i was going to go ahead and set up a whole scene but thought that might be a little weird.
hanging christmas tree lights around treehouse deck & looked at flat 10'x10' section of house. YOU GUYS! A BACKYARD TREEHOUSE MOVIE THEATER!
— Eric C. Snowdeal III (@snowdeal) August 24, 2013
there was space for about an 11 foot screen. and as if by magic the “throwing distance” from the deck to the house is such that the it’s the perfect distance to project onto the space. so obviously this was something that HAD TO HAPPEN! SOON!
i quickly procured a projector and decided to test it out by playing star wars episode IV. i was just testing and i didn’t think it was going to look great without putting up a screen so i wasn’t even intending to watch the whole movie. but it looked so awesome we decided to sit outside and watch our first movie in the trees!
while you can see the lines of the siding, after a few minutes of watching you quickly didn’t notice them. that said, i have plans to build a screen which will make the experience even more excellent! it’s hard to see on the photos but resolution of the image is a.maz.ing! i hooked up the insanely affordable and great sounding cyber acoustics computer speakers we have in the house which made it even more like being in a theater, EXCEPT WE’RE IN THE TREES!
watching movies on the treehouse deck is, without a doubt, going to be a regular thing.
odin looooooves legos so when a veeeeery generous relative ( possibly too generous gave him a death star for his birthday he was, unsurprisingly, quite a happy boy. it says if for ages 14 and up but odin has advanced lego skills and put together the 3,803 pieces in marathon sessions over a few days.
we wondered if it could be cause for conflict or jealousy amongst his friends who might covet such an extravagance. nope. friends come over and play for hours and discuss and that aspect fo the model and how faithful a replica it is to the death star in the star wars movies.
he’s even voluntarily loaned it out so friends who don’t have it can enjoy it from the comfort of their own homes, which is an excellent example of odin’s kindness and generosity.
i’m pretty sure when i was nine i wouldn’t have loaned it out to my friends and i’d probably have taunted them for not having it.
like a lot of kids his age odin loves lego and while he hasn’t seen the star wars movies, he somehow seems to know a lot about them and really likes the millennium falcon, so he was super excited to have gotten the lego ship as a gift for christmas from his grandparents.
while it isn’t the 5,000 piece star wars ultimate collector’s millennium falcon ( which can be had for $3,000! ), it’s still a large 1,500 piece set and i thought it would take him a few days to put it together.
as usual, i underestimated him. it took about 4 hours
in honor of putting together the grand ship, we decided to right a wrong and watched episode IV: a new hope so, you know, he could see the inside of the ship in the movie ( he loved the movie ).