Toys, toys, so many toys

A child’s toy is a wonderful thing, that is until you step on it in the middle of the night on your way to the bathroom in dark house. My husband used to laugh at me when I would use the flash light app on my phone to light my way across the house to the bathroom, that is until he stepped on a Lego Duplo for the first time. Now I laugh at him and myself when we accidentally step on one of those living room land mines.

“Well why don’t you make your kids clean them up every evening?”  Actually I do but occasionally my 15 month old like to play with a few and leaves them laying about or they are lurking underneath a misplaced blanket or dropped shirt since my boys are still embracing the naked baby stage whenever they are home.  It also doesn’t help that my sweet mother in law bought them 5 yes 5 bags of 98 pieces of an off brand of Lego Duplos for Christmas last year so we have Duplo’s for days over here. If you check out this Blog post, I decoupaged a vintage suitcase for my kids just to hold them all.

So to battle this never ending battle of Duplo’s I won’t be buying any for my children this year mostly because they have so many toys I really don’t want to add to the mayhem that is my playroom/office. Thankfully my children are very good about going through their toys with my a couple times a year and sorting into 3 piles. 1. Keep. 2. Donate. 3. Put away for later and of course the trash pile where broken, missing, stupid toys go. This does help battle the siege of toys but not enough to make me want to buy oodles of toys for nothing other than to collect dust.

The war is never ceasing but I will win this battle of the toys even if it maims me.

~Kristen

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The Nut House

Autumn has arrived and with it the changing of the leaves, every day I look towards the woods and I see more and more color peeking out at me. Vibrant reds, oranges and yellow all peak out from around chunks of green and brown.

Autumn also brings my squirrels out in full force as gather all the nuts from my yard, walnut, chestnuts, hickory and butternuts. Although they save the butternuts for last since they are their least favorite nut to eat. I wish they gathered them first as the butternut tree is beside my garage and the nuts fall on to the roof and roll off which sounds like someone roller skating down my bathroom roof.  Plus they land on my walkway and if you step on one you might slip and fall as they are odd shape. In the state of Ohio butternut trees are on the endangered list so cutting this large tree down is illegal so I await the day it either dies or falls over and I don’t have to worry about stepping on anymore nuts. The downside of losing said butternut tree is that the leaves shade my office window from the sun, otherwise the sun shines bright in my eyes while I attempt to work at my computer. So really there isn’t a win to this fight against my butternut tree.

~Kristen