Ooo, we did a garage sale in August with a friend of ours, and a few other families. This was my second one ever, and I had forgotten how much work it is . . . especially when you're bringing all of your things to another location. But, I sold a lot of stuff - yay! - and the kids had lots of fun selling lemonade and cookies with their good friend. What cuties! So, I'm listing a few things that didn't sell on Craigslist, and brought the rest to goodwill, AND sold 8+ bins of stuff and other bigger items. It's a really good feeling. :) I don't think I'll do another garage sale, just Craigslist stuff or Goodwill stuff. But, with so much baby/little kid items we could get rid of, now that we're done having kids, I'm glad we did this one.
Ok. Final thing I'm going to mention for August - Anna and her friend took swim lessons! Yay! It was six lessons, just the two of them, at NMU's gym. I loved her teacher, and I loved that she got to do it with one friend, not a big group. I was so surprised how comfortable she got. Anna loves the water, baths, and the beach, but she wasn't too motivated to learn how to swim. (Probably because you can have so much fun at the beach without needing to know how to swim, as opposed to a city pool, which we don't have in Marquette anyway.) So, before the lessons, she'd put her face in the water, but only very quickly. By the end, she was dunking and trying to see how long she could stay under, fearlessly jumping off the diving board (with life jacket on), swimming the length of the pool and back with just a paddle board or noodle, and trying out doggy-paddling very short distances on her own. Good progress! I think we'll try to get her lessons one more time in the spring, and then practice what she learns all next summer. I feel like she's so close to being a full-fledged swimmer. So proud of Miss Anna!
Well, this entry is just a "this is what we've been up to lately" kind of entry, but I just don't have time for more right now. Maybe next time I'll throw on a "gratitude list" or let you know what's been weighing on my mind lately. Hope all your back-to-school stuff went smoothly! Have a great weekend!