Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Those Stinkin' Kids! Part the first.

Oh yeah, there's gonna be more!

First off, I will apologize in advance for the photos. I cannot locate my actual camera as I have a husband. Do I need to explain? And it's been a bit of a hectic few weeks - my bon bon supplier didn't show up and the country club ran out of Perrier. (They are sooo uneducated, they pronounce it Pair-ee-ay, NOT Pur-ee-ur. Can you believe how Hicksville some of these people are??)

Anywho, I have been pretty secretive about my personal life. It may come as a surprise to most of you that I have a few kids here and there. Mostly here. Like RIGHT HERE. As in, THEY WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE.

And as you can imagine, me being the TOTALLY selfish selfless mother that I am, I wanted to do something for these little hoodlu-, I mean, honeys. Mostly so they would maybe, I don't know, leave me alone for half a sec??

So, on with it, dearie!
I re-did their room. Well, the boys' room at this pernt. They have bunk beds and they shared the same space and I thought it must be getting old. I mean, the same desk, the same area of sleeping, not much for personal space. It was getting uncomfortable. And there was no place to really read.

So I added an extra desk and chair and repainted and rearranged and....

I made those stinkin' kids a nook. A reading nook, to be exact. With their own spaces.
Two bean bags, a body pillow, books, a bear, and LIGHT.
Lucas' desk, the nook,and bed upstairs.

These are the basics for a 4th grader - a dictionary, an animal encyclopedia, a general encyclopedia, and a book about fungi. Fun, fun, fun! These are books he has chosen to read during his leisure time (well, I got the dictionary).

Nico's desk. Lampshade to be added.

These are Nico's books - early readers in English and Spanish (some of them the same), lots about dinosaurs and trains (btw, PBS has a show called DINOSAUR TRAIN! Can you believe that?? It's like two little boys' favorites in one!). And, of course, the all important hot water bottle. For his feet. Yes. He is such an old man. 

Anyway, that's what I have been up to as of late. Next is Nina's room. And my next post project is going to be those stinkin' kids' new school library. It is ridiculous how good these stinkin' kids have it!


  1. Yeah, these stinkin' kids today-- they sure couldn't survive the hardships we faced back in the 70s and 80s!

    Love the reading nook-- what a great idea!! Maybe someday, I will have a nook of my own!

    Hubby saw your post and thought I had written something about him-- he is so suspicious! But he does lose and not find things-- he couldn't find a remote from last night till this morning-- Whine Whine Whine-- I go glance this morning and there was the remote on the floor. ????? Hope you find the camera-- I would be lost without mine!

  2. I'm jealous of the reading nook!

  3. you really are a good mom, Leslie, I mean, I KNOW your kids and they're just lucky you didn't put a lock on the door and make them sit on the cold floor to read detergent boxes and soup cans.
    as to the husband thing, you STILL have him? sheesh. girl.

  4. +JMJ+

    Oh, wow! =D I know I would have loved a reading nook of my own as a child. But the adults in my family just took for granted that I could read anywhere . . . and I've been reading "anywhere" ever since. =P

    Come to think of it, if I had the space to create my own book nook today, I wouldn't know how to start! Evidenced by the fact that I do have that space and haven't done anything with it. LOL!

    The idea of age-appropriate "reading basics" that should be in every child's library is also great! Stock part of the book nook for them, let them fill the rest of the spaces, and see what magic comes out of the mix! =)

  5. ...for the record, I do know Leslie's kids and they're pretty much perfect, just like their mother, and they're just as funny. it's really annoying.

  6. I love it. I would have adored this as a child. Who am I kidding? I would love this now :)


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