I mentioned yesterday that we had done a little bedroom redo for Lyssa over the Christmas break. At five, she was really outgrowing her toddler bed but was reluctant to switch out to a larger bed. Mostly, we think, because she couldn't picture where she'd sleep if she didn't have her bed and her Dora sheets. And while her dad (aka Goofus) wanted to convert her toddler bed/crib into the full sized version of itself (it's one of those three way convertible type beds), Sis2 was not into that idea at all. Partly because a full sized bed would take up so much of Lyssa's play area in her bedroom but mostly because she knew if there were a full sized bed in the house her MIL would think she could start spending the night with them during her overnight trips.
Sis2 and her MIL don't, um, get along.
Several months ago when they first started realizing that they needed up upgrade Lyssa's bed, I offered the simplest solution I could think of. Move the daybed from my guestroom into Lyssa's room and move Lyssa's bed to my house to store it until Lyssa's ready for a full sized bed since storing Lyssa's expensive bed was another issue they had. Easy peasy swap.
When we first asked Lyssa about it, she didn't go for it to the point where she was in TEARS at the thought of giving up her bed. So we let it go for a few months longer. It wasn't until her Nana brought up the idea of a princess bed that Lyssa got excited to change her bed out. Nana showed her the pictures of the things we were thinking of and the kid went wild at the idea. Suddenly that's all we heard about was her princess room and when was she going to get her princess bed.
So that's what she got from Nana and Bobo for Christmas--all the essentials for her princess bed. Canopy, quilt, and bed skirt. I contributed the daybed and a new set of butterfly sheets. Three hours of meltdowns, cussing and assembling, disassembling and reassembling and it was done.
The canopy was purchased at Lowe's for around $23 and is hung from the ceiling by a command hook. No drilling, screws or permanent hardware necessary. The quilt is called "Flutterby" or something like that and is reversible with a different pattern on the other side. I think it was $40-something at Wal-Mart. Bedskirt was purchased at Wal-Mart for around $9 or so.
We are still working on getting the REST of her room organized and decorated. For instance, she's got an old play kitchen that used to be Emmy's (it's peeking from the left hand corner) that we're trying to talk her into giving up. She never plays with it and it's falling apart but she's not ready to let it go yet. We're also brainstorming ideas of how to organize her dress-up clothes. She's got a TON of dresses, shoes, scarves, etc that she plays with all the time that are currently tossed in a plastic tub that she has to dig through. We'd like to fix her up a little wardrobe of sorts. I've got a few ideas just gotta get the dough and the time to implement.
Anyway, for now she's just thrilled with her princess bed and that's all that matters. If Lyssa's happy, I'm happy.