The moving plan is off. Dan and I were ready to make an offer on this house, our in-laws were not, and together we pulled the plug on the whole plan, at least for 2010. As soon as it was decided (and I got past a lovely hormonal-pregnant-lady sobfest) we realized that we have all sorts of plans for this house and our summer brewing in the back of our brains and we hadn't let ourselves think about them until we knew for sure we'd be staying.
In the past 24 hours,
- I talked to the church hosting an organic community garden two blocks from our house (in full sun) and was put first on the list of interested gardeners. Whoo-hoo -- we might be able to grow tomatoes and melons and pumpkins after all! Our backyard garden gets 8 hours of sunlight at best and I need to give up on having it produce the sun-needy plants. Now I can embrace the peas and lettuce and beans that it does grow well.
- I arranged to sign up for a CSA (Turnip Rock, for any locals) that focuses on "normal" vegetables so I won't have to deal with more rutabagas. We're splitting with a friend who lives not too far and the pickup is close enough to walk. Not that walking makes sense when you're hauling veggies. But we could!
- I set up an appointment with our financial advisor that I've been avoiding since January because I didn't want to go and say we had no clue what we'd be doing this year.
- I arranged for babysitting the day of the appointment. Dan's still off of school and we're going to have a major toy purge. I realized that although we have a bin of baby and early toddler toys that we only drag out when an appropriately aged child is here, we should do the same for 2 year old stuff. There's no reason to keep out the Duplos or big trucks with handles or even maybe the little blocks. I love those things but they're just clutter for the time being. We need to find a way to be ruthless with less-loved toys, though. I'd like to keep out their favorite toys -- mainly Legos and Snap Circuits and plenty of books -- and start a rotating system for the good-but-not-beloved toys, and purge everything else. Maybe they'd play with the cooking toys (or maybe that should go with the toddler stuff?) and art supplies if they only appeared one month out of three. We don't have a convenient place to store lots of out-of-the-rotation toys that's not visible. Does anyone have suggestions about how to go about doing this? I figure solid Rubbermaid bins will be involved but I'm not sure what else. How do we deal with games and puzzles? We keep them on a high closet shelf, so they're not being messed with all the time, but we definitely have too many. Should those get cut in half, and left on the shelf, or put farther away to only bring out a few at a time? Birthday time was a success in that the boys got lots of Star Wars Legos and biking gear and not a whole bunch of little things that will get lost, so that helps. But I need any advice you can give me on taming the toy madness.