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Look Who Has Come Out of the Closet!

April 28, 2014


Annie has waited two long years for this, but she is finally out, thanks to a house-wide rearranging of room assignments. She’s the pink lump in the above photograph.

We needed to move Theresa up from the basement to make room for Tonja’s two sons to join us.  Son True is 13 and will be coming for the summer.  Son River is -3 weeks and due to join us any day.  In exchange for her basement dwelling we offered Theresa a menu of rooming opportunities.  Do you know she chose to share Nicole’s former suite with the three little peppers?  A surprising but well-received choice as you can imagine.

Of interest to the children, is the fact that after Theresa graduates from college, she will begin contributing financially to the household.  As I explained to the little peppers, it’s very expensive to get to room with them.  We have a waiting list for the opportunity.  Charlie, being a numbers guy, was delighted to hear that money is changing hands and started calculating a three way split for the piggy banks.

Last week at dinner, we were talking over the new room assignments,  and Charlie immediately turned to Theresa to ask, “So, do you go to bed at 7:30?” and to deliver a bit of bad news: “Sometimes Mama makes us go to bed at 6:30!”.

I wonder if Theresa will enjoy her new bedtime?  I also wonder if she will enjoy a rather strange reading of Little House on the Prairie* by Dan in the room at bedtime, or hearing the The Pokey Little Puppy played on repeat after lights out.

Two years ago, in a mother’s group at Hand in Hand, I learned that best way to organize a room, closet, or drawer is to first take everything out and then put things back one at a time.  Organization is not intuitive for me so this was a big revelation. This principle has worked well for us, since we rearrange rooming assignments at least once a year, depending on who we have living in our house at the time.  And such frequent turnover we are having of late!

Last Monday I turned the rooms upside down and shook them out:


By Tuesday bedtime we were all in our places with bright shiny faces:

newroom6 newroom2 newroom8 newroom4




*The reading is strange because Dan regularly falls asleep while reading and the words of Laura Ingalls Wilder are frequently interspersed with words from Dan’s dream.  I don’t know how his mouth keeps going once he is asleep.  It’s a gift really.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Grammie B permalink
    April 28, 2014 11:54 am

    Which room is Annie in? Who is in the room where the peppers used to be?

    • April 28, 2014 1:26 pm

      Annie is in the room that Dan and I used to have. We are calling it the playroom now (and Annie’s room). Dan and I are in the room that the three used to share. And the three plus Theresa have moved into Nicole’s room.

  2. Jim B permalink
    April 28, 2014 12:59 pm

    The ability to read out loud while sleeping is a gift that some fathers seem to have. Mine, of course, would be interrupted by an elbow in the ribs from our youngest, whenever he found the words to be less and less intelligible.

  3. Aunt Buggy aka Cousin Kate permalink
    April 29, 2014 9:11 pm

    Hey! That’s not fair! I didn’t know sharing a room with three Peppers was an option!

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