Happy New Year! Wow, what a nice break. I was lucky to have the past two weeks off from both work and blogging — which is the longest amount of consecutive time off I’ve had since I was on maternity leave with my daughter!
So yesterday was my first day back at work and the kidlets first day back at school, so I figured I’d share what we did during our break. Isn’t that what kids typically get as an assignment when they return after the holiday break?
Anyway, we had a lovely holiday – filled with lots of family, food, fun and presents.
For my son, both the holiday and break was all about video games. Not only did he get the new Skylanders Trap Team game and a slew of characters and villains, but he totally scored with Disney Infinity, a gift from his aunt & uncle. He was super excited because the 2.0 starter pack included his all-time favorite Disney character, Stitch. In two short weeks he’s mastered both games while I’m still fumbling trying to figure out how to work the controller (give me Candy/Soda Crush any day!).
These days my daughter is all about dressing up and role-playing so it was no surprise her favorite gift was the chest of costumes she got. Though stored nicely in a “Frozen” trunk – don’t let the exterior fool you – it contains no princess gear. Rather, it’s filled with Super Hero costume galore – Captain America, Spiderman and Iron Man – to name just a few! It also holds a flowy purple cape as well as a pirate, Viking and Doc McStuffins costumes. My girl is all about super power!
The most interesting gift though was the hot pink electric guitar and amplifier that my brother-in-law gave my daughter. She actually asked for a guitar on her list to Santa. She had a cheapo ukulele we won at the Jersey shore that bit the dust after she and her brother did a Pete Townsend job on it. Anyway, I’m happy that my daughter enjoys music and wants to learn to play – she’s even going to a trial guitar lesson at a local music studio. This weekend she recruited her brother to play in her newly formed band.
They made a stage out of cushions in their playroom, handed out backstage passes and played two consecutive nights of concerts for The Hubs and I. Who knows, I could be raising the next new super family musical duo ala The Carpenters?!
As for me, with the new additions to the kidlet’s collections I went into overdrive to get things neat and organized, which meant an overhaul of their playroom.
My biggest frustration in the kidlet’s playroom has always been LEGO storage. I thought I had solved the problem by converting our old train table into a LEGO station, but it took up way too much floor space and I still had to use bins underneath it to store all the bricks.
After a little research on Pinterest – and yes there are thousands of pins and boards devoted to storing LEGOs – I found some interesting solutions involving reasonably priced IKEA storage units. These are all from their Trofast line.
I was able to not only store my son’s LEGO pieces, broken down by brick type, but also had enough bins to store all his Disney Infinity and Skylanders figures/traps.
It worked so well that I sent The Hubs back to IKEA the next day to get one for his bedroom:
as well as a smaller unit to store my daughter’s playroom toys:
and two taller units to store all the kidlet’s craft project materials & massive amounts of Play Doh:
To me, there’s nothing like starting out the New Year all neat and organized. My inner obsessive/compulsive self feels satisfied and thinks the room turned out pretty good….
Now it’s just up to the kidlets to keep it this way….yeah, I know – FAT CHANCE! Ah, the life of a mom!
BONUS ITEM: In my re-org frenzy I came across some fun Super Hero-themed wrapping paper sheets I had picked up from Papyrus a while back. I guess I had some craft project in mind, but never got around to it. So I decided to make the kidlets some new artwork to hang in their rooms:
I picked up some inexpensive poster frames from my local craft store and hung them. They look like cool custom artwork pieces and it literally only took me a second to do!
Now it’s your turn to share. What did you do over your holiday break?
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