From the Childcare Files

I haven’t said much about childcare lately…partly because it’s been so crazy.  It’s hard to really know where to begin.

On Monday morning I had talked to Kelli and said that I had hoped we’d have more of a normal week of childcare…The first kid walked in the door.  She’s a school ager and she didn’t have a back pack.  I asked her about it and she said -Didn’t I know?  It’s a no school day.  Nope.  I didn’t know.  Them mom walking without little sister.  She was sick and after another day of being sick we found she had Scarlet Fever.

So much for a “normal” week….

Since January I’ve had a family out on maternity leave.  They have  been bringing their little two year old a couple times a week.  It’s given mom a break and kept me from going into with drawl.  She’s such a sweet girl.  This week little sister who is now 2 months old tagged along too.  It was fun to have a baby again but at the same time I forgot how much more attention they need.  Right now the hardest thing is keeping the other kids away from baby.  She’s so fascinating that everyone wants to around her.

Monday is the day that maternity leave is over and I’ll have both of the girls full time.

That means we’re entering new territory…Big sister has to get kicked out of my three seater stroller and baby sis gets to join us.


The weather was nice early in the week but by the end of the week it was colder and windy.  Monday we took advantage and went on a walk.  I can’t wait for more outside days.

Being it was so yucky and we couldn’t get out, I decided it was time to tackle a bigger problem….
The arts and crafts closet and the toys.

Wednesday I had a continuing education class in Cresco.  I got out of here right away after childcare so I could stop at Dollar General and get some totes and baskets.  I needed them so bad.  I have pompoms, pipecleaners, stamp pads, yarn, felt, five different types of markers, crayons, paint sticks, popsicle sticks and all sorts of other stuff.  When I would  open the closet…it would all come tumbling out.  That left me avoiding the closet….which made the kids and me sad.  We like projects.


When a childcare grandma cleaned out her craft stash and sent more things my way I knew I needed to take that as a sign.  I needed to tackle that closet.  I knew there was room for everything..I just needed to get totes and reorganize.  You can see the mess all over the table.

Then I got in the mood to revamp the toys.  We had too much of some things.  I didn’t have defined spaces for some things.  It needed help.

Since the move to this house more than ever I’ve had a “place for everything and everything in it’s place” mentality.  Then after reading the book  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I’ve taken it on even more.  I don’t know how many times I’d pick something up and say- “Does this toy spark joy for anyone at childcare?”  Quite often I answered myself back by saying…”No this is just a toy they dump out and then play with the bucket.”  I put them in the Goodwill box and kept the bucket.

After a day of sorting and cleaning I realized I needed more totes and baskets.  Well being I bought these at a Dollar General and I wanted matching ones I went to Dollar General in another town on Thursday night….No luck.  Then Friday we went to yet another local town to find them…again no luck.

So now I’m a little frustrated and hoping that I can find some type of closely matching ones at Walmart when I go,

Today I’m at two more continuing education childcare classes.

Of course all of this sorting and organizing left me to cleaning out all of the drawers and cabinets on the main floor except the kitchen.  What was I thinking?

I’ve been doing good to not be too tired but this week is catching up with me.  I’m tired but seeing the progress sure makes it worth it.  I have plans to make it an early night though.

Dare I hope that this Monday will be the start of a “normal” week?

3 thoughts on “From the Childcare Files”

  1. Colleen C. Yarnell

    We have had unusual strep, scarlett fever and mono at our school the last three months. I just found out the lack of energy i have had for the last month or so was because I had mono. Had which is good but had to get antibiotics Thursday for a bad sinus infection. Sigh. I agree with the organizational mantra. I just which I had more storage space.

  2. There must be something in the air besides spring pollen. At the end of each of the last 4 weeks we’ve looked at each other and said, “Maybe next week will be normal.” Not yet, but there’s a new week coming! Hope yours is good.

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