Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Bug and Doodle just setting out on the hike. Ben and Roo hiking along.Look at these strong gentlemen- lifting the tree so I could walk under it.Roo found some "lellow" flowers- "Lellow, I LOVE Lellow!"The hiking crew--- as we are hiking along a dirt bike comes across our trail- (maybe they didn't read the sign that said "no motorized vehicles"?!) And Doodle replied "He's a cheater- he's not getting any exercise. The only thing he exercises is his BOTTOM!" lolRoo's backpack- when he gets tired- he just pops out the wings- and he can fly like Buzz Lightyear. Watch out for those rocks- they can be "trippy"What a view!See- I went too- most of the time I'm the one behind the camera.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday afternoon- the boys headed outside and saw what the Easter Bunny left- a new Trampoline. (you'd have to see the old one rofl-.....it was missing quite a few springs- and I finally told the boys it wasn't safe to jump on) The searched around the yard- and found plenty of Easter Eggs hidden. Doodle found the movie Bolt (great movie- we LOVED it in the theater)Bug searching for the missing Egg.Roo- and his chocolate wink.
Oh- and Doodle wanted me to put this on the blog- lol- it's him doing a flip on the new trampoline.
Oh, and I almost forgot- I uploaded pic of our family at the Bountiful Temple.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We listened to the final session of conference on our way home- My favorite talk- Elder Stevensen's on Temples and how our Homes are like Temples. Listen to it here- He said "You are never lost when you can see the Temple" How true. The temple is a wonderful place where I can fell the Spirit of the Lord teaching me the truths of the gospel. He compared our homes to temples. I am grateful for the Gospel in my life- and the opportunity I have to live so close to so many temples. I need to make the time to go more often, and make my home more like the temple.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
How do the kids earn tokens? Doing a good job with their chores, getting them done before the song is over, going above and beyond what's asked, doing jobs without being asked, getting along with their brothers, obeying quickly, basically my point is to "catch them being good" This reminds ME to watch for the good. Maybe you aren't like me, but I tend to get caught up too much in what the kids are doing wrong- but the token system helps remind me to look for the best.
What do they use the tokens for? I have a "store" with various things they can buy-Dollar store toys (usually 20 tokens equals a $1- so most dollar store toys are 20 tokens) treats or snacks, candy (10 tokens for a candy bar), fruit snacks (5 tokens) TV time- 10 tokens for 1PBS show, Wii or Computer time-5 tokens for 30 minutes. Toys that mom confiscates cost 1 token a piece- (if they don't pick them up after being asked- or leave them laying around downstairs I take them!) Roo's favorite "Jelly Ranchers" (known to the rest of us as Jolly Ranchers) cost 1 token each. A new addition to our store- chocolate milk for dinner costs 3 tokens (Doodle loves this- as he doesn't really like milk) Our token system is working great. We've used it off and on since Bug was little. It worked WONDERS for the foster children we had coming in and out of our home, and a few small bonuses- Math skills- the kids are always counting their tokens, figuring out how many more they need. and the best bonus- I had kids asking what jobs they could do today! Dishes are done- thanks to Bug, and the dining room floor is swept and mopped thanks to Doodle. The other day the kids had a friend over playing- and they were washing windows to earn tokens for Candy!
The 2nd thing that's working around here are Sticks for School- LOOK!! Another use for craft sticks! -- again it wasn't my idea. On the FIAR Message board that I sometimes go to there was a big buzz about Workboxes and while I was tempted to get on the wagon- but decided I didn't need the extra expense of buying all the plastic boxes nor do I have the space to put them all. But someone mentioned on a thread over there about using Sticks with fun activities written on them for their kids to do after they finished their box or something. So I stole the idea and "tweaked" it. Written on the sticks are the things Doodle did for school today. The Green stripe means it has to be done each day. Math, Handwriting, Phonics and our unit study. The purple line means you might need mom's help. The orange line means it's independent work.
At the beginning of our "school time" Doodle draws sticks. There are the 6 that have to be done- and plenty of other fun things that he can pick from- so he has 8-10 sticks to do. Then he arranges them in the order he wants to do them. (I don't really care what order they get done, as long as they get done- and he works on a few independent things together so I can work with Roo for a few minutes) After we've finished the work on that stick- it goes back in the bag for tomorrow. He can see his pile of things to do getting smaller and smaller.
Just a few things that are working around here- What things work at your place to help your days run more smoothly?