Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Seewalds Build a Fort

Keeping young children happy indoors in the winter can be challenging, especially when you have three ages five and under. For the Seewald kids, forts are an activity of choice.

 
Ivy Seewald, Henry Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

76 comments:

  1. My kids have loved building forts through the years. They still do.

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  2. I am glad the Seewald kids are having fun with there fort. They look very nice in the picture. My parents and I really enjoy watching them. We always can't wait for new seasons & yes we also enjoy rerun's of the old seasons. natashà b

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  3. Ivy Jane is getting so big!😍 She looks so much Like Jessa already! What a beautiful family.

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  4. The children are getting so big and oh how cute they are! This brings back memories of when my girls would build forts on rainy days.

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  5. AWE!!!! What a sweet photo, of Spurgeon, Henry, and Ivy, enjoying their couch fort.

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  6. My children when young would put a big blanket over the kitchen table and play under it. Spurgeon, Harry and Ivy are so adorable, and Ivy is growing so fast.

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    1. No way jose were we ever allowed to play in the kitchen!!!! It's for cooking and eating and kept so clean you coulda ate off that floor!!!

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    2. Different strokes for different folks. I'd take the memories over the floor you could eat off of.

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  7. They need a bigger house. Can't one of the brothers get a good deal on one and flip it for them?

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    1. They may be content and happy living where they are for now.

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    2. If they are happy there why should any of us care? More people have and do live in less and are happy and thankful for what they have. It's all in how you look at it.

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    3. Flip a house means, Buy it for a good price, fix it up, and sell it at a higher price as quickly as possible.

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    4. I reckon if they wanted to move they'd have moved already.

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    5. They don’t need a bigger house. They’re living in luxury. Most people in this world live in less than what the Seewalds have. Your comment is atrocious.

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    6. 12:41, It's your comment that's atrocious. This is not a 3rd world country, this is Arkansas and these people are from a rich family on TV. They can afford to have a house with more than 2 bedrooms for 5 people.

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    7. 11:56 Perhaps it's JimBob who controls the purse strings in the family, as he has with the TLC contracts. Most of them do seem to depend on him.

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    8. 11:55, have you ever heard of living below your means? It's not a bad thing to be content and save money, it's actually a healthy way to live.

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    9. 12:41 here. They can afford to have a bigger house, probably. But what’s the NEED? There isn’t one. So to do it just because they “can” is ridiculous.

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    10. You should not put 3 children of 2 different genders in 1 bedroom. Nor should a child be in a parent's bedroom. Yes, they NEED a larger house.

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    11. 10:59, it's perfectly fine to have the boys and girls together when they're this little.

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  8. Why do the kids never eat sitting in a kitchen or dining room or at a breakfadt bar or kid table? They are always walking around or on upholstering while eating.

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    1. Yeah I noticed that too!

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    2. I had a feeling somebody would comment on that...needlessly, though! I have two kids, and I'm definitely not picky about them eating on the go in a safe way. I don't know why people make such big deals out of things, especially when it's not their business!

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    3. I noticed that too!! Wandering around the yard or patio, sitting on a curb too. And always bare foot too.

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  9. It’s an activity of choice for just about every kid on the planet, including my own 25 years ago.

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  10. i have a suggestion! you need to update the blog thing with the family because you dont even have joys daughter or evangaline jo. please fix this!!!!!

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    1. Give Ellie a break. She has been going through so much personally lately. The last thing she needs to worry about is a blog header. Take care of yourself, Ellie. You are loved!

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    2. Goodness, calm down. They will get to it when they can.

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  11. I remember building forts out of Lincoln Logs for little Army men. It was fun!!!!!!

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  12. Sticky hands and food on upholstered furniture? You've got to be kidfing! There is no way that would ever have happened in my house. Food was never permitted outside the kitchen. Furniture is expensive. It was not a toy. It was for sitting on, period. Play was done in the bedroom or outside. The living room was for sitting or watching tv or reading.

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    1. Relax my goodness! The furniture is very easy to be wiped down. My children made forts in the living complete with snacks to eat in and they cleaned up after themselves which I'm sure these children do too.

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    2. If Jessa doesn't mind cleaning it, that's her decision.

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    3. Honestly, get a grip, 10:14! Newsflash to you... It is not your house that the story is about! It's not your family! It's not your business! If people are at your house, they can abide by your rules. You, though,have absolutely no right to put your rules on other people in their own house! People like you make me crazy!

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    4. No way in my house either. My kids were fed and my living room sofa stayed white, so it can be done. Pretzels (a dry snack) were allowed on the other sofa, in front of the TV. But not apples!

