Easy peasy tee pee set up for kids

The peonies are blooming in our garden !!!  I thought I cut some to bring in as they are so lovely to look at.  While out there with some free time before dinner, I thought I set up the tee pee !  I wanted to do this for a while now.  I even bought the bamboo sticks but just haven't got the time to get to them !  But today I do :D  If you want to try this, you will need:

- 6 bamboo sticks, $1.19 from Rona (they came in 8 feet high and we got it cut down to around 6 feet to fit into our car)
- 1 flat bed sheet, I used a queen size for mine but I think a king flat sheet will cover better
- 2 strings, 1 to tie the bamboo sticks together (at least 30" long) and 1 for the sheet 

What I did is gathered all the sticks at the top, tie the string around the sticks then across and around each sticks !!!  Basically just tie them all over so they don't fall or slide out :-)  Then I took each stick and arrange it on the grass so they all form a hexagon shape.  Imagine each point of the hexagon is the end of the stick that's light pushed into the ground (mine barely dug in but they stayed up and keep shape ok).  

Next, just gather up the mid point of the sheet, wrap it around the area where you tied the bamboo sticks and use another strong to tie around the fabric to keep it together and you're done !  There's no specific way to tie the bamboo or sheet, just tie which ever way you need to keep them from falling apart :D  We also decorated the top of the tee pee with ivy vines and flowers and some wild climbing plant we found in our garden !!!  That part was really fun for the girls.  They gathered up all the stuff and I lifted each of them up to throw the vine over the bamboo sticks.  The whole set up was about 7 min. and decorating takes another 5 !  Not so bad, not so bad at all.

The girls had great time running in and out of the tee pee !  Bee found a huge moth in the tee pee and we shooed it away before she can take hold it !  She got upset so for a good chunk of time she was pouty and keep saying "mothy mothy" :(  She also got annoyed with me asking her to be still for a second (I try to take a family picture (didn't work)).  Taking pic. with her is getting harder nowadays as she rather play than sit in for family picture.  Totally understandable and expected.  Both her and Love doesn't mind me taking pictures of them while they play though.  I always prefer to take spontaneous pictures of the girls over posing because it not only captures the moment but also doesn't interfere with them enjoying whatever it is they are doing.

I wish my husband can take picture of me and the girls though because I'm starting to dread setting up the timer and running as fast as I can to my spot !!!  The pictures most often come out out-of-focus because someone moved and caused the len to lost focus !  and these are kids we're talking about, so off course someone will for sure move when the camera clicked.  Oh well if I want to be in it then timer it is.  

What a fun afternoon for me, setting up the tee pee, decorating it, watching the kids play and capturing some of it.   I love taking pictures of the kids !  But you already know that with all the posts i posted :) I do really enjoy it.  I got no technique knowledge or special skills, other than just take lots of random shots, click click click, and then I surprise myself with what I got when I review them after :-)  Taking photographs bring me joy and to me it's good to do stuff that makes one happy and fluttery and smile !

Here's more pictures:

She lost her first tooth so whenever she holds something that can fit that gap, she puts it there :-)

This is what life is for me at the moment !  Constantly wiping milk mustaches and a baby that licks anything that is near.  
I love this picture !  It's captured them perfectly !  one is all cool in the don't-care kind of way while the other does everything over the top and passionately !

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