Wow, a lot of sickies! Austin was snotty and whiny all yesterday and woke up 6 times last night. I finally dosed him to knock him out it was ridiculous. Parenting solo sucks. Avery slept pretty well the first half of the night, but then was up multiple times the latter half... of course when Austin was sleeping. So basically I got maybe an hour or two of very broken sleep. Awesome. Both are still sneezy today, but in fine spirits. I'm feeling better, but not 100% obviously since I didn't get any sleep.
So, here's a totally unrelated question... what do you ladies do with your older children's art work? Avalon must make about 10 pieces of "art" every day and when she's at camp or school that number increases as does the size and bulk of the art (like 3D items). Over the past couple of years, I have shoved everything into an art bin and weeded through it periodically to get rid of stuff that doesn't seem special enough to save. But this is an awful process. I have to do it when Avalon is not in the house b/c otherwise there are many, many tears. If she doesn't know I've done it, she doesn't usually notice things are gone. Sometimes she has, though, and that is pretty terrible. She thinks that I've thrown away her most special item. A couple of times, dh has been able to go through a weeded down pile with her and let her choose what to keep and what to toss, but it's painstaking and not always successful. It's not like you can easily explain to a 4 or 5 year old that not everything she creates is a masterpiece worth saving. I try to reiterate that some things were just fun to make, we displayed them (on the mantel, hanging on her art line, up on the magnet board, etc.) or played with them for a while, and now it's time to recycle its components and get rid of the rest. I keep a LOT, really I do... much has been saved in a notebook and in the bin from the last 3 years, but if I kept everything this entire house would be coated in artwork. What do you ladies do?