It’s 7:30 on a Friday and I am curled up with a glass of wine, a warm fire and my laptop. Doesn’t seem like they should go together but for me, having the luxury of some ‘down time’ to write just for me is at a premium.

Time is more precious than ever it seems this week and I am feeling spread thin. Like hospital sheet worn thin. Which speaking of, Carters next surgery is hopefully being rescheduled for the first week in Jan. Seems coordinating between two surgeons schedules and a lack of operating room time is more complex than it should be. But the blessing  here is that barring any new infections, we may actually get to enjoy our holidays. He deserves that after all he has been through this year.We all deserve that.

Seems strange to have a somewhat quiet house at night. Connor seems to be gone most of the time now. I miss him but he is doing the teenage thing. School, friends, and the exciting news…the basketball team! We are so proud of him for just being the awesome kid he is.

I will be traveling a bit soon which I am sooo looking forward to. I was named to the Park City, Utah team of Snowmamas. Now, honestly, how many of you saw that coming? I will post my bio when it comes up online. It’s pretty hilarious if I say so myself. I am pretty sure I am the token non skier!

Along work lines I have accepted an official position with Mom It Forward as the Chief Connecting Officer. I always wanted to have a 3 letter C title. We have built a wonderful online community and I am really looking forward to continuing my journey helping to “change the world one mom at a time”.

Carters room is starting to be all sorts of awesomeness. I will post part 2 of the room decorating over the weekend. It has been so fun to be creative again.

For now I am going to go pour a second glass (don’t judge) and actually talk to that man that looks an awful like my husband and enjoy the wonderfulness of the first winter snow. Cheers!

The Project-Toy Story Themed Room-Day 1

Project Objective: Complete overhaul of Carters room to accommodate the over bearing, over priced ($60,000!!!), and over ugly new Clinitron bed and possible lift system. This new equipment is necessary for his upcoming surgery. He will not be allowed out of it for 6 weeks after a 2 week stay in the hospital. A fun room is a must!

Many, many, many themes were discussed for this new bedroom. The plan was to paint a large mural on the walls.¬† Finally Toy Story won out and my plans changed. I love Toy Story but lets be honest, at Carters age this is a phase. If it gets him through the in-room prison part of this recovery than that is fabulous—but I am not about to make a permanent wall mural.

Google to the rescue….I came across this Toy Story room done by HGTV that has a much more mature look and used it as the general game plan to get started.

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Day 1:

  • Room gutted and cleaned
  • Painted all four walls blue
  • Moved dresser and armoire to room and placed along walls to provide as much open space as possible for access.
  • New curtain panels with black out liners

toy story theme room photo 1 showing color


  • Make a giant etch-a-sketch calendar
  • Use vinyl wall decors to add the characters in. Using these instead of painting so that it can be removed quickly and painlessly when Toy Story wears out its welcome.
  • Communication Command Central to include larger Google TV, xbox and wii. Doing my research on Google TVs now.
  • Parachute men on ceiling

When it is all done I will do a massive post on creating a room a special needs respite room while maintaining some sense of fun. But until then I will update the progress on the project so that if any of you have some great ideas on how I can add to it….PLEASE CHIME IN!