Thursday, June 6, 2013


Life has caught up with me, I guess.  I've not been writing (obviously).  We've not had anything horribly exciting going on.  Just a good bit of the day to day busyness.

We are 10 days into 'next' school year.  We're moving fairly quickly through our history and science texts, though we are only having school three of four days a week for now.  Generally we do art on Friday, but I've been skipping that for now, with plans for several 'Fridays' in a row after the littlest one joins us, and we start to get back in the swing of things slowly.  At our most recent guess-timate of the time we'll spend prior to September, we'll need to get 22 days between birth day and Christmas to get us to the halfway point.  We generally are past that in December, so I'd like to at least hit that number if we find it possible.  That keeps a bit of a fire lit under us to do what we can now.

I spent the weekend going through every single item of clothing the children have.  All of the girl clothes have been sorted from newborn to the size 10 (!) dress I bought for Kate.  Kate and Gabby's drawers are cleaned out and the smallest baby clothes are waiting in a dresser.  The others, sorted and stacked by size from 3 month to 5's are waiting in the back of Nate's closet, with all of the dresses hung.  We found we have gaps in size 12 month, 18 month, and 2T sizes that we'll need to fill.  That gives us plenty of time to watch for sales for those items.  All the too small boy clothes have been boxed and are ready to be given away.  We'll hold on to the jeans and baby girl may get to wear some of those too.

We'll need a few of the odds and ends one needs for a new baby.  And we have to get an infant car seat.  I've been trying to decide about a travel system.  I'm leaning towards skipping it.  We have a double stroller taking up space in the garage that can accommodate a Graco carseat for any longer walking trips we would take (and it can hold a second tired kid and a bunch of gear).  Honestly I carried Nate almost exclusively in the Moby.  It allowed me not to lug that heavy seat and it also left me with two free hands to wrangle other children!  I think we may opt for a nice umbrella stroller later (one with long handles that make it easier to push) with the money we save on the travel system stroller.

Our vegetable garden is growing well.  I do find it humorous that this is the year Justin put in a bigger garden, since I'm not sure how much use I'll be in putting it all up.  I told him I'm going to just freeze it all, but he's unimpressed, citing that the freezer won't hold it all.  We'll see how it goes...I may be giving away veggies in the fall if I can't get to them fast enough!

Other than being a bit more tired than normal, the pregnancy is going smoothly.  The littles keep asking when they get to meet their little sister.  They are not impressed with the long wait.  I would guess by halfway through September I'll be tired of the wait too!


Jo-Anne said...

I totally hear you and things just... happening and the blogging kind of taking a back seat. You guys sound like you're getting a lot done. WOOHOO! I really need to go through all the girls clothes too. Glad to hear the pregnancy is going well. Let me know if you need anything. We have lots of girl stuff. =D

Kristy said...

Thanks for the offer...not sure what season we'll need those clothes in and you all have much cooler weather than we do, so we'll see!