When we built our house, the plan was to have a big fireplace in the living room. The chimney was built, the wall framed in, and everything was set to go. Then, for one reason or another, we decided against it. So, now we had this angled area in the wall that didn't really make sense. The builder built in a little platform and covered it with beadboard and carpet. We decided it could be a little sitting area. And it was. Until the boys discovered its potential. It became Thompson family X Games Central. Boys running at full speed, slamming into the platform, and thrusting themselves up, as if in a handstand. "Sweet! I just did an Ollie Quarter Foot Backspin 360!" "Rad! A Fakey McTwist!" (You get the point). And although Colin and I love their constant energy and enthusiasm, we were ready to relocate the X Games.
Here is what our X Games Central looked like:
Now, the planning for this re-model began last fall, and after a few delays, finally began during the winter. Perfect timing to coincide with working on the book. So, on the days that Teri and I were working at my house, it wasn't the X Games we were dealing with. It was the ZZZZZZZZZ of the saws, BAM BAM BAM of the hammers, GGGGGG of the air compressor. And a couple of weeks later it was almost done. Then one delay led to another and it was incomplete until last week. Imagine my joy when the last doors were added on. Patience is a virtue.