Thursday, January 13, 2011

what just happened?!?

we had a family meeting at dinner... the children are just not completing their daily chores and we needed to re-set guidelines. they are responsible for their spaces ~ making up the beds, laundry to the laundry room (not outside the laundry room), putting their clean laundry away, and keeping their bathroom and playroom tidy. there are additional things they do beyond that when requested ~ emptying dishwasher, vacuuming, dusting. earlier today i had asked them to straighten the playroom ~ it did not happen. when they asked for dessert after eating dinner, that did not happen. then the family meeting started. afterwards, they were asked again to straighten the playroom "yes ma'am" was the reply. as they were cleaning, they started singing, as they were singing they got more and more things put away.  m2 was even helping. i snapped to attention when i heard the vacuum. the vacuum got louder... they were doing the hallway. "wow, that looks good" said m1. "hey, let's vacuum mommy and daddy's room too". i think they have earned their dessert.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

balloons for pops

one year ago today my father-in-law passed away. knowing this would be a difficult day, nana decided to begin a new tradition. we wrote messages for pops on helium balloons and then released them into the air. m1 wanted to know how long it would take her balloon to reach heaven.