As we paint, repair, clean, and pack in preparation to sell our house, I have come across many items that are not being used as frequently as they had been in the past.
Our kiddos are moving past baths, and into showers. The twins, at almost 6 years old, would still take baths if we let them. However, with 4 kiddos, taking a bath isn’t always a quick option. Now that we are passing the bath stage, it is time to get rid of the bath toys. Tonight I went through the bath toys to sort out the few we will keep around for a few more months. I found bath toys that we have had since Vincent was a toddler. I found the foam man that was a favorite among all of the kids. I found the sea animal set that I bought at a yard sale for $1, but was one of the most used by our kids. And I found the drum set that was given to Vincent for his second Christmas. The drum sticks have long since been taken away, but the drums have stuck around and played with many times.
After we sell the house, I am not sure where we will live. We have a few options, with our first choice being in the travel trailer. Where ever we end up, space will be limited. Aside from our space issue, the kids are growing. Perhaps that is the biggest reason we are getting rid of toys like these. Perhaps. This may also be why we sold so many preschool toys in our last yard sale. It was hard to see the large 25 piece puzzles leave our home. It did sadden me a bit to sell the lacing activities. I know, though, that we are moving onto a new stage. This move, this change in stages allows us to move onto enjoy a new phase in life. We will be able to explore and serve with children who are able to take care of their own needs (to an extent, obviously). We will be able to teach them survival skills, how to be selfless, and many other life skills that are appropriate for elementary aged kiddos. I am kind of excited about that opportunity.
As sad as I was to see the preschool stage walk away, I kind of look forward to what is in store for us.