So...Eric & Merry...make room on your new deck! (Sneakers doesn't come with the toys...she's staying here.)
It always pulls at my heart a bit when my kids outgrow beloved toys. With Carson, Elise was always still behind him and I looked forward to Elise getting some enjoyment out of toys he'd outgrown. But, when Elise outgrows toys, there's no one else in our immediate family to enjoy them. Thankfully my brother and his wife just started their family so we hope to have lots of nieces and nephews in line for the toys!
Elise got the house when she was 2 (her first birthday celebrated with us!) and the sand box when she was 3. She's gotten plenty of use out of both of them and I'm happy to see them going to other kids, but it still makes a bit sad that my kiddos are growing up so quickly. I never really understood that sentiment until I started experiencing it myself. I love the kids they are becoming, but it is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the here and now before it's gone.
Update on the basement
Still no visit from the pros...apparently there is quite a bit of flooding all around to keep them busy! Sigh. Perry continues to suck water out, but it is drying out. Lots of fans set up down there. We're fortunate that there is very minimal personal property damage and it was clean water. The carpet remains the big worry, but we keep hearing we'll likely just need to replace the pad. There is lots of flooding down here and folks are being flooded out of their houses by not so clean water, so really, in the grand scheme of things, we're just fine!