Turkey Throwback!

Ender’s First Thanksgiving

Hanging with Papa
Hanging with Papa
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Plans for Ender’s New Room

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to set up Ender’s bedroom in our new house.  Thus far, we’ve painted, but that’s about it.  With his birthday coming up, I thought it’d be a fun surprise to fix it up a bit.

Here are some of the idea’s I’d like to incorporate into his room.

Bed

The most important part of any bedroom is the bed, right?  We’ve purchased the Ikea KURA bed.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com
Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

This bed is unique in that you can flip it upside down so that it can be at either ground level or at bunk level.  We think that Ender will like the bunked option, but if we have problems with that, it will be simple to flip it so that it’s at ground level.

Admittedly, this bed is exactly Montessori style, however, I believe it does follow some Montessori principles as Ender will be able to climb into the bed independently regardless of how it’s positioned.

Clothing

Space in the bedroom is valuable.  For the past year or more, I’ve used a small dresser that fits into a closet to store  Ender’s clothing.  So far, so good.  He doesn’t own enough clothes at this point to warrant buying a larger dresser.  The dresser I bought has four drawers.  It’s simple for him to find his own clothes, which helps him to dress himself.

Books

As I’ve mentioned before, books are big with this kid!  There are so many neat ideas floating around the internet for book storage.  Here are some of my favorites.  I’m not sure which one we’ll go with yet.

I love this Ikea BEKVÄM spice rack turned into bookshelves.  Simple.  Easy.  Effective.  Just my style.  Plus, the birch wood matches the birch used on the Ikea KURA bed above.

Image found on Pinterest but originally found here:  http://mysparkle.blogspot.com.es/2011/09/ollies-room-sneak-peek.html
Image found on Pinterest but originally found here: http://mysparkle.blogspot.com.es/2011/09/ollies-room-sneak-peek.html

These books slings are a little more work than the easy to install spice racks, however, they’d be a great way to incorporate a fun fabric and some color into the room.

Image found on Pinterest but originally found here:    http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/03/how-to-make-book-slings/
Image found on Pinterest but originally found here: http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/03/how-to-make-book-slings/

In the past, we’ve stored a few books in small decorative baskets.  This is nice because I can take the basket out to our larger bookshelves in the living room and rotate the bedroom selection periodically.  I like to keep seasonal bedtime books in the basket, and this allows me to easily change what’s accessible.  The baskets I’m currently using are these ones.

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Image from http://www.target.com

Activities

Although most of our play happens in the living room, I like having some activities available in the bedroom for when Ender wants to play without his little brother interfering.

We currently own this table.  It was incredibly cheap and is the perfect size for toddlers.  Overall, I would definitely purchase this table again.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

We also own this easel, which was a gift and is also the perfect size for toddlers.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

Somehow, I would love to get a climbing rope into the bedroom.  Seriously.  Check out this picture.  This would be amazing.  Ender is too young for it just yet, but it’s certainly something he could grow into and it’d be great for his balance, coordination, confidence…

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Image found on Pinterest – link to original image would not work. If this is your image, please let me know how I can credit you!

Artwork

There is some seriously amazing artwork I’m finding Etsy that I’d love to have in my boy’s room.

I’m seriously obsessed with this wooden artwork from RightGrain on Etsy.

Fantastic artwork from RightGrain on Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/156090932/full-moon-original-painting-astronomy?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=wood+moon&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery
Fantastic artwork from RightGrain on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156090932/full-moon-original-painting-astronomy?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=wood+moon&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery

I also have a Marushka fabric canvas that was anniversary present from my mom to my dad decades ago.  Somehow, I ended up with it and I think it will be perfect in Ender’s bedroom.  I love the color and modern style.

Vintage parent's anniversary gift
Vintage parent’s anniversary gift

I’d also like to incorporate some canvases that the boys paint themselves, as well as some family photos?  We also put a lot of his own artwork on the walls.  Does anyone have any great DIY decor ideas to do with toddlers?  I’d love suggestions!

So – there are some of my ideas!   Check back in a few weeks for a reveal of his room after it’s complete.

The Boy is a Bookworm

Each fall, our town celebrates its heritage with a weekend-long festival.  We’re new here, so this was our first year checking it out.

Because we live in a rural area surrounded by farmland, it made sense to bring barnyard animals downtown to join in the party and pen them up on the sidewalk.  Because why not, right?

Yes, I do believe that is a cow.
Yes, I do believe that is a cow.
I am trying to do important scientific research here! No more pictures, please!
I am trying to do important scientific research here! No more pictures, please!

At some point, we told the kids we were going to go downtown to see some farm animals.  At that point, Ender insisted on bringing his very own guide, so as to properly identify any unkown species.

So here we are, downtown, surrounded by families and eager children reaching into experience first hand these barnyard animals.

And here’s our very own Ender, crouched on the sidewalk, trying to find a picture of each animal we come across.

Of course, the little guy was just happy to be around.

The Boy is a Bookworm 3

A Trip Around the Sun

A week after Atlas was born, we took him to the pumpkin patch.  Atlas was supposed to be an October baby but ended up making his debut in September instead.

Regardless, he is my pumpkin baby and I’m hoping to take a pumpkin patch picture with him every year he’ll let me.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

One of the most fascinating things about the past year has been watching these two grow as brothers.  They’ve gone from simply co-existing to truly enjoying each other’s company and finding joy in being together.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

However, there are some things that may never change.  Including the Ender’s out-there expressions.  Crazy kid.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

The boys have grown so much in the last year.  Atlas has changed from a little squish into a beaming, bright little boy.  The changes in Ender are subtle, but his face has grown leaner; his postures are more big kid than baby.

Another year gone.  Another trip around the sun.  And I couldn’t be more proud of how they’ve grown.

Purpose.

At this moment, I’m so happy, so relieved, and so excited to begin this blog.

It’s been a long time coming.

Almost three years ago, I slowly began to realize that life with children is ever changing.  They learn something new daily.  Never again will they be the same as they were yesterday.  And, to be frank, I find that idea a bit terrifying.

I mean, let’s get this straight.  I love watching my children grow.  I love watching them discover the world around them.  Everything is so new to them, so exciting!  But, I worry (a lot) about forgetting the precious little moments I share with them each day.

Hopefully this blog may serve as a time capsule of sorts.  A place to look back and remember where we came from.  And I’m so glad I’m finally here.