My first born is 9 years old today!
Halfway to 18, how can it be? Such a mix of big kid/little kid. I tease him that he is like a big dog that thinks he’s still a puppy. Each afternoon when I meet him and his brother at the bus stop, he charges me! Running with open arms, he collides into me as I brace myself. Someday he will knock me over, but I can take it.
(I took this photo of him on the plane on our way home from Disney World last month. Both boys wore their “ears” all the way until we were back in Maryland where they suddenly felt self conscious about them.)
We spent the bulk of Saturday celebrating with laser tag, pizza, cake and prezzies. Phew! One December birthday down, one more to go. It’s a busy time here at the White house.
Sunday we did our annual toy/kid room re-org and purge before the holidays. Even though we have scaled back on gifts, the influx of stuff this time of year (Christmas and two b-days) is always overwhelming. While the kids were at a playdate, the hubby and I hauled everything out of their room (they share a small bedroom) and went at it. Dusted, vacuumed, rearranged the furniture, shrinky-dinked the windows, and stashed some outgrown toys. I would never completely get rid of toys without asking the kids first, but sometimes I put the toys out of sight for awhile in what I call “toy limbo”. Usually they are not missed, but I always remember where the box is just in case someone starts tearing the house apart looking for a particular something. Dang, those kids have sharp memories.
When I have the time, I involve the kids with an activity I call “Give Away or a Rainy Day”. I give them 2 cartons to fill, one is labeled “Give Away” that goes to charity and the other is labeled “Rainy Day”. The rainy day box is for stuff they know they don’t play with but still have an attachment too. They are fine parting with certain things knowing they are just going to be stored and I also find out what they truly care about. I’m surprised every time. We will definitely take the time to do it again, soon.
Now their room is clean and spacious. We even managed to hang some artwork…finally! I bought these tin prints a few years ago at a flea market. (I think my husband and I like them probably more than the kids do!)