Fill it with Kids!
Welcome back to the The Log Cabin Restoration Series – Part 3
I am going to skip over a few incidental details like the phyisical act of moving and the 2010 Winter Olympics and settle right in on what happened in the Spring of 2010. It seemed like we barely got the house in order and the grace of all that is good decided to shine down upon us and promise two little babes for the mix. At the time of conception we had an affable ski bum (a.k.a. self proclaimed professional skier) living in our basement suite who’s use of the drier at 3 am and air compressor every hour of the day had me ready to bury him deep in a back yard snow bank. At last! I had a legitimate reason to ask him to politely vamoose.
It wasn’t going to be easy without that income especially now that I had finished my Olympic contract but we were going to need that space for two cribs…yes TWO! Part of the filling it with kids part is that we had an instant family and even though I spent the large majority of my pregnancy in denial, there was no denying that. Two cribs and two of pretty much everything was going to have to fit into this little cabin in the woods. It was tight at times with two adults and two large dogs. Two babies are coming along quickly. What is that going to do to our space?
We took over that basement suite and made a combo office/nursery. Weird, I know – but it really worked. The good thing was that the suite had a kitchen so for the first year of the boys life we had accessible water in their ‘space’ which made spills and feeding a lot easier than navigating stairs to the sink. Although that time is a fleeting blur for me, I do recall that is was both weird and wonderful to have the computer zone and baby zone in the same room. Sometimes when they refused to sleep I would sit down and start clicking away on emails and the sound of my typing would calm them. I also think my presence in the room gave some comfort and eventually they would drift off. The extra bonus was the computer monitors acted as night lights! I am just waiting for someone to write and tell me how awful it was that my precious babies were sleeping in the same room as electronic devices such as computer monitors thereby exposing them to inordinate amounts of radiation.
Please tell me it ain’t so!
And so began the ‘baby stuff’ portion of life in the woods. The thing is, it was also coinciding with the ‘we need to get this place together enough to sell if we need to’ portion of life in the woods and so began the summer restoration. More on that in another post – time to get back to posting about the boys and we’ll let the house rest on its laurels for now!
If you missed it: Part 1 – Never Buy a House on your Smartphone While Surfing and Part 2 – The Piece de Resistance