One of the things on my “to do” list for last week was to finally put up the last frames and shelves in our playroom/den. For once, I didn’t have to spend any extra cash to do this since I had two floating shelves and four Ikea frames left from the “decorations” that used to be in the old nursery and my old bedroom (before they were re-decorated).
(My dear Brandon – I told you there was a reason I was holding on to these things and cluttering our workshop/storage space!)
At first, I was going to put up a collection of family pictures. One of Brandon and I in the big frame and then one of each of the girls in the smaller ones. But since I plan on doing something very similar in our living room (another item on my “to do” list!) I wasn’t quite sure and was hesitating…
So I started by figuring out the placement of the frames and getting them up on the wall… and while I was doing that, I came up with an even better idea…
An idea that is completely appropriate for the nature of the room and the multi-colour-scheme we’ve got going on in there!
It took less than 30 minutes to put it all together and the girls were more than willing participants in this very quick Saturday morning project. They even got to paint Mom and Dad’s hands – can’t get much better than that!
I absolutely the LOVE how they turned out… and after putting them up (and the shelves) I can now say that my playroom is officially DONE.
I suppose I could still consider putting up some blinds in the windows, but I think I like them without (and just the way they are!).
Being on maternity leave means that my work calendar has “unavailable” or “out of the office” for the next while. So life just got simpler, right?
Hmm… life is certainly simpler, but not necessarily less busy.
My new routine and my personal calendar are filling in quickly. I seem to be adjusting nicely… despite a few little hiccups here and there (A vivid image of myself from last week comes to mind – Me, with baby in my arms and pulling Meaghan by the hand, running, late to pick up Layla from school! The teacher looked at my frazzled self with real pity in his eyes… sigh…).
This week I decided that it was officially time for me to go out and buy a “family calendar” to keep track of all the coming and going in our home.
Here’s a shot of this week. It may seem a little archaic to those of you with iPhones or even simply using a computer program like outlook, but I went out and bought an agenda. An you know what? It was a real pleasure to write it all down by hand and start colour coding our different activities, events and responsibilities. And by pleasure I am saying that I totally enjoyed this – must be the organizer in me or something!
The family planner is a small part of my goal to be more intentional in my role at home while I’m on leave. My hope is that by writing it all down, I’ll be more likely to schedule things in – whether it’s coffee with a friend, my exercise class or planning meals and changing the beds! And more importantly, more likely to get it all done!
For the first time in years, the beginning of the “school year” means more to me than Brandon returning to work. This week my first baby, Layla, is starting school. My second baby, Meaghan, is going to a new daycare. And “the” baby, Violet, is already 6 weeks old (and not going anywhere any time soon!).
The summer has been a whirlwind/blur – with the most incredible weather we’ve had in years, the arrival of a beautiful new baby, the purchase of a new cottage for family getaways, a new school, a new daycare… and a lot of thoughtful consideration of this new season of our lives… what will it bring? and what do I want to accomplish?