So that whole "Happiness Project" thing? Sorta flaking out on it. But I did get some organizing done this month, which does bring peace to my mind.
John and I spent a weekend afternoon organizing all the kids toys. John got everything out from under Gwen's bed, Jack's closet, and all the other random placed the kids stash stuff. We sorted toys and pulled out all the baby/toddler stuff they no longer play with. I put away some things they still enjoy but needed a break from and got out toys that they hadn't seen in a while. I think I threw out 2 bags of trash - random broken toys and papers. Then Christina texted asking if I had some paper for her soon-to-be-born baby's foot prints. Of course! So while I had her there, I filled the back of her mini-van with all those baby/toddler toys we no longer use but were still in good condition. HOOZAH!
Now I just had those pesky baby girls clothes to deal with. I have already given my Godson Jake most of Jack's baby clothes, and those have made a second round to Ryland. But I still had Gwen & Maddy's stuff to deal with. It's been through 3 girls by now, so it's well loved but I didn't have the heart to throw anything away. I also wanted to give it to someone who really needed it. Last week I was chatting with one of Gwen's old teachers at daycare. She told me she was putting in her notice soon, that she just got back from Africa and would soon be going back to get the 9 month old baby she would be adopting! How awesome is that? This lady is so nice and doesn't have any kids of her own and now she is doing this really awesome thing and also living her dream of raising her own child. I'm so excited for her - and also SO GLAD TO HAVE SOMEONE TO GIVE THESE CLOTHES TO! I'm so selfish. Every day this week I have brought her a bag of clothes and emptied out space in our garage. I think it was about 6 bags of stuff so far with 1 more to go.
I also had a bag of girls' newborn and 0-3 month size. I know Miss Mia would not need stuff this small so I planned to donate it. Then my co-worker and friend announced his granddaughter had been born last weekend, 5 weeks early and was in the NICU. I immediately offered up the tiny girls clothes I had saved and was so glad that they will be put to good use.
Now I am just left with the unisex crib bedding, with any luck Miss Mia will want that too.
You may want to ask, "Gee Amanda, are you sure you won't need all this baby stuff again?" Hell no. I loved being pregnant, it was great. I love my kids, they are awesome. I am not really a fan of babies. Don't get me wrong, they are cute and precious and all that, but they are hard work. I would have to have some severe memory loss to be tempted again, or just really crazy.