Several years ago when we still lived in TN, I built a race car bed for Isaac. It took me many nights to do all of the cutting and shaping. I inhaled at least one lung-full of dust, even through the mask I wore. No doubt, the house still had sawdust in it when we sold it to the next people.
Anyhow, I worked and worked to build Isaac a race car bed that he would love and enjoy sleeping in. It weighs just short of one ton and we moved it from TN to the top floor of our house here in WV. It seems, though, that its time is done. We have extra beds in the guest room and he has expressed an interest in one of those. The race car bed has run its race and is headed to the big garage in the sky.
Before we bid it adieu, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of it and to talk about growing up. Isaac is nine and a half and starting to shed so much of his little-kid-ness. We bought him new shoes last night and he now wears a men’s size 9. I wear a 9.5-10 so we can almost share shoes (though fear not, we are males and will not share shoes!) He comes to my shoulder and reads books from the teen area of the book store. He gets my jokes now and Emily and I can no longer safely use sarcasm to communicate with each other. He is starting to close the door when he goes into the bathroom (though not always) and he is tired of his race car bed.
So, this weekend, we’ll take down the race car and give him a more adult looking bed frame. I’ll try to give him a big hug as we work, but he won’t let me. Still, I’ll smile inside as my baby boy grows up just a little more.
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What an awesome post Warren! It is sad as the kids grow soo fast – and yours are growing up GREAT!!!
Yep, I remember when you built that bed. It is certainly bitter sweet. Is Isaac bigger than me now?
Last night they just had Lily a small kindergarten party. I can’t believe she is in 1st grade. She still likes to sit in my lap while we play games and lets me give her a hug when leaving for school. No hugs for Dad. I am just trying to enjoy all of it while I can.
What a great Dad to build such an awesome bed! It’s tricky this growing up thing. So proud and yet a little sad at the same time.
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Wow, such talent. That bed is amazing! Too bad our kids choose to grow up.
Speaking of shoes, my almost 15 year old is in a mens 12. What the? And he does borrow his dads black dress shoes for orchestra concerts. No need for 2 pair that almost never get worn, so you may end up sharing some shoes.
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I’m sure there’s another little boy out there who would love that bed – you did great! Being the heartless and lazy mother that I am, I moved both of mine from their cribs straight into full-sized beds. That size just swallows up a 3 year old, but she’ll love it as she grows. 🙂
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What a totally cool bed! And isn’t it depressing that they grow up so danged fast….
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You’re an awesome dad and SOMEDAY you will be an awesome GRANDPA… you need to put that bed in storage… it is way to cool to send to “the big garage in the sky”!!!
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We could just put it in the attic. Once Isaac moves out and you convert his room into your “naked room” you could move it back.
Awww….what a sweet post warren. I bet you’ll get your hug.
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Now that’s quite a bed. My dad built us beds but they looked nothing like that.
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Jenn – Thanks!
Loretta – I suspect he probably is!
Mim & Sugarcreekstuff & Kris – it is fun to watch them grow up but terrifying also!
ETW – I can’t decide what to do with it yet…maybe grandkids? That’s a ways off though!
Caprilis – That’s a great idea!
Emily – Naked room indeed!!!
farm mom – thanks!
Chiot’s run – I still owe Abigail one…maybe this year!
What a labor of love! You big old hunk of honey!!!!
Your naked room. Oh Dear.
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Very cool bed! Definitely save it for somebody down the road! It’s so sad about them understanding sarcasm at that age. I had forgotten that might happen at some point. Well, I guess I’d better live it up now!
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It’s so hard when they grow up! Mine is 9.5 too.
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What a great bed, and your post totally made me cry. I stumbled here on accident, looking at images on google for a DIY car bed that I will be attempting to build. The sweet little guy I want to build it for spent many months in the nicu, and I can’t even IMAGINE him at 9 1/2 yrs old, and wanting a different bed. It’s all cars right now. :0) Anyway– just had to say KuDoS on the awesome bed. It tured out so great. :0)
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