Tuesday, March 20, 2012

whistle while you work....

We have some child labor going on in our house these days.  I'm not ashamed to admit it.  It's not for free!  I feed them well, give them nice clothes to wear and a warm bed to sleep in.  Don't hate me...
My kids will learn to be responsible and grateful to their provider.  They will learn that we must be good stewards of what He has blessed us with.  One way is for them to learn to help around the house.  I found this idea on Pinterest, of course.  I modified it to work for us and the girls actually think it's fun! The girls have their chore jar, with two chores on each stick.  Mom and Dad have a jar each as well.  Then there is a discipline jar with things like "Uh, oh, 2 extra chores", or "Relax, no chores at all."  This last type is a great lesson in grace and mercy.  When the girls are misbehaving and needed discipline they pick from that jar and do what it says.  Selah chose a "grace" stick and I was able to share how her behavior warranted much more than the punishment she was receiving.  Love those life lesson moments.

Here Rinnah is doing her chore, sweep under kitchen table... see, not too hard, but they learn that it has to get cleaned up if you drop it, so maybe they will learn to put the food in their mouth more carefully!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sweet things

Dr. Seuss day was a few weeks back, and we kind of had some fun with it this year.  I dressed #2 and #3 up as Thing 2 and Thing 3!  Selah was so upset that she didn't get to dress up so I couldn't steal her thunder as my Thing 1.  The picture really doesn't do them justice, they were so stinkin cute!  Millah thought it was so funny when I was spraying Rinnah's hair, until I got to hers.  It freaked her out a bit I think.

And speaking of things!!! This CRAZY thing decided it would be a great idea to cut her own hair.  It took all I had within me not to......

                                   .....bust out laughing when I saw it.  This crazy kid.  I love her to death.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The gift that keeps on giving

Last summer we received the most wonderful gift from a very special woman (Aunt Liz)!!  She gave us a family membership to the zoo.  We have been several times, and the girls have loved every moment of it.
 The really neat part is that we can take friends along for the fun too.  Once we took our best friends little girl.  Mercy and Rinnah are the same age and had a great time running around looking at all the animals.
This trip was extra special since we took three people with us!  Aunt Ash, Aunt Emi, and cousin Faith met us there and we jumped in with all 16 feet!
We didn't get to see all the animals, but got to ride the monorail and the carousel.  The girls all had a blast.  And they are already asking to go back.