That's how much money I made at the garage sale. Funny, since I have 2 kids and had 2 of a lot of items. We didn't do too badly considering it rained off and on and so I had to herd folks to the back of my house to the garage.
Getting rid of some of the stuff was hard. I was telling people they had to buy it because it needed to be ripped off like a band-aid. So, I sold the big stuff that would have been a pain in the ass to get out of here. The crib is gone. (The kids are still in pack-n-plays temporarily as I have not purchased the Big Beds yet.) The changing table is gone, so we are on the floor doing the stand up method to change diapers. This inconvenience will probably motivate me to get on the stick about potty training, soon. The mobile, the crib bumper, the baby swings, the exersaucer, all gone gone gone. Babyhood. Gone.
So, I still have a lot left. Four car seats and some toys and a lot of cloth diapers. I emailed my foster care contact and the rest will go to her if she wants it. After that, the fun part. I get to purchase their new furniture and get their room ready for the next ten plus years of their lives. I'm sure their might be another bit of revision during the teen years.
The garage sale was kinda fun. I met a lot of people from the neighborhood that NEVER talk to me. I'm kind of the weird one on the block that no one can figure out, I think. There is a car parked in my garage that I never drive. Only the old guy who comes a few months out of the year drives it. I'm always hauling kids behind me with groceries or whatever. The quadriplegic comes by several times a week. Who knows what's up with me, right? I kept a pad of paper next to me and just was like, if I can't hear them, we'll have to write it out. Which I did a few times. And D came over and helped with some of the communication stuff. My dad even helped for a while and helped me sell an old stereo to a very particular customer. As usual, I did better communicating with the Spanish speaking folks than the English as first language speakers because the ESL folks are used to trying harder. But I think I got some "Aha!" reactions from the neighbors. Like so now they understand what my problem is that they could never figure out before. There is an explanation to why she is so strange?? So, I'm glad I did it. And I organized it for the whole neighborhood as well, so they got to have garage sales and I got free advertising through the home owner's association.
I'll write something more coherent and intelligent, soon. I have just been busy and tired with too much domesticity lately. I slept for like 11 hours yesterday and took another nap this afternoon.
I've been taking the kids swimming one day a week this summer. (rotating kids each week as I can't handle them both at the same time in the pool.) That is going really well. Naim used to cry and scream and now he is enjoying himself, although he still stays pretty glued to me. Aaron is a dare devil and I really have to watch him because he will just jump into the pool and think he will float. He will be swimming laps in about two more weeks, I think. Anyway, I skipped out last week so I'm going to try to get some extra sleep tonight and take Naim early tomorrow morning.
Enjoy all your Harry Potter books. I know I'm the only human on the planet who hasn't read a single one. I plan to some day. Maybe when the kids are old enough to do read alouds.