It's the time of year when every Sunday evening our tots are tumbling into bed and falling right to sleep after a long (but never long enough) weekend spent running around outdoors. We try as often as we can to make it up to the mountains, layering the kids with sweatshirts and rain jackets and scarves and mittens, only to have them peel the layers off again as soon as their little boots hit the hiking trails. The air smells damp and smoky while our fingertips go a bit numb while our foreheads prickle with sweat in the mountain sun.
Who can blame the tykes for being reluctant to leave such a beautiful, magical place? A cozy bedroom made of the colors of mountain mist may help coax them back home for one more week at least. A wall-sized mural of frosty trees and rocks is complemented by soft wool blankets and furry chairs. Funny bear-faced pillows and bookshelves in the shape of spruce trees keep imaginations running while pops of color in fall foliage-pink keep the excitement for next weekend's adventure within reach.