Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Three Rs!

Back when I was in school, the 3 Rs meant "Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic."

Things are definitely different in schools these days. Maddy's current science lesson is on the 3 Rs - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." She wondered if we followed the 3 Rs?

Oh yes we do!
We're not perfect, but we make a big effort. I pointed out the bag for newspapers and boxes often overflowing in the hallway waiting to be dumped into our recycling container. My weekly goal is to try to fill up that recycling container (and it's a large container). Hmmm, maybe that's why Mr. Tennis raises his eyebrows at me when I'm taking food out of the box so that I can recycle the box! Go figure, he wants to wait until the food or product is gone?! Crazy!

[Look at that hair! She had just finished lunch and ran her fingers through her hair!]

Don't you love that hand-me-downs are now looked upon lovingly as having been recycled and reused!

I especially love to pass on an object or toy that either I or one my kids used a lot and loved.
In fact, we recently recycled a little Sesame Street step stool that Philip had when he was a baby. Guess who got it? Sweet Miss Janie!
I did whisper in Janie's ear and suggest that she not haul it all over the house and try to get into closets or cupboards that are not toddler-proof.
She promised she wouldn't even think of such a thing!
She'll just sit on it to play with other things and tell Elmo secrets!


Kim K. said...

There's my excuse for hanging onto my toys and sharing them with my girls....RECYCLING!! Darling pictures.

Gail said...

Oh my gosh, she's adorable!
I remember having that same step stool for Nick(who's now 26!). We don't have it anymore but have kept other toys that Grace and Will play with now. I think it's fun to recycle!

Laura L. said...

She is such a cutie.
How long until baby sister or brother comes along?

Rachel said...

Very cute pictures!

And yes, the three r's seemed to have shifted. :)

There are some toys that I want ot hang onto for my kids kids.

Have a great Friday!

Jodee said...

I am almost embarrassed to write that we haven't been recycling for very long but I am happy that we do! Good for you guys too!

Cory's mom has a Sesame Street toy from the 70's that the grandchildren love! Hooray for good 'ole fashioned recycled toys!

Football and Fried Rice said...

I was thinking the step stool was adorable - but I think Janie is CUTER!!

We have a ginormous recyccle bin too and I am forever taking food out of the packages to make room in the pantry AND fill up that bin!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

She is too cute for words!! I love her hair.... Reagan's always looks like that after meal time!!

Isn't it fun to pass on toys and things that were your kids? My Mom is still "finding" things and bringing them over for Nick, Reagan, and Sarah!

Have a wonderful week~



Lisa said...

my husband (and I) love throwing out boxes and putting things in storage containers. But sometimes he doesn't look carefully and throws away the instructions!!

Kim said...

Oh my Alyssa used to do the same thing with the food in the hair.

So glad Janie is get use out of the recycled toys. Mom my is a saver too so I have also head on to a just a few of my kids things too :).