Saturday, January 31, 2009

Things that make me smile

Thing M, Thing G and Thing A

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bananas are mammals??

Yesterday while perusing the grocery store with my three cherubs, we walked past a half gallon of banana flavored milk. Here's the conversation that followed.

Me: Wow, they make banana milk now. Eww! (I hate bananas, just an FYI)

A: Banana milk?? Since when did bananas start making milk?

Me: Um, honey, it's banana FLAVORED, not from bananas.

A: Oh, okay. I was thinking, "Bananas don't have young, why would they make milk!?"

Me: :hysterical laughter in the middle of the frozen food aisle:

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Sometimes other people say things SO much better than I can and I can only nod and agree and give a hearty "Amen!"

Read this.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wow, a system that's working!

After reading about the Choreganizers system on Pioneer Woman's blog. I went in search of the book. I found one online that was gently used and ordered it. I was disappointed when it arrived tho, because ALL the chore cards were missing. Um, hello?? That's why you need the $16 book!

I knew I COULD make my own cards, but that it would take time. Finally one day a few weeks ago, I gathered my supplies and during M's 30 minute speeech session, I cut and labelled about 30 or so chore cards. I didn't want them to get bent up and ratty too fast, so I put the cards into small, plastic zippered bags I'd found at Hobby Lobby. Then I divided up my foam core board into three sections (thank God I can divide by 3), stuck some self-stick Velcro to each card and the board, decorated the little storage boxes and I was done. Oh yeah, I also cut out their initials to label each girl's section of the board (and you thought my using their initials was just for the internet--HA!) and THEN I was done. Honestly, start to finish this was WELL under an hour to put together.

Here's my masterpiece:
(A few comments for those who took the time to READ the cards. No, G didn't really have to put away her pjs twice that day. I staged the photo by pulling out today's used cards and some how M put her pjs card in G's used box. G empties the dishwasher, M had to put away the silverware. Slinger Duty? A big drooly dog makes slingers. They stick to things. This might just be my favorite card in the box because slingers bug me.)

How does this work? Well P-Dub explained it really well here, so I won't repeat. But I have to say that my house has been pretty tidy now for several weeks. Yay! The bathrooms get wiped down more regularly, the little messy areas aren't in a constant state of messy AND most importantly, I am not nagging. If Piper the Wonder Dog needs fed, I just look at the board and call a name and they know to come do their job.

Why does this work so well? Aaah, it's all because of the rewards! Yep, for each day you do ALL your jobs, you get a Mom Buck. You can spend your Mom Bucks in the Mom Store. Ours is open on the 10th, 20th and 30th of the month. To make them see that this really is worth their time, the first Mom Store offering had some REALLY good loot.

I'd gotten the Webkins as part of a BOGO deal at Christmas, I got the Playmobil and Sticky Mosaics set for 1/2 off after Christmas and the Bitty Baby set came from a garage sale. I need to keep my eyes open for future store inventory so that I don't break the bank.

To buy the Choreganizers book new, it's about $16 plus shipping. I spent $1 on sale for the foam core board and $2.50 for 100 plastic zippered bags. I had the index cards on hand as well as the Command adhesive strips to hang it on the wall. I had the envelopes (they hold the Mom Bucks behind each girl's name), papers and the storage boxes for the used cards are 'repurposed' Jello boxes. (My girls were just as excited about the Jello as they were about the chore board. LOL) Yeah, under $4--EASY. I'm cheap like that in case you are new to my blog. ;)

We'd been doing this for about 9 days when I opened the Mom Store, which is why there is a nice $8 prize geared towards each kid. I had them roll a dice to determine who got to pick first. Of course, M rolled the highest number on the dice and got to go first. She took the Playmobil catapult that I knew A wanted. G took the jewels set I knew she'd want and A....well, she's saving her bucks for the Webkinz. She quickly did the math and realized that since her sisters spent all their money, in 10 days she'll be the only one with enough money to buy it, regardless if she rolls high enough to pick first next time. She's also old enough to patiently wait 10 days.

So, there you have it. A chore system for your kids that actually gets them excited about the chores! Of course, when spring comes and I add the "Pick up Piper piles" card, the enthusiasm may wane a bit. I'll let you know.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Her twisted little sense of humor strikes again

The other day, A came running to find me.

"Mom! I need your help! The Playmobil guys are fighting and they're attacking ME!"

The idea of hundreds of little plastic men with weapons attacking you--now that's the stuff nightmares are made of.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Another speech update

Miss M is working on blends--sl, fl, pl sounds. That 'L' sound takes practice ya know--you have to learn to put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth. :)

She came home with a sheet of paper full of pictures with these sounds so we can practice them. She was showing them to the DaddyMan at dinner and practicing some with varying degrees of success.

DaddyMan pointed to what looked to him, like an easy one--a picture of a fly. Miss M looked for a moment and said "FFFFF bug!"

