+ What a week! I have spent most of the week slowly sorting out the house before we return to school. We set up a huge cupboard from Ikea, which took almost 2 days, and then I sorted kids clothes, books, toys etc. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish off our bedroom and the spare room. When I was at Ikea I also bought some doona covers for the spare room, and I can’t wait to get them onto the beds. I do love the feeling of a sorted house. If only I could convince the kids to keep it that way.
+ One of the benefits of a big trip to Ikea is a lot of cardboard boxes. The kids have had a fantastic time drawing pictures, making horses to ride (Toby has a dinosaur), and making road layouts. If we had a bigger house I would happily keep them for a long time yet, but I am sick of tripping over the pile on the front veranda, so we are off to the dump tomorrow – yes we have the best family outings!
+ School starts on Tuesday for me. I have so many ideas going through my head about what I would like to do with some of my classes. I love being at home, but if I have to work (unfortunately no-one wants to pay me to stay home), I quite like my job! On Monday I plan to spend the day getting myself organised.!
+ My post about standing like a superhero to improve your employment chances, certainly struck a chord with people. I love that people are now going to try doing a PPP before dealing with difficult children too… let me know how it goes!
+ I have been following Free Our Kids, a British blog about a woman trying to avoid spending any money on her child for a whole year. It resonates so well with me. I have been sorting through kids stuff and am overwhelmed with how much stuff they have, and I know they don’t have much compared to so many other kids! After going through their stuff, I noticed that a lot of the junk doesn’t come from us: it comes from well meaning friends and family members who hand over their ‘unwanted’ items, or give our kids too many gifts. This year is the year to be strong and ask our family to not hand over all their unwanted stuff, and to keep gifts small and useful! Does anyone else find this bit hard?? (My kids prefer the boxes anyway- see above item!)
+ We are in the midst of toilet training Toby. He is interested and ready, but I had forgotten how painful and inconvenient it is whilst they are learning. He is fine, providing I remember to take him to the toilet every 90 minutes (which I don’t always). All I can say is thank goodness for hard floors and carpet which is so old that I am not precious about it. Hopefully he gets the idea soon!
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