Friday, September 26, 2014

Chore Chart

We implemented a chore chart for Lucy in order to increase her personal responsibility and teach her some fiscal responsibility also through an allowance.  We decided that if she completes her weekly goals (she can miss up to three check marks) she gets $1.00.  On Saturday she does a "Saturday Job," which so far has been, cleaning the windows outside the house, cleaning the toy room, and scrubbing the bathtub.  If she completed her week-day chores and earned her $1.00 she earns an extra $2.00 for the Saturday job.  If not, she still has to do the job, but doesn't get paid for it.  So far, it's been working.  We've had to do a fair bit of reminding and she has missed a few check marks along the way but we are three and a half weeks in and she's earned all her dollars each week.

She's even learned a bit about delegating.  She hired her brother to help her with the toy room and paid him $1.00.  It was all her idea and he was thrilled.  He walked into the dollar store protectively covering his dollar filled pocket.  They both had fun picking their own items.

Yesterday, Lucy brought home the Scholastic Book order form. There is a book she wanted to get, after seeing the price she said, "If I buy this book, I'll only have $1.00 left."  
So, she's learning...it's working.






Thursday, September 25, 2014

Grapes!

I love Concord grapes.  I can not get enough of them.  Turns out my neighbors have a mature vine that grows along their fence.  They offered to let us harvest since they don't use them.  I planted our own vine in the summer of 2013 and I was nervous it wouldn't make it through the harsh winter but it did.  It hasn't born any fruit yet but I am hopeful about next year.

We went out as a family one night and picked and picked and picked.
After I went through them all and picked them off the stems, we ended up with 5 lbs and 8 ounces of grapes.  We then washed and squished and boiled and juiced.  My kitchen was a purple mess!
I ended up with 5 jars of jam or jelly-I'm still not sure the difference, and 2 jars of syrup (sugar experimentation gone wrong).  It's sweet and sour and delicious on buttered toast.









Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baby Annie

I've done a few photo shoots recently, I took some of Annie the other day that I am really in love with...the girl and the pictures. :)




Sunday, September 07, 2014

Soccer


The kids started soccer yesterday.  
Noah kept saying, "I'm going to be on the team and I'm going to win!"
Both kids had fun and played well.









Wednesday, September 03, 2014

2nd Grader!


Lucy started second grade this year.
The best thing about it so far is her teacher.
Her teacher is really amazing.

The first day of school calls for rainbow bread, I got the regular and neon colors this year, it turned out so fun.




At the beginning of the year we implemented our family motto for the year.  I found something similar to this online and then added a few things to personalize it for us.
We talked about each point and why they're important to remember at school and always.


Friday, August 29, 2014

It can be found on the ground all around...


We did the fair a little differently this year.  We weren't sure we would go due to the weather and baby Annie, so it ended up being a quicker visit than usual but still packed with fun.  Lucy and Noah had saved up to get ride bracelets and Lucy kept saying, "I get to ride as many rides as I want for FREE!"  I guess we'll work on that concept.  It was nice though, I'm glad we did the bracelets this year and will probably continue doing them in the future, just plan in more time for the other stuff...ahem...demo derby...ahem.

With Colors the Clown.



Their elation at riding rides took precedence over my stomach.  I know I turned green a few times.  Especially on the Dizzy Dragons.  What was I thinking?  Dizzy was IN the name.  We didn't know the boy riding with Lucy but they were having the cutest conversation.  I'm glad he was such a good sport.





Waiting in line for 1001 Nachts.  This was where my queasiness began.  Oh man. 



Super fun, I already can't wait for next year!

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