I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions, but I must admit that I have spent a significant amount of time contemplating the year ahead. We have things that we have chosen to tackle this year. We also have a number of things that need to be addressed, that need some resolution.
Those things that need resolution, they’ll be…well…they’ll creep up in due time and we’ll just have to roll with the punches. That’s just how life is. (I’m sure I’ll get around to talking about those things as they come up.) We’re largely a roll with the punches, live life by the seat of our pants kind of family. It works for us…or so we thought.
Late last year, I gave a lot of thought to where we’re headed, as a family. I thought about all the dreams that Aaron and I have for our home, for our kids, and for us. It hit me that many of these things will never come to be as we envision them if we don’t start making preparations. Today marks 6 years since we moved into this house (and bought our van). In that time, we’ve painted a handful of rooms and filled a few with new furniture. We’ve hung some pictures on the walls and replaced a few appliances. We’ve talked about all sorts of things we’d like to do “someday”, but never really gave much thought to their execution…until now. This is the year that we’re going to make things happen. We have come to the realization that we just have to take the bull by the horns and start making things happen.
First up, converting our house to a true 4 bedroom home by converting the loft to a bedroom. Along with this, we’ll be tearing up all the upstairs carpeting and replacing it with laminate flooring. Once this room is complete, it will need a coat of paint (probably pink) and some window treatments and it will be Anna’s new bedroom. Once she’s settled there, then her old room will get the new flooring and Tommy will move in. No paint needed there, as the blue paint already coordinates with his shark/ocean theme.
Of course, this isn’t all as easy as it sounds.
The loft is currently Aaron’s “office”. No, it is not needed for daily business, but it can’t exactly be packed up for months. It will need a temporary home until Tommy is out of his room, and even then I’m not sure what its ultimate destination is. Realistically, I would like to move the kids “playroom” upstairs and Aaron’s office downstairs. This requires a bit more work though. The plan here is to have the rather large sliding glass door in the current “playroom” (designated by the builder as a sunroom) replaced by a window and a regular door. Once this is done, I’m not sure if we’ll be able to keep the tile that is in that room right now, or if it will have to be replaced right away. There are many unanswered questions here.
There’s also painting the living room and adjoining dining room, which will probably spill over into the foyer and up into the upstairs hall. The vaulted ceilings will probably require us to hire someone for this.