I Let my Three Year Old Help Decorate

In the Sims 4 at least. She asked me to build a house for a lady with cats so we did just that! I want to preface the incoming pictures with this:

She had full control over the layout of the interior of the house, the items used, and the color scheme chosen. Overall, she did a fine job, and it was a fun thing to do together as we talked through important things needed in a home.

Exterior front of the home. We didn’t do much decorating on the outside of the house, maybe we’ll get back to this at some point, but the in-game family ran short on funds.

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Exterior back/side of the house.

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View when walking in through the front door. Door on the right is to the bedroom. Door at the back is the bathroom. I’m really digging her idea of the yellow couch after choosing pink/purple for EVERYTHING else.

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View from near the bathroom door. You can see the living space and kitchen.

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The front door is on the right out of view, and there’s a small kitchen table.

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Bedroom. It’s soooo difficult to get good screenshots of small spaces. I think the bedroom came out nicely with the little desk alcove.

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Bathroom, again difficult to take screenshots of small spaces. We nearly forgot to add the kitty litter box, but remembered before we finished!

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Whole house layout. I did most of the work on the shape of the house, but she definitely provided input on that as well.

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This was really fun to do with her, and I hope we can make more houses. There is actually another one that we did before this with mermaids. Maybe someday I’ll share that one too. 🙂

Reading and Writing

I wouldn’t call myself a voracious reader, but over the past few years I’ve been trying to get more reading in. On top of that, I’ve been working on reading/listening to books outside my normal comfort zone. Last year one of my favorite books was The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. I had no idea what this book was about, but the title just made me want to give it a go. I’m glad I did! It was a great listen. Non-fiction has generally something I’ve ignored, but I’ve been pretty happy with some of the choices I’ve made branching out.

Currently my reading habits are still a big mess. I have a rotation of books that are small enough I can read and walk during breaks at work. I have another rotation of books that are bedside for my wind-down time at the end of the night, and a whole list of audio books to get me through my commute. I think the only reason I can keep all these titles separate in my head even though I’m sometimes reading/listening to all of them in the same day is they tend to be completely different genres.

All this rambling is to say that if you like to read you should find the time for it. I’ll be the first one to tell you I have to many hobbies. Reading and board games are the two I don’t think I could ever give up. It’s taken me several years to get back to reading regularly, but I’m happy that I have. I’m hoping all the reading will help with my writing, but so far I’m still a rambling mess. 😀

Oh, I’m also reading kids books on the regular now. My kid may very well be a voracious reader when she gets older. She currently can’t get enough of books. We have the Harry Potter illustrated books that have been released, and I’m hoping we can start on those soon!

What are some of your favorite books? What’s a book that you really enjoyed thinking you wouldn’t at first?

Also, here’s my Good Reads profile. If you do that thing you can friend me over there!

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A small sample of my physical book collection

My Daughter’s First Shelfie

I started collecting board games for my kid before she was born. Actually, I started collecting games for kids before I even considering having a kid. I loved playing with my nieces and nephews, younger cousins, and friends’ kids. So, because of all that my two and a half year old has a sizable board game collection. Some of which is age appropriate, but most of which she’ll be growing into.

Her current favorite is First Orchard from Haba games. Haba makes some of the best games for younger kids. With simple to follow directions, chunky pieces, and a lot of early development assistance. If you’ve ever wondered where/how to get your younger kids started in gaming this would be a good first place.

What are some of your kids current favorite games?