After that there just wasn't enough time left to finish the tree before our movie marathon....so we set our minds to finishing later. After the movies were done and the kids were in bed, we went to go hang out in our usual location - the aquarium.
The smell was overwhelming. Yup, the very reason (or one of the biggies) for wanting the tree was now keeping us from enjoying it. It was so strong. With that room being the smallest, warmest and having the poorest circulation of all the rooms in the house, it provided a perfect atmosphere for "fresh pine" to become "killer-pungent, make you want to flee for your senses, overwhelming cypress". It brought back memories of Eric's youth - hiding in the neighbors' cypress bushes so not to get caught from door-bell ditching the wrong person.....
In conversation trying to decide what on earth do we do now?, we thought we would bump up our January plan and turn the aquarium into a bedroom and make our living room THE room.
Sunday morning the kids wanted to finish decorating, so I laid the new plan on them.
and all kinds of other adjectives that describe how happy they were ensued. They would now all have their own rooms. Divine.
They graciously and joyfully decided that Mia would have the aquarium and Cade would have the same room. Then Maddy began her negotiations..... You see, Cade and Mia's room has a bathroom attached to it. She began to highlight to Cade all the benefits of her current room. Somehow she managed to convince Cade to switch rooms. She ended up with the previously-mentioned emotions as well. Eric, on the other hand, ended up with some emotions including but not limited to
Okay, those may be a bit strong, but now he ends up with a whole heck of a lot of work. Cade's bed is a monster. It must have been assembled in the room that it is in (we bought it from the previous owners). It is loft style, made crudely with very large bolts and stuff. It will pretty much have to be completely disassembled, moved and then reassembled. Good times for my darling husband.
Well, they patiently waited for Sunday afternoon to completely redecorate the tree. Yes, that meant that Eric had to move and re-fuss with the tree, again. He didn't quite feel the same emotions as the kids did in this either.
"Mom, can we move the beds now?
"No kids, daddy has to do most of the work and he has already done a lot. Let's give him some time."
"But mom, when is he going to do it?"
"I don't know, that is something you will have to ask him. But give him a little time - don't bug him about it now."
"But mom, can't you move it?"
"No sweetheart (I'm speaking in a lilting, singsongy, ever-patient voice, by the way), I'm not strong enough to move that by myself. We'll have to wait for daddy, okay?"
"But mom, can we move some stuff?"
"Yes, you can move the stuff that you can carry."
And then off they ran to work like they never have before..... for another 3 minutes until they needed to have that same conversation again.
Repeat 23 times.
Cade and Maddy have not yet switched rooms. Little too much going on for Eric to have gotten to that yet. The living room is now fully our family room and we have only had two incidences of smashed faces as people have tried, out of habit, to go into the aquarium, only to find the glass door closed to what is now Mia's room.
We miss the coziness of the aquarium, but the family room has quickly become our new center of the home and the kids are loving having their own spaces.