This is the last photo I could find where we actually had some sort of railing -- about 5 months ago. With the amount of kids and family members that have come to see the house, it is a miracle that no one was killed or badly maimed by falling off this thing.
Now we have a real railing that is not made of three 2X4s nailed together. It is really the last major issue that we were facing before we could move upstairs. Of course, we will do some painting before making the move, but the family could move upstairs safely if we really wanted to.
The railing is exactly what I wanted. It will be perfect when it is painted and stained.