Somehow, even though they can climb on to the counter, the washing machine, behind the tv on its stand, on to the couch over the back, and into their cribs, the boys haven't figured out how to climb out of their cribs yet.
Actually, I'm 100% sure that they could climb out in a second. But for some unknown reason, it's never occurred to them that they can climb out. I put them in their beds, and even if they don't want to be there, they just stand and scream (and scream and scream) until I come get them, or they wear themselves out.
It's been awesome. But I can feel the end coming. I know it's going to be any day now, because they've started building themselves obstacle courses. They push chairs, their little table, cushions, step stools, and anything else they can move together and practice climbing over, under and through the jumble of furniture they've created.
It's really funny, and they'll play on the same little "course" for an hour. They've also learned something new this week, "Help! Stuck!"
It's very cute, funny, and probably dangerous. I don't always approve of their obstacle courses, but I try to help them so that they don't precariously balance a step stool on a chair on a table. (That happened. I stopped it just in time.)
We planned on building the boys pallet beds for Christmas because they're really cool, and practically free.
But then I remembered that 1. I can't build things and 2. It's too cold to hang out outside with a sander for hours on end.
Then we saw cute little beds at Ikea for 100$ a piece, and they kind of looked like pallet beds. So that was the plan.
Until, (is the suspense and drama of this compelling story just killing you?) I remembered Craigslist. Duh! I was able to get the boys each a really cool toddler bed, both of which fit their crib mattresses, for less than $80 total.
I've decided to spray paint them different colors (I'm thinking a blue bed and a grey bed?), but I've never ever spray painted or restored anything. So I'm a little nervous (and would love your tips, or links to your favorite tutorials.)
Yesterday, on the way home from someone's house (where we had just picked up bed #2) Travis said, "So what can we spend all this leftover money on?!"
Ha! I wish that spending half of our budgeted price meant that we actually had an extra $120 dollars to spend on Christmas.
Except that I realized that the boys don't really play with toys. They're interested in obstacle courses, whatever I'm doing and holding in the kitchen, and bikes. I CAN'T WAIT to get them these little balance bikes for their birthday! A friend has one, and the boys love it and can almost do it themselves! They just need to be about three inches taller each.) Anyway.
Toddler beds. We're doing it for Christmas.
Any tips and tricks for me? I am afraid for my life.
And for my home.
I'm not afraid for the boys though. They're pretty tough.