We had been using our kitchen table for homework, but with our varied schedule someone was always working there and then their stuff had to be moved to eat dinner. Then it would just get stacked up on the kitchen counter, which then really frustrated me.
So with the school year starting and knowing how much more work 3rd grade is, and now it is independent work (mostly), we needed to find a place that was quiet for the girls to work, but not too far away. When I taught 3rd grade that was one of the first things I told the students to do. Find a homework station.
When Kami and Meghan were little, we bought desks for them and they each had them in their own room. With two girls sharing a room now there just isn't any room for a desks. Plus, their rooms are upstairs and too far away.
When we bought this house it was something like 2700 square feet. (I am not really good with numbers so this is approximate, and it was a long time ago1) We were a family of four and we had come from a smaller house, so it felt huge. We had 3 bedrooms, and an office that could be a fourth. We had 3 bathrooms.
After several years, we added a little on to the laundry room, downstairs bath, and added a workout room that could also be a bedroom if needed. Now our house was 3200 feet.
After we adopted Emma and Meilynn we added on to our house again. If you have been reading my blog a long time that was when we lived in the motorhome at the beach with two three year olds while our house was being remodeled. (A very challenging time, but now I look back with such fond memories of that time.) We added on a playroom, converted our old bedroom into a guest bath with a bathroom, and added on a huge master suite and bathroom. Now our house is 4300 square feet or maybe 4700 square feet. I don't know and that is not the point.
But with all of this adding on, the girls are in Kami and Meghan's old rooms sharing, because we now have a guest room for when the older girls come home or for guests. Mike still has his office, we have the gym or playroom and the playroom.
Mike and I decided that even though the gym was further away, it would be the better place to set up the girls homework area. So I found some cute desks, moved all of the playroom baby stuff out, and have started setting the room up for studying.
Meilynn ready to swim.