Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bekah had a track meet last night and Jesse took Scott to a football camp in Bemidji so Alarik had some "Mommy & Me" time. 
His first wish was to ride shotgun and he was in heaven.
We drove to Marcell and had the playground all to ourselves.
 Alarik kept checking in with me asking, "Are you having a good time, Mom?"
 "Isn't this a pretty great day, Mom?"
 "How much fun are you having, Mom?"

When he tired of the playground we hit the road and headed home where we played outside some more and went for a walk down the road.

Alarik got to choose what we had for supper. It was corn dogs and mac n cheese for two.  :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bekah, Scott and I had a brainstorming session a few evenings ago.  Our topic: summer chores, screen time and behavior.  Scott decided we each needed paper to take notes and he kept us all on topic.

We've never been able to settle on one system that works well enough that we want to repeat it, so we end up trying something new each summer.  I'm glad I decided to involve Bekah and Scott in the planning process this year. They were harder on themselves than I probably would have been!

Here's what we came up with:
A weekly chart for each kid that has their "must dos" and a "chore for a dollar", plus an area to track their screen time.  Here's what Alarik's will look like:

And here is how Bekah's and Scott's will look:
I will fill in their chores based on what most needs to be done that week. 
"Must dos" and "chores for a dollar" are not new.  Neither is the tracking of screen time. We've done those things in one form or another throughout the years.  What IS new is the "behavior rating" section.  This is the first summer that the three kids will be home together without Jade as a babysitter.  I needed a way to make them accountable without automatically making Bekah fully in charge. (Scott expressly noted that the "in chargeness" should be split 40-60 between he and Bekah - hahaha!)
This is what we're trying for the summer. Each kid gets a behavior ranking from each of the other two every day. The rankings are smiley face, neutral face, frowny face. There can also be a star for even better than a smiley face day. Their goal is a total of 21 stars or smiles for the week between the three of them. Meeting that goal will earn some sort of small reward which has yet to be determined.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alarik spilled approximately 20 ounces of a 28 ounce blue Gatorade on the kitchen floor last night. As I was sopping it up with gobs of paper towel, he announced, "I'm going to help you Mom." and pushed a few pieces of paper towel around.  He threw them in the garbage, then, on his way back to his play dough quipped in his most patronizing tone, "What do you say for the help?"

Here's a few more of his daycare funnies to share:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bekah & Corinne's fort is a popular place to hang out around here.  They've made several recent purchases/improvements, the best of which is the two hammocks that they hung bunk bed style.

They have big plans to sleep out there for an entire week this summer. I shouldn't doubt them after witnessing them sleep outside in November!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The crows have taken a liking to Scott's teepee.

Scott was one of the top four spellers in his class and completed in the school spelling bee. 

Yesterday I braved the perils of taking four crazy kids to visit Grandma Linda in Duluth.  She got to move from the hospital to the rehab center so we helped get her settled.  Here we are at King of Creams, or favorite little burger joint near the hospital:

Bekah has something against tennis shoes so she insists on wearing her Muck boots everywhere. After tromping around downtown Duluth in them on this 60-degree day, her feet STUNK and I banned them to outside the car for a spell on the way home!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scott:  Mom, will you get me a glass of milk?

Me:  I'm working on something buddy. Get it yourself.

Scott:  Bekah, will YOU get me some milk?

Bekah: No Scott. God gave you legs for a reason.

Scott: Yeah, so my feet can reach the gas pedal someday.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Alarik likes to do the "love you more" thing at bedtime.

Me:  I love you.

Alarik:  Love you too!

Me: Love you more!

Alarik:  Love you as much as God does!

Me:  Wow, that's a good one. You win.

Alarik: It's not a contest, Mom.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Today on Creepy Things Kids Say:

Jesse: (talking on the phone to Anthony about work) Ok, we'll see you in the morning then.

Alarik (muttered under his breath while coloring at the table):  If there IS a morning.

I burst out laughing while Jesse says: What???

Alarik: For you anyway.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

We've had a pretty great weekend around here.  Our snow is pretty much all melted except in the shadiest corners of the woods.

Bekah has been working hard on her and Corinne's fort.  Yesterday she packed up a big bin of "survival" stuff to stash out there, including this homemade first aid kit:
What else made the cut as "survival" necessities? A blanket, ladybug pillow pet, flashlight, and matches.

Scott helped Bekah on and off. When he wasn't lending his talents to her, he was working on his own project, a backyard teepee.

It's very sturdy!

And he made a lot of progress. He plans to weave some thinner sticks through it and then fill in with balsam and spruce boughs to cover.

I spent some time picking up broken toys and other debris in the yard, cleaning out flower pots and planters, sweeping the decks, and helping with the teepee here and there.

All of this playing and working outside in the mucky springtime yard meant plenty of clean-up time.  Alarik found that the little air compressor for our bubble bath mat also makes a great drying aid once you get out of the tub.

He prefers that "windblown" look.  😃