Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So my tips for this Wednesday involve the family car, SUV, minivan, etc.
1. We rotate seats once a month, except for the baby. The two older children take turns sitting in the second and third row of the minivan or suburban. This helps to quell some of the "But she always gets to sit there!" and the mad rush to the car in which the children are "calling" which seat they get.
2. Everyone is responsible for their area and keeping it neat. I've found a great use for those plastic coffee containers. They are small enough to tuck under the seat and the kids can put their trash in them , plus they have a lid so the trash doesn't spill out or fall victim to Little One's curiosity.
3. Whatever goes into the car goes out every time we get home. The only exception are the toys and books that are stashed in Little One's box that sits in front of her seat.
4. They have headphones to listen to music and a built in DVD, but these are privileges. If they argue or don't take care of them they don't get to use them, period.
5. We play lots of games in the car: guess an animal (one person thinks of an animal and the rest ask questions to try to guess it), I spy, alphabet game, etc. Many times they bring a book or sketchbook t0 entertain themselves.
Those are just a few things that make life a little easier on the road, for more tips head over to Rocks in My Dryer!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The girls had lots of fun with the carnival games. We managed to tear WB away from the kitchen long enough to come with us. I managed to not lose the petty cash bag I had tucked under my arm, which was a huge accomplishment on my part.
My cake won first place, I think out of three adult entries, which I found hilarious. I entered because the contest was sort of my idea and my children had no interest in entering, so of course I felt obligated to. It brought back memories of my school carnival and the year I won the cake decorating contest in my division...I still have the trophy. This story failed to move or motivate my children however:)
Here is my award winning cake titled, "When the Witch hits the fan." (please ignore the terrible bright spot in the corner from my flash!)
Hope you had many memorable moments this Monday!
Friday, October 24, 2008
1: Write down the price of their favorite meals when we go out to eat add it together and then give them that amount of money to go to the store with. Help them plan a home meal and then search for the ingredients, they have to pay with their money. Quickly they realize that with the money we spend on their two out to eat meals we could feed the entire family spaghetti, salad, and some bread. Wow!!! It's fun to watch their eyes pop:)
2: Those packaged sweets they always beg me to get at the grocery I rarely give in to because of nutrition as well as cost. But every once in awhile I say yes. Give them a few dollars and see how much prepackaged sweets they could buy as opposed to making something from scratch...like a cake mix for cupcakes. They will quickly see they could get more for their dollar by making it themselves. Not to mention it won't have all the preservatives etc.
I know there are tons more examples along these lines, but so far these have made an impact on my older girls. It's important that they understand that being frugal is not a terrible thing, just a smart choice:)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Immediately my children began putting away, dusting, vacuuming. It was amazing. They wanted a good report from this Inspector Gerard. Later when they were finished I checked their room, wrote up a quick report on a piece of paper (he did find a pair of shoes under the bed that needed to be corrected:) ) signed the report and stuck it to their door. When they found the report they quickly put away the shoes, smiled over all the "stars" they received and then we celebrated passing inspection with a mug of hot chocolate.
Now, really, I don't think my kids really fell for Inspector Gerard, they knew it was me. But it was just the added excitement that helped motivate them. So hats off to Inspector Gerard, he'll be visiting again soon.
For more helpful hints head over to Shannon's at Rocks In My Dryer!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Oh, wait, no that is WB. Hmmm, I'm liking the farmer look. But before I get off track I'll show you some more pictures from the party.
A daddy helping his kiddo with the pumpkin picking.Decorating the pumpkins.
Little One showing me her sticker.Our friends brought a pinata again this year and the kids had a blast!!
It was a great afternoon filled with laughter and fun, thanks everyone for coming...see you next year!! That was my memorable moment for this Monday.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I keep two storage boxes either under my girls bed or in their closet. One box is for clothes they have outgrown or is no longer seasonally appropriate. I just throw the clothes in the box as I'm putting away the laundry. The other box are clothes that are a little too big for right now or clothes that will be perfect for the upcoming season. This way as we transition into bigger or warmer(cooler) clothes I have a stash handy so I don't have to send hubby running up to the attic each time. This system allows me to see just what clothes or shoes my kids are going to need and what they have plenty of. Oh, and I also have at least one box somewhere in my house that is going to be taken to a thrift store. That way the clothes don't take up unnecessary room in their drawers or closet.
So that's my tip for today, head over to Shannon's for more!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
But we were able to make early mass and then the girls had their faith formation afterwards. So for this Sunday I'm going to treat you to one of my favorite church songs, The Lord of The Dance. I've included a YouTube video of this song which is how I envision it was originally intended. It's lovely to think that this song was sung and played around campfires, at family gatherings etc. I believe that whenever we gather a group of people together to sing such songs, no matter where we congregate, God is smiling down upon us.
We do not play it this way at church, it is a much more subdued version with hand bells instead of guitars and violins. But either way it makes me want to jump up, dance, and sing my praises.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
WB stuck them on wooden skewers to spray easily (so handy isn't he?).
So here are our choices: the top left looks almost like hammered iron, the brass is the old, the bottom left is a hammered silver (appliances are stainless) and the bottom right is a sort of bronze color. We've eliminated the silver so it's between the iron and bronze...what do you think?
The good news is that this little project will only cost us a few dollars for the paint and it will really spruce up the kitchen. Oh, and WB really got into this and spray painted all the hardware in our guest bath. The toilet paper holder, toilet handle, robe hanger, switch plates, and towel hanger in the hammered iron. It was amazing the difference it made!!
For more great tips head over to Shannon's!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
He wakes up way before sunrise every morning to go to the gym...
he takes advantage of nice mornings to go on bike rides...
he builds things...
And here is where we can all learn by his example, at least I could, that no matter where you are there is always time for a little exercise. Even if it is sitting poolside...
smoking a cigar, while doing leg lifts.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
"Well, it's a good thing it's just my size."
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. I have a pot rack above my island. I hang my most used pans from it along with cooking utensils that I often use. It's great to just reach up and get what you need instead of searching through cabinets.
2. My husband bought a label maker, remember he is an engineer, and proceeded to label our pantry shelves. So it's divided into sections of things like baking goods, bread, cereal, canned items, pasta, etc. This makes it nice when the kids put away the groceries, as well as when family comes to visit and are searching for things.
3. I've taken all the doors off my cabinets so you don't have to guess where things are...wait, no that's not why I've taken my doors off my cabinets... but I can't tell you why because it has to do with next weeks WFMW so check back in!
If you'd like to see some more great kitchen ideas head over to Shannon's!