It was so fun to watch the kids running from room to room and picking where everything will be placed. Everyone picked a room - there are actually enough for everyone. Some of them are in the tip top of the house, so the roof line has angles in the bedrooms. I think it would drive some people crazy having so many odd angles and steep pitches to the roof, but we love it. It feels creative and imaginative.
Jordan chose a room that has a window high above the ground "So the robbers can never get me". He's had some fears of someone breaking in and taking him, lately. When I tell him they won't - "and don't worry, our house is made of brick, wood, and cement..." he says "but did you know there is a think called a brick saw, and a wood saw, and a cement saw?!" I feel bad that he worries about it, and I can't help but wonder if it's because when we adopted him, he felt a feeling of loss and fear. Anyway, he was VERY excited and showed me where his bed and everything else would go.
Halle was adamant that she places a hanging chair in her room somewhere. She is growing up so fast and already speaks like a little adult. She can't help it - as she has so many older sisters. She and Ella have a "Jack and Jill" type of set up for their bedrooms. Ella's bed will be in a turret - and we are considering making a round bed to put inside, from foam pads. It wouldn't be as comfortable, but it sure would look cool!
Brighton has the "Rapunzel Room". There is a little balcony attached to the bedroom, and she's pretty excited to pretend to let down her hair. Although that bedroom will be just big enough to hold her bed and not much else, she is excited to have her own space. There is a walk in closet that can hold all of her clothes. Honestly, she is pretty messy right now, and that will probably be a great thing for her!
Whitney has the "Tree House Room" that also has it's own staircase, like Brighton's. It is up high in the roof line. It is also a smaller funky shaped bedroom, but it's so fun to feel like they have their own little apartment. She performed for me how she'd run up both flights of stairs bawling when a boy broke her heart. She also showed us what it would look like as she descended the stairs when she was ready for prom. (You can see both sets of stairs coming down to the front entryway.
Oh, and Kinley? She is attending college, and although she will be in and out of the house, she will not have a room to herself - which feels so weird! She is currently with Syd in California hanging out with Estavan before he goes on his mission on July 7th. She may choose to live with Syd for a semester and attend online school for a bit. All of that is up in the air right now.
The master bedroom is on the main floor, as well as the great room, laundry room, dining room, and living room. There is a bonus room above the garage for all of the kids to hang out. The basement is unfinished, and someday we'll get to that but we have enough space right now anyway. In the future we'd add a guest bedroom/area, a movie room, and possibly put some stairs from the master down through the basement for a sitting tv/computer area for Jon and I. We will see.. for now, we are just excited for the paperwork to all be through and be able to start moving in July 1st.
As I said before, Jon is working in Vegas a lot and this month will be crazy insanity as we pack, travel, work, and support kids in their summer schedules. It is all good things. We are stressed, but it is good stress. Every minute is filled - and I know someday I'll look back and wish I could relive it. I'll leave you with a few pictures of the house that I snapped with my phone really quick...
The first picture is of the back yard fire pit, looking toward the house.
Jordan, Halle, Whitney and Ella sitting on the back stairs after running around in the back yard and sitting at the fire pit for awhile.
Below is Brighton's "Rapunzel Room" and of course, Jordan is trying to find a way to open the doors and see it - well, because that is the most dangerous thing in the house he could spend his time doing -right? That is a boy for ya!
It's fun to see the kids get acquainted with their new home. I'm sure we will be here for quite awhile.