Friday, May 18, 2012

Emma's Room

We are here at Gramma and Boppa's house and finally getting settled in. Emma's room was my top priority and I feel like I can say that her room is done.

Of course, that doesn't mean we won't find random toys or boxes of toys that need to be put away as we unpack the rest of our stuff, but hey, it's a start.

Here are some pictures.

Walking into her room, this is the view. The clutter on the top bunk has been removed and we are currently relocating all of her stuffed animals up there. It's a long and involved process. The file holder things hanging from the top bunk hold books and other random little toys. The red case is full of Mega Blocks (and I think we have more somewhere else as well).

To the right of the door and back a bit is her closet, a perfect blank canvas for horse posters.

On two sides of the room there is a ledge that we have decided to fill with books, as you can see better in the next photo. The storage cubes are about 1/2 full right now, mostly with random toys. The books on top of the storage cubes are all easy readers. She has really gotten excited about reading, as long as the book isn't to hard. I figured the easy readers should be easy to read and easy to reach.

Her toy kitchen was a must keep. <sigh> She loves it, but I don't think she really plays with it all that much. Time will tell. The books above the kitchen are loosely organized by fiction and non-fiction (ish).

On the far left of the picture you can see a little desk. This will be Emma's work space. On top of the desk in the corner are her work books and art journals. She has a cup for pens (she hates pencils) and a bucket full of odd writing utensils. To the right of the desk is a little bookcase with kid markers (crayola, rose art, etc) as well as our fancy/professional markers. She has a big bin of crayons and on the bottom shelf are all her coloring and drawing books as well as blank paper, scratch paper, and blank notebooks/journals.

The books on the ledge above her desk are all her chapter books (Magic Tree House, Rainbow Magic, Bone, etc.).

Both Emma's work desk and the dresser that matches belong to her Auntie Sara. The desk and dresser have gotten a lot of good use out of them and they are still going strong. In the dresser we keep play kitchen items in the top drawer, dress up/music items in the middle drawer and doll clothes in the bottom drawer. The books on top of the dresser are all horse related.

The hutch (or whatever it's called) holds her more fragile horses and other items. Books to the right of the hutch are fairy tales (Gramma has a great collection of Cinderella stories from around the world). Books to the left of the hutch are all Bernstein Bear books, Little Critter books, and other books of the same size. Most of the Bernstein Bear books belonged to Emma's Da when he was a little boy.

And the closet. Two bookcases- the one on the left holds puzzles, games, and craft stuff as well as a few educational type items like Base 10 blocks, tanagrams, etc. The bookcase on the right holds; on the top shelf- toys from Da's childhood such as Tinker Toys, He-Man characters in their case, Castle Grayskull, and an Ewok Village. The next two shelves are just random toys, and on the bottom shelf is Emma's beloved Legos, which many of them also belonged to Da when he was a boy.

The upper shelves in Emma's closet hold more random items with room to expand (though really, she doesn't need any more stuff).

She LOVES to spend time in her room, which is such a relief because for a while she wouldn't play in her room if no one else was downstairs with her. Now that her room is situated and full of fun stuff, she is happy to hang out down there with no problems.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Emma's room!

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