We left off with Baby Girl's room. If you stand in her doorway, you can see down the hall, past the children's bathroom on the left and the laundry room on the right, to the master bedroom.
Almost all of the children's toys and books are housed in these bookshelves and the lower cabinets of the buffet on the left. The baskets hold "sets" of toys, like play food, puzzles, figurines, a cash register with funny money, and alphabet/writing games. The children play so much more constructively if we just get one of these out at a time, and then also the mess is not too overwhelming for them to clean up by themselves. I guess it would be nice to have all of this more out of sight, but we're growing children here and you can detect that in every inch of our home!
Our room opens onto a small balcony overlooking the cul de sac behind our house. One day, when the children are a bit older, I picture throwing open these sliding doors and overseeing their outdoor play from afar, while I piddle about my room.
The artwork above the bookcase is a reproduction of The First Born by Frederick William Elwell, which appears in a book called A Baby Blessing. A friend gave us that book in celebration of Little Guy's birth and each of my babies has enjoyed it in turn. The painting has always felt so...familiar. The mother, ensconced in her bed, with a newborn at her breast; the father, in his business suit, dashing home to check on his young family. I just love it. I told Mama how much I liked the painting and she very sweetly had this reproduction made for me.
What I wasn't sure I could live without was a bathtub. But I've adjusted very quickly! The little shower bench helps.
And this picture is very true to life...there's always at least one child lying on the bath mat, keeping me company in there!