Most of the events of the last week involved Gabe's birthday. He turned 11.
He is the only one of the four grandkids who has always shared a bedroom. During the summer, the kids had the big bedroom swap. He went into Charlotte's room (which incidentally she and I had just painted on New Year's Day), Charlotte went into Gabe's former room, which he had shared with Ella (because it was the larger of the two rooms and she is a teenager now), Ella went into Levi's room and Levi went into the fifth bedroom. Whew.
For his birthday present, Mark and I painted his room as a surprise. My only stipulation was that things be off the walls and the furniture moved away from the wall to give me room to paint. Mark helped tape the baseboards, I did all the painting (he had other obligations in the morning) and then he came back and cleaned up the brushes, roller, etc., which is a huge help! Gabe thought the room was getting painted on Saturday, so he was surprised when he came home from school to find it already done. I'm not sure this is an accurate representation of the color, but it's a really great sage-y green that he picked out.