We spent the first part of the summer house shopping. We would take the girls and go explore other people's homes. I thought the girls would be bored so I created books for them to draw pictures and take notes about what they liked and didn't like about each home.
I didn't need to go to the trouble, it turns out. The girls had fun running through other people's homes, looking in their closets and garages and going up and down stairs 30 times per house.
We found 1 house that Sugar REALLY wanted us to buy. It had a short door underneath the stairs and Sugar promptly claimed it as her room. We found a different house with a princess room that she wanted as well.
The princess room's house even had a great backyard and was almost perfect for us. We did not buy it, however we learned a lot from the process.
The girls learned how to respect other people's stuff. They learned that just because you see it and love it does not mean it is right for you. They learned a bit about style and what they might like to change about their current rooms.
Husband and I learned quite a bit more that the girls did, but we enjoyed seeing what the girls look for in their dream homes and when we try this again, we will know better what we, as a family, should be looking for.