Archive for the ‘housework’ category

Chore Lottery Gone Bankrupt

October 29, 2007

As much as I loved the idea- as proud I was that we developed this intricate plan, the chore lottery has declared bankruptcy.  While the concept seemed simple enough, it didn’t change the effect on our routine.  Instead of asking him about the list, I was asking him about the chore lottery- and finding out it wasn’t done.  So, after giving it a few weeks of trial time, I’ve decided it’s time to try something else. 

Saturday, while looking online with my sister, we came across an interesting site.  It’s calld chore wars.  I’m just about to sign up, but the system was overloaded so I have to wait.  It seems to be in the begining stages so I’m expecting to find a few glitches.  The basic concept is that every member of the household signs up and as chores are done they log them in for points.  I think there is some game playing involved whn they log a chore, but I’m not too sure.

Has anyone else tried this?  I’ll let you know how it goes here.  Eventually something is bound to work- or eventually my son will get marrried and it’ll be somone else’s problem to get him to do his chores!  Anyway, here’s the link- http://www.chorewars.com/index.php

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Chore Lottery

October 15, 2007

This weekend, my son and I had a great discussion about school, chores, and life in general.  One thing that i a constant battle in our hous is getting chores done.  Being an only child, I am sure he probably has more chores than some.  But, there is nothing out of the ordinary on his list of things to do.  Since my husband and I work and he is home, we expect things to be done when we get home.  Usually, this is not the case.  (So, why we continue to expect it, I don’t know!)

Anyway, he is the type of person that needs a list in order to remember things.  This is just a fact.  But, ysterday he told me he doesn’t like having a list for his chores.  So, where does that leave us?  Then, I had a lightbulb moment.  No, really, I think if you were there you would have seen a lightbulb over my head! 

We put all of his chors on seperate pieces of paper and then put them in a box.  He was actually excited about this and designed each paper with different types of writing and pictures.  Then, he offered the box from his mp3 player which has several compartments. 

So, now, in the morning he has to draw a chore and go do it.  Then when he’s done, he puts it in the finished compartment and draws another one.  This way, he knows what he has to do, but doesn’t have to look at a list.  Plus, it’s different everyday- which he seems to like.

How did it work on day 1?  Well, nothing in life is perfect.  But, his attitude is great and most of the things were done.  The rest are in the process of getting done.  The other change is that I am trying not to stress that it wasn’t done- just encouraing him to get it done in a positive way.  I figure if I stay positive, he is more likely to stay positive, as well.  (Which makes for a much more enjoyable evening!)

Carnival of Homeschooling

September 5, 2007

A visitor to my blog led me to a new discovery- blog carnivals.  I had never heard of these before a few weeks ago.  And, then last week I joined the carnival. 

For those of you who are like me and hadn’t heard of them, here’s the deal.  Blog carnivals exist for many different subjects and interests.  Bloggers submit a link for thier post to a host blog site.  Then, on the opening day of the carnival, a list of the blog links and a description of their post is published.  This is a great way to find some great blogs and not spend a million hours surfing aimlessly online.   Sometimes they have a particular theme and sometimes they are about homeschooling in general.  The homeschool carnival seems to be traveling to different sites every week- which is another reason to call it a carnival since it’s constantly moving around.  The next one will be here- http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/search?q=

I have not checked out this weeks yet.  That’s next on my agenda for the evening.  (Who needs dinner?  Fasting is good for you, isn’t it?)  But here is the link- http://yedies.blogspot.com/2007/09/88th-carnival-of-homeschooling.html

Here is the link to information on the homeschool carnival blog for anyone interested in submitting something- http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2005/12/where-to-send-your-submission-for-next.html

I will be trying to keep up with this and post the link on the right side of my blog under “This week’s Carnival”.  Of course, you should not be surprised if once in awhile it falls below the top of my list now that school is back in session.  But, I will be putting an honest effort into it!

Now, on to the next item of things to do- otherwise known as “Let’s see, what else can I do to procrastinate doing house work, laundry, or cooking tonight!

