baby

Remodeling

We’ve officially been in our new house for a year! What a rollercoaster of a year it’s been.

When we moved in last year, I did the bare minimum–I unpacked and decorated and we’ve been making it our house…but we didn’t do anything major. After spending so much time remodeling our old house to sell it, sell our house, buy this house, move…I was just burned out. And I did not want any more projects!

But…with the pandemic…we suddenly had time. So we started some projects that were on our list for “eventually.” The first was Logan’s room.

Our house is a 1920’s bungalow. Originally the house was a small, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. But the original owners remodeled the attic to create a second story which is where the master bedroom suite is, plus another bedroom and a bonus area. Since it’s the “Attic” the ceilings are a little funky. Logan’s room is small with slanted ceilings. It’s ok for now. When he’s older and 6 feet tall, it won’t be his bedroom. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t take official “before” photos. But I have some before photos as we began prepping the room last weekend. Logan helped me take everything out of his room.

I did taping, prepping and primer on the walls. The walls were a very dark brown and then a light beige. The ceilings were cream colored. It was all very blah and dated.

I painted the ceiling white ceiling paint. It looks so much better!

Then I painted part of the closet a bright green and the rest blue. It looks SO nice! We love the colors!

I also got new dinosaur drapes and some dinosaur art to redecorate.

And the dinosaur decals he already had on his walls, are back up!

Logan loves it. I love it. I love the colors. The room looks much better. It’s brighter, lighter, happier, looks like a boy’s happy room instead of just drab brown. It’s so nice. I am super happy with it. The blue is “Honest Blue” and the green is “Heartland Frosty.” Definitely recommend both!

So the next big projects: paint the office and paint the master. The master bedroom is HUGE and it’s a very light brown/tan/beige. Kinda boring. The problem is that the room is humongous AND Michael and I cannot agree on a color. So we are waiting on that one. The issue with the office is that the colors are ATROCIOUS (think baby poop brown) and unfortunately the previous owner not only PAINTED THE ORIGINAL FLOORS (what were they thinking) so we have to fix the floors, but they never removed any of the previous layers of paint. So we have a lot of paint removal to do before we can do that room. Plus, the office has the original windows:

I got some product that is supposed to remove up to 15 layers of paint…we will see…but we may end up having to hire professionals. I’d like to keep the original windows. But they aren’t in great shape.

Home School

We decided to keep Logan home from daycare/preschool for a week or two. It was a really hard decision. We’ve both been working from home for like two weeks now (and now Michael is laid off) but we were still taking Logan to school.

Part of it was for stability for Logan and for him to have a normal schedule. It was a good thing. That first Monday like half the parents at daycare pulled their kids out. So the classes were super small. By the end of the week it went from 27 kids to like 20. Next Monday it was 10. I think there’s usually 100+ in the daycare. (It’s ages 1-12 with after school care, too).

With the smaller classes Logan was thriving. It also helped keep daycare open and give the teachers their hours. They depends on their jobs for health insurance. It’s all such a mess.

But by last Friday we were both feeling weird every time we took Logan to school. Monday the Governor of Oregon shut the state down and said officially stay home. It seemed like this was the time to take him out temporarily.

We already had a play room set up in our new house (that Logan didn’t really use much) that we turned into “school.”

When Logan was a baby a coworker gave me a ton of puzzles and games and flashcards that her daughter outgrew. I hung on to them for whenever he’d be old enough for them. He’s finally old enough for some of them!

And he has a ton of art and drawing type stuff that I got Logan for various birthdays and Christmases.

We had a ton of stuff to use for learning and I asked some friends who had been homeschooling their preschoolers for a few weeks already for resources. I got a TON of good ideas!

PDX At Home Resources

How to Homeschool Preschool

Montessori at Home

A science podcaster I listen to posted this: PBS SoCal STEM

So far this website is our favorite: Scholastic Activities

Yesterday while I worked, Michael did some drawing, shapes, coloring, letters. Then he took a break and I took a break from work and Logan and I took a walk looking at trees.

Then home for a snack and watching Scholastic videos about rabbits and nature.

Then we painted rocks to put in our garden. Then Michael and Logan went outside so he could ride bikes while I made him lunch. Finally nap time.

After a long nap, Logan played with his toys and then got to watch a movie and more bike time outside. That was pretty much our day. Michael and I tried to trade off. It’s a long day for sure trying to keep him occupied.

Logan was a little whiney and difficult at times. He wanted to know when he could go back to school. He cried a few times (like buried his face and wept). It was really hard. πŸ™