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The babies’ room

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Dave making the room all pretty as shown through the kitchen windows

So, our house is funky.  That’s been established.  We closed on the house the day after we learned we were becoming parents of twins.  We knew there was a lot of fixing up to do, but no idea how much until rain started pouring in what we were going to use as the babies’ room one day in July.  There was mildew from the supposedly “fixed” leak all over the carpet and baseboard as well. (No, we haven’t gotten anyone to acknowledge responsibility, even though the leak was called “fixed” on the disclosure statement and home owners’ insurance didn’t pay to have it fixed because they said it was preexisting as far as they could tell.  That’s another saga though.)

The room in question is large — 16′ x 16′ — and is an addition built onto the main house.  Consequently, it has windows that open to the kitchen and French doors that open to the dining room.  It’s not a great arrangement for a bedroom when the babies get older because there is no privacy, but it seems to be perfect now.

Last weekend, my sister and her husband came up and fixed the roof and the leak.  Now the room is in the process of being painted. We chose a light blue that goes with both crib sets.

Also, light blue is the color of the sky so if we want to paint nature-type murals, we can.  Dave plans to add some really awesome things, like a sky on the ceiling.

If you look really closely, you can see some of the lime green goodness peeking out in places.  We’re going to replace carpet with laminate flooring too.

A few photos:

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Stuff!

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

As all the stuff we have has been emptied out of the babies’ room so that we can put down flooring, fix the roof, fix the drywall, and repaint, I’m reminded of how much baby stuff we really do have.(piled in the dining room, but that’s okay) Thanks to garage-sale happy Grandma Barb and some friends, we’ve come a long way with the swag. What I love is that thanks to my sister Janet and her husband Clay, we now have a roof over the babies’ heads that doesn’t leak. Dave is in the process of cleaning out the mildew and re-doing sheet-rock, as well as running off the family of squirrels that lives in the space over the babies’ rooms. (dude, we already have cats. That’s enough cuddly mammalness to worry about.)

We’re putting in laminate flooring because there was no way to replace the ruined bit of carpet without replacing everything and we think that with the mildew and dampness, a hard floor surface will give us less moldy yuckiness to worry about if the roof ever leaks again. And we can’t afford real hardwood right now.

It’s a shame to throw out 16X16 newish carpet for a 4X4 square that was ruined. Maybe I can save it and install it in the bedroom to replace my lovely red shag Graceland carpet.

As you can see, we're really doing well. Swings, bouncy seats, tubs of garage sale clothes, strollers, car seats.

Dave is cutting sheet rock in the babies' room while a high chair and crib set unassembled. I love the crib but there's a plastic piece broken on the drop-side. If I can't get a hold on the manufacturer, it may have to go. Sad to say.

Here's the Babee Tenda crib, filled with all the stuffed animals we own, plus a few other items, as we wheeled them out of the babies' room. I assembled the crib last night. The gates swing open and the drop side hardware is metal. It's had the same design for years and never been recalled.