New York

July 28, 2007

Last weekend was great!  I can’t believe another weekend is here again!  This one won’t be as fun!  I have so much to catch up on since I was gone for a few days!  But, it was all worth it. 

One great thing about this weekend is that everyone is home again.  My son came home from camp and so the 3 of us are enjoying some time together.  That is, after he came home from work this morning and before I go to work this afternoon!  Unfortunately, most of our quality time will be spent cleaning and doing laundry!

I had such a great time in New York that I don’t know where to start!  Everyone was doing great, as you can see in the pics from my last post.  I went to a silly party while I was there.  The kids all got to play in a pool filled with flour and then rinse off in a pool of water.  How cool is that when you are under the age of 5?  Here’s a picture of flour filled fun!

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I had my first ever pedicure.  That could be addicting.  I had never been really excited about the idea- until I actually had the chance to get one this weekend.  My cousin and I have decided our husbands/boyfriends should pay for our pedicures every time we get to visit each other.  What a great relaxing ritual!  Of course, after my pedicure I had to go buy some new shoes to show off my toes!  I’ll spare adding a picture of my toes to this blog!

I loved spending time with Jonas!  He is getting so much older.  One of his favorite things to do is look at books.  So, of course, I had a chance to read to him.  And, I figured he might as well learn something.  So, I had just come across a book my cousin had gotten called “How to Be an Italian”.  It was very cheesy!  Here we are learning all about Italians.  Of course, I had to make up the words to most of the book because evidently not many things about being Italian are fit for a 3 year old.  Here we are reading the book and learning how to wear a hat mafia style.

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I guess I have procrastinated cleaning long enough! 

July 3, 2007

It’s a beautiful day outside.  Too beautiful, in fact to spend the whole day stuck inside at work!  So, it’s 12:30 and I am done for the day!  OK- not definitely.  I’m on call.  But, hopefully I won’t have to go in later.  Maybe if I turned my ringer off…

So, why am I inside writing a blog?  This morning, my son started his first official job.  After much discussion, my husband and I decided to let him try working at the alpaca farm where he was volunteering once a week.  Since we are constantly on him about getting his chores done, we thought this might be the motivation he needed to get them done so he could work and earn some money.  What a surprise when I came to pick him up and found nothing done!  So, I made him quickly get things done before he could go.  And, now he is back home and I feel like I must babysit and watch over everything he does in order to have it done right! 

He just came in and brought me a grilled cheese sandwich without me asking him to.  He must know I was not happy this morning.  (I think it was pretty obvious!) 

The fact is, when it comes down to it, he is a good kid!  I mean, he really is a sweet, loving, caring kid!  So, that makes it hard sometimes when I have to get on him about things like doing chores.  In the grand scheme of things, I am blessed to have such a wonderful son! 

Hello world!

June 15, 2007

Testing- 1, 2, 3!

What makes wordpress so great?  This site is new to me and navigating through it is a challenge.  Or, maybe I’m just really tired from a very long day of work and play!  But, I would really like to hear from some people who use this site and find out why. 

Maybe I should introduce myself.  I am a working mother who also homeschools my 13 year old son.  I am married to a wonderful man who is usually great at helping me with whatever I am trying to accomplish- teaching, cleaning, cooking, etc.   I also have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and (not by my choice) a tarantula.

In my spare time- who am I kidding?  I really don’t do anything in my spare time because by the time I have any time to spare I am exhausted from my day!  Luckily, I really enjoy most of the things that keep me so busy!  My job is interesting and always changing. Teaching my son is always teaching me as much as it is teaching him!   I spend a lot of time at my church doing things for the Sunday school and youth programs, and recently I started volunteering to teach a tennis class to my homeschool support group.  My family is very important to me- immediate and extended.  So, I try to spend as much time with them as possible.

So, that’s my life in a nutshell.  Let’s see what this looks like now.  Send me your comments and let me know what you think.