We are down to just the last few boxes to unpack, and almost everything has a place to “live”, as Kira calls it. We still spend most of each day trying to keep the kids fed, rested, clean, and entertained, so at this rate I’m not sure I’ll get to much more work before the semester starts up. Also, my mind is constantly racing with all sorts of projects I could do around the house. I have big plans, just not much budget, for some improvements. Perhaps next summer…
We have managed to find wonderful things to do. We have two great parks within walking distance of our home (three if you include Avey’s school’s). This week, we also attended a local carnival put on by the city. We happened to choose the hottest, most humid day of the festivities, and had about 90 minutes of fun before getting caught in an enormous downpour. That was just about right, though; it gave us a nice reason to move onto other things.
Among the many improvement projects I’ve been brainstorming, I’ve come up with a few that can be done on a small budget. Two of them involved giving a much needed coat of paint or two to some of Avey’s furniture. She picked the colors and then helped me sand down a little bookshelf of hers and a wooden chair, both of which we inherited from other people. We then painted them and they look brand new now.
Avey has made big plans for her room as well. For starters, she has decided, it seems, that her room should be entirely self sufficient for her needs. As such, she requested a small mirror to keep in her closet so that she can brush her hair and such in there. That’s all well and good, but Kira and I politely put our feet down after Avey had taken our potty training chair into her room so that she can relieve herself without stepping out of her sanctuary. She’ll take over the communal bathroom before long anyway, right?
She has also been obsessing over several appliances for her room. It began with the idea of a mini-fridge. We told her that she could work to earn the money for one (even though the family refrigerator is about 5 feet from her bedroom door), and so she’s been talking now of earning money for a lava lamp, a shelf above her bed for her trinkets, and possibly even a soda machine. If she spent half of her planning and dreaming time actually doing the chores to earn the money, she’d have a whole stack of mini-fridges by now.
My goal for this next week is to get some pictures hung, instead of waiting 4 years like we did at our last place. Keep your fingers crossed…