Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Room-Cleaning Charts

It has been an absolute nightmare trying get the kids to clean their rooms lately. Since I want all of us to maintain our sanity throughout their childhood, I had to come up with a different way to go about it.

I read this article the other day and thought it could really help create more of a structure with how the kids clean their rooms: 

(Ignore my not-so-good artwork)

I made a very non-fancy chart for each of the kids' rooms with each step written down and a picture to help them remember (and hopefully be able to do it with minimal help one day).

I made a big deal of the charts and asked each kid where they wanted theirs on the wall in their room, then we taped them up and I explained the steps to them. After that we actually got to work. I have to say that it made a huge difference for Ellie! (I have yet to try it with Nathan) She knew what step we were on, which helped her know what to pick up next, rather than me endlessly pointing at objects and asking her to put them away. 

I'm really hoping that this will make a permanent difference in helping my kids learn to clean their rooms, and that it will give them a pattern to follow when cleaning any other room in the house.

Wish us luck! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fruits of Our Labors

Some of the veggies in our garden are ripe, and the kids love to go out and pick them! So far we have had snap peas, shell peas, lettuce, and strawberries (as long as the birds don't get them first), but I think the thing they are most excited for is the carrots! Every time we go outside I have to remind them that the carrots aren't quite ready to be picked since they run right to them.

It's amazing how the kids love to eat the vegetables that they have helped to grow in the garden so much more than the ones we buy from the store. 

Even this little guy loves to eat veggies from the garden! But he especially loves to play in the sandbox. Every time the back door opens he makes a beeline for it, and he could stay out there for hours at a time. That's probably why he is so tan!

I told Sam last night that I never want these summer days to end!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Snacking in Bed

Apparently while I was taking a nap (and thought the boys were napping too...) Nathan thought Jonah needed some raisins. I wish I remembered how full the jar was before...

I do NOT look forward to changing this little man's diapers tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Brother Poop Shenanigans

Why does motherhood have to involve so much poop? During nap time Nathan decided to take off his poopy diaper and put it in Jonah's bed... And then Jonah thought it would be a good idea to eat it. (Ew!) Luckily he didn't get sick from it, but seriously. Gross.

(And I promise my kids usually have sheets on their beds...)

He was happy because he got a bath out of the whole ordeal. And like I always say, at least he is so dang cute!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ag Days

Yesterday we went to "Ag Days" at the college, which is a free activity the agricultural department puts on to teach about farming and cows and stuff. It turned out to be so fun!

This little man just hung out in the stroller looking handsome.

I tried to get a picture of the kids by the tractor wheel, but none of them were going to have that...

Ellie and Nathan enjoyed looking at the cows and horses. 

And they thought sitting on the tractors was pretty cool!

Although Nathan was a little worried about how high up he was.

The kids both really liked milking the fake cow. I kept telling Ellie that she was milking a cow, and she kept saying "It's water though, right Mom?" 

After they "milked" for awhile, we went and did some other activities. When we came back around to this cow, Ellie said, "Mom, can I go do the pee again?" Ummm...

There were lots of treats: ice cream, pancakes, homemade French fries, bread and honey (bonus that Uncle Joe was giving out the bread!), and TONS of candy, but the kids' favorite treat by far was the otter pops. Even Jonah sucked his completely dry.

It must have been a successful day because all three of the kids fell asleep on the way home! We will definitely be going back next year!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sam's Birthday

For Sam's birthday we decided to go on a little hike since it was such a beautiful day. As we went to back out of our driveway, there was this weird sound and the car wouldn't move. We thought we were running over something, but when we got out to look, we saw that Nathan had put a rock in the wheel. Awesome.

And it was pretty big, too!

I didn't get any good pictures from the hike, but the kids had fun running around, and once we got to the top they loved putting their feet in the water.

When we got home, we put the kids down for naps and we took a nap too! How nice! 

When we woke up, we did some yard work. While we were out there Sam said "If anyone had told me when I was younger that I would want to spend my birthday doing yard work, I would have thought they were crazy!"

We took the family out for dinner, and after only one spilled cup of water we were back home and frosting the cake. When I asked Sam a few weeks ago what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, he said "I want a really rich chocolate cake, like Bruce Boggtrotter." (From the movie Matilda)

I don't think his cake really rivaled Bruce's, but it did the job.

Ellie kept telling me that we had to have hats for Daddy's birthday, so we got hats. And they were pretty cute! 

We did cake, ice cream and presents, and we all went to bed completely sugar-buzzed. Happy Birthday, Sam!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photography by Nathan

A picture of his puppy,

And one in black and white.

The grill through the screen,

And of course a selfie!

Images by Freepik