We'd had plans to do something to the storage room downstairs since we'd moved in. After five years, we got moving on that idea. With Alan's knowledgeable guidance, we made a plan for the room. The layout makes the room feel so much more open. Chad and I went shopping for paint, and ended up with these three colors that I thought would make for a fun, bright playroom. Green was the first color to go up, and I loved it right away. But when we started painting the blue and then the pink, I thought to myself, "What in the world was I thinking, putting up such crazy colors?!" But once the colors dried, and the whole room was painted, I actually really came to like it. There is a bookshelf/storage cabinet yet to be put in, but in the meantime, it is completely useable, and so nice to have. It now has a few pictures on the walls, a couple of small bookshelves, a table, and a whole bunch of toys all over.
Out of all the kids, Mira uses it the most right now. She uses it as her classroom. She's got a whiteboard with dry erase markers and papers she's created for classwork. She likes to invite her friends over to play school with her. Once in a while she's able to convince Matthew to play school.
One day, just before preschool, I took Matthew by Arctic Circle to enjoy an ice cream cone. He was one happy boy. This is the picture I printed off for him to share with his preschool class on his "All About Me" day. He loves the fact that he's holding an ice cream cone!