Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm redecorating....kind of....

So...it's been creeping up on us for a while.  We've seen the signs, but it's hard to comprehend it until it breaks out in brawls.  We have six people in our house. While four are "little" people, they will not be so little forever.  We have a couch and two chairs in our living room.  One is pretty much not operational during tv time because you can't see the tv from it.  Minor technicality.  The couch seats the four kids uncomfortably. I had taken to sitting on the floor with Isaac.  Nic would have Hannah on his lap and the two bigger boys with him on the couch.  It was awkward for family nights.  Did I mention we have tile floors?  Not so fun to sit on for two hours during a movie.

So...buying a new couch was creeping up on us.  Buying one soon stopped creeping and starting jumping in front of us as important when they starting fighting over someone's elbow in a side, feet kicking legs, and stealing pillows.  *Sigh*  Can't they just stay little?

New Couch...here we come....I looked.  I looked a lot.  I checked out Ikea.  Had to be a sectional.  Good sectional colors...I fainted over the red one.  And had my heart set on it.  For months.  It was cheap.  It was a cover so I could take it off and wash it.  I could change the color if I wanted to.

 *Sigh*  It was not meant to be.  Thank the Lord for the $300.00 delivery fee that stayed my hand on the check out button!!!  I saw a sectional that was comparable in size and realized that in five years, we would be having the same problem we have now:

Six people (four are now bigger...hopefully I am NOT one of them!) and no room to sit.

Off to the furniture store I went.  With Brooke.  'Cause the boys were home with the kids.  That's just how we roll.

And I fell in love.  With something completely different than I was expecting.  It means I have to readjust the vision in my head to fit the cozy feeling I want to have with our family instead.

It means that the mantel I created is going to house a tv above it instead of a picture.  It means that we are going to have a much bigger tv than I ever thought we would (thanks to a very generous couple that we love in our young married's class).  It means that my husband is through the roof excited that what HE wanted for the living room is what he's getting.  And I'm excited because this means I get to redecorate.  PROJECTS!

So...here it is...sort of....our MASSIVE couch that our whole family will get to sit on for at least a decade (hopefully, two decades!).
We bought this (but in a lighter tan-ish color):
 The picture just doesn't explain how big this couch is.  Seriously.  Two walls of our living room and the chaise sticking out to kind of separate the breakfast nook from the family room...gone.  And now...that means our tv armoire has to go.  I have taken one for the family team and opted for a bigger couch that will seat us all comfortably, even when the boys are six feet tall...provided they don't try to lay their big, dirty, stinky bodies on my couch (because aren't all boys big, dirty, and stinky?).    That, together with the chocolate chip oatmeal bake they had for breakfast this morning should score me enough Mommy points to last me for a while.  Like...their whole lives!

And what used to be in our family room...will now be in our living room.  More room for Monday night Bible Study!  YAY!!!!  It's a win-win, I know!

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