Friday, May 1, 2020

Bates Leaf Houses

Tori Bates Smith and Bobby Smith
Tori explains the concept of a leaf house to Bobby

Michael Keilen: "We'd take all Mom's silverware and plates out and have picnics."

Tori Smith: "You'd have your other friends come visit you from their leaf houses."

What exactly is a "leaf house"? Most people are familiar with the traditional fall activity of raking leaves into piles and jumping in them, but have you ever built a leaf house? Once the Bates siblings start talking about this fun family activity from their childhoods, they can't stop (video below).


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Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

12 comments:

  1. MO- Bobby looks so different. He used to be outgoing and now he just sits there. I guess it doesn't bother me to see the other husbands just sit there, they were pretty quiet to begin with. But not Bobby, he liked to join in on a conversation. But the story of "leaf houses" was funny. :o)

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    1. Maybe he figures the less he says, the less people can pick his words apart.

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    2. Maybe, it's because he had no idea what a "leaf house"is, therefore he had nothing to say. It was from his wife's childhood, not his.

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  2. They took the leaf blowers out of their dad's truck? When they were little?

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    1. Why would you assume they would do that when they were little? The older ones were probably the ones doing the leaf blowing.

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  3. Leaf houses! Sounds like fun!!!

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  4. Michaela you are so very kind.

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  5. This is so adorable!! I love hearing the older Bates kids talk about their lives together as kids... I had a lot of creative fun with my siblings when I was little & hearing them talk about their fun times together brings back good memories for me as well <3 thanks for sharing this! God bless

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  6. We did something similar as kids, only it was with snow. I remember making snow bricks for the walls and even sculpted tables and chairs.

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  7. I used to build leaf houses as a kid. I totally forgot all about that. I would use chicken wire as the frame. I would cover the chicken wire with the pecan tree leaves. The house was just large enough for two friends and I. What a wonderful memory to remember! Thank you!

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    1. That sounds like so much fun!

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  8. We made pine straw houses. We cooked mud pies and weeds. Those were fun and innocent times. Sweet memories.

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