Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
To say I have a 'problem' with clothes is perhaps an understatement. I am proud to have paid retail prices for less than 25% of Alex's wardrobe, however I think this has also been my downfall. I love the thrill of the hunt-- the bargaining at a garage sale or the bidding over Ebay. I've also discovered the benefits of reselling quality clothes (I pretty much financed Alex's 2T-3T wardrobe with sales from her 24M stuff) and so am able to rationalize 'new' clothing purchases as an investment. I have to admit that I feel people judge me by what my daughter wears, and I want them to know that I take good care of her! Thus the glut of clothing...
As I read through Simplicity Parenting the first time I swallowed hard when realized that I had overstuffed Alex's closets. Especially when I began to monitor her clothing choices-- she only wanted to wear the comfy play clothes anyway (and who could blame her?).
"By simplifying clothes you ease transitions. You offer freedom from choice and overload, while still allowing for the slow and sure development of personal expression." (Kim John Payne)
While I still subscribe to the thought that I need to prepare my daughter for the 'real world', and instill a sense of pride through her appearance, there is no reason that a 2 1/2 year old needed literally seventy-five clothes hangers and 17 pairs of shoes in her closet. It was an overload of choices (and this is a representation of only her currently-fitting summer clothes- spring/winter/fall are in storage). So I attacked it.
The criteria I gave myself:
-Alex only needs 2 fancy dress-up outfits. Pull the others
-Does it still have tags? (If so, pull it)
-Has she worn it in the past two months? (If not, pull it)
-Is it comfortable for play? (if not, pull it)
-Shoes: If they don't fit well, pull them. I am going to try to eventually whittle her shoe collection down to just the three pairs on the top shelf and 2 dress shoes.
We're down to 25 hangers and 10 pairs of shoes (plus 2 slippers)! Eventually I'll list the purged inventory on Ebay, but I'm just going to see if she can live with this. I'm sure she won't even notice-- that's the beauty of simplifying a crazy space...kids are so comforted to have some 'breathing space' that they don't worry about where the extra went!
This was our last purging job. I'm proud that I was able to rectify the chaos that I had created, and relieved to be able to give my daughter a calm environment in which to grown and learn. It will make the rhythm of our mornings smoother. "When you simplify a child's clothes, you simplify daily life" (Kim John Payne). That is our goal.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We did have a minor trauma last night, however...Alex was playing with a bedside lamp and touched the hot bulb, burning her index finger. It wasn't severe, but it was her first experience with a burn and she was not a happy camper. After cycling through running water, an ice cube, an ice pack and a Tucks pad (don't ask....we were looking for anything), it seemed that she was more upset than hurt. In a brilliant stroke of parenting genius, I gave her half a teaspoon of Pepto-Bismol as a placebo (I didn't have any Children's Tylenol with me...) and she settled down almost immediately. Ah....motherhood.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Coincidentally, today was Dave's actual birthday, but since we'd celebrated so hard during the weekend, the poor guy was sidelined by the Fairies..... what a Dad!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
We started this morning's celebration by making blueberry muffins for Daddy. I realize now that I've been quite a negligent mother-- we've never made muffins before! In fact, Alex was quite confused as to why we were making cupcakes for breakfast.... this added to the general confusion about Daddy's birthday (technically Monday) and Father's Day all wrapped into one!We had a bunch of guests over for a fantastic Father's Day lunch. Brad brought the meat (and meat there was...), Auntie Carrie was hanging out, and then we got to some relatives from the Northland-- Great-Auntie Robyn, and Cousins Lauren and Jay came down as well! (Jay is going to be spending the week at Camp Marotz, learning all about computer stuff from Dave...)
Exploring the wide world of pyrotechnics with Daddy and Cousin Jay... Thanks for the sparklers, Brad :-)
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Since Brad is coming over to our house tomorrow to grill out for Father's Day, his bear 'Ted' got to come for a sleepover with Alex. She was so excited to bring him home in her carseat and kept commenting "He's so soft. He's Miss Kitty's big brother. What a nice bear!" Ted, however, was deemed "too puffy" to sleep with Alex in her bed, so he spent a relaxing night in the rocking chair.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I have to admit that I couldn't contain myself, and Dave and I went through the treasure trove last night. What wonderful things awaited Alex in that large box on the table. She was very excited to see what was in it.
Alexandra got right to work playing with the blocks and the lacing shoe (complete with The Little Old Woman & family). You can tell that these toys have been loved and played with-- what an unbelievable addition to Alex's collection! Some of these toys and puzzles are definitely collector's items, and they will be well taken care of and played with under supervision, of course.
Some of our favorites:
Holgate lacing shoe...
Holgate stacking train
Sifo 'Mailbag of Blocks' - manufactured in St. Paul, MN
Puzzles-- both wooden ones by Sifo and some character ones-- Roy Rogers and an old Woody Woodpecker to name a few!
Vintage 'peek-a-boo blocks'....some have moving parts!
Little Golden Books- copyright 1954