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Building a Camp Loft Bed

I built a bed!

My dad came up last week to help me get more comfortable with our power tools and I picked quite the project to start us off. ;P

Amy helping her Grandpa build

The main tools we used were:

Lots of wood planks to sand and paint!

We used these plans from Ana White and added 6″ to each of the posts to make it a standard loft size instead of junior loft height.

We also made a matching twin bed that can go underneath (if you didn’t have an 8 year old who insists on having her desk underneath.)

A twin camp style bed
Amy helping place the screws

For finishing, I chose to paint it with Valspar Chalk Paint in Beaded Reticule. After one coat of paint and one coat of clear wax, I dabbed some antique wax in random spots and spread it out with a paper towel. Super fancy, right? 😀

The finished Vintage Farmhouse Camp Loft Bed
The finished Vintage Farmhouse Twin Bed

We love how it came out and I just love walking into their room!

Vintage Farmhouse Camp Loft Bed

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‘Trust the Timing of your Life’

Remembering that in this season of my life, these two are my most important work. <3

I love creating. I love working. I have a million ideas and I crave uninterrupted time with my thoughts.

But that is not the season I am in. I am in the season of interruptions, sippy cups, scooter rides and “Mommy, play with me!”

It’s not that I don’t want to do all of those things. It’s just that I have so many things that I want to do. And time seems to be fleeting and I sometimes feel like I’m not moving fast enough. I want to do all the things right now and I get anxious that I’m running out of time.

But then I slow down long enough to look at my life and realize that I’m right where I’m meant to be, at this very moment. And I only have them home with me for a short period of time. And that once they are gone and living their own lives, I will wish I had poured more of my time into leading them. Not just caretaking and doing the bare minimum but actually treating them as if they were my life’s work.

So, girls, here I am. Trusting that I’m in this season to create and nurture the most important masterpieces of my life.

You.

But make no mistake… that nap-time hour? That’s all mine, little peanuts. All MINE. ;P

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Yashiro, Tugboat Annie’s and a Kayak

I love day dates. For some reason, I feel like there’s less pressure to make it “worth getting a babysitter” and let’s face it, we just have more energy to be adventurous at 10 am than 7 pm. Evening dates for us mean a standard dinner and movie that has been overdone in our 16 years of togetherness.

That’s what having a toddler, who still doesn’t sleep through the night, will do to your love life.

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