Thursday, April 17, 2014

Toughest Job

Have you seen this?  It's been circulating around and it's really sweet.

And with that, I long for a week (or so).  I'm going to visit my own wonderful mom and a bunch of other friends and family and I'd like to focus my time on them and the girls.  It's been a crazy busy time for us and we I need this time.  So, have a lovely Easter, a fantastic weekend, a sunny week ahead and I will catch you later!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


We woke up to this:

Have I mentioned lately how over it I am? I will not unpack the winter gear again. I refuse! We are going to have to manage with rain boots and rain coats.

And I realize I've become a person that constantly talks about the weather. I'm pretty certain I didn't used to be consumed with it. Does it come with age??

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This post and picture are posted with my phone. Thanks for the app advice, totally fixed the issue I was having!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogging from a Phone

I have somehow stopped using my nice DSLR camera. Hopefully I will get back to it eventually but for the moment, I just don't have time to take it out, lug it around, transfer the pics to the computer and edit them. My iPhone has a pretty good camera on it and it's always with me. But, I have a problem posting the pictures onto the blog. When I go to post pictures from my phone when composing a blog entry, the pictures just aren't there. Any ideas why? So anytime I want to use a picture, I have to email it to myself, save it to the computer and write my blog entries from there...making me wonder why I didn't just take out the DSLR in the first place! Help, please.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kids and Chores

This is an interesting subject to me...especially now that the girls are at an age where they can be actively helping out in the house.  Shawn and I are believers in everyone in the family pitching in to make it run efficiently.  We both grew up this way and feel it has contributed to us being hard workers.  We follow Dave Ramsey and his financial plan quite closely and it is his belief that kids get paid a "commission" for the chores they do each week.  This is like an allowance except if you don't do the work, you don't get paid.  I like this system because it creates teachable moments.  So, we're going to implement this now.  We sat down and drafted a list of chores with the girls last night.  Now they have always been required to help out and clean up their messes (and they do a good job, for the most part).  It definitely won't be new to them and many of their chores are things they were doing already.  But, they are starting to ask for specific toys and whatnot and I think saving money to buy them (or not) will be effective life lessons.

Sammy has decided her chores will be:
-make bed every day.
-feed Charlie morning and night.
-set the table at mealtimes.
-fold and put away her laundry.
-dust her room weekly.
-get the mail daily.

Presley has decided her chores will be:
-make bed every day.
-feed Robbie morning and night.
-empty the dishwasher (tupperware and cutlery).
-fold her laundry (with help) and put it away.
-dust room weekly.
-empty bathroom garbages.

They wanted to add more things but I thought this would be a good start.  They will be paid $0.50 per chore for the week.  I'm making up a checklist and we'll review it with them on "payday".  I will be sure to report back on how it's going and if we've made any changes.

What does your family do when it comes to chores?  Have you tried things that have worked or have failed miserably?  Any advice to give?  If your kids are still babies, what do you plan on doing?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

April 2010 -

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Outside Time

This picture was taken the morning after Presley had been up for most of the night throwing up and Sammy was fighting pinkeye and an ear infection.  Fresh air is never a bad thing.  We're sitting somewhere in the mid-400s for straight days of outside time.  Don't they look miserable?!