|Working in our ABC magnetic book, Buzz Lightyear costume and all :)|
|Color by number, I have seen a change in his coloring abilities. He is becoming more deliberate with his strokes and trying to stay in the lines more.|
We made Daddy birthday cards, made fun cookies and sent them to Aunt Chelsea, had a tea party and did a lot of cleaning and organizing. Speaking of which, I have a new chore plan for the kids. It not only involves chores, but money management and giving to others. We started today actually and so far they are both eager and excited to do it. I took pictures of different things around the house, like the kitchen table, the garbage, the snack container, Penny's diaper and wipes station, dog food etc. Then I printed them out and laminated them. Each day the kids will be given between 2 and 4 cards. I am thinking 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. These are paid chores, not things that we already expect them to do like clean their room everyday and put their toys away etc. If they complete each chore (without fussing and in a timely manner) then they have the opportunity to make $.25 each day. They will get paid on Fridays and they have to divide the money into 4 different banks. The first bank is money for God, that they will give as an offering at church. The second is for giving to others. We will buy food for the pantry at church, use some of the money for our Good Samaritan Christmas Child shoe boxes or perhaps even sponsor a child through the Compassion network. The third bank (their piggy bank) is for saving and the fourth is for spending. Once in awhile we will take them to the toy store and match what they have to spend. They must put their money in the banks in that order and if the earn the entire $1.25 (in quarters) a week then they can choose where to put the 5th quarter. I am as equally excited and can't wait to see how it goes!
|Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne digging a tunnel through the mountain for the train.|