Friday, March 30, 2012

Techy wannabe

I don't consider myself to be hi-tech at all so this little conversation with a certain six year old has me scratching my head.
Sophie: "Mom, I'm going to text someone okay?
Mom: "Honey you need a phone to text someone."
Sophie: "Oh. Well then I'm just going to go on facebook so I can talk to all of my friends okay?"
Audrey: "You don't have a facebook account!"
Sophie: "Oh. Well then I'll just email them."
Audrey: "You don't have an email account either!"
Sophie: "Oh, just forget it then!"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mommy means business!

I think it's pretty safe to say that most people that know me know that I am a complete nut job when it comes to having a tidy house. I have to make sure it's clean before I go to bed at night and definitely before I leave home (I mean really, who wants to come home to a messy house?) I tend to get very, very cranky when it's messy and well....sometimes having three kids and a clean house just don't go together. At all. 
That being said a few months ago I made the girls chore charts. The two main things on it were make the bed and pick up toys in the bedrooms. Pretty easy huh? For the most part yes. Kylie has her own room and since she doesn't play with toys that often anymore pretty much all she has to do is make her bed. Audrey and Sophie share a room so it's been a little tricky figuring out how to fairly distribute responsibility for them. They pretty much decided on their own that they would both pick up the toys and alternate days on making the bed. Sophie is a big people pleaser so she has been doing well on her end. Audrey however tends to be lazy and has not been doing so well. On Monday it was her turn to make the bed. I asked her three times before she left for school to make it and she did not. I asked her and Sophie both to pick up their toys as well and that didn't happen either. This is how I found their room:
Not horrible, but unacceptable by my standards. After thinking about it I decided that instead of making the bed myself and picking up the toys I was going to just remove everything that was out of place. I kind of questioned whether this was a good move or not so I polled my friends. A few of them said to give them another chance, but most of them said to take the things out of their room to teach them a lesson so that's what I did. 
  I took the quilt and pillows off the bed leaving only the sheets and I bagged up all the toys that were on the floor. When they got home from school there were tears. Lots of tears. I finally told them that I would put the bedding back on if they promised to make up the bed the next day. The toys I told them would have to be earned back. So far they've been doing a good job so I guess I'll relent and give them back some of their toys. They've been told that next time I'll be ebaying their toys and they won't be able to get them back. Now I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope they can keep up the good work because I detest ebay!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Playing hooky

Last week my husband had to make a trip to Pensacola and asked me if I wanted to go with him. I did, but I was concerned about not making it home before the kids got out of school. After thinking it over for about 30 seconds I decided that we would just take the kids with us. Since they rarely get to miss school they were thrilled to have the day off. While we were in Pensacola my husband asked if anyone wanted to go to the National Naval Aviation Museum. I honestly didn't think the girls would be that into it, but they said they wanted to go. These two clowns had a blast.
  They kept running from one exhibit to the next yelling "Hey mom, take my picture!"

 This one however? She was a bit pouty. 
She's kind of in that 'all I want to do is hole up in my room and play video games' stage. So after having a talk with her and maybe making a few threats....

She finally came around and I was even able to get a rare picture of her smiling.
Pouty spells aside we had a fantastic day and we're already looking forward to our next day of playing hooky. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

8 is great!

Happy birthday Audrey!