Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall cleaning

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • The mornings are cool, the afternoons are hot (mid-80s), and the evenings are exquisite (low 80s and low humidity). This is what makes living in Texas a joy at least 8 months out of the year.
  • D likes school, but not recess. C is sometimes grumbly, but dresses promptly in the morning. In school, they are studying the Gupta Dynasty and the medieval Indian empire (I had to look those up just now--I did not study ancient Indian dynasties in 3rd grade). She has homework this week, and it has been a difficult transition. Her Singapore Math is introducing two step problems with bar models and C doesn't like it. She just wants to do the problems in her head. Spelling is also problematic, especially on Wednesdays when we're rushing here and there and homework gets done at 8:30. How do people manage with big sports schedules?
  • C's savings continue to pile up. She has a full piggy bank in her room and she now has $4.90 in her travel fund (I'm diverting 20% of her earnings there). I think C is pretty much reconciled to the travel fund. In fact, this evening, she had me put 25 cents in the travel fund, instead of putting it in her piggy.
  • My slow motion fall cleaning continues. While the kids were at school today, I went through three boxes of baby equipment and infant toys from D's closet. After that, I started working on the hall closet (between the kids' rooms) and got it finished up this evening. The hall closet contains our luggage, toddler toys (I plan to rotate them in as needed for my babysitting kids), a box of different kinds of tape, a box of child safety items, a box of DVD cases, a box of toddler stuffed animals, etc. There's still a lot to do around the house, but I think I'm moving slightly faster than the forces of entropy. By the end of this round, I will 1) have gotten rid of a lot of stuff 2) know what we have 3) have less to move with.

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