Last summer we decided to update Oliver's bedroom for his birthday in September. We bought a few things and have been playing around with different furniture layouts. I like the way it's set up now because it is a functional space for playing, reading, and sleeping. Oliver has had a say in all of the design decisions because I want his room to reflect his personalitly and not just mine. My mom always let me decorate my room however I wanted and I love her philosophy on kids rooms. She always said that she had an entire house to decorate and we only got one room. If she didn't like how we decorated our space, she could always close the door. I think about those words often while trying to let go of my obsessive compulsive tendencies. I know the freedom my mom gave me in my room growing up is a huge reason why I love decorating.
I bought the coolest hand carved slingshot for Oliver at Christmas. Ryan said I was insane to be giving a four year old a slingshot and the thought of loosing an eye brought me back to reality. It is now disabled and hanging with twine.
In the fall, I finally got around to putting chalkboard paint on the closet doors. We are having so much fun with them and it gave us the idea for our list of fun things to do. Oliver gets to come up with a fun list of things to do and then we try to incorperate these things into our week. There is no pressure of getting them done in a particular time frame because if we haven't checked something off, it just makes it back onto the next list. This list always includes some things that we would normally do, like go to the library, but it also helps us to do things that we might forget about like going to the police museum. I still need to paint Oliver's walls, but that means figuring out a colour and patching up a hundred holes so it somehow gets avoided each month. This year I am hoping to finally check this off of my to do list. Fingers crossed!