rearranging...


i was busy last week doing some rearranging in the house. i've been trying to make it as kid friendly as possible. we had intended to make the middle room a family room, but i've found that the children don't really like to play in their rooms by themselves. they prefer to be close to me. so i set up the middle room as a playroom, moving many of their toys, their kitchen, table, etc. in there. i moved our (only right now) couch into the big front room which wasn't being used yet. it's lovely under the large front windows, looking at the fireplace.






the kids spent all afternoon playing in their new playroom (and the living room) after i set it up, and have played there everyday since. it's really wonderful, and has been a very nice change. the house is really starting to feel like a home now. i've been trying out a few different paint colors. i'm hoping for a nice blue for the front room, and lighter colors for the playroom and white for the kitchen. then i will be able to hang up pictures and prints!


the playroom "music station". we don't own a television, so i'm trying to encourage other diversions (they do watch things on the computer. i love movies and could never do without those. they love them too... and scooby-doo as well!). they really love to listen to books on the i-pod here also.


kitchen area. still all much of a work in progress, but every time i rearrange, or add and take away from it, they are interested in it all the more.






today we are heading off to the garden center to look for some marigolds. i read they are good for planting around your vegetable garden to ward off bugs. we saw some in a neighbors garden down the street too. we have some fall sprouts, but the dirt still has a long way to go to be made healthier, so we will see what we get. this is all new to us, so it's a fun learning experience.

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6 comments:

Jenn said...

I have to say, I really enjoy reading your blog. It seems like we would get along well in real life. The play area is really great! So special to have their own little area. Our home is very tiny but I have always had all of my kids toys in the living room. They play better beside me and I like having all the books in the "book nook" beside my chair so if they want to read, they can read with me. I found they don't play as well when the toys are in the other room. They love to be near the kitchen... when I cook, they pretend to cook also. If they are in their rooms it's almost like if they can't see what I'm doing, how can they imitate me and pretend to be doing it also? I find that I get more lonely though when they do spend a lot of time in their rooms because I miss all the little sounds of their play. :0)

Cary Walker said...

yes, we came from brooklyn... where everyone has to keep all the toys out in the living room (no where else to put them). the kids are used to that. this playroom is nice because it's in between the kitchen and living room (and next to my office if i can ever get it together). i'm envious of the beautiful land you have:)

Elma said...

Oh I LOVE the house pictures!!! I know my kids allways want to be by me. I turned the front hall closet into a toy closet. It works nice as I can talk to them if I am in the living room or kitchen. The one picture shows like a scooter is that what it is? I love wooden toys to. I hope you post more pictures of your beautiful home:)
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Cary Walker said...

thanks elma... that's actually a little shopping cart/doll stroller. i often post pics at my flickr site too (though many end up here):

www.flickr.com/photos/littleloveblue

thanks for your nice comment (as always)!

Leahdis said...

I love those big windows, so light and bright. Your house is so beautiful.. I love the white couch but I could never have one with my kids..lol.

Cary Walker said...

it's a slip cover so it's a little more doable! it goes right in the washer. plus, it was from craigslist for cheap... so when it's okay if they destroy it (better than if we paid full price anyway!)