We decided to shuffle rooms again (to my Mum's amusement). Now instead of a four bedroom house we have a two bedroom house with a play room and a piano room (over statement, but I can dream)/dress up room.
The trick is getting them all to sleep at night and to stay resting in the early morning. But I've been reminded that we had to train the girls how to switch off and go to sleep at night and not get up and busy before the crack of dawn... So now we are training Little Hands in the same skills. He does love sleeping in Miffy's room with the girls and gets a bit excited about it all!
He started on a cot mattress on the floor but that didn't seem like a good long-term solution. And given that the room isn't a big room we were going to struggle to fit three single beds. So I took the chance to try an up-cycled toddler bed.
The timber which we had was a mix of old blind components, pallet left-overs and planks which we bought years ago to edge a garden. The depths as well as widths were inconsistent so I worked on the ground building up the more thin strips and gluing as well as screwing to make sure it would be strong enough to take the brunt of three kids.
The legs I stole off the Craft Table, where I had attached them when it morphed from a coffee table more than a year ago. And that in turn created the problem that none of the stools now fit at the Craft Table. So...
I bought this plank and block bench in off the deck. And I've got to tell you that it is the best fit that we've ever had at the Craft Table. And there is less fighting over stools of particular colour. Always a win.
It's amazing how full my heart gets from watching the kids enjoy something that I've made for them... whether it be clothes, cake, a new room arrangement, a healthy dinner, or a makeshift piece of furniture. I'm sure there must be a good quote out there somewhere... Giving makes the heart grow fonder... or something like that.
And this kind of giving is soft on the wallet, but I like to think that the kids learn a few things by playing around me as I saw and drill and glue and hammer.