Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Map Mural for Zion.

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When Dada is gone as often as he is, I felt the need to make sure that he didn’t become an abstract concept. Well, I just didn’t want him to fade in Zion’s mind. Communication via phone with Dada is not always reliable much less getting to see him via mediums like Skype or Face time.

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This world map enables Dada to be there for bed time routines, for morning time routines, or just to whenever we want to go and randomly “visit” Dada.

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Zion definitely enjoys it and loves talking about the different places. He read the words Pacific Ocean the first day the mural was installed and told me that those words meant the beach! He said. “that’s the beach mama!” 

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This is how Zion prefers to have his bed(up against the wall) and with the canopy. This is how it is daily. I guess he feels safest with it in this position. However, I moved the bed around in the above pictures so you could see the most of the mural.

ps. Thanks to Lea for photographing images 1-3. She is the best!

20 comments :

  1. I saw the photo on Insta, but these show the mural much much better!
    Great decor for a child's room and I love the reason why you choose this mural.

    gr. Dewie
    (wit&suikerzoet)

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  2. This brings tears to my eyes, my friend.
    What a wonderful idea for both of the little ones.
    xo.

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  3. What a beautiful mural and wonderful way for Zion to connect to daddy!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  4. So wonderfully clever. The mural hits all the right buttons, the link with Dada, the educational aspect, and all of that great color. Cool visual eye candy. What a lucky little boy to have such a thoughtful mommy, Kudos Stacey-Ann.

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  5. LOVE the idea behind this! My husband travels a lot too but nothing compared to your husband being away long periods of time, so this is a great idea Stacey! And your friend is truly great with her camera! Will put this idea into my inspiration file, check!
    Mxx

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  6. Such a fun--and informative!--room for Zion! I love using maps and charts instead of paper--much more interesting! Love it!

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  7. that is such a good and fun idea!!! and so sweet :)

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  8. WOW!!!! I love the scale and impact, Stacey! So cool and such a special way to stay connected. Sweet dreams to Zion and y'all~

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  9. I LOVE it!! It is colorful interesting and a learning tool as well.. #great things rolled right onto the wall!

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  10. I am so sorry I did not do something like this when my kids were young enough to really enjoy it. Great idea, love this.

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  11. What a wonderful idea - and it looks really cool, too. Nicely done!

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  12. Amazing map mural. I took several cartography courses in college (bet you wonder just how that area of study was going to factor into my life!) so I have a great appreciation for maps and love it when they are incorporated into decor. And into daily lives too, it gives us a connection to the world and a place outside ourselves, which is so very important. And I can just imagine Zion sometimes just holding his hand over where daddy is, feeling closer. I love how this map brings your family together right where Zion has chosen to "pitch his tent".

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  13. It looks so amazing and I love the story behind it! What am awesome mom you are!

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  14. That is only the coolest thing ever! What a special thing for him to have in his room!

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  15. What a sweet post! And I'm glad you styled the room's design for photographing and showing the mural better. :-)

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  16. How nice, I love this idea of yours!! This way dad is always in the room!!
    xo
    Ozana

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  17. Like I said, this is just fantastic!!!! And I can see why Zion is all excited! We had the same Ikea bunk too before when the boys were smaller, he'll outgrow that one pretty soon! It was fun while it lasted!!

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  18. Wow! The mural is beautiful, but the story behind it makes my heart smile. Thank you for the sacrifices your family make to keep our country safe.

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  19. I have been wanting to check on this post since I saw it on Instagram but with the move sitting at my computer has been a challenge. I love this idea so much! It's so thoughtful and educational and has so much love in the concept. Your family is lucky to have you!

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