I am still flying pretty high from our good news on Tuesday so I figured I’d better hurry up and write a happy post and enjoy it since so many of my posts seem to revolve around my anxiousness and sadness.
For the past few days, I have used all this happy energy to start putting together [A] and [G]‘s playroom since our adoption actually seems real again! For months, their bedroom has just been filled with clothes, toys, beds, etc. with no rhyme or reason to its organization. But now that I feel like there’s actually a light at the end of this loooong tunnel, I think it’s safe to finally start getting ready. During this whole process I’ve tried my best to walk a very thin line between jumping the gun and getting ready too soon and waiting too long and scrambling to finish everything at the last minute. I haven’t been totally successful, but I have managed to put off some major steps that I think I’m finally ready to tackle. I have to admit, though, that I am beginning this “nesting phase” with a certain amount of trepidation and caution. I know that until we get on that plane there is still the chance that things can be delayed. I’m just hoping and trusting right now that we have passed our last major hurdle and the rest of the process will move smoothly and quickly!
Anyway! I’m working on their playroom now. Right now that mostly involves moving toys and other furniture out of their bedroom into their designated “room of play.” This is a little difficult since, right now, there’s still a full size bed smack dab in the middle of what used to be our guest room but I’m working around it. Our pet sitter will be staying at our house while we are both gone to Africa and I have to leave the bed for her so it’s a little awkward right now. I won’t be able to get the full effect of the room until we get back home and move it out. But I’m pretty sure that sleeping, and not playing, will be first on the agenda when we finally arrive back in the states. Until then, the bed in the middle of the room is the perfect place to plop down and daydream about the future and I can brag that I can offer up a guestroom with some pretty awesome toys and its own refrigerator, stove, and sink! Who wants to come visit?
Here are a few pictures I took of their room before I started moving things out. This actually doesn’t look too terribly bad because, at this point, I had already hung up all their clothes and stuffed so many things into the kitchen “appliances” before I moved them.
If you are super observant, you might notice that there are 3 beds in the room. Yes, we are only adopting 2 kids but, in our confusion about what they might need, we have basically acquired a bed for every possible scenario. We have finally decided to start them both out in toddler beds but we also have a crib, a twin, and a full bed standing by in case of an emergency. Add our queen and many pet beds to the mix, and we might be eligible for some kind of weird award. Especially considering that, at the moment, there are only 2 people living in our house. I like to be prepared, people.
The next step this weekend for me is sanding and painting the awesome bookshelf that was generously given to us this past weekend. I’m so excited to have a project and I’m hoping it turns out ok. Those types of tasks can really go either way for me. But I am ready to have it completed because, although you can’t see them in the pictures, I also have 4 huge boxes of books just waiting for a place to call home. And I am just waiting to move them so I can stop tripping over them every time I walk into the room! I’ll let y’all know how it goes and, of course, keep you update with the rest of the playroom/bedroom makeover!