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    5. It was the same for me. There was no loud, destructive, rough housing behavior allowed indoors. We only had board games, reading, coloring, cards, or quiet activities in our bedrooms. There was no plsy room. The bedroom was your play room once you made your bed.. We made a fort outside with the pic a nic table, played sports, rollerskated, rode bicycles, and played games. We had fun in and out but taught the difference.

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    6. Amen. I can’t stand kids rollicking all over couches, climbing over them, jumping on them either. Respect needs to be taught for furniture. People generally don’t like to go sit down somewhere that has food gummed down in the cushions and slathered all over, shoes or dirty feet walking or climbing all over the furniture. That really grosses me out. I was taught also no standing on furniture and no eating at it as a child since they have no sense how to take care of dirty hands and feet when they do have food in hand. It generally gets rubbed on the furniture. And taking the easy way out and not instilling rules means, guess what...you have to vacuum and shampoo the couch way more often than if you just instilled rules. The latter is way easier than doing all that cleaning.

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    7. Perhaps she prefers happy children to a clean house. I would have been much happier with more love and less cleanliness.

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    8. They are modern and play with their childeren.

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    9. Well, your kids don’t have these memories then. Kids grow up quickly and then you can hsve clean furniture. I’m glad I have the memories of my kids happy squeals while they built a fort!

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    10. I’m glad you got to make your parental choices. I hope no one talked garbage about them the way you want to talk about Jessa’s and Ben’s.

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    11. Upholstery can be cleaned. Children will remember playing together like this more than they will remember how perfect the furniture in the living room looked.

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    12. Wow...you are so perfect😲 I prefer to say yes more often than no, kids need a positive environment not over run with rules.

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    13. Yeah, that was the rule in our home, too. And still is, for the most part.

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    14. We also have a rule no eating outside of the kitchen or dining room. Natasha b

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    15. OP again, I was not talking about how I parent, because I am not lucky enough to have any children. I was talking about the house I grew up in. I am terribly hurt buy these comments and asdumptions because I have no kids but have always wanted them. Be careful what you say to people. Words hurt.

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    16. While we never allowed our kids to walk around with food or eat on the furniture, we had no problem with them making forts. When they were little, we did not invest in any expensive furnishings because kids (and pets!) can be hard on them. We had an old sectional sofa that came apart easily for play. Our living room was used for- you guessed it- living!

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    17. OP says, "Be careful what you say to people. Words hurt." Yet, she's bashing Jessa.

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    18. I want a farm but I don’t have one. We don’t get everything we want, and I can’t walk around offended that someone might think I’m a farmer when I’m not

      Just take my comment and make it say, “I’m glad your parents had parental freedom to make their choices,” then. I hope no one talked garbage about your parents the way you talk about others.

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  13. All children build forts.

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    1. No, not true. Not all children. Be careful blanket statements like that. You have no idea how others live.

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    2. I've thought of building one myself this year. Keep the world craziness out.

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    3. I dint. My mama woulda tanned my hide

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    4. I’m guessing you were never invited into anyone’s fort as a child.

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    5. What a terrible thing to say 12:43. So I'm guessing you never invited anyone into your fort as a child.

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  14. can we please get an update on Abby & Lauren's babies? Also when will Jinger & Joy Anna's babies be added to the headers?

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    1. What do you only say the mothers name? Why can’t you say Abby and John, Lauren and Josiah babies. Babies have two parents

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    2. 9:43, it's quicker to type one name, we know who the dads are, what does it matter?

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    3. Abby is John-David's wife.

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  15. Forts are fun... lucky them

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  16. Having fun . The children look so happy and enjoying their fort.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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  17. It looks like they are having fun. Very good. Ivy is Just as handsome as her brothers are.

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  18. For sure we'd have got the belt if we ever did that to our furniture

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    1. That's so sad!

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    2. That is sad! My mom let us make messes, they always got cleaned up, and we have lots of fun memories.

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    3. My mom would have given us an old blanket and directed us to the clothesline out back or in the basement to make a fort. We were not allowed to run around and upend sofa cushions while eating apples. It certainly didn't deprive us of anything in childhood to have some boundaries and some respect for the house. Much the opposite.

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    4. Boundaries and respect - YES! Too often missing in today's children. It's those life lessons as a child that carry over into adulthood. Most of you here are constantly complaining about how rude children and young adults are these days. Well here's the problem. No boundaries and no respect for things.

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  19. Brings back memories. Couch-fort-building goes back generations in my family!

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  20. So they turn the furniture upside down and eat inside it...nice. How about coloring books, puzzles, Chutes & Ladders game, etc.?

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    1. 3:26...You wouldn't last long in our house! Lots of messy sensory activities &, yes, turning furniture upside down! Oh yah, and coloring is part of our day, too!

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    2. Food on the fabric furniture, really?????

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  21. That couch has been through a lot!

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