All the Sun For You

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Out of Control


This room of Matthew’s has gotten out of control.  I mean – 100% out of control.  What started out as a simple plan is now quite elaborate and there’s more work to do each and every day.  I’m supposed to be winding down, but I’m not.  We’re not.  We both have added things to the list of things to do.

B wants the room to be “cool and fun” for Matthew.  I agree.  I think children’s rooms are supposed to be their safe places, their happy places.  I want Matthew to like spending time in there, and that leads me down this path of infinite possibilities.  And B too.

For instance, I put the framed print from my sister up on the shelf in his room and asked B what he thought.  He said that it’s not the right place and that he’d like to put pine trees up there.  BRILLIANT IDEA!  So now we need to get fake (or real) pine trees for that space.  NOT IN THE PLAN.

Another example.  B bought me a polar.oid printer (for Mother’s Day) to create small prints from the photos on my phone, and then said that it would be nice for Matthew to have a pin or magnet board in his room to put them on.  I loved that idea, so I spent tons of time on Etsy trying to find the perfect thing.  I didn’t find it – which led me to PBK (which you all know that I have a love/hate relationship with PBK).  I found what I thought was perfect, took B there last night to show him, he liked the idea, so I bought them.  NOT IN THE PLAN.  Upon coming home and putting them where I wanted them, B says, “that’s not what I had in mind, I want him to be able to reach it.  I’ll find him a magnetic easel but keep these.”  An easel is NOT IN THE PLAN.

Then there are all the animals on the walls of Matthew’s old room that he loves – and B said that he thinks we should find different ones for his new room.  Again, I LOVE the idea and have found lots of options, but they’re NOT IN THE PLAN.

It’s not just B.  I mentioned getting Matthew some Curious George sheets from PBK because he loves CG.  We both know that this does NOT go with the outdoor theme, but we don’t really care.  B thought it was a great idea so now we’re considering it.  NOT IN THE PLAN.  I got a bedside book shelf that we both think is perfect, but it was NOT IN THE PLAN.  Oh – and along with those fun magnetic boards comes a need for fun, cool magnets.  I’ve been busy on Etsy.  Again, NOT IN THE PLAN.

What I find so strange is that prior to being a stay at home mom, I was a project manager.  I was a good one.  I was excellent at managing scope and budgets, and kicking things out because they were NOT IN THE PLAN.  But when it comes to my own projects, the sky is the limit and I sort of don’t care.  It’s become a real problem.  The same thing happened with our nursery – and that room doesn’t hold a candle to what this room is going to end up being.

So yeah – the room is coming together but the project gets longer and longer because of our new ideas (my latest idea today was to buy a bona fide hiking sign from a campground sign vendor (yes, there really is one of those) – and B agreed).  I’m out of control.  And the worst part is – I have no interest in getting back into control.

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, now you know!



Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

14 thoughts on “Out of Control

  1. I love that this is “where you’ve been”… what a great great fun awesome place to be. 😉 Can’t wait to see pics once the room is all done!

  2. Well for what it is worth, whether it is in the plan or not… this room sounds like it is going to be EPIC!!!! 🙂 I cannot wait to see the finished product!! Anthony is very much like this.. always adding little things to the plan… this drives me bananas because I need my ‘plan’ and my ‘list’ and dates that each thing needs to be done. Adding to it messes it all up!! 😛 Luckily you and B are both adding to it so neither can be driven bananas right?! I am sure eventually it will feel ‘ready’.. sure you can still add things as he changes as grows but those are extras on the finished product. Again, can’t wait to see!!

  3. Haha, you’re awesome! I think I’d be in the same boat as you though if I were redoing Chloe’s room, because you know their little personalities now. You know what they would like. With the nursery, it’s what YOU want, and we are keeping it simple in our home too. When it comes time to move, I think I’ll want to replicate Chloe’s room now, but maybe I won’t. Who knows? What I do know is both of your kids are going to have a fantastic rooms and I can’t wait to see the finished products!

    • You know, I hadn’t thought about it that way, but you’re right. The nursery is TOTALLY what I wanted, and I’m lucky that Matthew loves it the way he does. He loves being outside and playing with sticks, rocks, etc. so this just fits him. Of course, sports would fit him too… but it’s not what we would want in his room so we ignored that theme. HA!

  4. How cute that B is so involved and thinking up his own ideas! Very cute.

  5. If I had a second bedroom for #2, I’d hire you to do the project. It sounds absolutely amazing. Funny thing, I never fully finished Rae’s nursery. Two large pieces of furniture are still out in the garage only have completed. We’ve made it work for now, but we really need more space. When we grow up and get a real house, I’m totally hiring you 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • I wasn’t done with the nursery until Matthew was 8 months old, and I think we’ll be the same way with this room. The tent/teepee will probably be a birthday present in June, along with the easel. Lord knows that I will keep finding things for this room long after it’s “done!”

      Getting a “real house” has its pros and cons. I miss our townhouse at times… especially when it snows Also – when it’s time to pay the mortgage!

  6. Oh, wow, I can’t wait to see what the finished project looks like….if it’s ever really “finished”. LOL

  7. Girl, you ARE crazy. Of course I say that with the utmost love. 😉

    I know Matthew is going to adore the room. I cannot wait to see more pictures of it, especially once the mural and signs are all up. They’re adorable!!

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