Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bedroom Makeovers!!

We began rearranging kids, painting rooms and choosing new bedding about 2 months ago. We have felt for a long time like we needed to make some changes. As a 13 year old, Cody was ready for his own room. Isaiah and Laila have been with us for 2 1/2 years. I felt like they were both incorporated enough into our family that they would be okay if we separated them. Since we didn't see any opportunity to sell our house anytime soon or finish our basement, we decided to just change our upstairs to better accommodate our family. We still have some things to buy to decorate the walls, but they are all painted, the carpets are cleaned, and the bedding is complete. Over Christmas Break, I hope to get some pictures of our family up in their rooms and a few more decorating items. Here are the "Before" and "After" pics:
Before: Cody and Sam's room
(messy and plain)
After: Sam and Isaiah's Room
(blue walls, Sports bedding for Sam and Cars Bedding for Isaiah)
The other side
(I need to get some pics/decorations for this wall)
Before: Lauren and Abby's room
(individual twin beds, old bedding and very messy walls)
We bought bunk beds for Lauren and Abby
Laila moved into their room with the toddler bed
After: Laila's side of the room with her "Tangled" bed
Abby took the top bunk, Lauren took the bottom
After: Lauren and Abby's side of the room
(freshly painted walls, polka dot bedding for Lauren and monkey bedding for Abby)
Before: Isaiah and Laila's bedroom
Painting the walls
Cody's new bedroom
He loves having his own space!
Go Cowboys!!
It feels so good to have it done. They are all settled in. Laila and Isaiah adjusted beautifully to their new beds. Laila moved from a crib to toddler bed and Isaiah moved from a toddler bed to twin bed. We have figured out how they can each compromise to learn to live with "new" roommates. They are learning some great life lessons.

Cody's room has become a good place for him to be alone when he is overwhelmed or needs to get homework done. With his sensory issues, it is a great refuge in times of stress.

One of my favorite stories of this process has been with Laila. The first night, Lauren said, "Laila, if you need anything during the night, you just let Lolly know." in the middle of the night, Laila woke Lauren up. Lauren said, "What do you need?" Laila responded, "Lolly, I need a hug." So sweet.

I am looking forward to adding some more personal touches over the next few weeks!!

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