We're home, all is well. Elliot had a mole removed from his scalp this morning under heavy sedation at the fantastic Mott Children's Hospital (U of M). He is already back to his old self. I am no great fan of hospitals, although I know they can do tremendous good. Luckily my husband works in hospitals (medical research), so he doesn't have the same negative connotations that I do. The staff was fabulous, making us feel like our child was the most wonderful and important child there. Of course he is...to us. Spending time there makes you count your blessings, parents rallying around our little ones, many of whom had surgeries lasting for hours, not minutes like ours.
Elliot has a small shaved patch where his mole was. I'm sort of sad to see it go, it was such a marker of his babyhood-- see it in the photo above? These pictures were taken over Thanksgiving 3 years ago at my in-laws cottage.
Thanks for all of the great comments/suggestions regarding my family room. So far, this is what I'm thinking. I am going to concentrate on the parts I am confident about first, covering the ottoman with a wool suiting in a subtle pattern- in a shade darker than the other pieces. Next, quilted throws, maybe a quilt over the back of the couch, throw pillows to add color. Paint the fireplace.
Next, I might remove the leaning bookcase and ikea frames, and try to add items that frame the fireplace in a looser and more subtle way. I used to have a weathered ladder where the bookcase is that I moved to our den. Maybe bring it back and put throws or some sort of textiles on it, then maybe a softer arrangement of art on the other side, three small weathered shelves or something- where did I just see some of those? I liked the idea of adding more botanical elements as well. And wonder where I could get ahold of some of that lovely fabric from Bloesem...hmmmm. One thing I didn't make clear, there really is no way to rearrange the elements of the room. There are entrances, exits in every other available space. The furniture sort of has the minimum room around it to fit in the room without looking ridiculous, but not room to spare.
And about the packaging of the gift cards, I came up with my solution, which I can't share until mid-month when I give my presents away, but I'll give you a little hint. It was featured in the last issue of a "spin-off" magazine, and I was able to source the materials in my own state. Please don't give the answer in the comments, at least in an obvious way!
Gotta go, Elliot is trying to fill a trash bag with water, yes, things are back to normal;)