Thursday, August 17, 2017

School is starting!

School is starting!  Here's some of what's going on:

  • Baby T has had her first day of pre-k!  She is doing a three day schedule (although we might bump it up later if possible).  So far, so good.
  • Baby T is enjoying the company of a little friend at school.
  • She was, however, a little negative about the uniform the day before school started.  That is probably the biggest negative of going to school for her.
  • D is now a junior high student, so he's in the same junior-senior high building as C.
  • D is going to be taking woodworking as an elective.
  • C is in student government again, so she has a better pipeline on school information than I do at this point.
  • The drop-off works fine, but the gap between Baby T's pickup and the big kids' pickup is a bit awkward.  I used it yesterday to pick up cupcakes and pastries at the fancy bakery downtown with the line out the door.

Show and tell

D says that it's sad that when you're a little kid, you don't really have anything to talk about at show-and-tell, but once you're a big kid and have real stuff to talk about, you don't get to do show-and-tell anymore.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Room Switch III

Here's what's going to happen in the current phase:

--new window in one bedroom (originally a non-bedroom, hence window doesn't open)
--wardrobe for room without closet (IKEA black brown)
--dresser for Baby T (white IKEA?)

Somewhat later, we can do the following:

--first big girl bed for Baby T (white IKEA?)
--mattress cover
--new bedding (pastel ponies?)

The initial IKEA run is coming soon.

Yesterday, we were buying shoes and school supplies.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Room Switch II

That was amazingly fast.  On Tuesday, painters painted D's new room (Baby T's old room) and on Wednesday, D and my husband and I (but mostly D) moved D's furniture and stuff into his new room.

The big issue right now is that before we make any further purchases, I need a quote from a window company for a window replacement.  Depending on how that goes, we will make our pilgrimage to IKEA and get some of the following:  wardrobe for D (a must--no closet), bed for Baby T and large dresser for Baby T.

Then we move D's clothes out of Baby T's closet and into D's wardrobe and Baby T's clothes out of my closet into her closet...

There's also a blind to buy.

But it's all very livable right now.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Room switch

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Yesterday, painters came and painted Baby T's old room Behr's Linen White (a very creamy white) for D.
  • We moved Baby T's mattress to C's room last night and they had a sleepover.  C says that when Baby T woke up in the morning, Baby T was babbling incessantly about Minecraft.
  • It was kind of up in the air when we'd start moving D's stuff into the freshly painted room (aBaby T's room) and Baby T's stuff into D's old room.  The master bedroom (which is fortunately a large room) was packed with Baby T's stuff.
  • Very happily, D, my husband and I were all inspired today and we got nearly all of D's stuff moved.  (We still need a new wardrobe for him, so his clothes are still in the closet in his old room.)
  • Baby T's room and bathroom have the basics, but we still need to go through her toys together.
  • I got her a sort of mini-papasan from the grocery store today--the cushion is a faux fur in minty green.  Baby T loves it.  (The big kids both have real, full-size papasans.)
  • I have a big to-do list, but we've definitely turned a corner on the room switch project.  The big thing is making inquiries about a window replacement (we realized that a little too late when we already had the painters coming), getting an IKEA wardrobe for D (to replace the lost closet), a blind for D, a couple more plastic baskets for Baby T's shelves, and (if the budget holds up), a new bed and dresser for Baby T, with possibly a new set of bedding.
  • D's new room is creamy white with a lot of brown black IKEA furniture, some cream and tan bedding, and some dusty robin's egg blue accents.  The creamy white walls in the new room goes better with the brown black furniture than the old robin's egg blue in the old room used to.
  • Baby T's new room is robin's egg blue with a wide white bookcase and the minty green faux fur mini-papasan.  She's got D's old castle photo mural on the wall.  Theoretically, we could get her a white IKEA bed, white IKEA dresser, stick up our old My Little Pony wall decals, and call it a day.     

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Birthday Week II

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had a friend party for C last night.  We had half a dozen visitors (girls and one boy who is a sibling of a girl guest and a classmate of D).  
  • I had the presence of mind to suggest that a former classmate (that C sees rarely) come early to hang out.
  • We had chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing from the grocery store and my husband showed Galaxy Quest.  
  • One of the girl guests drove herself.  WHOA!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Birthday week

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C is enjoying her birthday week.  Among other things, she's gotten a new Kindle Fire (handy for her vast library of Star Trek comics--another b-day gift), a better pickup for her ukulele, a collection of P.G. Wodehouse's Uncle Fred stories, The Hobbit in Latin, etc.  We still need to have a party--it's going to be Galaxy Quest and cake for about half a dozen girls.
  • C is practicing Blue Skies, some Star Wars theme, and the theme from Star Trek's Deep Space Nine that she and her music teacher have been painstakingly working out during her lessons.  She wants to work on the Star Trek Voyager theme after that.
  • Baby T has been enjoying the Wii and Minecraft.  Right now, she's doing watercolors
  • D has been doing indoor rock climbing and reviewing his fencing, as he's signed up for a fencing camp.  
  • The big kids are also rewatching Avatar:  The Last Airbender.