Jul 29, 2016

Daughter of the Day

I don't know how closely you've been watching the blog lately, but I was just wondering if you have noticed how grown up Scout is getting to be?

My sweetie has this thing he does with the kids. It's a little way of giving a shout out to those who are trying hard and being obedient. He calls it Son of the Season and Daughter of the Day. There is nothing associated with it except for bragging rights and the deal is that when one child receives the "award," the one who previously had it has to earn it back.

That seems a bit confusing, so let me give you an example. My sweetie needs someone to run downstairs and bring him a Powerade. If it is done quickly and without complaining, he might bestow the honor of Daughter of the Day.

Scout has never been given this particular award because it often takes several times before she gets around to being obedient. That all ended today! We had blueberry pancakes for dinner that Drama Queen started before she decided to take a plate over to Teach who just moved to her new apartment and has little accessible food.

She turned off the griddles and left the rest of the batter sitting in the mixing bowl. When we got home, Scout decided to fry up a few more pancakes so there would be enough for everyone, but even after she had plenty on the tray, she continued to fry until all the batter was gone.

When my sweetie noticed this excellent behavior that we had not even asked her to do, he promptly awarded her with the Daughter of the Day (much to Crafty's chagrin). I have been so proud of Scout's good choices lately. She hasn't been late to school and she is dancing for 3 hours most days when she gets home. She even cleaned her room and took such good care of Baby Doll at Big Sis Little Sis camp. I'm guessing we will see many more times when Scout earns the distinction of Daughter of the Day.

Jul 28, 2016

Advice From Princess

Now that Princess is getting married, she has had some time to evaluate life and she has drawn some very logical conclusions she would like to share with you.

Princess's 10 tips to life (I just think they will help you).

1. Always go for sprinkles.
2. Student debt is scary business.
3. Read.
4. Computers are great, but some things are better in real life.
5. Never forsake the opportunity to have a dance party.
6. Things you do that you think are dumb someone is really going to love some day.
7. Wear a helmet.
8. Go on a Sunday walk.
9. Look for the best in people.
10. You're doing better than you think.

Jul 27, 2016

1st Day of School

It was the first day of school for my kids who are on the year-round track schedule. Scout and Curly were off early this morning to see friends and meet their new teachers. Both seemed pleased with the adventure when they got home.

Baby Doll is starting kindergarten and then don't just toss them in with the big kids on the first day... they ease them in gently. Baby Doll had an appointment with her teacher today at 1:00. She was nervous and excited to see where she will begin spending so much time starting next Wednesday.

She took a tour of the restroom, the cubbies, coatracks, and desks. Then she and the teacher did a little bit of testing while I filled out paperwork. There is always plenty of that when the new school year starts. I was so proud of her for being brave and actually talking with her teacher. Some of my other girls have struggled with that.

She was sent home with a homework assignment, some jitter glitter, and a treat. She can hardly wait for next week!

Jul 25, 2016

Happy Pioneer Day!

We celebrated the coming of the pioneers to Utah on both Sunday and Monday this year. Yesterday we had all the kids over and we did our traditional Dutch oven dinner. My sweetie did all the planning and prep for the party this year since we had the shower to worry about on Saturday.

He really went overboard with the food! We had chicken stew (our family favorite) and peach cobbler prepared in the dutch ovens as well as fruit and rolls, homemade root beer, and homemade strawberry ice cream. It was amazing.

We also had 3-legged races, stick pulls, and the button-button game. My favorite part (as usual) was the square dancing although honestly, we do the Virginia Reel, which is more of a line dance. After that my sweetie gave us an amazing fireworks display.

Today my girls marched in the Days of 47 parade (we saw them on TV) and I took the kids to Seven Peaks water park this afternoon while my sweetie and Drama Queen painted a bedroom. Once again my sweetie outdid himself by making bbq ribs for dinner followed up by one last round of fireworks.

Then it was off to bed for my little ones who actually start school tomorrow. It's going to be another busy week.

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