The Great Toy Purge of 2014

We cleaned out my parents’ house this summer.  As my dad put it, my parents were “savers.”  I have another word for it, that starts with H and ends with OARDERS.  

This has inspired me to do some cleaning in my own house.  God forbid anything would happen to me and someone else would have to go through my crap.  And with that inspiration, the kids and I had The Great Toy Purge of 2014 last week.

We moved into our current house six years ago, and in the time since I’ve done a few toy purges, both upstairs in the kids’ rooms and downstairs in our family room.  Most recently last winter I got rid of a bunch of baby toys that Emma didn’t use anymore.  You know, because she’s six.

Last week we got rid of a whole bunch more.  Games, puzzles and what not.  Some cars, some robots, a lot of boy type play-clothes.  (When you’re 9 and 11, the only time you dress up is Halloween.)  The Transformers went, as did a cheap-o train set, some Rescue Heroes, and a bunch of Happy Meal crap.  Emma got rid of some baby dolls she didn’t play with, more Happy Meal crap, and we also organized her Barbies.

We cleared out two full four-shelf bookshelves, enough for our DVDs.  The shelves where the DVDs were are now Lego display areas.  Emma’s Barbie areas are organized into dolls, furniture and clothes/shoes.  Plus, we found a bunch of American Girl clothes that had traveled downstairs some how.  Everything is very nicely organized and so very clean.

It surprised me, too, that the kids were so willing to part with stuff.  Mostly the boys- but they are getting older, and they know that they mostly only play with Lego and Star Wars figures.  They would happily play with their millions of Lego all day long, which makes me happy–less toys equals less clutter.  

There’s one more thing that we have to do–organize the Lego instructions.  When we go school shopping, I plan on buying a big three-ring binder and some page covers.  Each Lego instruction book will go into a cover- and those will all go into the binder.  No more Lego book messes!  

I would say The Great Toy Purge of 2014 went very well.  If I could convince Emma to have The Great Stuffed Animal Purge of 2014 we’d be all set…

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Storytime- Summer Reading Week Six- LIQUID LAUNCH

We are reading:

book jacket Regarding the Fountain

book jacket Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

book jacket On the Launch Pad

book jacket Big Yellow Balloon

Our Experiment:

Soda Geyser



  • 1 two liter bottle of soda (Diet Coke is best)
  • 1 roll Mentos Mint candy (not the colored ones)
  • 1 piece of paper, 11×17

What you do:

  1. Remove the cap from the soda bottle.
  2. Unwrap the candy completely.
  3. Wrap the piece of paper around the candy, creating a roll that is 17 inches long.  All of the candy should be inside the roll.  Make sure they won’t move until you release them.
  4. Hold the roll of candy over the soda bottle, inserting one end of the paper into the top of the bottle.
  5. Ask everyone to count down with you from ten to one.
  6. At “one,” release the candy and run away from the soda bottle as quickly as possible.  The soda will shoot up into the air like a geyser.

Why does this happen?

Soda is a carbonated beverage, meaning that it contains carbon dioxide, which makes the liquid bubbly.  Gas typically takes up space, but soda is bottled under high pressure, forcing the bubbles to remain suspended in the liquid rather than allowing them to expand and make additional bubbles.  Dropping Mentos into the soda gives the carbon dioxide surfaces to react with, creating an extreme result.  

Our project:

Straw Rockets!  Click here to find pictures and the instructions.

Happy Reading!

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Jimmy Fallon Day!

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Kids say the darndest things.

Thanks again to a writing prompt from Mama Kat, I was inspired to ask my Facebook friends this question:

Blog research: What’s the silliest/funniest/most humorous thing you’ve heard your child say lately?

And once again, I learned that I have FABULOUS friends with FUNNY kids.

Tayna said, 

We were discussing food budgets for the family. The 10 year old thought our monthly budget was $125 for the 5 of us.

$125 a month for groceries?  I WISH!

Nicole said, 

Ashlynn got Rhett a cup of water and then asked if she was the bestest sister ever. His reply, “Nooooo.” And she answers, “I’m okay with that word Rhett.”

Good thing she’s okay with it, because I have a feeling Rhett will be saying NOOOO a lot in the coming years…

Claire said,

My 2 year old said of our dog “Sophie smells like stink”

Sometimes, so does my husband.  ;-)

Jenney said,

M calls her bathing suit her “baby soup”. Cracks me up every single time. On a less cute, but more humorous note, her new thing in public restrooms is to inquire “mommy? You dry? You panties dry mommy? All day???” LOUDLY.

Emma liked to do that in public restrooms too.  “YAY!  MOMMY!  YOU WENT POOPY!  YAY!”  Yeah.  Thanks, kid.

Kate said,

Squirrel. It was aimed at me when mid sentence I changed topic to point out something we were driving past.

Sarcasm.  A good skill for anyone to have.  :-)

And my personal favorite, from Melinda:

While swimming Ellie asked me, “Mom, are you wearing your boobie caps?” (Bra) When I said no she replied, “Good because they’d get all wet.”

No one wants wet boobie caps.

Thanks for the laugh, friends.  You’re the best!

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Nothing like a good peanut butter egg.

Comic by Natalie Dee: do not return

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