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!