Before I share some more home renovation/decoration-related news, (which reminds me to ask- is that mainly what you’d like to read about here this year?), I *have* to tell you about our “wake up call” on New Years Day morning. Would you believe Steevenson woke BOTH Kevin and I up with kisses on our cheeks and “I love you”s whispered in our ears yesterday morning? I don’t think we’ll ever forget that. It was SUCH a sweet way to start the year!
Like I’ve mentioned in other adoption-related posts, we had a bit of a turbulent start together (#TransitionTrauma #FirstTimers #FiguringOutFamily), but MAN does it feel like SO much healing has happened in the past couple of weeks! I’ll share a more in-depth post about that in the future if anyone’s interested in the specifics (maybe folks that are thinking about or in the process of adopting would like to know?), but for now, I’ll just say that what has transpired over Christmas break has been *very* encouraging and I am SO happy to see our Sonny feeling “sunnier” and more secure. Praise the Lord!
Okay- now onto the renovation/decoration stuff…
Someone mentioned our sunroom (a.k.a piano room) in my previous post, and it reminded me to share that we’ve decided to turn it into a playroom for Steevenson.
It has literally just housed our (only occasionally played) baby grand piano for four years, and at this point, that doesn’t feel like the best use of that 130 square feet of space. We have a very creative kiddo that LOVES train and race tracks, so we feel like it would be nice for him to have a space to really spread out and have fun. I’m also envisioning some better toy/game/craft storage for him in there too. (It’ll also be nice to have our living room floor back- ha!)
So long story short, we’re trying to sell our piano (Jim & Katie are bringing their upright piano with them with they move in. It’s the one Kevin grew up with!) so that we can create an inspiring space for our Sonny (and his friends!) instead.
Selling the piano has proven to be easier said than done though (ugh!), but maybe one day we’ll find a buyer and be able to start pulling that space together.
And speaking of rooms with new purposes, since we can’t do the built-in beds quite yet, Katie invited Kevin and I to use their loft as a laptop workspace for the time being. He and I both work on the computer from home, and sometimes it’s hard to get work done with a curious little cutie pie around, if ya know what I’m sayin’. 😉 It’ll be nice to have a quiet place to work when we need to.
And speaking of sharing spaces, because there’s no room in their budget for kitchen right away, Katie is actually going to be using our existing kitchen for a while. Kevin and I don’t spend a whole lot of time in there, and of course she’s welcome to use it for as long as she needs to.
…and if you’ve ever tried one of her recipes, you know that we are more than excited to get some free cooking lessons while we’re sharing a stove with her, too. 😉