Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not much happening 'cept a big toy purge

Not much happening in our neck of the woods. (I love this pic of Nathan...he has these poindexter moments that crack me up!)

Decided this may as well be the week of dealing with the toy problem. I have no idea how on earth we end up with so many toys. I think this is a signal that the big gathering birthday parties need to be toned down! The biggest toy mystery in our house is how come the boys have so much, yet are constantly fighting over the same toy, usually a very small or crappy one, like from a McDonald's Happy Meal.

Nathan started soccer. He seems to like it, but had zero interest in listening to Coach Jason. He much preferred running up and down the field to learning to trap and dribble.

My guy, unwinding from a hard day's programming by, well, programming.


  1. Love the soccer picture. My BFF's middle girl (Lilly, 5) wasn't much interested in listening to her coach either. She kinda just stood in the middle of the field talking to the other kids. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

  2. One way of avoiding the toy glut: For birthday parties where a bunch of kids (classmates) are coming, make it a book exchange. In the invite, ask that guests bring a wrapped, gender-neutral book in lieu of a gift for the the birthday kid. Then, when it's time for people to leave, you give each kid a wrapped book (in lieu of the pointless gift bag).

    For Amy's party, we bought a few surplus books in case there were any shortages, but it all worked out. And her gift-opening excitement was sustained by all the presents from her grandmas afterwards.