Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Would that be "God or Eagle" then?

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Mr. Kluges is teaching the girls about flipping coins, in order to figure out who has to take their bath first tonight. We must start with learning "heads or tails..."

Mr. Kluges: Ok, who do you think is on this coin?

Pumpkin: Um, God?

K: No, but good guess. This is actually George Washington. I'm sure he'd be flattered.

...more explanation about coins, that if this side is "heads," the opposite side would be "tails..."

Mr. Kluges: Now, when I throw this up in the air, you say "heads" or "tails."

Pumpkin: Ok.

(coin is flipped)

Pumpkin: (excitedly) Heads or tails!

Eventually Penguin was brought up to take her bath first... and a foundation in gambling has been laid.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Not that I'd necessarily recommend it to the unwary...

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This weekend we did something with the kids that could have proved completely disastrous.

We went to a glass and glass paperweight museum...

... with a 5 year old and a 2 year old...

... during (and therefore skipping) naptime.

There were live glass-blowing demonstrations going on that Mr. Kluges really wanted to see. And you know what? It went ok. It was one of those times when I was very, very glad that we have only two children so that we could trade off and each be in charge of one child of varying wiggliness and attentiveness. But yeah, we watched (a while) of the glass-blowing, we walked around most of the glass paperweight exhibits (amazing, some of them!), and we even toured some of the glass art exhibits.

Then we went across the road to the Rocket Playground and spent some much needed running/climbing/playing time. :) All in all, a fun way to spend Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WW - Long ago and far away...

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

WW - Soon, very soon!

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

365 Things (and MORE!) GONE!!!!!

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I don't know if y'all noticed a ways down in the right sidebar (probably not and that's fine), but I managed to finish off my Get Rid of 365 Things Resolution a week or so ago. I know! Yay, me! Yup, I've gotten rid of (sold, donated, gave to somebody we know, tossed, returned, etc.) more than 365 things this year and it's only October! Hooray!

Things I've learned doing this:
  • A little at a time adds up. I keep a large plastic bag under my bed (handy place, not in the way, easy to get to) and as I come across an item I know I don't want anymore I just stick it in. Then, when it starts seeming fullish, I don't look in it ('cuz if I would have really wanted it back, I would have been thinking and thinking about it and would have pulled it out sooner), tie it up, throw it in the car, and bring it to Goodwill (or similar) the next time I'm out and about. Or, when a charity calls looking to pick stuff up, I can pull out that bag, find a few more things to add to it, and set it out for pick-up.
  • Do the easy stuff first. Really. Seriously. Chucking/donating/setting aside a few things that I KNOW I don't want/need anymore often makes it easier for me to get rid of a few more things as well. If I start with stuff I'm not sure about, I waffle about it for ages... and often end up just putting it back where it was and not looking at anything else. Even if there isn't carry-over that makes it easier to get rid of some stuff I wasn't sure about, I still have those easy things gone... and they count just as much as the hard ones.
  • Giving stuff (esp. nice stuff!) to somebody I know is way easy than just donating it. We're lucky enough to have two children of the same gender, which means most clothes get reused already. But there are some ADORABLE things the girls have worn and have now both outgrown, that I don't feel the need to save... (not that I'm not saving some of their cutest stuff, 'cuz I am!) but I don't just want to chuck in the Goodwill bag either. Enter Pumpkin's last year's teacher, who had a girl baby towards the end of the school year. I've been able to pass along grocery bags full of stuff to her. She's grateful (and uses it!), Pumpkin enjoys knowing their old stuff is being worn by Mrs. M's baby, and it's easier for me to send some of those cute little outfits along knowing they'll be enjoyed & appreciated by someone we know. I'd think if you had a favorite charity/issue to support (Epilepsy Foundation, women's shelter, animal shelter (they often need old towels/sheets), etc.), donating stuff to them specifically might also make it easier since you could focus on the good they (and you!) are doing.
  • You can try to sell stuff, but it's a lot of work/lots might not go/but the extra cash is nice. Decluttering has included bringing things to our local Once Upon a Child and selling stuff via Craig's List. I haven't wanted to keep stuff around for a rummage sale (or deal with having one, for that matter) but that could've been an option, too. Lemme tell you, you don't get much at OUAC, they only take some/a little and I usually end up buying at least as much as I get back, but it is a bit of change. With Craig's List, it's been interesting what gets snapped up right away and what just doesn't go. Which reminds me, I've got a few more things I should list pretty soon & see if they go...
  • It's still HARD! It's crazy, I know, but I sometimes feel bad for the things I get rid of. Like, I'm sorry for them that they didn't make the cut. Or, "Oh, I've had you for so long! I can't just cast you aside! Don't feel bad; you're not junk!" Between this resolution, and Flylady's "Bless somebody else with your stuff that you don't use/need," it's gotten easier, but it's still really hard for me sometimes.

If you struggle with clutter, too, are trying to simplify, or are wondering why in the world you've been keeping X around for so long, take heart! You, too, can rid yourself of 365 things in (less than) a year! All it takes is a little at a time (and a fair amount of self-encouragement!).