Posted in House, Kids

Room Changes

Before the multitudes of children were born, we had five rooms downstairs: kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and den/office. The moment we brought those children home, the “family room” immediately changed to a “play room”, first gated off on both doorways and now open. Funny thing, though, those little children aren’t so little anymore. Yes, a playroom with a TV, a laptop for games and a mini-trampoline is very nice and useful, but a SCHOOLROOM with four desks and three laptops and a Perkins Brailler would be much more useful. (They currently do their homework at the kitchen table.)

Enter our fall room changing plans. We found this desk, which we think we could probably fit  four of into the playroom/schoolroom. The TV will move into the current office. My desk will, most likely, move out into the school room. The toys and trampoline will move down into the basement, where we’ll set up another TV.

Yes, with everyone entering adolescence I’m more than a little leery of a TV in the basement. We’ll just have to set up strict “no opposite sex in the basement” rules. They can watch TV in the now-office, soon-to-be-den.

While I’m the first to admit I hate change, this particular one is a little overdue and therefore very welcome. I promise to take Before, During and After pictures when the time comes!

Posted in Vacation


I thought I would drop in and say hi to whomever might actually still be reading here.

Summer vacation is good. Quiet summer vacation, where we don’t do much of anything, is even better.

Ethan has his annual ESY (extended school year) “Summer Camp” at Overbrook for 6 weeks Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The other kids have library, playing with friends, swimming in the redneck pool when the ring stays inflated, doing Science in the Summer this week and generally hanging out. It’s been–MOSTLY–good.

There’s still the whole parenting and refereeing and staying on top of their attitudes thing. That doesn’t take a vacation, unfortunately!

Ethan had his first playdate over our house on Saturday. It went well and they were very cute. So often he gets left behind in the dust of the other kids–older emotionally and socially as well as sighted. He got to have Devon all to himself and enjoyed one-on-one time with someone who truly is his peer. And her mother and I got to visit, which is also such a blessing.

We head to Rehoboth Beach later this month. Jim will be there for just the weekend while I stay for the rest of the week and do the solo parenting thing. Challenging!

I’ve actually been working some with a mom of nine. LOTS of work, of course, but oh so fun and rewarding! Although I normally take the summer off because I have to watch the kids, Jim’s been around a lot more so that frees me up.

I just want to take this moment to express my utter disgust at WalMart, who has already put out their school supplies. It’s JULY 9th, WalMart! We’re not thinking about school!

Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying your summer. 7 weeks until school, so soak up the sun and relax a bit!