I've had a few days to think about our Pioneer Adventure and some of the old-fashioned things I would like to continue doing around our home.
We all enjoyed keeping a journal for the two days and the girls have continued writing in them.
We have never been a family of loud, battery operated toys but I definitely need to go through the bedroom closets and weed out some of our toys. There are just too many of them. Tinkertoys, Lincoln logs, a variety of building blocks and legos are all classics that we have been fortunate enough to find at Goodwill or resale stores. Most of our legos are from Phillip's boyhood sets and his brothers have added to them over the years. Grace and Emily love to play with puzzles, paperdolls and of course their babydolls. Toys that don't involve their imagination will be disappearing over the next few weeks.
Emily enjoyed playing with her paperdolls during Pioneer Days.
Here is a lego castle Aunt Melissa helped the boys build this week. They have spent many hours playing with it!
The next discovery had to do with our diet. After the two days were over, I picked up the sugar canister and was shocked to discover only a few tablespoons had been used! We did use brown sugar, but hardly any. I wonder if some of the behavior problems we experienced for the two days were sugar withdrawl symptoms!! Snacks were another problem. Benjamin has been known to ask for a snack while eating his breakfast! I got very strict with them this week. If we have one, it's when I announce it. No more asking for one all morning and it has to be healthy.
Our last change has to do with our microwave. We moved it out to the garage. Did I hear a gasp? ;0) The only time we use it is for heating up leftovers and softening butter. I didn't miss it at all those two days. Leftovers can be heated up in the oven very easily and with a bit of planning butter can be left out on the counter to soften.
Here is a "before" photo of the area the microwave used to be. The white flakes all over the floor are pieces of old shelf liner I had to scrape off.
The next step was putting a coat of primer on.
I painted it the same yellow as the kitchen walls, and set up my baking canisters inside. Now they are nice and easy to get to!
I enjoyed sharing our adventure with you. Thank you for taking the time to read about it and all the wonderful comments!