|A few people have asked me recently what chores my kids have. Each day they have their everyday chores and then one assigned chore. I came up with this system in the summer and so far it seems to be working fairly smoothly, although, I can feel that sooner than later we'll all need new and fresh chore assignments! But for now, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! It's nothing fancy. Just a piece of paper hung in the kitchen where they can see each day what's required of them. I'd love to hear/see what other people are doing by the way of chores. I love new ideas. I also love to hear what works for other people. If I've found one thing to be true, it's that there is a season for everything. One chore system that works wonderfully for now may fail miserably in the next. It's good to always be ready and willing to change things up and learn from others what has and hasn't worked!|
(Please excuse the poor camera job but you get the idea!)
|3 days ago, Nora turned 6 months!! |
My beautiful girl!!
|October through New Years Day is one of my favorite times of the year. If you know me, then you know I like to start Christmas music early. Why not?! The songs are just too good to limit them to only a few weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. |
We had a much more laid back Christmas season but it was still so full even with scaling back a bit. We started the season off with our annual "cutting down the tree day"! This day always begins with breakfast out, carefully searching for the right tree and then watching daddy cut it, drag it and finally assemble it in our living room.
Getting ready to find the perfect tree!
And there were 8 stockings hung by the chimney with care...
The girls and I attended a theater production of Annie! It was wonderful. The girls got dressed in their Christmas dresses per their request to make it even more fun and fancy. They all agreed it was great and would love to do something like that again soon.
December also brings a very special little ladies birthday!! Our Maygen turned 7! We had dinner at her favorite restaurant. McDonalds, where else?!
Every year Tim, the kids and I all pick names for our annual family grab bag. I love this tradition. The kids love thinking and going shopping for that perfect gift for their sibling or parent.
Waiting to exchange gifts!
The very best night of the year is Christmas eve!! Ask anyone from our fam and they'll tell you the same. So.much.fun. We all get together and talk, eat, eat, eat, laugh, open gifts and just enjoy each other! (Did I say eat?!)
December 24, 2012
Annual reading of A Night Before Christmas.
Christmas day we open gifts as a family and enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls! We love to take the morning slow and let the kids sink their teeth in with their new things. This year the gifts consisted of mostly books and games with a few other new and special things like Legos and baby carriers to wear your baby.
Getting ready to head to Malmal's and PopPop's for our Christmas Day celebration.
And then spending the day at my parents for a very special and relaxing Christmas Day!!
The weekend after Christmas we normally spend with the Ross gang!
We had a very blessed and wonderful holiday season!
|Today Maygen turns 7!! |
Her well visit happened to be today too. She's still a peanut. 35 pounds. On the charts for height though!!
Maygen is very determined and extremely thoughtful.
She loves to play with dolls and begs me daily to do school. She loves to learn and enjoys a challenge. She's super spunky and oh so strong! She loves tap and ballet and is enjoying taking dance class. Friends are very important to her. She loves her siblings and loves to help take care of Garrett and Nora.
She's just beginning to read small books however math is her most favorite subject. She loves sports and loves to run and if you know her, you know she's running most of the time.
We just love you Maygen Nicole. You are our Christmas miracle!! Happy 7th Birthday!!
|2 days ago Erin turned 9!! |
Erin is an amazing girl!! She is very thoughtful and often considers others before herself. She's always willing to help and I'm pretty sure could manage the household on her own!! She loves to read and especially enjoys Dear America books. She also loves history and devours all books history related. She is very sensitive and thoughtful. She cares very dearly for her friends. She wants to learn how to sew and wants to take cooking lessons. If you ask her what she wants to do when she grows up, she'll tell you travel around the world doing art and telling people about Jesus. This girl is just so special!! Happy birthday to my sweet 9 year old girl!!