It has been a couple years since I’ve been fully invested in blogging-the site has stayed up because it mostly manages itself, and life has been in full force here without many spare moments. We are now the proud parents to three of the sweetest kids you’ve ever met. Two boys with bright red hair, and a sister who is just as colorful, even if she is a blonde.
I have to remind myself on a regular basis to slow down and enjoy it, because life really is amazing, and it’s so easy to get caught up in stuff that just doesn’t matter.
When Rex came along we were already bursting at the seams, so we decided to add onto our house. It was something we’d discussed and even had architectural drawings done, but were waiting for the right motivation. As luck would have it, the best surprise of our lives was just the motivation we needed.
We’ve done a little more landscaping since that photo was taken, although there is still plenty to do-but there you have it. Our house is in a “critical area” because of our proximity to the Severn River, so due to city regulations we couldn’t add onto the back as most people do. Instead, our addition is the extra 1/2 house on the side-a little lopsided, but it does the trick.
Everyone has space to move, finally! I had as many windows as we could fit crammed into the family room, which is open and bright and as happy as the voices inside. (And because everyone asks me-you can find our rug here-husband who’s cool with a pink and lavender rug for the living room not included.)
Upstairs we added two small bedrooms, which to us feel massive compared to our three original bedrooms, which were already tiny and became even smaller to create access to the new space. We don’t mind small rooms, though. If there’s room for a bed and a dresser, we’re content. Rex slept in a Dock-a-Tot in the guest bathroom for the first 4 months of his life, because the week he came home from the hospital was the week construction was finally able to start. Dock-a-tot’s really are the greatest invention ever. If you’re having a baby-just do it. They’re a little pricey, but worth every penny-spoken as the mother of three who did not have one for the first two.
He loves his new room-and as a space camp alum with a whole summer to sit around planning the decor-it was fully decorated by the time he moved in.
The Solar System Art, Astronaut Print, and Planetary Neighbors Print are from Minted. and I personally crafted the mobile, inspired by Martha Stewart herself, although done with far less skill. We’re also missing Mercury because it fell off and the dog ate it. Fitting.
The other new bedroom, which is actually the largest in the house, is a guest room/gym (I guess you can call it that, it’s where our Peloton is). We offered it to the other kids, but they didn’t want to leave their rooms. I have to say that made me feel really good. Even though they aren’t big, Georgia’s room is 9×10 and Grants 9×12, we’ve spent a lot of time making them as cozy as we can for each of them.
Grant also lost his closet during the transition, so we built a small closet into his bunk bed. It’s working for now, but long term I see Georgia getting the guest room and Grant’s room and her’s combined into one. Eventually they’ll be teenagers and will need their own spaces to study and have privacy.
The last piece of the addition is the lower level-which was actually probably the best part. I will save that for another post, though-which hopefully won’t take me two years to complete. I’ll set a goal for one week from now-and won’t stress too much if it’s a little longer. After all, it’s spring break, and things are extra crazy around here.