Four States

My parents came over the weekend, so obviously last week (and by that I mean, Friday afternoon) was a blur of doing some of those house projects I’ve been meaning to do since we moved in, but have not.

And a trip to IKEA (which is two hours away, and required some juggling of children (I discovered that Celeste will happily exchange baby sitting for pickup of an Expedit bookcase – sadly, I’m guessing she doesn’t need 40 bookcases, so the rest of you are out of luck for your free childcare needs)).

The IKEA trip was a success except for the part where my phone only had 4% battery left on the way home and so I couldn’t listen to an audiobook. Had to make do with singing along to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown extremely loudly for two hours. I am pretty much the epitome of cool and hip right here.

One of the projects I was most excited about was one I dreamed up nearly a year ago (besides being hip and cool, I am also very speedy).

Shortly before Ani’s birth, I realized that all four of our family members have been born in different states, so I made some state maps that featured each of our birth states and birth dates.

After letting them wither away on my hard drive for the last eight months or so, I finally got them printed last week and they showed up on Thursday night. Four nails in the wall, (and finally unwrapping the frames that have been sitting on Ella’s floor since July), and now our hallway looks a little more fun.

I LOVE them.

And, thanks to the MBA, there is a good chance our hypothetical third child could also be born in another state, unless we happen to move to one of four states already claimed by a prior family member after Bart graduates.

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  • Reply Amy September 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    That is one of the coolest projects I've ever seen. Seriously. Unfortunately, our version of it would look very, very boring.

  • Reply Laura September 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Love it! I should do this – all three of us were born in different states too!

  • Reply Lins - Domesticated Working Woman September 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Love this idea!!

  • Reply Lisa {} September 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Super cute! I'm silently cursing that both of my sons were born in the same state as my husband. 🙂

  • Reply Hohmann Family September 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I've never thought about this idea…. Would you consider also putting their hand print within the state boarder? Or would that be too much and tacky? We have two repeats in our family so we'd only get four different states on the wall. But that could still be worth mulling over.

  • Reply Allison September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    LOVE those. Don't be surprised if you see identical pictures on my wall next to come visit…

  • Reply Erica September 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    i love this! such a great idea! although, it's very likely like our first will be born in the same state as spencer. dang it, new yorkers!

  • Reply Rachel September 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Too bad I'm way outnumbered- three California babies in the family.

  • Reply Meg C September 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    We are birth-state buddies! Except my star would be a bit father north.

  • Reply Jessica September 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    That's so cool! All four of us were born in the same state and baby #3 will follow suit, assuming I don't go into early labor when in Texas at 32 weeks:)

  • Reply Celeste September 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    No more bookshelves, but one of those strangely fantastic chick-fil-a cookies would fit the bill just fine. 🙂 Or heck, even for free. Seriously in LOVE with those frames states.

  • Reply Mary Beth September 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I'd love to do something similar for my hallway too! How did you create them?

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears September 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    that is exceptionally cute. if we weren't all born in Vegas, i'd copy you.

  • Reply Mary September 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my GOSH! I love this. I hope you don't mind if I steal this idea for my own house, since all four of the members of my family were born in different states too. I am excited just thinking about this! Do you have a link to a tutorial or (even better) one of your own in the works?

    • Reply Laura Crowther April 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I was wondering the same thing – tutorial?? I need some help in this department 🙂

  • Reply Merrick September 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Such a fun idea! I love how it turned out!

  • Reply Creole Wisdom September 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    You midwestern babe, you! What a great idea to do that.

    And you know, for those of us without kids, babysitting is pretty fun. I'm usually happy to give them back, but it breaks up the boring everyday of life with people who ask you things like, "do you poop?" and "how to airplanes fly?"

  • Reply kristen September 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

    We almost have the same states in our family! Except swap Wisconsin for Oregon! Super cute.

  • Reply Lexilooo September 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

    love this map idea! so much fun!

  • Reply kimmie September 28, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Ahhh those are so cute! may I ask where you send them off to get printed?

  • Reply Abby September 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Love this! You should open an Etsy store to sell these!

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  • Reply MVB August 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    And I just commented on the wrong post… I blame pregnancy brain.

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