Dave has been working hard on the kids’ bedrooms. It’s been probably 5-6 years since we did anything in their rooms, besides repaint and throw new comforters on the beds. (Side note: I let the girls choose their own wall colors last time. Gabby chose two shades of “I Have a Bad Cold” green, and Addie had a dark blue & turquoise situation, which was supposed to match the colors of her comforter– but always looked to me like a colossal mismatch. I have hated their walls ever since I painted them.)
Gabby and Addie J asked for trees in their room, and so Dave painted trees: Gabby’s room is pale green with a maple tree in the corner, and Gabby’s walls are now sky blue with a stand of birch trees along one side. They also asked for loft beds, so Dave built loft beds. And he put together and installed new furniture. And he put in lighting, and the girls’ rooms look incredible. I leaned in the doorway last night, watching Gabby do her homework at her new desk under her loft, and I thought how I would have loved this setup at her age.
Cam is getting a new, full-size bed (enjoy that while it lasts, though, Cam: when you get to college, it’s back to the twin)– but the biggest change in his room is that he gave away his leopard gecko, Zulu. It was time: Cam got Zulu when he was a little kid and could spend all his time loving and caring for it. Now? Not so much. So Zulu has gone to the home of a family friend, to be the beloved pet of a boy who has been asking his parents for a lizard for years. And instead of a room covered in Tulane gear with a lizard tank in the corner, Cam’s room is now grey with pinstriped drapes and a desk installed in the corner. Bonus: I recently learned that my brother Mike is afraid of lizards- or as he called them, “snakes with legs.” So now the scary lizard is gone and Mike can feel free to step into Cammy’s room.
Cam gave me a big hug and said, “Everything is perfect. I love you.” Gabby came and snuggled up to me, told me she had spent an hour hanging out in her desk chair just for fun, and asked me to watch Hoarders with her. And later, when when I climbed up into her loft to tuck in Addie J, she said, “Mom, thank you for my room. I will always come back.”
Considering I did about 10% of the work involved in this project, I feel like I’m making out pretty well.