Clean Sweep

Well, I promised long ago to update you all on the toy management situation in our house.  It took the better part of a day, but here are the results:

M’s room:


A’s room:


The toys are all in bins.  The stuffed animals go in the colorful laundry baskets (barely!) and the miscellaneous blocks, trains, cars dolls etc. go in the clear plastic ones.  Books, certain games, and puzzles just stay downstairs.  In theory, we switch these toys out every week, bringing the old bins upstairs and new bins down.  But the kids are really quite content to play with a batch of toys for weeks, and they really seem to love the Duplos, trains, cars and wooden blocks, with an assortment of stuffed toys on the side.  It’s worked out pretty well, and cleaning isn’t such a nightmare at the end of the day.

Notice the “after” photo of my office is missing.  That’s because there is no “after.”  Also, technically, since this was a toy storage overhaul and there were no toys in my office, well, it was exempt.

And don’t ask to see the upstairs now either.  What you see above isn’t even the half of what these kids have, and the rest is crammed upstairs, some in their bins, some not.  It isn’t pretty.  But at least whatever is downstairs has a home now!


Time Change

Well, of course at 3 PM today I had all sorts of great ideas about what to publish next on this blog, and they have all evaporated from my mind.

Daylight savings, or really the change to or from daylight savings has always wrecked havoc around here.  Years ago, when M was small, months would go by before his little internal clock finally switched over.  In the fall this meant months of getting up at, oh, 4:30 AM in the pitch black.  This year it seems to be little sister who is affected, and just to keep me on my toes she switched the fun and games to bedtime, instead.  We had a veritable wrestling match at bathtime, I kid you not, with her alternating between screeching and insane giggles.  Luckily, she was so tired that she only visited me once tonight after I tucked her in and seems to be asleep now.  M, by contrast, has really evened out in the sleep department.  Only took him 6 years or so to manage that, but I am glad that he figured it out.

Halloween was a blast this year, as both kids are really old enough to have fun.  They dressed up as Harry Potter and Hedwig.  P and I were supposed to be Dumbledore and McGonagall, but I couldn’t manage to get the costumes anywhere near finished.  The kids were a little disappointed, but pretty much left us in the dust anyway when it came to the actual trick-or-treating, so I’m not sure it really mattered.  Maybe I’ll get them done for next year.  Or perhaps for the end of semester party at M’s Harry Potter class, and we can all wear them.  Anyway, M and A naturally got a huge haul of all sorts of horrifying candy, and I am plotting to slowly pilfer the most objectionable.  I may offer cash for certain items: the kids do have a mercenary side to them.

And, I know I keep promising but pics are to follow.  P bought me a new hard drive to store all my media files (?) so now the pics are no longer taking up vital space on this computer.  Perhaps tomorrow….