Through a series of events and inspirations, Dave came up with an idea to turn our game room wall into a giant family moment/inside joke/favorite quote/everything-family-you-can-imagine.
My friend had suggested doing a huge long frame with favorite family words and quotes. We have a design friend who had re-done an entire office in the coolest things and part of it was custom wallpaper. So we decided to combine those ideas and create something specifically “us.”
Luckily that design friend up in Utah (his name is Brian) knew the exact vision Dave had in his mind and started working with us.
For about nine months we sent him all kinds of things about our family. Favorite games we play, favorite memories, all kinds of traditions, and he whipped up a graphic incorporating them all.
We got that graphic made into wallpaper, and some guys came and installed it the day before Thanksgiving. WooHoo!
Here’s how it all started after they took the lights off to get going:
The kids had helped us come up with all the ideas (even Max gave great input from Taiwan) so they were so excited to check it out. It was fun that Elle was home for the big reveal. Here we are walking in to see it:
We were all pretty excited!
Gotta love that Rummikub smiley face up there too. I love how Brian just took what we said (we like to play Rummikub) and makes it kind of not so in-your-face.
More favorite quotes…and all our old addresses are on there with little houses next to them (on the left below). We got Grammie camp in there and how Dave always tells the kids to have confidence and go into places with a wink and gunfingers 🙂 That little map on the right is Romania (there’s one of Taiwan and Hawaii and Utah up there different places too) and that “lang zalze leven” is the birthday song we sing because it’s been passed down from Dave’s side of the family:
Five of the “Grandfather’s Secrets” are up there (see below) each with that all-seeing eye symbol, and everyone’s heights (and birthdays) are included. I love that all of the heights have footprints and Lucy’s is complete with all eleven toes.
^^Brian scanned in a lot of the kids’ art work too. Gotta love that Aslan is up there^^ “Aslan, the king of all Narnia and the symbol of Jesus Christ.”
“Feliz Cumpleanos” is because Grace’s birthday tradition is a piñata:
Dave’s nicknames for Grace and Elle and another family favorite game:
(And Dave’s Dad’s quote from the speech he gave at a devotional at BYU-Idaho is below that.)
Yarn because the Easter Bunny uses that to help the kids find their Easter baskets on Easter morning:
“Nerdos” because that’s what Dave calls us all if we’re on our phones too much, and you gotta have a little Shakespeare, right?
^^Our cars names “Jenna” and “Stella” are up there too (and “Ted” is somewhere else).
A huge map of the world with this little color guide 🙂
The hearts are to represent our “heart-attacks” we do every Valentine’s Day:
Lucy’s works are scanned in all over the place:
“Te Iubesc” is “I love you” in Romanian:
…we also have it written in Chinese Characters and in Braille.
There’s a Christmas tree with a quote from “The Gift of the Magi” down there below (we love that book and always read it among our Christmas books under the tree), gotta have the touching the temple business and Taylor Swift.
…also up there is Gabby our first pet ever that was sadly accidentally stepped on by one of Max’s friends the first day we had it so she’ll always live in our memory. (The story about her and her funeral is back HERE🙂
Families Fighting Blindness, the “Chateau” (Dave’s family car growing up), rainbow pancakes and Angkor Wat all made it in.
I could go on and on, and you really need to see it in real life to really be able to fully appreciate it, but you get the idea.
We are in love with that thing and we’ll cherish it forever. So grateful for Brian for his amazing ability to put all these ideas into a whole that makes up that wall.