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Summer has been here for nearly a month now…. how is time flying past this quickly?! On June 2nd the boys finished up their year of kindergarten. Check out how much they changed in just one school year – top is their first day of school and the bottom is their last day!

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After picking them up from school, I promptly took all 4 kids to Sonic for an ice cream treat – the start of a new “Last Day” tradition! Yay!

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We also worked on our annual Summer Bucket List!

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On the List:

Get a dog – Done!

Sleepover at Aunt Laura and Uncle Mason’s – Done!

Go to the Sprint Family Fun Days in downtown KC – Done!

Try the new Sonic Slush with Nerds – Done!

Go blueberry picking

Go on a waterslide

Go to an art museum

Get Sonic 1/2 Priced Shakes

Go bowling

Go fishing

Build a fire pit and make s’mores

Ride the Ice Cream Sundae train

Go on a bike ride and take snacks

Diggity Time with Dad for Lily

Do a FaithWork day at church

Date with Mommy – Chase

Date with Mommy – Ty

Date with Mommy – Jackson

Invent a new popsicle flavor

Have lunch with Daddy at church

Learn how to swim (J, T & C)

Catch fireflies

Go mini-golfing

As you can see, they’ve already checked off a few, and the boys are working hard at that “learn to swim” one!
“Diggity Time with Dad” is something the boys do with Nick throughout the year. Each month one of them gets to go hang out with just Nick for a couple of hours. It might be to play mini-golf, or just going to Dunkin’ Donuts for a drink and donut. Lily’s not currently on the rotation though, because she spends her Fridays with Nick during the school year! During the summer though, she doesn’t get as much (if any) one on one time with Nick, so she’ll get a Diggity Time this summer!

I don’t get a whole lot of one on one time with the boys, and thought a friend had a great idea when I saw “date days” for each of her kids on their bucket list! I’m excited to take the boys out individually some evening for some ice cream and chatter:)

And yes, I’ll post pictures of our new dog soon! His name is Gus, and he’s adorable!

 

Anyone that’s read my blog over the years knows I’m a big fan of changing things up whenever needed. I may be stubborn in a lot of areas, but recognizing whatever once “worked” for our kids is no longer working and needs to be changed is not one of them!

We’ve had many chore/earning/reward systems over the years, starting with the Star Charts when they were 3, and we did several versions of those. Then we moved on to the popular punch cards, which worked pretty well from about age 4.5 to 6. Late last summer though, the punch cards lost their appeal. The boys just weren’t driven enough to do a job, to get a punch, to work towards 10 punches, which then earned them $2. Hmmmm….

Time to change it up again!

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Fun, right?! Those little buttons are magnetic, and came from the Etsy Shop MoreThanAMemoryAK. Very reasonably priced, and quick to ship. Nick and I picked out what each should say, and I found the magnetic white board at Target. Boom! New Chore chart and earning system!

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We also had the boys decorate (with Sharpies) some big glass containers, to use as their banks. We’d been using envelopes before, and the darn things kept slipping behind the dresser!

So we’ve been using this new system for a couple of months now, and they love it! Every Friday is payday, and Chase is scoring big time this week with his. We haven’t capped their earning potential, but I have told the overzealous one to ease up and leave some jobs for his brothers;)

Jobs can be done multiple times a week. Say Chase unloaded the dishwasher on Monday, and then it needed to be done again on Wednesday – I would write “.50″ next to the “Owe” below his name, and move the button back up top to the available section.

Jobs can also be shared! Things like Cleaning the Closet, Cleaning the Van, and Yard Work can easily be multiple kid jobs, so in those cases we’ll split the money as needed (and write it in the “owe” section, rather than moving the button).

All in all, it’s working pretty well! There’ve been times the boys have wanted to purchase something at school (little fundraisers they do), and we tell them they’ve got money to do it themselves. They also all wanted to pledge $1 a month each (for the next 3 years) in our church’s new building campaign. Each month, they go grab a dollar from their jars and bring it to church.

I’m sure I could have found the materials to make buttons myself, but that Etsy shop had them priced reasonably enough that I chose the lazy route. Plus, this way I was supporting another small business! Win for my laziness and win for a small biz!

Disclaimer: The above mentioned Etsy shop and Target have no idea who I am. I just loved what I bought at each and wanted to share! I’ve not been compensated for my opinions.

  • June 20, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Cindy in San Antonio - Sure have been missing these boys and their little sister! Hope you post an update soon!ReplyCancel

Let’s see…. Lily turned 3 in January, which means it only took me 3 months to finally take her 3 Year pictures! Really though, it wasn’t for lack of trying on my part. She’d seem agreeable to the idea, but then by the time I had things set up, or we were at the studio (starting in March), she’d always shake her head and say “Nah.”.

*sigh*

I’ll tell you this, as a photographer I have a much easier time getting other people’s children to listen to me, than I do getting my own! Getting the boys to sit for even 30 seconds requires heavy bribing (or threatening, which isn’t fun for anyone obviously), and Lily couldn’t care less about bribes still. Basically, unless it’s super, super important to get a picture right then, I don’t push it with my kids anymore. If they say “no”, I drop it. It’s just not worth the drama!

So I waited her out. And waited her out. And waited her out some more.

Oh boy though – all of that “waiting out” was SO worth it! We were at my studio together last week, and were about ready to leave, when I asked if she wanted to wear a “princess crown” and have her picture taken. To my surprise, she said “yes”, and what happened in those next 5 minutes was just magical!

Pretty sure these will be some of my favorite Lily pictures for a looooong time to come.

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Yep. Definitely some all time favorites! Can you all believe how big my little munchkin is getting?!

Don’t forget to sponsor us for our March for Babies walk! It’s next weekend and we have a LOT of ground to make up for our goals of $1,000 and/or a donation from all 50 states. As of this posting, we’re at $305 donated, and you can see where we’re at on our states goal here. Do you have even just $5 to help inch us closer to our goals? The boys have been so excited each time I’ve showed them a new pin on our map!

Sponsor my adorable little preemies here!

  • April 23, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Amy - Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! So many amazing shots! Love her personality shining through.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Helen - Thanks, Amy :) ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    RoseAnne - You’re right – the already beautiful pictures are even more beautiful here than they were on Facebook. Although I love the bottom one, my favorite is the top one – it has an ethereal quality, like a painting.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Cindy in San Antonio - You definitely worked magic in 5 minutes!!!! Beautiful images ! And, no, I can’t believe how big she is getting. So grown up! Thanks for posting these!ReplyCancel

    • April 25, 2014 - 8:31 am

      Helen - Thank you, Cindy! And thank you so much for sponsoring our walk ;) ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Essie - She is so pretty! You know, I adore my boys, but it is so darn much fun having a girl to do princess things with!!!

    Added Wisconsin to your map. :-) ReplyCancel