With eleven kids over a span of 23 years, we’ve gathered loads of mittens, hats, and boots. We love hand-me-downs, and fortunately, we have friends who pass us great stuff. As the weather has grown colder, I’ve gotten out mittens and warm coats, but Monday’s snow forced me get serious. Russ hauled out the bins labeled, Snow Boots, Mittens and Hats, and Snow Pants and I sorted through grabbing anything that looked like it would currently fit one of my youngest six.
We often have problems with kids forgetting which mittens are theirs or even which boots ( Dimples, Sunshine, and Eby all wear nearly the same size). This year Russ came up with a brilliant solution. Once we found a complete set of gear for each child, they put it on, and we took a picture; now we know which mittens belong to each child. No more arguing or blaming a sibling for a lost hat!
The system is already working. Only a few short hours after the photo session, Eby could not find his mittens or remember what they looked like. I pulled up the picture and, voila!, the mittens were navy blue with green stripes. The same day the girls went ice skating with friends and Dimples left her gloves in the van. Since my friend has nine kids, the likelihood of finding our gloves without a description was small. I pulled up the snow gear mug shots and was able to ask my friend to look for gray and blue gloves.
At the age of 46, my memory is not what it used to be — I can use all the help I can get!
How do you keep your gear organized?
How are you doing on your 50 Points of Joy? My list has 31 items on it and I’m trying to add more. In two days I have 11 checks, not quite as many as I should if I’m going to hit 50 in a week, but not too bad either.
Please keep adding your lists to the comments; I’ve gotten great ideas from you!
It was – 5 degrees this morning; I opted for the treadmill over going outside. The kids went outside to play in the snow and only stayed out 20 min., I can’t blame them since it is only 2 degrees.
Russ, Rusty, and Dimples are on their way to Spokane for Rusty’s orthodontist appointment. Dimples is having a hard time figuring out what to do with her days and can’t quite seem to settle in to playing with her siblings. I sent her along with a bag of snacks and the small DVD player; She is getting a break from the “I don’t know what to do” Dilemma, and we’re having a quieter day at home. I find myself feeling a little sad that she can’t simply enjoy downtime, but we’ve come so far, this is a relatively small problem.
I need to start cooking for tomorrow! How about you? Are you hosting Thanksgiving or being the guests?
If I don’t make it back to the computer, have a wonderful, joy-filled Thanksgiving.
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