Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

This is not a new's from a few months back but it's still one of my favorites. This is my youngest and this is what happens when Mom goes to the bathroom and doesn't put the baby gate up to keep children out of the kitchen. He climbed onto the cooler my dear husband left in the kitchen, got the flour out of the cabinet and played in it. This is what 4 minutes unsupervised gets you....but look how proud of himself he was!

The moral of the story is: Some days you have to laugh or else you will just cry...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

To-Do List Tuesday

I am a "to-do list" kind of mom... If I don't have some type of motivation and direction IN WRITING, I tend to plop my butt down in front of the computer and waste hours of the day while watching the kids destroy the house room by room.

My to-do lists are totally lame by what I would consider to do list standards. I put the most menial tasks on there just to have something else to check off to elevate my feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. "But honey, just look at all these things I checked off on my to-do list today!"

I will make cleaning the kitchen into a 10 item to-do list. For example:
1. Unload the dishwasher.
2. Wipe down countertops.
3. Wipe down appliances.
4. Wipe down the front of the refrigerator.
5. Clean the kitchen table.
6. Clean the high chair tray.
7. Sweep.
8. Mop.
9. Reload the dishwasher.
10. Clean sink.

I need these 10 items to be marked off and consolidating them would lower my motivation level considerably. I could make a one item to do list like this:

1. Clean kitchen.

The end result of this list is the same but the feeling of scratching out each item on a 10 item list is so much more self-sastisfying.

The children do not share my need to inflate the to-do list. I give them each about 5 chores per day depending on age and ability level. If I broke their 5 chores into 3 steps each for a 15 step to-do list, I would have total anarchy on my hands. I've learned the best way to get my kids to complete their chores around here is to make it into a competition. At a certain time every day, the chores are handed out, the time is noted and with a big "Ready! Set! GO GO GO GO GO!" they are off. Various lame prizes doled out for the first ones done. "You sir, are the winner of a huge hug and kiss from Mom!" I get eye rolls for this since they know they would get the hug and kiss anyway but they still fall for the competition theory every time.

My motivation is already puttering out so I've got to get started or I won't have any of my 25 things marked off my list today. What's on your to-do list for today?

Monday, September 28, 2009

My five monkeys...

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed...

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

Oh if it were only that easy.... I need this "doctor" person who has so much authority to come hang out at our house for a few days. In my house usually it's "Stop jumping! You know you aren't supposed to be jumping.... Did you hear me? I said no more! Ouch I bet it hurt when you fell, didn't it? Now WHY were you doing that?"

And the standard answer is????

"I don't know."

Welcome to my world...