Thursday, July 28, 2011

Here We Go Again...

Several times a year I find myself with an unbelievably long to-do list. This is one of those times of year. Let me just list a few of those things for you...

- I have to plan Kate's 3rd birthday party. For most people this would consist of scheduling
a play zone somewhere, ordering a cake, and buying invitations. Not for this girl. I insist on
making my own custom invitations, finding the cutest cake possible, and finding neat and
unique party decorations and favors that I must make by hand. This year we're having her
party at our rent house so I'll be able to decorate my little heart out! This makes for a great
party and lots of great pictures, but it also makes for a lot of stress beforehand! I don't
know why I do this to myself but I can't just throw a party together. I have to have all the

- I am going back to teaching at the kids preschool, Blessed Beginnings. I am more than
excited to get back into teaching! I have missed it so much! But this requires me to go
through all of my teaching materials that have been stuffed up in the attic for 3 years. And
none of it is organized. When we moved I just threw everything in boxes without any rhyme
or reason. I really need to get that organized because we have several work days coming up
very soon. The first is a teacher's retreat and my co-teacher and I are in charge of coming
up with 3 or 4 crafts to show the other teachers. This sounds easy enough but once again, I
just can't throw together some crafts, I have to find the "perfect" crafts! I am not a perfectionist, by any means, but when it comes to things like this I just get a little crazy!

- Oh yeah, and kind of a big one would be we're moving into our new house in less than 2
months! And I have to pick living room furniture, a new dining room table,
curtains, blinds, new bedding for Kate's room, a new bed for Kate's room, new bedding for
Ryan's room, oh and accessories, accessories, accessories!! This job is very daunting to me.
Filling a new house with rugs, and lamps, and artwork, and pictures and all the little stuff is
really intimidating to me.

- I have to tag clothes for the Just Between Friends sale in August. I'm not sure this one will
get done. They have two sales, one in August and one in October and I think I'll probably
not have time to get everything done for the August sale. Although the October sale will
fall around Ryan's birthday so I'll probably be in party planning mode and not be able to do
that one either!

I have tons more to do, but listing all of these things is really stressing me out so I'm just going to stop there! I also want to make this last month of summer vacation as fun as possible for the kids. I feel like the summer has just flown by and we haven't done enough to enjoy it! (It doesn't help that it's 110 degrees out every day!) Feel sorry for me yet? :) Thanks, that all I wanted was a little sympathy! Ok, enough griping about everything I need to do! Now it's time to go out and do it! But first I have to go get the boys hair cut and go to the grocery store...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chore Charts

The kids (well, Gabe) have been begging me to make them a chore chart forever! I just haven't had the time to sit down and figure out one that works best for them. Gabe has been saving up money for what seems like years. He's very good about saving. The money or giftcards he gets from birthdays or Christmas gets put into his wallet and hardly EVER gets touched. Right now he's saving up for a new Nintendo 3DS. Ryan, on the other hand, is just like his mother. He spends it as soon as he gets it. He's also very good at losing his money. He likes to take the money in and out of his piggy bank and he tends to lose track of it. So that was something I needed to address when it came to paying them an allowance. I wanted them to be able to see the "fruits of their labor" without risking them losing their "fruits". I saw an idea on a blog called Tatertots and Jello (one of my faves) where they used play money to pay allowances and the kids could cash in their money at the end of the week or whenever they were ready to use it. I thought this was such an awesome idea! I printed some play money from this website onto green paper. And then I sat down with the kids and asked them what chores they thought they could do. They were very excited and probably a little too eager to do chores. They even wanted to clean my room for me! These are just some of the things that are on their lists:
  • Clean Room
  • Feed Pets
  • Take Out Trash
  • Clean Off Table
  • 10 Minutes of Reading Time
  • One Good Deed

After we came up with the chores I whipped something up in Photoshop and printed it out. I also attached an envelope to the bottom of the page and labeled it with each kids name. Then I laminated the whole thing so they could use dry erase markers to mark off their chore each day and I didn't have to worry about printing off a new chart every week. After it was laminated I cut a slit in the envelope for their money to go into. We also take money away or give extra money depending on their behavior. If their not acting the way they should be I take a dollar away. But if I catch them being extra good I'll give them a dollar. It seems to be working so far!

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up for your
work will be rewarded."
2 Chronicles 15:7

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekly iPhone Pictures

I have always wanted to do something with all the pictures I take on my phone. I figured this would be the easiest way to share them. Hopefully I can keep this up every week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The last 10 months in Pictures

I was wrong in my last post, it's been 10 MONTHS since my last real post! I just can't not blog about the last 10 months! So here's a short(er) version....

August 2010
--Kate Turns 2--

--Gabe Starts 1st Grade--

September 2010
--OU Football Games--

--Ryan's First Day of School--

--Kate's First Day of School--

October 2010
--Ryan Celebrates His 5th Birthday--


December 2010
--2010 Christmas Card--

--Merry Christmas!--

January 2011
--Gabe's 7th Birthday Party--

--Snow Day--

February 2011
--Happy Valentine's Day--

--House For Sale--

April 2011
--Happy Easter--

May 2011
--Mother's Day Lunch--

--Mother's Day 2011--

--Gabe's 1st Grade Awards Assembly--

--Kate's Last Day of School--

June 2011
--VBX 2011--

--Whitney Gets Married--

--We're Building A House!--

--Father's Day 2011--

Recent Pictures

Since it's been so long since I've blogged I'd thought add a few *recent* pictures from the last six months. Hopefully I'll be able to start blogging again on a regular basis...