Monday, January 10, 2011

No Snow (Boooo!) but a New Room (Sorta.)

We were home today (and will be tomorrow) after schools closed because of the winter weather. Very happy about that, but kinda sad that the anticipated snow didn't show up (at least not in our area). We missed the White Christmas two weeks ago because we were out of town, so I was thrilled to think that at least Morgan could play in the "6-8" inches we were expected to get today. Yep.  Didn't happen.

It's okay, though, because I've taken advantage of the time off. I finally took down my Chrismas tree, stockings, and the decorations.  Yes, on January 10.  I'm pretty sure it was toward the end of January last year, so I'm actually doing pretty good.  (Speaking of Christmas, I never finished sending out my cards.  Even after I scored another great deal on cards, I didn't get to send them all out.  Christmas was just so quick this year.  So if you're friends/family and you didn't get a card from us, please blame it on my head, not my heart.)

Anyway, my mom came to get snowed in with us, and I am SO glad she's here.  Beside the fact that she cooked roast, potatoes, carrots, mac 'n cheese, cornbread, and peach cobbler last night, she's helped me with stuff around the house... including my latest project...

I got the urge Saturday morning to make our living room look like adults live here.  So I decided that Morgan's room will now be a nursery AND playroom (she's two -- do I still call it a nursery?).  That meant that I'd be moving most of her stuff OUT of the living room and into her room (and I packed several big toys that she no longer plays with in my mom's car so she can store them at her house).  That lead to me doing something I've needed to do for a while -- finish her room after I moved it six months ago.  I never hung her name back over her crib and didn't add the animals back to the walls.  Just never got a chance.

I decided to do a few other things to her room, too.

Just a quick background on my decorating experience:  I have none.  You should see my house.  I only have a few things on the wall, my wall colors are the same as they were when we moved in, and I have no pretty window treatments! Not sure why I'm like that because I remember as a child, my mom, aunts, and grandmother all cared so much about stuff like that.  I was never bitten by the bug -- until now, I guess.  I'm sort of tired of my boring house.

I'm not a decorator, but I know I don't like matchy-matchy rooms.  I like bits and pieces thrown in from every where.  Old stuff (yard sale, thrift store, pieces handed down from relatives, etc.).  A little new.  Contemporary.  Classic.  I have no style, I guess.  I can't see myself going to a furniture/decorating store and buying a "room."  I like little random pieces with personality.  But that's a conversation for another day...

I decided that I'd do something in Morgan's room this weekend. Before she was born I knew that I would go with a neutral theme for her room, so I went with Jungle Babies (lots of cute baby jungle animals). I've always wanted everything we use for Baby #1 to be used with Baby #2. Besides the fact that it obviously could save money, I would love to be able to say "both" or "all" of my children used this. I've always felt her nursery was a little plain, though...  I've had pieces to spruce it up a little for her, but I never got around to putting them out.  Fast forward to this weekend, and I've started making my little girl's room a little girl's room.  Still have a little ways to go (paint included), but I think I'm off to a good start.

I'd look in thrift stores every once in a while for the perfect book shelf, but we've yet to find it.  So I took the plunge and got something new -- one of those storage shelves where you can put the fabric drawers. I notice that a lot of the kids rooms I see have these, and I've heard they help with organization. 

I recently mentioned on my other blog how I love Target's dollar section.  I've bought everything from wooden toys to board books to a metal mini-trash can for my bathroom.  Good stuff!  Anyway, Morgan's crayons and markers needed a good home, so I snatched this little holder.  Throw in some cute little letters (also from Target's dollar section) and a hot glue gun, and you have a personalized holder.  If I find some cute ribbon, I'm going to throw it on there, too! 

We hung her letters back over her crib.  They could be a little crooked because I didn't use any levels or anything like that.  Didn't have the patience for all that measuring and all last night, so I just went at it.

Put the little wall hangings back up.  Did it differently this time.  Not sure if I like it, yet, but I'm giving it some time.

These are at the top of her dresser.  I've always loved this little lamp because of the cute little monkey on the switch. That little piece next to it is a pretty little container Danny's Granny gave to Morgan that holds coins.  And next to it are some pieces my Aunt Linda gave me that belonged to a great (great-great?) grandmother of mine, Effie.  It's sitting on top of Morgan's first Bible, from my mom, that has her name imprinted on the front.  And then on the far right is her first Easter basket that happens to go very well with her room.  It will hold Morgan's first (silver) cup, rattle, and spoon, given to us by Danny's Auntie Sister, his Granny, and a co-worker.  These items are all on her tall dresser (that she can't reach) and will be for a very long time. 

Above her bookshelf is this precious picture from my Aunt Linda of three little girls.  This picture is so playful and innocent and sweet -- perfect for her room.

Hanging on another wall in the room is this poem from a coach's wife-friend.   She put this sweet piece together and the poem is her own work!  The last time I checked she didn't even sell these things.  It's so adorable.

This isn't a new piece because it's always hung on Morgan's closet door, but it is one of my favorites.  Another coach's wife-friend gave this to us.  Our girls are about a month apart, so we were pregnant at the same time.  It was nice sitting in the stands watching football and talking pregnancy at the same time.  We've had this piece since Morgan was just a few months old, and it still is one of my favorite parts of her room.

So that's her room today.  I have animals on the other walls, but I don't think I like them anymore.  So I'll probably be gradually changing her room.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy about being off tomorrow.  I may get a head start on my grad school classes and may even do some organization maintenance in another room in the house. 

I'll leave you with pics of the monster playing today. 

No, it wasn't cold in the house.  She just insisted on wearing her hat.

Now that I think about it, maybe she was trying to cover that hair.  I took out all the rubber bands so it could be ready for a wash tonight.

She "hurt"  her hand and needed MeMaw to kiss it.  She's so funny.

I hope wherever you are that you are warm, dry, and not driving on icy roads!  Enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. Hi Gerri! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your daughter is adorable!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read more!!

  2. Her room is precious! I love it!! Didn't you enjoy these last 2 days?! It was like an extended Christmas break :)

  3. I love how you did the letters on the wall. I have been trying to make my daughter's room into more a play space and less of a baby nursery. I wish we could get some of those toys out of the living room! I am CONSTANTLY tripping over wooden fruit and puzzle pieces! :-)

    I enjoyed reading!


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