Saturday, August 1, 2015


I am so tired I can barely sit up.  While the house is busy decompressing for bedtime, I thought I'd sit down to my computer for a bit.  (I've pretty much lost use of the computer during the day since the kids prefer it (verses their tablets) for some of the educational games.)

I'm trying to declutter and organize my extensive book collection that I rarely, if ever, have time to look at.  It's sad; I'm a book person.  I love the paper and the feel of a book in my hand; reading on a screen does very little to compare in my book.  But books take up a lot of space, and many I haven't looked at in years.  Since I have a stockpile of books that I used for my CBE and Doula trainings, I also have those textbooks and books.  So, I decided to offer them up to birth workers on the message boards I'm part of, and shipped a fair amount off last Wednesday.  I also put some books up on Amazon for sale, as part of the Marketplace.  I sold my first one tonight.  I have to say: Amazon makes that VERY easy.  You can even print the mailing label and have them deduct it from the profit you make.  While it's not a way to get rich, it's a pretty easy way to make a few bucks per book.  The book I sold was a favorite, too, but hey... That's the way the cookie crumbles.  I also just had another email about a half dozen birth books, so it looks like the USPS and I are going to be friends again on Monday.  Whatever I don't sell that way, though, I might just list via Amazon, since it is way easier to ship!


I spent the better part of three hours reorganizing the downstairs homeschool/play area.  In spite of Michael being only 2, the little stinker is completely up in Bobby and Maya's homeschooling, so I wanted to make the room work for them and their second grade stuff, while also being accessible to a 2 year old.  At the same time, I don't want to rush him at all.  As Peter says, it's about him learning how he learns and how to love learning, not about what he is actually "learning".  At this point, though, he is learning how to read, write, and do math- all courtesy of his older siblings.  I can only take credit for helping him learn ASL and event that isn't true...  He loves his Signing Time and has picked up so much.  It's amazing to watch him sign the storybooks I read to him.

The downstairs is about halfway finished.  There is still so much to do, but come five o'clock, Peter was getting hungry and the kids wanted to hit a local playground, so it was time to call it a day.  I'll try to put a few more hours in tomorrow, but we'll see.  Normally, the kids spend a few hours after church with my in-laws, but tomorrow they will be home.  I don't know that I want to spend another afternoon cleaning and organizing instead of doing something "family" oriented.

Peter and I were hoping to have a date night on the deck once the kids go to sleep; I hope that I can stay awake long enough for it!  We'd planned it last night and I fell asleep.  (Pregnancy is turning me into a buzzkill!).  Hopefully, we'll start the kiddos in the next 5-10 minutes and, if all goes well, be sipping fresh lemonade on a warm summer evening by moonlight!

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