Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Break 2010

This week has been a bit of a challenge, as we struggle to resume our normal routine, with some adaptations, after being off for Spring Break last week.  Our efficiency has been hampered by the sudden and unrelentless attack of thick, yellow-green pollen, which makes us all red and weepy-eyed, sniffly, sneezy, and generally miserable.

As you may recall, we started our spring break with a Relocation on Good Friday, by moving my oldest daughter out of our house and into her own apartment.  Next, we moved the three youngest boys out of the boys' room upstairs down to Tiffany's old room, and got them settled there. 

This leaves the upstairs bedroom, bathroom and bonus room area for the three oldest boys to spread out in.  I told them that this area is their domain, and they must work out a cleaning schedule among themselves for maintaining it, just as if they were in a college dorm situation.  I will probably enter "The Man Cave" rarely, and with great fear and trembling!  (So don't expect any pictures!  I'm all for transparency, but even "reality blogging" has its limits!)

All of this moving and rearranging presented a great opportunity for a general cleaning out and decluttering, which I took full advantage of, much to the chagrin of the children, who thought spring break should be all about fun and free time!   :)

One thing I did was to sort through ALL of the clothing containers in the attic!  Years ago I developed a system for storing out-grown and out-of-season clothing.  I obtained several large plastic containers, and I labelled each with the gender, size and season -- such as Boys, Size 4T, Spring/Summer.  I only allowed myself to keep what would fit in that container.  If I was given a bag of hand-me-downs and wanted to keep some of them, I had to discard enough items from my container to fit them in.  Now that the kids are getting older, and I no longer have babies and toddlers, I seem to have far less clothing to keep and hand down, so I've streamlined my system, and just keep one container per size, which accomodates both seasons.

All of our cleaning out and organizing culminated in a big Yard Sale this past Saturday.  We sold an amazing amount of stuff, and afterwards, took two trips to the landfill and a trip to Goodwill to dispose of the rest.  I also took two armfulls of clothing to the Consignment Shop; so, our house feels considerably lighter this week!

Even though we got a lot accomplished, I don't want you to think I was a slave driver the entire week!  We had three sunny days with highs around 90 F (32 C), and we took time each day to enjoy the beautiful weather!  The children swam in the pool, while those of us who are a bit pickier about water temperature, soaked up some vitamin D and enjoyed some reading time!

Josh swam some laps and practiced his "fly."

Taylor and Joe were both out of school for the week, too, but after moving Tiffany, they skipped town before they could be put to more hard labor!  ;)  They spent the week in Sarasota, FL with our friends, the "D's".  Here are a couple pictures of their Spring Break:


dyslexic different thinking me said...

Good to see you back! I've missed your blogs.
Looks like "fun was had by all" during your spring break week, plus some chores got done too. Well done!

AntfarmMom said...

looks like fun! Tell Josh that my 3 yo girl said, "Dat boy has some big muscles on his aahmms."

So cute!
I am coming down to go swimming in that crisp clear water! Lake water doesn't look too inviting!

Noel said...

You have been busy! I love how warm the weather's been, but the pollen has been TERRIBLE! Glad you enjoyed your spring break. I can't wait for summer!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Congrats on cleaning out and reorganizing! I love that part of the is the maintenance that I struggle with!!

I enjoy having garage sales too, though we usually don't make much I like to find someone else that is having one that wouldn't mind selling some things for me too!

The pool looks so inviting...but I will wait until the water is about 98! :) Sorry to hear about the pollen count there...hope you all feel better soon. I am so grateful that we haven't had much problem with that at our house.

Looks like Taylor and Joe had a fun time in Florida!!

mommyx12 said...

I bet you really enjoyed the breath of fresh air you were able to take after all that work. It's definitely worth it getting rooms cleaned out, organized, and especially a successful yard sale. I really need to do the same in my home.

I love the blog. It's what mine looked like right before I did 3 columns with the big pics and all. It took my daughter several hours to go through and downsize my photos to fit in this current blog. Some times I get tempted to go back but then I think of all the work and I change my mind!

Samantha said...

We have the same pollen issues, and struggle to get back in the groove, we will be finished on May 12th though. We will do finish The Mystery of History over the summer, because we started it around Christmas after not liking the first curriculum we tried.
I also have the exact same system for clothes!
I have been doing some organizing this week as well, I just put up a post this morning showing my efforts!
Love the pool!

Mom's Coffee Time said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! I'm waiting for those 90 degree days to reach up here in MI. Happy Wednesday! Happy Spring! ~Amy

tlmalcolm said...

I'm in the cleaning out mood myself. I unloaded a car full of stuff to our church's yard sale and have several bags of clothing to take to the library's thift shop! I'm at the point that if something new comes into the house something old must go out!! The boys look very happy in their new space! And here in NH we are happy to have temps in the 60's this early in the spring. Our pine pollen will be out in a few window washing until after that passes!!

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