See, she's coming along nicely. :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Oh yeah, she's gifted

On our way into the chiropractor's office today, my girls were admiring a big icicle hanging down from the corner of the building. A stepped up on a small snow hill, jumped up and whacked the icicle.

It fell down. Right into the top of her head. Thankfully she had her hood up.

Like the good mom that I am, I laughed. Reeeally hard!

Tomorrow, we will study gravity. I like studying things when I have such a good visual to help me explain.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Step away...

We were in a local store the other day that sells lots of pretties and pretty fabrics too. I debated about buying more fabrics but knew I didn't really NEED them. But I wanted them....

A is NOT an enabler. Her advice?

"Close your eyes and just walk away. Walk away....."

Quite a contrast when I was in the store with M a few days later and she spent the time begging me to "Buy something Mommy!" :D

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What are you wearing today?

Miss M is going through a bit of a bossy streak lately. This morning, before 8 a.m. she was showing it was going to be another one of 'those' days.

I asked her, "Excuse me, but did you put on your bossy pants today?"

She looked down at her horse print pajama bottoms and informed me, "No, these horsey pants!" and then looked at me like I was an idiot for not being able to identify farm animals.

Apparently tho, this is good news and she is NOT wearing bossy pants today. Whew.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


From G, after eating a spicy supper---"Wow, my toots really have some kick to 'em!"

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Online friends

I met Erica online more than 7 years ago. Last year, when she and her dh adopted the sweetest little boy from Ethiopia, I went to the airport during their layover and we finally got to meet in person. After talking on the phone daily for years, it was truly a great day!

Anyway... Erica and her family really want to help the people of Ethiopia and she's leaving in 3 short weeks for a short term mission trip. It would be really great if she could take all kinds of useful things along with her to give to the people who need so much.

Amazingly, she's already raised the money she needed for a plane ticket. They know a young man who has an enormous heart and he gave her most of her ticket money. If only we were all led to so unselfishly give.

Erica's a die hard coffee lover. It's pretty much what fuels her. Consider giving up this week's Starbucks run and donating what you would've spent there to the people of Ethiopia.

In case you missed the link at the top, here it is again.

Rockin' good deals!

I scored two stellar deals today and I'm SO excited!

First, the back story: M's about to outgrown her current carseat. Okay, she probably still has 6 months, but since I'm a researcher, I've already been looking for the next seat. I knew what I wanted but I wanted a better deal than $250 for a Britax Frontier. I got one of those for G a month or so ago, but wanted a different color for M. The different color was sold out when I got G's. So, I continued waiting and searching for a deal.

The other day I was surfing Craigslist and saw a new in the Britax Regent for sale. Regents keep your kids harnessed to 80 lbs and are very nice. They also retail for about $220 to $280, depending on the seat cover. The one on Craigslist was the $280 one.

I bought it today from the seller for $120!! Yay me!! It's all installed in my car and ready to go.

M's old Britax Marathon seat still has two years before it expires and it's getting passed on to a friend. I'm glad it's going to a good home. I did love my Marathons--great seats, super easy to install and the seatbelts NEVER twist!

The second deal of the day came during the same trip to meet the Craigslist seller. I stopped into a local toy store and discovered they had the Playmobil Roman Arena marked 50% off! This is a set that A wants SO bad, but I couldn't justify another big gift for her this Christmas. Of course, I have to wait a whole YEAR before her next birthday and Christmas so I may have to figure out how to give it to her and her sisters before then. Any ideas? I'm kind of thinking I should finally put together a chore chart and some sort of reward for working as a team and getting along well (which they generally do...) and give it to them in a few months. I know they'll all love it!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

Another year has passed already. Wow, time flies when you spend your days wiping up after the people and dog in your life.

Because the cool bloggers are posting year end recaps, I'm going to copy them. And while I didn't adopt from Ethiopia this year or have a tree impressively smash my van, I've had some entertaining moments in my year too.

January--We were sick a lot. I won't post links. I don't want to remember that month.

In February, I got to meet an old friend for the first time. She was on her way home from Ethiopia.

March brought a little bit more love to our house:

April brought friends to our house. A good time was had by all.

In May, we went to N'Awlins and I got tipsy. You can go read the details here if you want. My sweet Miss G turned 6.

June brought the "Great Talk" with A. Gruesome!

It was in July that we went back and visited God's country.

In August, someone small and precious picked out a wedgie in church. Aaah, parenting at it's finest.

September took us to Six Flags. A good time was had by most:

In October I submitted a good application for Mom of the Year and my baby, M turned 4. Sniff.

It was in November that I seemed to have a larger than normal number of Stupid Days. I posted about them here, and here . And Piper the Wonder Dog turned 1!

That brings us to December which contains a lot of Christmas pictures, A's birthday, and a family ski trip.

Whew! What a busy year! I'm looking forward to the coming year with hope and anticipation of the blessings to come. I also plan to once and for all figure out how to make my pictures look right again.