Word of the Week 2/1/15

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has had a nice Christmas and New Year? It’s flown by here! Thanks for dropping by, as I know many people are still in holiday mode, and I do also want to say a special thank you to those of you that linked up last week. As it was Boxing Day I hadn’t expected more than one or two of you to join me, but there were a fair few, thank you.

So it begins then, the very first Word of the Week of 2015. It feels momentous! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I kicked this linky off, and I still love the idea as much now as I did then. Probably more, actually, as I’ve seen a little #WotW community grow and I know how much I enjoy reflecting upon my week in an attempt to sum it up, and reading about everyone else’s.

If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every entry to the linky, and if you add the Word of the Week badge to your post to help spread the ‘word’, I also tweet them out.

My word of the week this week is:

toys

They are taking over! Anticipating an influx, I did have a clear out a couple of weeks before Christmas, and got rid of three bin bags full. I am so glad I did!

The new toy piles lived in the living room for a couple of days after Christmas, as the kids made their happy way through them, rediscovering the things that they’d opened in haste, and early favourites getting repeatedly played with, too. I’ve played and played myself and I lost more time than I’d like to recall assembling and stickering a Pinypon hotel! Boo has had a serious amount of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff, so she is very happy. We also have lots of Duplo and Lego (some is TMNT, too, of course), arts and crafts toys, games, soft toys, a fair few Frozen goodies and plenty more besides. Little Man now has his own scooter to match his big sister, so they’ve been scooting, really fast, up and down the hallway and kitchen together, which has led to plenty of giggles and near misses! By Monday, I’d sort of found homes for everything, but it still felt a bit cluttered. I have continued to secretly rid us of old toys, not easy with the pair of them around all the time! I’ve yet to come up with a storage spot and solution for all of the Lego, as they have separate sets which are easier to keep that way than empty into one big box, but that means a huge pile of boxes. What do you do with all of yours? Oh, and the kids had a bit of money, too, so Boo has spent time choosing even more toys to spend her cash on, so we do now have an April and a Leatherhead – those of you in the know will totally understand why those were necessary purchases!?! So yep, the kids are very happy, and really, there’s probably not a better word for their week!

What about you? What one word sums up your week best? Please grab the badge, link up and share.

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45 thoughts on “Word of the Week 2/1/15”

  1. Charlie’s birthday is 15 days before Christmas so his bedroom resembles a toy shop for the best part of December as we are completely and utterly awash with toys! Need a really good sort out x thanks for hosting xx

  2. Great word! I am still amazed by how many toys Lil G has, it really is obscene. We did a clear out before but I am sure we could push some more to the charity shop if I am honest! I hope you had a lovely break. Great to be joining in from the first this year x

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      And my two just play with each other, running about and dancing, so why buy toys?! Yes, lovely, thanks, hope you did, too. Lovely to have you here x

  3. Happy New Year to you too! Think toys could have been my word too – we’ve yet to find storage for all the new ones which are still just all over the living room floor whilst we try and find homes over the next couple of days. I use Ziploc bags for jigsaws which saves lots of space and means I can get rid of boxes – not sure whether they would work with Lego or if the sets are too big? Thanks for hosting #WotW – loved linking up in 2014 and looking forward to doing so this year too 🙂

  4. I definitely can relate! Too much toys! Little T’s favourite is her talking Woody and takes him with her everywhere she goes. I think her other new toys are jealous 😉 Hope your 2015 is filled with more blessings! #wotw.

  5. We still have a few toys which need to find homes but we’re just about sorted! Phew!
    The Lego my girls got is still on the dining room table…..All built up and they don’t want to dismantle it and put it away…..I don’t have the heart to make them….lol
    Thank you for hosting x

  6. LOL! Yes I know that feeling too… although I’m keeping it at bay for now..
    The local pre school may well be in for another donation from me..

  7. This would have been a good word for us, we are still swimming in the toys! Unlike you I didn’t think about having a clear out before Christmas. I underestimated the amount of gifts that come with two children in the house.

    I hope to take part in this linky each week, thanks for hosting x

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Oh, there are loads, aren’t there?! I was prepared! Oh, that’ll be lovely, great to have you joining in x

  8. Ha ha great word! 🙂 very fitting, and very clever to get rid of old toys to make way for new ones! A load of Monkey’s went into the loft before Christmas but I think we still need to remove more!! Happy New Year lovely! Xx

  9. Happy New Year!
    Like Louise, we use zipped wallets for puzzles and that really does save the space!
    I’d been decluttering before Christmas and have another bag ready to go, so, yes, “Toys” would be appropriate for us too!
    Have a lovely weekend x

  10. Oh yes, the toy mountain! We also had a mini purge before Father Christmas came and intend to have major tidy up purge over the next few days!… You’ll see me in the middle of it all, arm outstretched gasping for air 😉

  11. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas, and so good that there’s been the opportunity to learn about the value of money as well. I have no idea what to do about the piles of toys- I want to take the Christmas decs down early just to give a sense of calm- although the penny dropped yesterday when I realised we have the boys birthday party next week, the first one with their classmates… baby steps in our progress to declutter!

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Oh yes, we’ve taken ours down now, and the house does feel much calmer! Oh no, you’re going to be inundated!!!

  12. I totally know where you are coming from. We have been overloaded here to. Crazy. We actually went through my stepsons bedroom last weekend to make way for all his new things and found a huge pile of things that have never been opened or used due to him only being with us every fortnight. Crazy. My little baby has been spoilt as well and so I’m trying to clear out his “babyish” toys to make way for his new toddler bits and pieces. Never ends. Great post #WotW

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  14. Hi Jocelyn, I don’t miss those days of toy clutter, although we are still cluttered, but nothing like when the children were small. I didn’t realise that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were still a thing!

    It sounds as if toys could potentially be your #WotW for a while to come!

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Oh, it’s still a thing! And in this house, a very big thing! In fact, she’s watching it right now! x

  15. Happy New Year! This is my first time linking up with my new blog. Yes, I could too have chosen Toys with a busy toddler! They are everywhere!

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