Friday, March 26, 2010

Goodbye Toddler Room

Today was probably the busiest day I've had during my otherwise lazy spring break. This morning we took the kids to the movies to see How to Train Your Dragon, which turned out to be VERY cute. The only downfall was we thought we were taking them to the 3-D version, but it turned out that we accidentally went to the 2-D showing. In the long run the movie wasn't one of those that rely on the 3-D element; it was perfectly entertaining in its own right, but it would still have been cool to see it with its full scope of special effects.

After the movies and some Chinese food, we went home and swapped out Elijah's bed. Elijah has had this cheap, metal framed loft bed since he was a baby (it used to be Trin's). It's bright yellow, red, and blue, and comes equipped with a slide so the kid can "slide out of bed" in the morning. It's definitely a fun bed for a small child, but the problem is the thing is enormous and has pretty much encompassed the majority of his room for several years now. Plus Elijah has had this bed for so many years that the novelty of it has long worn off. Luckily, a friend of ours recently moved into a new house, and she was getting rid of a twin-size sleigh bed. It's in dark wood and in beautiful condition. Also, as luck would have it, her brother was looking for a new bed for his little boy, so we decided to swap beds.

Of course, swapping out Elijah's bed for the new one was only the beginning. For some reason I can't stand bringing something "new" into the house without creating perfect conditions around that new item, so I had to completely take on Elijah's entire room. It took hours. I wound up getting rid of a full bag of toys (those are going to the thrift store) and three full bags of trash. I also rearranged his furniture and brought in a new dresser that used to belong to Trin. I didn't finish until almost 10:30 tonight, so now I'm feeling really ragged, but happy. I LOVE his new room. It's the first time he's ever had what looks like a nice boy's room (as opposed to a toddler's room), and it is so bright and comfortable. Taking the loft bed out really opened up his room, and it feels much bigger. Once the room was finished, the kids tried to play in it for a few minutes before bedtime, and I shouted "No! No playing in this room! You can tip-toe through it and ooh and aww, but that's it." I'm sure I'll get over this soon.

Tomorrow we have belt promotions at the dojo, and then tomorrow night I'm going to our friend Dan's concert. Dan is in our small group, and he's part of a punk rock band called Mad Marge and the Stonecutters. His band is finally playing in our neck of the woods, so he invited Clint and I to attend, but Clint might not be able to go because him and my brother-in-law are going to an MMA fight tomorrow afternoon. If he's not back in time, then I'm going to ride down with Dan and his wife Felisa (same couple who gave us the bed), and Clint should be able to join us later. Matt and Alana are also going, so I'm pretty excited.

I better go so I can beat Clint to bed this time (I'll have to explain that one later)--goodnight!