Every year of a life is a milestone. But it seems to me that 5 is a pretty big one.
This year, Lili requested that we paint her room. And we're not talking about regular wall paint - we painted a mural on her wall! Both sets of grandparents came to help and participate, and we painted whatever Lili wanted to on her wall. First and foremost was a rainbow (of course, because she's my daughter!). In addition to that, some birds, butterflies, flowers (Lili), a lily pond (my mom), bamboo (my dad), glivvy fish, a horse running in a field (Omi), a weird frog foot hand print (grandpa Lee), and many other little scenes to discover. And everyone's handprints.
It was a process! Cleaning, sanding, putting down tarps, discovering the colors in the paint cans, getting brave to do a big bold first stroke, imagining little things to add to the white spaces...
We had a ton of fun doing it, and Lili basically names all the pictures as her "favorite part". She'll love it for a long time, I hope, because I won't be able to bear to paint over it!