I’ve been really lacking on the old blog. Life has just been so busy! And a lot of it feels like the same old, same old. I’m really not complaining about that. There is a certain amount of comfort in the normal. Here’s a kind of random run-down on what’s up with all of us.
I had two photo shoots last week, a newborn and a 1 year old, and those kept me busy with editing. They were both really fun shoots, and I can’t wait to do more!
Okay, now I am completely blanking on what’s been going on!
One funny little story…Connor made a sign for his room door that said “The Rules of this room are…No Smoking Allowed! No Shoes Allowed! Extras: 1. Before entering, please read the sign. 2. When leaving, watch out for tacks.” He has taken it down now, which has made me a little uneasy because what if I forget to watch out for tacks when leaving?
Okay, really? I can’t think of anything else to blog about? This is sad! Logan, Cam, and I made a trip to Goodwill one day last week and we totally scored. I got a small wooden step-stool for $5 that will be perfect for kids to sit on for pictures. I painted it a fun turquoise color and I love it! I also found a Little People dollhouse for Camryn that looked brand new and was only $6. It is her new favorite toy. We love Goodwill!
I started a new chore-chart system. We are only on day 1, but so far, so good. An effective chore system has been eluding me forever! We have started several different things, but they never last. And I go back and forth between thinking kids should just do chores because I said so, to just doing all the chores myself because it’s faster and no one fights it, or letting the kids earn money for their hard work, just like we, as adults, earn money for our hard work (unless your a stay at home mom like me…no actual money, but the pay off is still pretty great in my opinion!) I want to teach the kids about money…about how to save and give…anyone have a system that really works for them? Like a lot of kids, they constantly want things at the store, and I do think it would be nice if they had their own money for those things (then they could actually get them because I say no 9 times out of 10!)
Anyway, Here’s what we started today. Each boy has a chart with all the days of the week and 10 different chores listed. Each day they do a particular chore, they mark it on the chart. They can only do each chore once per day (which will eliminate constant bathroom mirror cleaning just to earn the money.) They will get $1 for every 5 chores, and we’ll have “pay day” once a week. Logan has already done 5 chores today, the little overachiever! Some of the chores can be done daily (like clean room and make bed), and some cannot (like put away laundry. I try to do it daily, but it’s really more like every other day.) And I can guarantee that Connor won’t be vacuuming a room daily. And if he does, then I suppose he really deserves that 20 cents! Tithing is something that Derek and I do and want to teach our children, so we are going to have the boys give a portion of their earnings to our church every week. We’ll see how this goes…I’m optimistic about it!
I guess that’s about it for now! Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!
And to my Valentine, I love you a million miles past the Star Wars galaxy. I’m so thankful that we’ve had 14 Valentine’s Days to share (more or less…we were probably broken up over at least one or two of them but in my heart of hearts you’ve been my Valentine since 1996.) I am so thankful you chose me. You are the best, and I know I don’t tell you nearly enough, but you are amazing and there is no one else on earth I’d rather share this life with.