Monday, January 30, 2012

The Rest of Our Weekend

We had more beautiful weather this weekend and took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday with another trip to Joyner Park to let the girls ride their bikes. It was a little breezy and cool but after 5-10 minutes of walking and riding we were all warmed up. 

Until Samantha gets the pedaling (and almost more importantly, the steering) mastered a little better we decided we would be better off sticking with the tricycle. It is more fun for Samantha anyway. I wish I had taken some video of my little speed demon as she coasted downhill. She was hilarious! Every person at the park we passed was getting cracked up by her.

I am super proud of Gabrielle. She did so well on Saturday! She wanted no help and was able to even pedal up most of the hills on her own. Once again, neither of the girls wanted to leave. Unfortunately all good things come to an end at some point.

Here in the Lingg household we are continually rearranging and reorganizing. It is a must as new toys and stuff come into our cozy little house. Ed's dad made an awesome cubby unit for us when we were expecting Gabrielle. When we had little babies, it was used for blankets, diapers, wipes and all of those baby necessities you want easily accessible. As the babies grew the essentials were changed out for toys and books. When we put the girls in a room together last summer, the cubbies became storage for their gazillion stuffed animals, as you can see in this photo.

The problem with this is the stuffed animals NEVER stayed in the cubbies. I am not exaggerating when I say ten minutes after putting the stuffed animals back in the cubby, even with the girls having to do it themselves, the stuffed animals would inevitably end up back on the floor. And not just a few of the stuffed animals. No. Each and every single stuffed animal from big to small was taken out of the cubbies and piled onto the floor between the cubbies and the foot of the bed. Ed and I decided we might as well move the cubbies where they would actually get used.

I love it here. Instead of the shoes being piled up on the floor just inside the doorway, they now have a home on the bottom row. Our bookcase in the office was overflowing with books so we moved some of those to the top row of spaces, and still actually have room for quite a few more books The middle row is holding toys the girls play with the most often right now, mostly stuff they got for Christmas.

And until we find a better solution the stuffed animals are right where the girls apparently prefer them to be -

on the floor!!

I have to admit, it does look like a cozy place to lay and play. Ed thinks it is time to downsize by a few animals, and I tend to agree, but the girls really do play with each and every single stuffed animal. Every time I sit and go through them I cannot find even one they would miss. Until they are older and can decide on a few to at least store away in the attic, I guess we will have to deal with being overrun with stuffed animals!

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