Happy St. Patty’s Day!

We had fun celebrating! Last weekend we marched in a parade with Brian’s mom’s work. It was a ton of walking, but the kids were troopers!

Today we kept it low key. They ate Lucky Charms for breakfast (and snack!) and this afternoon we set a trap to catch a leprechaun! First, we decorated a house for him to want to come live in. Then Daddy set the trap and we waited.

We didn’t catch him, but we scared him enough that he dropped his gold!

I had a cute video, but it won’t upload. Sorry!

Dinner was of course corned beef, cabbage and potatoes! Oh and yesterday I made Irish Beef Stew. YUM.

Then Daddy took the girls, who ate their dinner, to McDonald’s for Shamrock Shakes!

Fun times!

Sharing the Joy

One of my favorite things about having kids is introducing them to my childhood. Movies, songs, places, memories that were special to me growing up. I had a happy childhood, and I love seeing the kids enjoy the things that brought me joy as a kid.

Today’s Friday afternoon movie selection was E.T. (Spoiler Alert!) When E.T. was dying, the kids were so upset and telling me that it was the worst movie ever.

Then they cheered when he woke up. It was just so sweet; they were so happy! Then again at the end they were jumping up and down and laughing with the hugest smiles on their faces. It was so amazing. Brian will kill me, but we actually got a little teary-eyed! (I guess I’ll find out if he actually reads my blog!)

There’s so many more great things to share with them as they get older. I look forward to educating them on what was so great about the 80s and 90s!

Work for Hire

Ok I seriously spoke too soon on that last post and yesterday Emerson woke up sick.  And she is not the kid you want to be sick.  She’s like MAN SICK.  Whiny, complainy, with all the dramatic noises and facial expressions.  But I of course felt bad for her because I knew she was miserable and low and behold she even threw up a couple times.  At least you know she’s not a faker.

Happily, though, after lunch she was all of a sudden feeling fine, which was great!  We went outside to ride bikes and I was not feeling well.  Luckily I was better after drinking lots, but then Brian got home and Brian got sick too.  Today everyone seems ok so far, so fingers crossed.  And toes.

What I really wanted to post about was the miracle that occurred.  My boys, Easton and Brody, cleaned the litter boxes, poop scooped the yard, and cleaned not one, but TWO bathrooms this week!!  Whaaaaaat???

Seriously, it’s amazing what you can get them to do when they are motivated.  The boys are really into Minecraft, and they wanted to buy mods, so they asked how they could earn money.  I came up with a short list of chores (especially the ones I hate doing) and a corresponding dollar amount.  The two boys actually did really great work!  And it certainly makes my job easier, so it’s SO worth the $6 they earned.

I asked Brian how he felt about allowance, so they could earn money for all of the things they want to buy, then we could teach them how to split their income into spending money, savings and donation money.  But we talked about it and agreed that a “work for hire” job list is the way to go for us.  So maybe we’ll revisit the allowance idea when they are older, but for now, this works.  We don’t want to pay them for the chores that they are expected to do, only for the jobs that are over and above.

So I’m trolling Pinterest, looking for a way to add this system to my command center.  I like the idea of using a clipboard, and velcroing little tickets with a job and a dollar amount on it.  That way, I can switch out the jobs, so they can’t vacuum like every day.

I like this one I found at The Real Life Mom Blog. I’m thinking something simple like this would work, and not take up too much space!  I’ll just use one clipboard for all available jobs.  Now let’s see how long it takes me to purchase a clipboard and make the cards lol.  I can’t leave these kids unattended for a second!!! (she says as one child knocks down the giant fort and all the kids start crying)