We were able to move back into our bedrooms on Monday. It was so wonderful to have everyone in their own beds and own rooms for the first time in three and a half weeks! In the mean time, we also were able to shift some rooms and shelves around and make better use of our space. The toy room got turned into a school room, complete with a set of shelves that the girls no longer wanted in their room. Timothy and Matthew turned the old school room (a large-closet sized room) into their bedroom. Their bunk bed and a large shelf fit quite nicely in there. Even with all the toys now in the little boys' room, their room is still much more open and spacious. It probably helps that we've turned into "minimalist" with the toys these days...almost 2 years ago now, we gave away all their toys except one Rubber Maid bin each of Legos, Duplos, & Thomas trains and one bin of dishes, cars and Lincoln Logs. (I was inspired by this article and have never regretted getting rid of the "stuff.")
The kids and I are absolutely loving the new school room! We are so thankful for it!
We also had fun last week doing an art project. The very fact that I took pictures and am putting it here should let you know exactly how often I do an art project with the kids... but we did have fun. We studied Giotto Di Bondone and then crushed chalk, mixed it with egg yolk and painted.
Talitha told us that she was painting a picture of herself...abstract art?