Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10

Real Piggies
In January, I tried to put piggies in Amelia's hair and they did not really work, today however I got really good ones in, and when I pulled out my camera to take pics, I realized how much I had missed it. I am going to try and put blogs posts up again, it is really fun.

Here is the girl with the pigtails.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28

Auntie Christy

The big boys went to their last show of the season last night at the Children's Theatre with Aunt Christy. They have had season tickets again this year and they love it. They get to spend time with one of their favorite people in the world, and they get to see great theater too. Last night they saw Mulan, which they were not terribly impressed with, but they still had a wonderful time!

April 27

New Wheels

I have a new stroller. I am so super duper excited about it, I just love it. It is a sit and stand stroller, with room for Amelia and Isaac very comfortably. It is wonderful, it has a plushy seat for Millie, a jump seat and a standing step for Isaac, a tall enough handle for me that I don't have to bend over and a large basket underneath. It even (slightly strangely) has a new car smell. We took it on an inaugural walk to the park today, and we all agreed that it is great!

The park was very fun, and Amelia climbed up the 3 steps to the tiny slide and slid down all by herself. There are, of course, no pictures of that, as I was hovering over her with both hands outstretched and could not hold the camera too!

April 26

Ethan's Lunch

Another bento pic today! Yum, yum yum. This is a Laptop Lunchbox.
He also had a cup of ranch dressing for his veggies that I forgot to put in before the pic. It shared a square with the goldfish.

He has left to right:
Baby carrots, turkey roll ups, sugar snap peas, strawberries, cheese, goldfish and gummy worms. He bought milk at school.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22


When you are 1 and 3, a picnic is as simple as eating lunch outside. We had a happy, easy, sunny picnic today. We finished up with a game of 3 way catch and a ride in the wagon.

April 21

A New Plan

Our family needed a new plan. A plan to help people reach their full, amazing potential. A plan to use time better, and learn more. A plan to watch less TV. So, now, we have one. Each child receives 3 tickets a day. Each ticket is worth 10 minutes of screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc)
They can gain and lose tickets based on behavior, and the tickets never expire. The first few days have been great, I hope it brings positive change in our home. Here is the list of ways to gain and lose tickets that we have established. It is open to constant revision.

You can earn one ticket by:
completing all your chores (see daily chore list)
finishing your homework before dinner
reading your scriptures for 15 minutes
cleaning your room
clearing and wiping the table
practicing the violin for 20 minutes
spending 15 minutes working on Scout requirements
spending 15 minutes working on Faith in God
30 minutes of sports (soccer, basketball, football, baseball, etc)
reading (15 min Ethan, 30 min Alex)
sweeping the porch and front walk
wiping down the toilet and sink
doing an extra credit project for school
pulling weeds
cleaning your closet
folding one basket of laundry
reading two story books to a younger sibling
changing a diaper
creating art for 30 minutes (creative writing, drawing, painting, collage etc)
cooking something to share with the family, and cleaning up your mess
write a letter to a friend or family member (at least 15 sentences.)
take an extra shower or bath and wash your hair
taking all the laundry out of the hall/bathroom downstairs
working on a hobby for 30 minutes
getting a perfect score on a test
read/listen to one conference talk
wash your own lunchbox
organize movies
sweep the downstairs
tidy the living room
30 minutes of yard work
clean out the van

You can lose one ticket by:
not hanging up your towels
leaving the bathroom a mess after you are done
fighting with siblings
leaving breakfast dishes/cereal box on the table
telling a lie
leaving your lunchbox in your backpack
having a tantrum
sneaking treats or candy
leaving dirty socks on the floor

April 20

I Looked Out The Window And What Did I See?

Our neighbor has the most heavenly crab apple trees.This week they have burst from bud into riotous blossoms. They hang gracefully down over our fence and smell wonderful. They are so completely delightful, I have been enjoying them so much!!