I wrote this post last week and never posted it. I think I intended to write more, but life happened. So here’s a bit of catch-up.
We had an awful winter of crickets this year. Lots and lots of crickets everywhere, especially inside the house. Luckily for our sanity, they were strangely lethargic (and therefore easy to catch/smash). Now we have an influx of mosquito eaters, which are large, leggy things, also remarkably slow moving.
Unfortunately, the smaller members of the household have developed a shrieking, quaking, uncontrolled fear of mosquito eaters. And even more unfortunate is that the mosquito eaters tend to congregate in the bathrooms. Which means that no one can go to the bathroom without a Brave Parent first dispatching all the insects.
We are not amused.
We are slowly recovering from the rigors of Easter week. Known at our church as Four Days With Jesus (Thursday through Sunday), I think of it as Six Days Without Devo. It was a perfect storm of events leading to the demise of motherly sanity. Several days of ditching routine due to birthday celebrations, etc. An ill-advised long late-afternoon nap kept Kiri and Levi up almost four hours past their bedtime early in the week – the effects of which made the rest of the week…challenging, shall we say. Plus a few other things. I am still recovering.
The weather is warm enough often enough to merit digging out the summer clothes. This winter I reduced each child’s available wardrobe to four outfits per child. Plus church clothes. We’ve been very pleased with this. Less laundry for Devo. No more over-stuffed drawers. And even if everything gets emptied out, it won’t take more than one arm sweep to put it all away. As the four outfits get grubby or are outgrown, I can easily swap them out for a fresh item.
Amelie has requested dresses for the summer, and I’m thinking about what a great simplifier a wardrobe of dresses would be. That would make four pieces of clothing for her, instead of eight. I think we’ll try to do mostly dresses for all the girls. Maybe even for Mama, who desperately needs some summer clothes.
I’m making a strong effort to pare down our boxes of hand-me-downs to only items that I like. I tend to hold on to everything we’ve been given because, after all, what if we need it? But the $12 it would cost to buy or make a new sundress is probably not worth the amount of crazy I become when trying to sort through piles and piles of clothes.