four bags of junk is leaving. i dont even remember whats in those bags – girls clothes, some cheap plastic toys, outgrown baby toys, a baby bouncer seat that we used maybe three times and then left under blazes crib for a year and a half… the giant obnoxious elephant toy. so much PLASTIC JUNK. how many stuffed toys does a kid need? we have armies. when you have a girl, people don’t know what else to get you. cats, rabbits, dolls, teddies, unicorns. out, out, out.
I am making room for the lovely dollhouse that’s set to move into our living room in a few days.
I had whittled down their toys in November so truly there wasn’t much more that had been accumulated. its pretty slimmed down already, and whats left they play with regularly. we have a box of solid wooden blocks – beautiful good quality blocks that we got from my aunt when she cleaned out her basement and that I’ve had out for the girls for two years and they have never touched. I’m going to give them to their school.
i’m headed to the bookshelves next i think. i have pulled the cheap, offensive, or badly damaged books of the girls shelves already. there are so many beautiful children’s books in the world (like this great one about chickens illustrated by jan brett) and the shitty ones that show a mouse being an angel and taking orders from god and a book about taking care of horses where the gist of it is feed them carrots and brush them and then chase butterflies with them and is basically bullshit – those are gone. all the books that are damaged, had all their “lift the flaps” pulled off, or have a date squashed between the pages – gone.
blaze has been in painting withdrawal. they’ve been out of nursery for a week and a half, and painting is blazes favorite school activity. its how i get her to go into the room each morning “oh look! looks like you’re doing some gluing and painting today, want to to see?’ i have been setting out the finger paints and the paper and the colouring books every day for blazes daily intense and concentrated painting sessions. then she has a bath while i spend half an hour cleaning every surface and every piece of furniture within ten feet of the painting zone.