Sunday, November 20, 2011

I'm all analytical and stuff

I took a gander at the list of my blog posts to see which ones get more hits. Here are three things I've learned about my blog readers:

1) No one cares about the farm bill,

2) everyone hates Brussels sprouts, and

3) I need to post more baby stories.

I need to produce more babies to accomplish number three. I'm off to tell Nate my new angle on why we should have another child. My dedication to you, dear readers, is fierce.

Another part of my life that I am prone to (over) analyze is the amount of stuff we own. I do this activity on a regular basis in which I wander around the house, shaking my head at the build-up. The toys, the tschotchkes, the random keys, the remaining lined three-hole-punched paper from grammar school. Where does it come from, this load of absolute crap? As someone who loves to purge, I find it maddening that I still seem to own SO MUCH STUFF.

A tip I learned from my dad about the children's toys is to adopt a three-month toy rotation. This concept is likely self-explanatory, but I will briefly enlighten you on the process. I take a box, gather up a bunch of stuff they don't play with on a daily basis, and cart it down to the basement, where it sits until Vivi asks for it or until she's bored with the toys upstairs. Not rocket science, right?

There is an additional wrinkle to this shell game. If the kids never ask about it in three months, and it's a toy we hate, it goes into the Goodwill box. Sayonara, cat piano. It's been real.

Oh, also, don't let your kids see you boxing up the stuff, or you'll inevitably have a drama on your hands, starring your poor little orphan child who really waaaannnnnts that particular toy even though they haven't played with it in a month.

I had just completed two boxes worth of toy rotation when the mailman came with a special delivery of Nate's childhood stuff, courtesy of his parents' purging. I'm 100% in favor of everyone cutting down on the accumulation of things, so I support their mission. But GAWD it is a bunch o' boxes.

There are some wonderful treasures in the bunch! Do you love old wooden toys as much as I do?

I was thrilled to discover that Nate's Uncle Frank had hand-crafted a giant train set for him, and Vivi was as joyful to receive it as I was to open it. Just in time for the holidays. Train sets create a festive mood, don't they? Check out the perfect little details.

Thanks Uncle Frank!


dstenz said...

I, for one, LOVE brussel sprouts, especially with bacon. Except I didn't know it until I met my husband and he had me cook them for him.
We also cannot believe the amount of crap we have accumulated in the 3.5 years we have lived at our present home. A purge is in order, but I have a hard time with toys as my favorite Pixar movies, the Toy Story series, have ruined me to believing all the ones with faces are alive and so the only ones I can part with in good conscious are the blocks and random matchbox cars. I like your dad's 3 month rule, though I can see myself having a hard time deciding which ones go and which ones stay for Patrick.
And I am in love with the toy train. Although, we could never have anything that nice here. It would get destroyed way too fast by Bobby's alter-ego, Destructor.

Justine's Studio Studies said...

That is lovely! You took a great shot of the wooden train. It looks so Christmasey.

Cute picture of Charlotte's hand also. Just adorabale.

Elizabeth said...

I'm obsessed with your gorgeous train --- what a lucky box to receive! And Jason and I both have discovered a latent love of brussel sprouts since we married --- every recipe we try we like, and we finally just steamed them and ate them and --- yum!

Justine said...

I'm glad to know there are some fellow sprout lovers out there. They get a bad rap, eh?

Dana, that's so funny about you and the Toy Story series. What you need is a fellow purger with no attachment to the toys to sweep through. My key is also to get a bunch of 50-cent used stuff so the kids (and I) are distracted by all the new finds, and then we are more inclined let the broken slinkies and headless Cinderellas go.

Aunt Justine, I love your "studio studies" profile picture. Fantastic artistry! I look forward to the next time I am in Birmingham to see more of your recent work.

Justine's Studio Studies said...

You may enjoy this blog talk radio gal. She is funny and interested in getting mothers together. is her contact info.

Becky Flansburg is a mother blogger and should be interesting for young mothers. Hope you can find the time to listen.

Justine said...

That's an interesting interview. I like listening to why fellow bloggers write, and I always love a good Minnesotan accent. Thanks for sharing!

Justine's Studio Studies said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful you are in my life.

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