I have been trying to get into a groove coordinating homeschool for Lilla and speech school for Bette. It is taking much longer than I expected. It feels like we are always coming and going and as a result I find myself squeezing teaching Lilla in here and there. I do not like it. But I think we are on the cusp of finally getting our schedule to a manageable place and I am thankful.
The girls have also been busy. They found about a hundred pieces of ribbon in my desk that all belongs to invitation set I bought, but have yet to use. And they have been having a field day. Lilla has taken to making designs on the floor in all sorts of shapes and sizes, which seems to me just as good as her making designs with rubber bands on her geoboard for math. Ribbon designs on the floor = homeschool math for the day. Check.
Of course, none of the designs stay around very long… because the foot of a little munchkin always seems to find its way to smack in the middle of whatever Lilla just finished working on. Lilla cried at first. But once I started taking pictures of her designs and “preserving” them for her, she was okay with it.
We are also now a one cat family. There was a small incident with Polo. Jay was washing dishes and I was cleaning the kitchen when all of a sudden Lilla screamed. Polo had jumped from the coffee table and onto the sofa, where Lilla was peacefully watching a movie, and on top of Lilla’s face. He then jumped again, using Lilla’s face as a spring board, in an effort to tackle the other cat. It was terrible and she was pretty scratched up.
It wasn’t malicious. Polo is just stupid. But it wasn’t the first time something like that had happened, and we decided he needed another home. Which he found with Aunt Mimi, who gave him to us in the first place.
The other cat is now getting twice the love. He looks thrilled, doesn’t he?
I have been rounding up fall clothes for the girls. I bought their fall shoes over the weekend. They are from Payless and Lilla had a pair last year. They are indestructible. She wore them all the time and they still looked pretty good at the end of winter. And they are only $10. BAM.
I also snagged a pair of earrings for me from Anthropologie. I love them.
I have also been nesting and purging relentlessly. I think the coming change of seasons has stirred in me a desire to get rid of all the crap we accumulated during the summer that now seems to be floating around our house everywhere. Goggles. Necklaces. Water guns. Stickers.
Whenever I find something that I know the girls could care less about and they are not looking, I throw it in the trash. Because I know if they see me throw it in the trash, it will all of a sudden be their favorite toy that they can’t live without.
But sometimes I get busted. Lilla happens to see whatever I have thrown away in the trash and exclaims, HEY, WHO THREW THIS AWAY?
Being the mature adult I am, I play dumb. I have no idea, honey. Or I blame it on Bette. Because she doesn’t know the difference and what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. But then the thing that I was trying to get out of the house comes out of the trash can and I have to hunt it down again.
While I was purging, I found in the back of my closet, buried in a box, two Coach purses that were my mother’s. I totally forgot I had them. They weren’t really in style nine years ago when she died, but now they are. I am so glad I kept them.
One is pretty roughed up, but Jay thinks he can polish and clean it up. The other is a cross body bag in perfect condition. I will be using it a lot this fall.
I also came across something a friend gave us in the early days of our marriage. Jay hates it. But I think it is absolutely hilarious.
Don’t you agree?