Ever since Amelia could crawl, she has been clutching some little scrap in her fist. It started out as something edible, but now it's usually a wad of tissue, a barrette, or a pebble. I also find these in her pockets, along with, leaves, twigs and a hundred tiny bits of paper. Although she isn't into toys at all and never has been, she just likes keeping stuff. I prefer the term "mouse" to pack rat. Except in her room, it's more like a family of mice have been living in there, collecting things, chewing them into tiny bits.
Since she was about four, I don't clean her room. Jeff and I have seen what happens when left alone, however, so cleaning her room has been part of her daily routine for the last two years. Oddly enough, she does enjoy a tidy space. She is really good at cleaning her room now, although we do have to check under her bed, in the oven, and inside drawers for dirty socks and bits of everything. She takes special pride in making her bed, exploring the creative possibilities with her blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.
Little mice also love bags. Purses, backpacks, shopping bags, book bags, baggies. (We try to discourage the baggies, which inevitably end up filled with dirt, bursting indoors. On the carpet, usually.) It's important to have places to hang all the bags up.
|Isn't that little backpack adorable? Jeff's mom made it for Amelia!|
This one, too! Notice it's a praying mantis with the directive "pray always" worked into its wing. So sweet.Here's a piece of artwork she picked out herself. Of all the fun prints from vintage books we were looking at, she wanted this one with the little girl crying. I think she likes it for the stories she can ascribe to the scene!
While we've never really been able to get Amelia to play with toys, books have always been her biggest obsession. She loves all stories, and makes them up, too. Books are something we hold onto, and I just rotate them through these shelves in this little reading corner. By the way, for traveling families, I highly recommend the book on the lower left : Around the World with Mouk. It is the cutest book, and I got it for Amelia a few months before we set off for our big adventure. It has really helped nurture her curiosity about the world, and appreciation for cultural differences-- and it is just a super cool book!
|The print with the fox on the vespa is something I won in a drawing on Traveling Mama, and is made by Ink & Wit. And yes, your eyes do not deceive you-- that really is a mustachioed snowman in a technicolor top hat on the lower right!|
flohmarkt find, and really love how it came out!
|I love this painted German cabinet, which was also her bedside table in Amberg.|