Things heard around the house on a certain day known as Lenayah (Nena)’s birthday….
- Dad will you tell me happy birthday again?
- (quietly to self) ‘birthday giiirrrrrl’
- I don’t like it…I LOVE IT!
- No! I get to pick! I’m the birthday girl!
- Absolutely beautifulllll
The last one was heard during the big reveal of Lenayah’s birthday present….a room remodel.
Here was the before video:
Here is the reveal video when she came home from strong start:
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This was her present, as well as two of my childhood popples and some chapstick which she ate within the first two days and then lost at the park #toddlerlife
After about five years of shuffling kids and furniture between rooms, we know that she is settled here. Conor had picked this dark colour when Levi was in the room because he knew if I picked it would be a form of ‘wedding planner white’ – not manly.
So now that I had free range to Nena-fy this room, I raided the paint stash in the basement and made my wedding planner white dreams come true! I think it just needs some mason jars and burlap and I could book the space for a wedding venue, no?
I even sacrificed the closet to their need to be 110% involved in/can I help?/what can I do?/are you done yet?/oops, I spilled! participation in this remodel. So I gave them brushes and followed them around with wet wipes for a while.
The best part about this birthday present was that Lenayah loved it. I loved that we had everything on hand so it didn’t cost us anything, and it wasn’t just adding in more toys, and it was ‘an experience’ for the kids – which we are trying to focus on.
Side note, we put all the toys in the basement for this reno and they have not once asked us to bring them back up. Kids really just need space to play and a few of their favourite things.
I also underestimated how many feelings would bubble up in me when I saw some of my childhood pieces in her room. Like this toy chest I got from my grandparents and I repainted pink. Then there are some of my old popples and rainbow brite dolls, and some doll clothes my gran had made. When I walk through her room and night and see the silhouette of this toy chest I feel that rooted familiarity of that little girl in me who placed all her treasures inside there. Now she has a place for her treasures.
The best part for Lenayah is that her room is now a gathering place. The whole family piles up on the bed for bedtime song and story, all of us slowly sinking into the middle indent. It is also a novelty for Levi to come lay with her at night. We thought we should send Levi back to his bed, but this is a rare time that they actually get along, and maybe even fall asleep. . . .
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