As a side note the snow was really beautiful and the wind kept kicking up clouds of it. What was not so lovely about the snow/ice and the subsequent melting is that it attracted the ducks even more to our front walk. They loved the puddle that formed as the snow melted and could not be dissuaded from using that as their hang out spot. The problem is wherever ducks hang out, they also poop (a lot)! I sure wish our front walk didn't have to be a congregating spot for them and often the chickens. Sigh! I do not find it to be a particularly welcoming thing for guests to have our front walk splattered with chicken and duck poop but can't seem to keep up with clearing it off OR with shooing them away...
So last Friday night we took our healthy, giggly, spunky 4 year old out on a date! It was her time to cash in her Christmas coupon and it was so wonderful to see her feeling great again! I'm not sure who was more excited. I was so excited I dreamed about it the night before but of course it was all mixed up and we had brought Kali on a 2nd date rather than Terah. I was happy to wake up and realize we had time to get it right! Many times during the day she asked if it was time for her date. It was the first time, but hopefully not the last, that both me and Jason went out with JUST her! She soaked up the undivided attention!
We enjoyed an evening of going to You Made It pottery where she selected a bowl to paint. While fun it was not the kind of thing I would want to do often with a four year old. You had to paint what you wanted on the bowl 3 times (so there were 3 layers of paint). She loved the first round, concentrated and made it through the second round and was clearly ready to be done by the third so I had to think of ways to make it fun and silly. From there we made our way to Bella Luna where we played Dutch Blitz while we waited for our pizzas. Not completely filled after that course, we crossed the street to Bella Gelato for ice cream and some rounds of Set. It was a full and very fun evening for all three of us!
On Sunday we enjoyed another sabbath hike with friends. While on that hike Alida announced that we were having a family meeting and that she would be facilitating. So that's what we did that evening and she did great facilitating (some of us had been suspicious that "facilitating" meant something more akin to being the boss of the meeting, but she clearly had observed and taken in what the role of facilitator was all about). At that meeting one of the agenda items was discussing Terah locking their shared bedroom door and then not unlocking it with her play keys upon request. This, understandably was annoying Alida. So Terah agreed not to but that was when we learned...that she wanted her own room.
My how our kids throw us curve balls! Our 16 year old has no interest in her own room, our 8 year old would be scared in her own room and now our 4 year old wants her own room. She said she wanted her own room to have a private place to wrap presents for us. Now there would be much easier ways to accomplish that goal! But she also wanted to sleep in it, and wanted no one to come in but me. This idea had Alida in tears (completely shedding her facilitator role). Change is hard for her, she was worried Terah would be scared or fall out of bed, and she didn't think she would sleep as well. In the end we agreed to try it for one night. I fully assumed she would make it 5 minutes and change her mind. Nope!
After the first night, she said she was going to do it every other night. So last night was her second night in the guest room (to be hers in the future?). We moved the mattress onto the floor in hopes that I would sleep better not being worried she would roll out. She has just said she plans to sleep in the guest room again tonight so that negates the every other night plan. Not sure where this will lead but we are taking it a day (I mean, a night) at a time... Life with kiddos is so very full of surprises. The last thing I wanted as a kid was to sleep in a room by myself. I would have LOVED to co-sleep with my parents! I spent many a night being scared. It's lovely and surprising to see Terah becoming a confident and independent sleeper. I just wasn't expecting her to want to move to the other side of the house. We haven't made any major furniture shifts just yet. Seems a little early for that.
So now, for the other and final bit of major news. Monday and Tuesday of this week were slated for the deep clean of the garage. I promise I was not wanting to miss out on the "fun" but Monday was an office day for me and the girls were with friends. So that meant that Mom, Dad and Jason could work without distractions. They got the whole garage emptied out and cleaned. This was a major accomplishment in and of itself! The end of the day got a bit more stressful as night approached and the weather prediction was calling for rain as early as 4 a.m. the next day. So it was a bit of a mad run to get all the stuff yet to sort and clean back into the garage, common room, and wood shed. So it wasn't a perfect deep clean but it still had the desired effect!
Jason spent most of Tuesday sorting things, Mom was in the wings to help clean things, Dad was in the wings to carry things and helped with chores, and I was in the wings to help sort things and make decisions but was mostly working for CJP. So, in short, Jason really bore the brunt of this project - especially the mental (and shall I say emotional) work of this! It's so hard to know when to throw/give something away and when to retain it for the possibility of needing it and avoiding buying a new one. Knowing that "throwing stuff away" is really just moving stuff to the landfill (it doesn't really go away), deepens again our commitment to try not to amass stuff in the first place.
Today I was at work again and they wrapped things up! So other than hanging one thing and doing a few minor projects that came out of this one (maybe tomorrow), the garage deep clean is officially done. It's much cleaner, less cluttered, more organized, more roomy and lots of little projects were accomplished in the garage and in the house with things found in the garage. I'm not sure yet if Jason will say it was worth the 2.5 days of work, but I think soon he will! And I hope for some of the upcoming projects that I can have more hands on involvement so I can more fully "feel the magic" of the deep clean process.