In the process of all these decision the kids are having their own decisions to make as they are all having bedroom makeovers. We live in 3 bed semi and before we had Nathan the girls used to share and we had an office, once we had Nathan, and Lauren was 10, we decided that the girls needed splitting up and Nathan would eventually move out our room. So Lauren had a room of her own (the office) and Nathan and Katie shared a room with bunks, since he was 2. Now we are having a new bedroom and the kids can all have their own room. Nathan and Lauren are moving rooms and all 3 are being redecorated.
This, I've decided, needs to be done before downstairs gets knocked through. My reasons for this are because I believe that no matter how adjusted we are to the care team at Andy's bungalow, they are still not a part of our everyday life at home and when that becomes reality it has a potential to be quite tricky. So I thought if the kids have a room of their own, decorated, made how they want it to be so its their own domain they will have somewhere 'safe' to go when they are fed up of being downstairs.
BUT this has caused chaos for me, my room has Lauren's stuff in it in boxes now and is also the dumping ground for everything out of Katie's room whilst we completely gut the rooms out and, essentially, start again.
BUT, with the help of all my family and good friends we have now completed Nathan's room and are getting ready to complete Katie's room with only the finishing touches for both of them to be done. To say I was excited yesterday was an understatement. I couldn't stop beaming from ear to ear. Also it was like poetry in motion watching (and participating) everyone getting on with what needed doing. The in-laws, my sis and BIL and our friends were all stripping wallpaper, polyfilling, taking furniture down, sanding down etc whilst my mum was doing the ever-so-important job of keeping people topped up with tea or coffee, biscuits and sandwiches. It turned out this job was an almost constant round of making drinks, collecting cups, washing up and then making tea again - she did a sterling job! She then also took Nathan out to buy curtains and then installed them too.
Nathan's room looks so good, I'm so pleased with how it turned out and how we all pulled together for a common cause. And most importantly, we have a very happy little boy who, for the first time in his young life, has a room of his own.