

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