If you’ve read Raising Olives for long, you probably know that if I can remember what happened during the week I have plenty of fodder for a “Not Me” post. Last week was no different. But rather than visiting RO and giggling at our family, you were treated to a day of silence.
It all began at the end of last week when I decided that I should get out our baby clothes. After having two little boys and the longest break between children that we’ve ever experienced, I went through our baby clothes (especially girl clothes) and gave nearly all if it to friends. So realizing that we might actually NEED a few things for this baby, I pulled out our newborn box to access the status.
Do you remember the mouse incident a couple of months ago? Evidently, Mrs. Mouse did not move into our residence all by herself because when I opened the box of baby things…..
Thankfully, we’ve not seen any evidence at all in the house, but our out-of-season clothing (and bulk food storage) is in the garage.
Yesterday I spent the entire day with ‘not me’s’ running through my head as the children and I went through every box, bag, bucket and container in our garage, doing laundry, sorting, giving away, etc. We moved all the shelves, the refrigerator, the freezer, everything located in the garage and cleaned, mopped and scrubbed. Did I mention that it was extremely humid with the the temperature in the 90’s and a heat index through the roof?
Several things coincided to make yesterday a HUGE success:
- That lovely nesting urge finally showed up.
- The Council of the Blind is sending a truck to pick up our donations on Wednesday. I may have to tell them to send an extra truck. Seriously.
- On Sunday a sweet friend came by to visit and brought us DINNER, so we were able to work right through the day and simply come in to showers and a wonderful meal that included fresh strawberries, mmm!!!
- I have big kids! Kaitlin (12) stayed inside and manned the washing machine and dryer, watched any younger children who preferred to be in the air conditioning, put lunch and dinner on the table and kept the house in order. Everyone else put in a lot of muscle in the garage.
Someone asked about family projects for which we ‘cancel’ school. Cleaning out the garage yesterday fell into that category.
**To our friends and neighbors: We are not moving and all the stuff on our porch will be gone by Wednesday, unless the Council forgets to send that extra truck.
The original list:
- Finish school goals/curriculum for this ’school year’.
- Order, organize and plan goals/curriculum for next year. (in process)
- Start new ’school year’. I’m loving how beautifully Core 1 and 6 of Sonlight are integrating for us and enjoying the special time with our younger kids. We’ve completed 3 weeks.
- Take out wall between two rooms downstairs and make into one large bedroom. Our friend who is going to help with this project has been unavailable, so we’ve not started. I’m not thinking that this will be done pre-baby.
- Decorate new bedroom for use by some of our children. See above.
- Play musical children, furniture and things with the bedrooms. We moved all the furniture around to where it will belong after the construction is done.
- Make curtains for family room.
- Plan and take a vacation (camping preferably).We decided to put this off until after the baby arrives.
- Finish knitting the baby’s blanket.
- Pick out a NAME. (We’re open for suggestions)
- Get out baby things. A little earlier than planned.
Things I’ve added:
- Clean out and de-cletter garage.
- De-clutter master bedroom.
- De-clutter both kids bedrooms.
- Scrub grout in kitchen and all three bathrooms.
- De-clutter all three bathrooms.
- A collection of knitting projects for the baby, some are done and some in progress.
- Freezer cook.?
- Write more birth stories. Hmm, this is a hard one.
- Do a lot more fun things with the kids. (Free movies, Museum of Appalachia, splash pad, hike, etc.)
- Prepare for and take a break from blogging.
With only 3 more weeks until the end of this pregnancy, I’m beginning to run regular contractions and am finally feeling like we really are almost there. It also helps to have some baby things around. 😉 I’m getting really excited, God is so good!