Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Phase 5 and Some Kids

Phase 5, and the final phase, of the big project was to create a space for the kids. They had the Man Room, which you know Sweetheart and I took over. This was not accidental, as my children are very hard on things. I would assume all kids are. The Man Room was, at less than a year old, showing signs of "wear and tear". Sweetheart repaired all these things before we "moved in". Now we have Kyle's old room empty and it is a perfect spot for the kids.Their chairs and bookcases of DVDs and videos (yes, we still have VCR here) make it a room they can enjoy.The closet in the corner is a great place for games and puzzles. This table is already holding a jigsaw puzzle they are all working on.Kyle also gets use out of this room. I have a strict rule....NO FOOD UPSTAIRS! Kyle brings his morning cereal and his afternoon snack down here to watch TV and eat. There is really nothing they can do to this room. The carpet is industrial strength, so even the most apt picker can do no real damage, and the walls are cheap paneling. Zach calls this "The Little Man Room". So now our project is complete!
I had some grandma time this weekend. TJ spent the night. He and Zach had matching pj's.Emerson played the piano, ever so gently at first then she built to her finale of pounding on the keys!!She is finally walking and was very proud of herself. Every time she made it across the room she clapped!!! We had a nice dinner. TJ ate non-stop all weekend. He must be going through a growth spurt, cause it is impossible to get him to eat!Here is a rare photo....all 4 of my children sitting at the table together....just my kids. What a sight that was. Sweetheart and I both noticed at the same time. It was a nice sight.They are a raggedy bunch, but they are ours!
Charlotte learned several new things at crochet class....a granny square, a shell stitch, and how to sew in her tails.She sure loves to crochet. I am so glad she has that. I spent the time hand quilting. In the afternoon I spent more time at my machine piecing the Hidden Star. Today I plan more of the same. Right now I need to get off of here and jump on Ugly Betty! I really dislike walking a treadmill, but I am motivated, so off I go!


Linda said...

Wow, all done, I bet you're pleased that's over with. My gosh Charlotte looks like she has legs all the way up to her neck. Growing like a weed.

Susan said...

The "Little Man Room" looks like a great place for the kids to hang out. Emerson looks so cute playing the piano - and you know every musical piece has a pounding finale! ;)

I love the pic of all your kids together. I am beginning to treasure those myself, with my boys off at college and getting jobs and all that!

Angela said...

Sounds like you have a great system worked out. That is the part about having a family...you have to be flexible and keep making adjustments in many areas as things change and the kids grow. I am glad Charlotte has her crocheting also.

Julie said...

I love the idea of a room that can not be destroyed. Im gonna incorporate that into my plans!! :)
I just bought a treadmill, I need to excercise more and it's just been too much of a hassle to try to go out lately. I am looking forward to trying it out.

Love Bears All Things said...

I am so glad that Charlotte is enjoying the crocheting. It is something that can be done to pass the time and doesn't require the counting of stitches that cross stitch and knitting do, once a pattern is learned. The hardest thing is learning to control tension so stitches are the same.
The little man room is great. I still have a VCR also. I recently gave all of my children's movies away to a friend with a new 4 year old grandchild.
Mama Bear

Libby said...

I'm glad that the move has worked out for everybody! I know that I would love to have a room that the kids could go to without having to worry too much about it!
Your famliy is so sweet! Look at that smile on Kyle's face! and Charlotte looks like a proper lady crocheting on the floor!
Have a great day!

Crispy said...

Hooray for getting all of your home projects completed.....now for the fun stuff....quilting LOL.


Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Bren,
I had read your comment on Linda's blog, so curious as to what RAD was, I thought I would have a look. I read your post on Kyle re miracles and it touched me deeply. I also read a couple of Kyle stories. Your son is a wonderful young man :).
I have a son on the severe end of the autism spectrum (ASD), so I know what it is like to want him to be my view of whole.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

moreofhim said...

Love all your new rooms! Everything is wonderful and I know you and your family will really enjoy these rooms.

I wanted to tell you that I have given you an award on my blog. If you don't do awards, I understand, but wanted you to know I feel you deserve one. :)

God bless you - Julie

Guðrún said...

I bet you are glad the moving is all over, I would if it was at my home!