A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Week of the Empty Bookcase

Sounds a little bit like a Nancy Drew title, doesn't it?  Week of the empty bookcase has involved a lot of shuffling and dust.  

This cake missed making it into the Mother's Day post.  I'm not much of a cake person, but I appreciated the thought.  

I couldn't believe how chill Cairo was in the bath!  I guess I got the temp Just Right for her.  

Love the purrito look.  

Oslo in the laundry basket.

One morning when we were out for our ride/walk/jog, I noticed my shorts were almost the same color as my legs.  I hope the neighbors didn't think I was half naked.  

The kittens were looking all tired and cute, so I took a picture.  

The *click* of the iPad made them all wake up and blink at me.  

I've been working on the school room this week!  One of my projects was to take pictures of some curriculum to sell.  Grumman decided to "help" with that.  Oh Grumman.  

The girls are bored with nothing assigned each morning, so I pulled out a new puzzle from their respite at home box.  Hopefully, I'll be showing a finished picture next week.  

Big haul of library books this week.  

When cleaning the school room, I came across one of the golden eagles we made almost 5 years ago.  Probably time to let that craft go.  

Dubious milestone this week.  The kittens popped out of the tub.  It happens with every litter, but it's always a little sad when it does.  They now have free reign in my room during the day, and are in the playpen at night.  Notice Quito's toy?  One of Grumman's pipe cleaners.  I guess it's not as weird as I thought, because the kittens are fascinated with them, too.  

Speaking of the kittens playing with Grumman's toys, there's Oslo, figuring out the ball track.  

 Don't feel too bad for Grumman, though.  He's discovered the sea monkeys.  I'm surprised they're still alive.  I tend to forget them for a week at a time.  

Eventually, I got pictures of 6 different years/levels of My Father's World curriculum, 

and posted them on the MFW curriculum exchange Facebook group.

I've shipped out a couple boxes so far, and it's looking like I'll have another couple of pieces going out Monday.  

I've got each level bagged up separately, so stuff doesn't get mixed up.  

It's all rather exhausting, right Grumman?  I love it when he wants to hang out with me, but I have had to pull the keyboard out from under him so I can type.  

All of this rearranging has led to our first empty bookcase!  I kind of wish I'd taken some "before" pictures of the school room, because I'm looking forward to how much better things will look when we get to "after."  

Besides trying to sell off some curriculum, we've also identified some books that our family is finished with.  Starting to see gaps on the other bookcases, too.  

Lots of organizing going on.  

Over the years, we've bought a lot of books, and been given a lot of books.  It's time to set some free to be enjoyed by others.  


  1. Oh man! I have so much organizing and purging to do! I feel both envious and sad at seeing your empty bookshelf. You're so good at organizing!!!!

    1. LOL! I'm pretty sure Paul would disagree with you about me being good at organizing. I'm just inspired by a Big Project right now. But I'm excited; a lot is getting done!