We've been very blessed.
One of the reasons (besides the obscene price of petro) that we haven't done any garage saling yet this year is that we've been extrememly blessed in hand-me-downs. We.love.hand-me-downs, flame shirts aside.
If you're a scrapbooker you might have noticed that my boys tend to dress like Steph's earlier pages (thank you Steph) Wendy is decked out incredibly similar to those girls that don Janet and Sue's pages (thank you!) and Allan, who I never find things for at garage sales anyway and never dreamed I'd get hand-me downs for, just landed gifts from two directions at once (thank you Angie!) and a neighbor. The flame shirt came from the neighbor. It's not exactly my style. It's nice and all that, as far as flame shirts go - it's just not me.
In cases like this, when the child really loves it but I don't - I sometimes relent. With conditions. I get veto power on where it can be worn. Period. If they can accept those conditions, they can keep the apparel. This type of apparel, for some odd reason, also is very slow to make it thru the laundry cycle. *wink* Don't give me away, okay?
We are grateful. We are fortunate to live in community that is just as fond of hand-me-downs as we are - and we just continue the passing until it's completely outdated or threadbare.
It works, and in this economy, we work it as much as we can because every little bit helps.
Speaking of every little bit - Mr. Flame Wearer up there got another job. His last one expired pretty quickly as the house was completed and put up for sale, he just got a few jobs out of that deal - but now he's dog walking regularly for another neighbor. He's like my side of the family in that he's a little apprehensive to begin something new, to persue that initial contact - but once he got started it's all good. He's very conscientous - it's been fun to watch.
And with that - all the kids are up. And whining. Again.
And it's rainy. Again.
I'll be keeping the computer off for the most part of the next few days while I catch up on a few things around here. I've got to draw a diagram for the boys closet - we're hoping to do that this weekend, and I've got some major cleaning and creating to do. It's all fun - I just need to work myself out of this funk mood I've been in the last few.
Maybe jumprope would help.....