This desk used to sit in my room growing up; my parents scored it at a sale of a school that was shutting down and now it sits in Drew’s room. I love pieces that have a story and a history.
I’ve been making some changes to Drew’s room… it’s funny to watch a child grow up. I’ve been taking out some of the toys that he isn’t as into anymore, like his train table, which has freed up more space for other things. I’ve always loved the Restoration Hardware look… pieces with a story and age (although theirs are brand new… mine are just free with built in character) mixed with newer pieces. Enter this desk. It was sitting in my Dad’s workshop holding the CD player so I snagged it (and replaced it with another table sitting down there. :)). He adores playing library at it now and having AJ and I bring him books to scan and then he tosses them into the inside of the desk. He tells Sissy that it’s HIS desk and she can’t sit there (conversations along these lines happen all. day. long.).
I love the worn wood on the desk and the tiny marks of marker and pen and the endless amounts of groves that have been worn over time into the desk. I love how the mobile my Dad made for above Drew’s crib now sits above his desk, how his old diaper bag hangs on the back of the chair… it’s really incredible that he’s turning four in two months. FOUR. I’ll take this age and stage with the temper tantrums any day over the complete confusion I felt when he couldn’t communicate. I love being able to crawl into bed with him first thing in the morning, if Elle isn’t awake, and just talk. Sometimes the first things he says are just hysterical and I have no idea where he comes up with them.
At night before he goes to bed we pull out his Helpful Chart from his desk and go over with him how his day went. Did he help put his dishes away after meals? Did he put away his laundry? Was he generally helpful today (aka: did he make good decisions?)? Then we give him a quarter if he nailed it in all three categories We’re about 50% on the helpful category which makes for some rocky days for me but we save on quarters. 🙂