Last time I posted pictures of Hunter’s bedroom, we had been living here in California for a couple of weeks.
It was, to say the least, a little, er, empty.
Now, after living here for sixteen months, we have acquired a few more things, mostly second hand, and I thought I would put a new update of what Hunter’s room looks like now.
- His bed, which now has a space-themed comforter and pillow case that I found at a consignment sale. His drawers harbor clothes and, two of them, toys (not quite as empty anymore).
- Basketball and baseball rugs.
- A new world map, which is very detailedly labeled (unlike the simple outline map that he had before, which had no labels). This is much better now that he can read really well, and he is discovering a lot of things on his own. He also has a new detailed label USA map.
- A sports shelf, which very suitably is holding his trophies and team pictures.
- His own bulletin board, where he hangs his patches, the occasional note or picture, pins, used stickers that he doesn’t want to throw away, whatever he wants really.
- His whale hamper, and a light-up world globe.
- At the head of his bed, his make-shift headboard. The top shelf holds some books that he currently enjoys reading in bed (we now have a much larger collection in the house), a football bank that doubles as a bookend, a “Dictionary of Aviation“, and a little tin solider can which serves as a sort of junk drawer. On the bottom shelf there is his alarm clock, his tools, and some DVDs.
- Space curtain.
- On his window sill, a picture frame and his chap stick, his telescope, a motorcycle from Color Me Mine, and a favorite astronomy book.
- His Cars TV, a DVD player, and Vtech system. (We do not have cable TV in our house and he uses these things maybe a couple times a month)
- His tent and play tunnel, which he got in Christmas 2009 and plays in all the time.
- Fiber-optic nightlight.
- Space border stickers, which we got at the dollar store.
- On the wall to the left, is some sort of planets “thing”. We are going to fill in the holes (I think it was intended to be a beanbag toss) with pictures of the planets, either painted pictures by Hunter or real-life pictures from the internet.
- Below, his calendar, which this year is themed “National Parks”. Next to the calendar is his morning and evening routines.
- His garbage can, and his five-pound weights (testosterone, anyone?).
- Above his closet are some minor league baseball flags that we got at a game.
Shelf inside his closet, which harbors (from top)
- Aircraft carrier toy.
- His spiderman and ninja costumes, and his new legos (currently in bags / cardboard box).
- WWE arena, world champion belt, and puzzles.
- An Ironman truck, and all of his Hotwheels racetracks.
- To the left, hanging stuffed animal mesh cubbies, and, not pictured, some toy swords and guns.
- Other side of his closet: Clothes, shoes, and hats!
Now that we have a bigger house, his room no longer doubles as a school room and most teaching aids and educational toys have been moved downstairs, where we spend most of our time.
Even still, Hunter still enjoys lots of educational pursuits in here on his own, such as reading, watching science and history videos, his avid astronomy interests, lots of geography, doing puzzles, drawing, or other quiet activities, learning to stay organized and responsible in his personal space, keeping his calendar up to date, and, of course, good old fashioned pretend play.
“…I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.”
Hunter is 5 years, 10 months old