Today was the most productive day I’ve had since I got pregnant! I have been thinking about Stephanie Nielson (I know, I am obsessed), and she wrote recently that the more she moves her body, the better she feels. I thought that if she felt that way, then surely the same should go for me. So I moved today.
Specifically, I moved (almost) every single toy we own into my mom’s room for sorting. Lydia was a fantastic helper, and I couldn’t believe when we finally had all of the toys consolidated in one place. I opened all the windows because I was sweating so much. Woo-hoo for body movement!
After I pulled out all the toys, I stared at the piles and wondered how I could ever arrange them permanently so that the girls would actually play with them. Even after paring down, putting them back in the craft room felt like a waste. The girls just don’t play in there because they’d rather craft. Then it hit me. We need a play room! Good thing we have an extra guest room. I immediately started sketching out a floor plan so that the girls will have access to all of their toys.
Abe and I figure it will take us until Christmas to get the basement play room and craft room exactly the way I envision, but in the meantime, the sorting and organizing continue.
For FHE we talked about the church’s little hands service project, and each of the girls picked a service project to do this week. Mary announced that she would share a toy with Lydia (and immediately ran to get her some), and Lydia decided to write a thank-you letter to her preschool teacher. We will finish the project during next Monday’s FHE.
After FHE, we all sat around while the girls played with the only toys left in the basement: their play kitchen toys. I haven’t seen them play with those since we moved into this house. I felt affirmed in my decision to rearrange. Abe and I also felt delighted at Lydia’s pretend game of waitress. She was so solicitous and sweet, and we just felt lucky to have such a good girl in our home.