Monday, March 28, 2011

Stuck Inside

So, according to my calendar, it is Spring.  According to the weather in Pittsburgh... not so much.  This is what it looked like in my back yard, one day last week...

Notice the pine cone bird feeder, that Dylan made at school?  Yea, um, we haven't seen too many birds.  I think they turned back around and went south.  I'm thinking of joining them.  Today, the sun is shining brightly... but it is 36 degrees.

Since we have been stuck inside, I have come to the sudden realization that I need to take a day and go through Dylan's toys.  As his play gets more and more creative, it gets harder and harder to avoid having my home look like a toy store delivery truck explosion.

(These are "volcanoes").

(3 Points if you can guess the theme.  And, no, the theme wasn't "big mess", as I previously thought).

Dylan's favorite thing to do lately seems to be to take small pieces from EVERY single game, box, bin, etc, and load them into other bags, bins, etc.  Clean up is fun, let me tell you.

I was talking to a friend while her son, and Dylan played, and I asked her how she controls the toy clutter with 3 boys.  She keeps toys in a locked shelving unit, and they have to clean up one thing before asking permission to take out something else.  I get the logic, but I just couldn't do it.  I WILL put some of the toys in the spare room for a while, and cycle through them periodically, but I will also keep reminding myself daily that CREATIVITY IS MESSY.

This is unrelated, but I just had to share, since it is my buddy Jenn's birthday today!

(His birthday card for "Pop-Pop")


Burgh Baby said...

I have "zones" for toys. The playroom is Alexis' so she can trash it as much as she wants to without me saying a peep. The family room, however, has to be cleaned up when she's done playing. She thinks I haven't figured out that when she doesn't feel like cleaning she throws all the family room toys into her playroom, but -oh- I know. I just don't care since I still get my clean family room out of the deal.

The Girls' Mommy said...

Gertie went through the gather all the tiny things stage. WOW did I hate that stage. I finally got her a huge bag of foam shapes all different colors and playing with those distracted her enough.

Theme: 5 little monkies?? I have no idea

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Is it a color theme? Turquoise and yellow? I love the volcanoes--they are so creative. I also love homemade birthday card--so I like this post very much!

Anonymous said...

Snow. I woke up to snow this morning. And apparently I am going to wake up to 5 inches of it on Wednesday. The upside? A high of 73 on Friday. Oh, Spring . . . why must she be so bi-polar?!

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