Quayd's room is the smallest room in the house. Even so, his bedroom is larger than the room he had in our previous home, so no complaints from him. It does not have as large of a closet, but Quayd's closet, in the previous home, was filled with a huge bookshelf and a ton of my unused scrapbook supplies. So, he is just fine in this room.
Several friends have asked why the oldest gets the smallest room. For multiple reasons... 1. He's usually in the family room, not his bedroom, whereas the girls spend most of their time in their rooms. 2. He'll be here the shortest amount of remaining time and it will become a guest room. Again, why do guests need a spacious room for overnight? and 3. He has, by far, the least amount of "stuff". Oh. And 4. It's the room that he wanted!
Quayd's room was a simple update. He had paneled walls, nasty old carpet, poor lighting. He wanted his walls to be "modern", so we painted them white. FIVE coats of paint and two coats of primer to get the paneled walls white. He also got a new ceiling. That was the plan before the plumbers came and installed the gas line. His room had acoustic tiles on the ceiling and we wanted those replaced. Quayd chose red, black and grey for his room. We would love to find him a funky red or grey chair for his room. It will have to be smaller but he needs one! So, we are searching.
Here's the before of his room, which seemed very dark and verrrrry small.
After brightening it up with "umber white" paint, it feels great! He loves it! He opted for a full size bed, after he considered a twin for a bit so that he'd have more room. Since he doesn't spend much time in there, he opted for sleeping in a bigger bed than having more room. He's been pretty good since we've been in the home about making his bed and keeping his room clean. To the right of the bed is the door to the dish room!
The inside corner.
Quayd's fuzzy blanket has picked up every single new loose carpet fiber in the house. We all pick fibers off it, every time we walk into his room, but he thinks it looks "modern" to have it on the foot of his bed. He's funny.
One thing that I have always believed strongly in is having good messages throughout the home. Dale has even mentioned that he remembers the messages I had posted all over our home. So, the chalkboard and attitude sign are additional reminders!
The red ties were supposed to be décor, but since we've finished his room, he's worn a red tie every Sunday. I think because it's easier than opening the closet and getting something else.
Check out that crazy lamp. It was bright gold. Doug sprayed a silver crackle paint on the lamp base and it's perfect. Quayd loves it.
We also debated on painting the wooden doors, as well. But, my guess is that the red, black, white and grey will get old within a year or so and I want the option of making the room much warmer in the future without having to repaint some "warmth" into the room.
That's it for Quayd's room! He loves it and is happy with it and that makes Doug and I happy. He seems to be, finally, adjusting to the move, which makes us all happy!
AND the dish room...
Now, this room makes me happy! In the old home, I had dishes in every nook and cranny, cupboard and closet. When we first saw the home, I thought that this room would be a perfect Christmas room where we could just take the tree downstairs and wrap it up all year, completely decorated and ready to go again next year. About two weeks later, I, literally, sat up in bed and said, "A dish room!!!" Doug thought I was crazier than normal but now, he smiles when he sees me smile about it! It's been so nice to just grab what I need and see it all together! Loving it already!
Basically, it's just an extra-large closet. The sprinkler system controls and water-main are in this room. Other than that, it had no real purpose, but it's sure worked for me! The shelves are sturdy wood. I admit, as I was putting out the dishes, I kept thinking, "How can we earthquake proof these shelves?" So, Doug has agreed that he will put a front "lip" on each shelf to keep things from sliding off if we get to shaking. He's going to use the leftover baseboards from our bedroom. It's on the "Honey-do" list, but after four months of non-stop "honey-do", I'm just going to chill until he gets around to it. Right now, getting the light switches and plugs replaced throughout the home and emptying the storage unit are the only two "honey-dos" that are a priority. (Oh, how I love this hard-working, wife-pleasing man!)
It's so fun to have it all contained in the same place! Above, The big boxes at the bottom contain a beautiful punch bowl, a true treasure, given to me by my sweet 97 year old friend, Norma, before she moved from her home of 70 plus years to an assisted living home and my other large partyware that are better contained in packaging. Below, the bottom shelf is all of my chargers, which I discovered, I'm missing two sets of twelve, so I've obviously loaned them out and don't remember who to. I've got to start writing down things that I loan out!
On the third wall, I have all of the storage cubes that contain my scrapbook and crafting supplies and tools. Next winter, when it's cold outside and I need an organizing project, I'm going to go through every paper and gadget and get rid of most of it.
