Somehow, it's all coming together. It always does. The apparent chaos is taking a little more order and the process is unfolding in a natural way. I don't do 'to-do' lists like I used to. Most of the work required here is obvious, I don't need to write it down to remind me. I no longer need that satisfaction of 'crossing things off the list'. I do write down the things that I may not remember, so my to-do lists these days are very short, if at all.
I'm slowly emptying cupboards and I have boxes stacked in sections to either go to storage, go to the camper, or to be sold. I'm really impressed with how much Nicholas has released. He is very sure of his decisions and is looking forward to making "lots of money" selling off the things he has finished with. The storage and camper piles are neatly inside of the house. The sell stuff is randomly placed on the back patio. When I have finished inside the house, I need to go through that and organise it and donate some of it.
Summer has also released a lot of things, mainly clothes. She loves clothes and has been loving experimenting with different styles and themes, well, she's been doing that from the time she could dress herself! She has decided that she wants all of her clothes to be "earthy", so out with the hot pink hair, and the bright blue poncho! If the clothes aren't earthy or hippy, they were gone! She has been slowly giving away some of her childhood toys over the last year. When other children would come over, she often offered them things she thought they would like.
I think our children have been to enough yard sales and op-shops to know that there is an abundance of toys and clothes in the world, and at really good prices too! AJ has some really cool toys and gadgets and books. He has always loved books about real things. Even when he was one year old, he preferred looking at books of the internal workings of an airplane, and books with real photos of animal (not drawings). He's not into reading novels, but he will read fact books all day. He loves doing word puzzles with me (we're currently into an iPhone app called '7 Little Words'). He will listen to me reading a story, and he will read stories to Nicholas, but not usually for himself. With the exception of the Usborne puzzle adventure stories, where you have lots of clues and have to figure out the puzzle within the story. He also loves tech stuff and is longing to have his own computer.
It's the first day of winter here...a cool, rainy day. A good soup day! In one month, we will be living in our camper, all of the 'stuff' in the house will be sorted and we will have closed the front door for the last time. One more month. The children are all very excited, as am I. I feel very calm within at the moment. I know there is a lot to do in the month ahead, including a birthday to celebrate for a very excited little man, and it's all going to be great...it already is!