We’ve been in our home for 2 almost 3 years now and I still had not decorated the bedroom my 7 year-old daughter and 4 year-old son share. I had all sorts of magnificent ideas rumbling around my head and was waiting until I could make those ideas in my head come to life in their bedroom.
But this weekend, I decided to forget about perfect and just do with what we had for now. A while back I bought some cute removeable wall stickers from Target and some from Big Lots. So we got those out and I let the kids help me decide where to place them. We had a lot of fun and the walls are no longer sad and lonely and, most importantly, the kids really like their room now.
Another reason I’d put this project off is because I was afraid the baby would take the stickers off…
“I’m not doing anything…”
We, well my kids anyway, have a LOT of artwork. So I decided to put another art line up. All you need is wire and hooks. One day, I’ll make it more fancy.
Now we just need to paint away the primary colors from the bunk bed and get some super cute bedding and some curtains and….and….and…..
1. Cleaned 1 bathroom
2. Read to my daughter at the breakfast table before school.
3. Sat down in the learning room with the boys and did some of the letter pouches with the 4 year old and some puzzles with the 16 month old.
Life has been very busy the past few weeks (well the past year actually) with an important project that I might write about when I get time and so these successes seem small but are really quite huge so I am very thankful and happy for the time I’ve been able to spend doing ’ordinary’ things again in the home and with my family.
What successes are you thankful for??
I have learned a lot these past few weeks. Some lessons are new while others are ones I knew but had hoped were not true.
- Never assume anything. But if you must, always assume a person is innocent until proven guilty. If they are guilty or if an assumption is true, decide if it is necessary to share the information and decide how to do it with respect to the person’s dignity.
- The issue is never the real issue.
- What is logical and obvious to me is not always logical and obvious to others, even if it is true.
- Any attempts to force someone to see an obvious and logical truth will only end in failure.
- People should do what is right because it is the right thing to do.
- Sadly, most people will do the right thing only when it is right for them.
- The minority does the majority of the work.
- And the majority does the majority of the complaining.
- Respect for others supersedes the need to be right.
- It turns out that prayerful kindness, honesty, self-respect, and respect for others is more powerful than angry force and intimidation after all.
Could we play outside without coats in the middle of winter…
…go on a nice walk…
make a cranky baby happy for a few minutes while basking in some vitamin-D filled sunshine…
and the next week in the same month…
make a snowman…
and slide down a snowfort…and make a happy baby even happier by playing in the warmish/coldish snow.
And then the next week….
pretend there is a picture of us in the beautiful sunny gardens of Botanica here
walk around the beautiful sunny gardens of Botanica.
Life is but a blink. Now that my oldest, my daughter, is in school full time it’s more like a half-blink. We don’t get as much family time as we’d like so having 2 snow days in a row has been quite nice.
We spent a lot of time doing nothing much of anything but we’ve been together.
We’ve stared out the window…
Watched the birds try and stay warm and out of the wind….
Finished reading Classic Starts: The Secret Garden (Classic Starts Series out loud together and then she read it all over by herself twice again.
peeled off wall paper…one step closer to a wallpaperless home.
even the baby decided to get out of his grumpiness long enough to smile and laugh here and there.
…jumped on pillows. What snow day would be complete without this?
….and made a blanket tent of course (sorry no picture!)
I think I like simple unexpected days together like this better than the ones I ‘plan’ out.