Pete had a work trip to Minnesota the first week of December, so I moved the last pieces of furniture out of the room, spackled and sanded any holes, taped it off, and painted it gray over the course of two nights. (While listening to "Serial" for all you podcast-ers out there.) I love how the new color makes the crown molding and baseboards really pop.
Then the carpet we ordered from Pottery Barn arrived. Also while Pete was out of town. So I had to haul that thing in the house and around the corner and down the hall by myself. Not fun. But I got it done while Ellie was at school - so that's the important part!
Then Pete assembled what will be Caroline's bed, and the nightstand. We hung some shelves for books, sonces, and a canvas of each girl over her bed (thanks, Cassidy!) Lastly, on Christmas Eve no less, we installed London shades that I had sewn.
Once all the presents were opened on Christmas Day, we told Ellie there was one last gift from Mommy and Daddy and invited her down the hall. She wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first, but once we explained it to her, she wanted her bed moved down before nap. We told her that might be a tough timeline, but that she could take her nap on Caroline's bed, and we'd have her bed moved down by that night. She has slept there ever since. If anything, she sleeps better downstairs by herself. (Except for some weird bouts of sleep-walking, but I think those are related to whether or not she has taken a good nap that day.)
We moved her dresser down later that week, and now her the clothes from her closet and some remaining photos have been moved in as well.
Ellie is such a big girl now, and she loves it. Each morning she gets up and runs upstairs to see us, then back down to get dressed. Sniff.