And that's a sad state of things. I have accomplished a lot, however! The kids are still basically on schedule in school and we are finally getting into a routine, allowing me to venture back into my yoga class and even get up the gumption to *run* on the treadmill again! A new ladies bible study has begun, the new Beth Moore study on Daniel. I love getting into a new bible study, and Beth Moore's are the best! The kids began AWANA last night at the church where we have co-op, and Nathanael finally realized one his dearest dreams... he is now a Sparky. For years he has begged to go to AWANA with his siblings, but since there was no Cubby Class, he has had to wait. He was very disappointed to find that he was not allowed to wear his red vest yet- he has to cross the "Skipper Bridge" first by learning the Pledge of Allegiance, the AWANA pledge, the AWANA song, and so on. And then, he will not only get to wear the red vest, but also get his very own AWANA handbook. It will be a picture-worthy event.
We spent Labor Day... laboring. No rest for the weary here. John worked in the yard and in the garage (which is probably the cleanest it's ever been since we occupied the house) and I spent the weekend cleaning my laundry room. This is no small feat, since I am lucky enough to have a large laundry room. This is a mixed blessing however, because it inevitably becomes the dumping area for the entire house. It has been on my list all summer long and finally, it is finished! Games and homeschool supplies are organized again, shelves are neat again, and laundry is cleaned and put up, stacked in storage tubs for the next child down, or on its way to ebay, Goodwill or consignment. Oh what a feeling!
The next project in process is the area under the stairs, which is also full of junk that never made it as far as the laundry room, including dozens of empty boxes. As much as I have resisted my inherited packrat tendencies, I am helpless when it comes to boxes. Who knows when you might need a really good box? Shoe boxes, small appliance boxes, moving boxes and mailing boxes of all shapes and sizes... I love 'em. But I have promised myself to get rid of at least half of them. That's today's project. Next on the list is my office. If I could keep the kids out, that would go a long way towards keeping it clean, but that isn't likely to happen for the next 15 years or so. I had promised myself some scrapbook time this week, but I figure since I'm on a roll, I need to keep it up. I actually do my best work at night and would love to have everyone leave for a week or so while I stay up and work on all these projects, sleep till about 11:00 the next day, and do it all again.
Yeah, keep dreaming...