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My Fun Project - Livin' the Good Life

Aug. 6th, 2008

07:45 am - My Fun Project

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I'll make a bold statement: "Life does not make sense without children in it." Maybe that's not true for everyone, but it's true for me. So, a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about having a friend's little one over for a playday, and I realized that I don't have a kid-friendly house anymore! My "baby" is 22 years old, and we've had many years now to become "adult-centered". I haven't held my mom's meetings at my house for years. The meetings moved to various group member's homes who had young children and were set up for it. And, I got to thinking about why a person like me, who supposedly loves children, has a home that has nothing for a young child to do. When my mom friends come over, their children wander aimlessly around our house wondering what to do with themselves. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to change that. I took one of the "back bedrooms" that are now "guest rooms" and began the delightful process of transforming it into a playroom. I've had so much fun! In fact, I can't think of anything more fun than creating a wonderful space for children to play and read and just hang out. Here's what I did: I bought a little table and chairs. I bought a Waldorf baby doll (made in Germany... one that I've had my eyes on for many years) and made a bed for it out of a wicker basket. I sewed a cute little polka-dot lining for the bed. I sewed white muslin, lace-edged curtains for the windows (long overdue). Very cheerful-looking. I put sweet pictures on the walls at child's-eye level. I bought colorful silks for dress-up play. I gathered all my favorite picture books (and bought some, used, from Amazon) and created a cozy place to read and snuggle. I set up a little table and tea set for tea parties. Then, REALLY fun, I got some activity ideas from Montessori Services and created little learning activities placed around the room in an attractive way. The room looks beautiful and inviting and ready for a child to enjoy. I'm very, very pleased with the outcome.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Wow! What a great idea. You are STILL an inspiration to me!
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From:ext_56511
Date:August 6th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Wow! What a great idea. You are STILL an inspiration to me!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 7th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I am just getting to know you, Darlene, but watching you "be you" fans my desire to "be me" with greater gusto! Your freedom seems to create all the energy you need to do whatever is inspiring you in the moment. I enjoyed reading this day's blog because I realized that the very first child to enjoy the new room was the child in YOU!!! Thanks for the vision of a life well lived...Susan Mucklow
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From:lestermom
Date:August 7th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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You are so right, Susan. The room I'm creating is just what I would want if I were about 4 or 5 years old. I'll get a lot of vicarious pleasure out of sharing it with others.
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From:womantalk
Date:August 12th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
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oh boy! I can't wait to hang out in your new playroom with Christian. Having my niece around while I was unpacking my new house gave me good incentive and perspective on setting up my new home for children.

I'm looking forward to making a Waldorf-style doll for Nabi Grace soon. Are you interested in making a second doll??

Miss you! I want to come out for a couple days soon so we can coo over Christian together. His laugh is very jolly.
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