Really cold. Like everyone does a dance when it gets over 20 degrees. Hello, real winter!
Because of that, we have not been up to much. Last weekend Josh was out of town for his grandmother’s memorial service and then he immediately started school.
I did have the opportunity to read an awesome book, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross. It’s a great read about how our culture’s attitude of “more, more, more” really impacts children. It has good tips and ideas for parents with all ages of kiddos, but probably more relevant to parents of school-aged kids(it’s a good reference book to keep on the shelf). Also, it helped me sort of win a debate with Josh (about letting Elliot watch TV) so of course I’m it’s biggest fan! It also made us examine some of our behaviors as parents which is always a good thing.
One of the big topics in the book is about simplifying the home environment and the impact of having too many toys. Even though Elliot doesn’t have the most toys in the world by far (thanks to moving, we ditched 90% of his baby stuff before we left WA) we still decided to edit down his collection even further. There are tips on how to decide what to keep, what to save for later/special occasions (we have a bag in the closet) and what to get rid of for good. We probably put away 1/3 of his toys and half of his books, and we’re pretty happy with the results.
We’ve noticed now that all of his toys are easy to see, and there are less of them, he spends more time playing and less time digging for what he wants (I used to have a small bin on the bottom shelf). He sits and reads his books more now that it’s just a few favorites out. Also there is less of a mess, which is always a bonus for me.
What else? Well, Elliot is officially walking without any assistance as of a few days ago. He’s waddling all over the house now, it’s really cute. He also has 6 teeth and his absolute favorite book is Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! I think Josh and I have read it about 200 times a piece at this point.
Until next time,