Boy, did we ever have fun with these recent bedroom projects! Before covering the walls all by our grown-up selves, we let the kids climb into their painting duds and add their artistic touches (but we were abundantly clear that we'd be painting over them soon). They had so much fun painting on the giant canvas that was bedroom walls!
When we finally told them that it was Mommy and Daddy's turn to paint, and that they should go play for a while...they didn't mind a bit. Mostly because we had taken the king mattress out of the guest room (that we converted to the boys' room), and put it in the play room. It kept them entertained for hours :)
Oh, by the way....I forgot to share one of my favorite painting tips with you. Every now and then, we have to take a break from painting and tend to kids, or eat lunch, or run to the store for more paint or something. It's such a hassle to rinse out the brushes and rollers...we just don't do it anymore! We've found that simply covering the painting stuff with plastic will prevent it from forming that icky and irritating "skin". Hubby likes to put the whole tray with the roller in a grocery bag - I prefer to use plastic wrap. They both work fine for short breaks, but if you're interested in letting it sit overnight, I recommend using a couple of layers of plastic wrap.
Now for the fun pictures! I'm thrilled with the way this room turned out:
I know it's supposed to be a big boy room, but I couldn't resist leaving some of the sweet baby stuff up for a little while longer. Look at my sweet little Thomas' toes...
I also insisted on having a rocker for the rare occasions that Thomas will still let me rock and cuddle him. This is the great quilt that my Mom made for him (she made a gorgeous quilt for each of my babies)...Thomas and I love to sit together and find the different animals and do their sounds. He loves "ARF" for the doggy :)
Notice the bulletin boards? I really like having a place for their individual artwork and special notes.
I'm already happy with our decision to put boys in one room and girls in the other. Sammy and Clara already play together, but I've noticed a fresh connection between my boys. I love to listen to them settle into bed at night. Thomas stands in his crib and says, "BEH! BEH!", and Ben replies, "Night-night little brother". Good grief...coulda cried the first time I heard that!
As painful as it is to know that I'll never be pregnant again or nurse a baby again, it feels so good to just be moving on, ya know? It's like I can finally find it in me to just relax and enjoy our little family instead of always looking forward to and planning for the next big change.
If ever I need real physical proof that God loves little ol' me...I just need to look at my husband and babies. What abundant blessings I have in my life (Sigh).