Still, lots of day trips and the garage did eventually get mainly cleared out, which has been on the to-do list since we, um, last stuffed baby gear in there. My youngest is 8. Yeah, it's been a few years since we could cross the garage without having to follow a 'path'.
After that I had a spell of madness at the start of the school year / soccer season and went a little volunteer-crazy. Luckily most of the tasks that I signed up for are now completed, leaving me with just my usual weekly stuff... and, um, the 5th grade memory book... I've made a mental note to stop putting my hand up when they're asking for dupes and to practice avoiding eye contact in future.
I'm feeling like I am getting back into the groove, though. Churned out a couple of Halloween costumes AND I have a hand sewing project on the go for when I'm watching yet another soccer practice. I feel like I'm spending about half of my awake hours at the local park at the moment.
So, Halloween costumes: bless my lovely children, for they picked easy costumes this year. So nice to for once not have the 'I think a storm trooper costume will take more hours and care than I am willing to put into a costume for one night' conversation. My daughter wanted to be a surgeon - YES! Pretty much PJs, a mask, a hat and Bob's your uncle, you're done:
As for my son, he's Ricky Vaughn (aka Wild Thing from the 80s movie Major League). I'm thinking that 95% of people won't get the movie reference, but he'll still look like a kid that's dressed up as a baseball player. Plus, he was already on an Indians little league team, so we already had the cap. All I had to do was mock up a baseball jersey.
When he picked out his glasses at the opticians, I might have told him that he ought to at least be Clark Kent or Wild Thing for Halloween, if those glasses were going to be his choice...
A little reluctance was shown about the haircut, mind.
Oh, and I did eventually remember who had a baby: my husband's workmate's wife. I didn't feel so bad for forgetting once I realised that it was a baby that I had never met (the blanket is a boring and practical navy, but the photo's colours look different in blogger: hmm).