I have to share one more thing about the dish room. Carol's husband, Robert, is the most clutter-free person I've ever met. He absolutely hates having anything that isn't necessary. His home in Idaho is meticulous! Carol, like me, has tons of holiday décor and fun partyware... or should I say had. When Carol and Robert bought their new home in Logan last fall, Carol dejunked and got rid of tons of "stuff". SO. When Carol and Robert came over a few weeks ago, Robert's first time here in the new home, we gave him the tour. When I opened the dish room door, he looked stunned and I asked, "Robert, please say that I have not slipped a few notches in your eyes because of what you are about to see." Robert looked shocked and said, "No, Sophia. I'm glad that you have a dish room. Everyone needs a dish room." He paused and continued, "And a 22 rifle." (for target practice.) Har-har, Robert.
The rest of the home is so non-clutter and spacious. Walking into this room does feel cluttery, but it's beautiful, contained and organized clutter. I love it enough for Robert and myself!
Yesterday, I spent the morning, with my foot up, tingling like I'd hit my funnybone for two hours! Grrrr. Natalie and I ran a few errands together in the afternoon and discovered a new place to eat near the campus, which is very near our home. We may have found a new "home". Great food and service, they kept the cokes coming and it was quiet with great 70s music playing.
Last night, I had to meet a couple at the storage unit. They were buying one of our dressers. Denise met me there to pick something up, as well. After loading up a few storage bins, we went to Sonic for cokes. Denise and I sat and gabbed in the truck, while the girls got out to gab in the sunshine. We told them that they could join us in the truck and ZJ said, "No, that's okay. There are some things that Moms should never hear." THAT girl!
I, also, had promised to run the girls to say goodbye to their old YW leader. (She's moving from Smithfield.) I had to pick something up from Natalie, so I dropped them off at our old next-door neighbors' home to visit with the kids. They were so excited! After two minutes with Natalie, I drove back to the girls and could see that they were having a great time, so I told them that they could hang out for 30 more minutes, then to meet me at the B's. Miki had lost her first tooth and Grammie needed to see!
As I was driving by, I decided to drop in one of my favorite lady friends, Liz. I rang the bell and asked if I was interrupting. She invited me in and we had a great visit. She's one of the people that I miss the most. One thing that we have shared in common for the past 17 years is that daughters, Liza and Carrie, have been BFFs since their freshman year in High School. But, my friendship with Liz goes much further than our daughters. She's always been a sound mind and trusted friend. So, that made my night!
After visiting with Liz, I went to see Stott and Wendy and the kids. Miki was proud to smile for me and show me her missing tooth. I asked if the tooth fairy would bring her a million dollars and candy. She looked at me like I was crazy! We agreed that the tooth fairy would never bring candy because then you'd get cavities and lose all of your teeth! She's so cute!
The kids all stayed outside and visited. This was no normal family home evening night, but Quayd was working and since we were already in Smithfield, we thought we would just stay until he got off work. The old neighbor kids had walked with the girls to the B's and joined all of the kids in the front yard. When we left, the girls and I were going to dinner at Garlics to kill that last hour. All of the kids were hugging and pretending to cry because we were leaving. ZJ laid flat down on the lawn and said, "If I lie on the ground, she won't see me." Miki thought that was the funniest thing. She kept telling me, "Grammie, ZJ is laying down on the grass." The kids all dogpiled on ZJ, saying, "Noooo! Not yet! Don't leave!" I got in the truck to leave and ZJ jumped up, racing to get in, saying, "I have to go!" If I don't go when Mom's ready, next time, she won't let us hang out!" Wise girl.
We enjoyed a late dinner at Garlics, then sat in the truck for 20 minutes until Quayd was finished. He worked 20 minutes late. While in the truck, ZJ got the giggles. Oh my gosh, that girl can be hysterical! She cracks me up! Grace and I were trying to have a serious discussion, but that was not happening with ZJ's antics! That girl!
We got home at 10PM. Doug was asleep and never heard a sound. The kids went bed as Denise came in and we hottubbed and gabbed till midnite. My foot was throbbing and it felt divine! Denise left and I kissed Doug goodnight as I crawled into bed at 12:30 and I highly doubt he remembers a thing. It was a busy, social, productive day. Life is good .