Monday, April 14, 2008

Improving the Trenches

We are in the midst of spending our income tax return money some home improvement projects in the Trenches.

On the agenda: re-doing a bedroom, along with the boyz' bathroom. Right now, Eldest and Middle share a bedroom with bunk beds. Baby is in his own room, still in a crib. The room Baby occupies still has its original MINT GREENISH/TURQUOISISH carpeting. (Why???? Please tell me who looks at that color and thinks, "Hey, that's a great shade! Let's do all 3 bedrooms!" Ack.)

So the master plan is to re-carpet and paint Baby's room, take down the bunk beds, get rid of the crib, and have Middle and Baby share that room with twin beds. Eldest will stay where he is in his own room with a twin bed.

Which all sounds nice on paper, except? Middle and Baby are our 2 worst sleepers. And we're putting them together. Plus we'll be dealing with Baby's transition to a big boy bed. So we shall see.

As for the bathroom, we are painting, putting in a new vanity and new fixtures and are replacing the (pee-smelling) linoleum with tile. We don't need to replace the toilet, though, because remember this??

On Saturday, I finally finished peeling off the wallpaper border in Baby's room. Speaking of? I got weirdly sentimental as I was tearing that wallpaper, remembering how my friend Michelle and I had put it up there when I was (hugely) pregnant with Eldest.

I also think it will be hard when we finally dismantle the crib. The one which held all 3 of my slumbering babies. I have pictures of Hubby studiously putting it together all those years ago, in the freshly painted room with the carefully hung wallpaper border (and the tacky carpeting). Taking down that crib represents the end. The end of babies in the Trenches. The end of this stage in our lives.

I fondly think of Hubby and I back then in 2001, so excited to have purchased our first home, so eager with the anticipation of the birth of our first child (sex unknown)...

and having NO CLUE that 6+ years later, we would have not 1, not 2, but 3 healthy little boyz!

Life is good.

10 comments:

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oy, I hear you on the carpeting---our 2nd floor is done in PINK carpet. PINK! Even in the master bedroom and office. We've replaced the master, but have three more rooms to do. Sigh. It just never ends.

Whirlwind said...

That sounds like the carpet we had on the entire first floor and up the stairs/hallway to the second floor. Its gone now!

Your project sounds similar to the one we are undertaking this summer. We are going to move Einey (6) into the nursery and repaint and put Meenie and Moe together in the bigger bedroom. We'll have to see how it goes. Meenie isn't too happy about the move.

A's Mom said...

Sounds like spring cleaning is definitely in your trenches. We'll be doing the same both inside and out this year.

It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun (or pulling out Thomas from the toilet).

Amanda said...

Sweet memories and a rich future.
xo
A

Potty Mummy said...

Black-out blinds. They are your only hope...

Judy said...

Travis was a HORRIBLE sleeper until we moved Tyler into his room (rather vice versa, but meh, who cares at that point?)...they are both GREAT sleepers now...maybe the same will happen for Middle (and Baby)...

Cheryl said...

It's going to be sad for us to to paint out my kids' room from the pastels back to white when the time comes for us to move to a bigger house. So many memories yet to be made in that room. Heck. I'll be sentimental about the whole house.

Southern Fried Girl said...

Yeah we have some scary carpeting as well. No clue what people think when they put it in.

Nice memories! :)

Amanda said...

I had such a hard time getting rid of our crib too...such memories. Good luck with all your work...if you have any energy left over, wanna come paint Boog's room too? It needs done badly, but I'm just too exhausted.

I tagged you in my latest post...c'mon over and check it out!

Deb said...

Awwww... that was the sweetest post.

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