CH1 - I got a couple loads in this. morning...but I need to work on making the laundry room easier to work in. It's a narrow room, and the "mud room" (between outside deck and kitchen) so it can get clogged up and I can hardly get to the washing machine & dryer. It is especially hard to get to the hanging rack. HOWEVER, thankful to have a laundry room! (Says someone who didn't have one before moving into this old house.)
CH2 - How do you ladies assign reading? If I hand R10 the book, she reads it in a day, maybe two. I can't keep her in books. Today I had D9 read the book to me so that I would know she is reading it. We just don't have a good system for "assigned" reading. But I'm not too worried since they love to read.
Heather, sorry you injured your foot. Glad your trip went well so far today.
Jen, I've always done at least a load a day. I have especially liked building the recent habit of having it all folded and put away in the afternoon so I can feel like I'm "done" with laundry for the day. (I know, who am I kidding? I'm never done with laundry! ) I hope you can find a way to make your laundry room more "inviting" (if that's possible). Mine was always super cold so I put a space heater, and that helped. What about listening to a podcast while you have to be in there? I also have put up some of the kids art work and a pic of DH and I. Seems silly since I'm the only one that ever sees those things way back in the narrow part of the laundry room...but it helps.
Amy - I agree with everyone else about your time being valuable, however I can relate to how you're feeling. I'm usually the one that compromises myself (er, lets others walk all over me, especially family). Praying for you And for your mom to do her therapy.
Lindsey, I love that you had time to think when you got away. And the legos with educational videos sound really awesome. We've done audio books here, but need some new ideas. What kinds of video? I am going to keep this idea in my back pocket for when we have snow/bad weather this weekend.
It was super windy here yesterday, Michelle.
Since I posted last:
kids watched Magic School bus while I checked/sent an e-mail & made them lunch
lunch & I didn't read today. Instead we talked about being nice to each other, brainstormed ideas on how we might use nicer words/stop bickering. Not sure how effective that was...but I'm just growing so tired of it
cleaned up lunch
walk to the park
sent everyone to their room for a quiet time
caught up here
I am not sure what is going on with my children...but they have just been CRANKY today. While we were at the park I thought it would be fun to play a game running around. Problem is, it turned competitive (and apparently, not fun) and 3 were crying within 2 minutes of the game. My 9year old cried/threw a fit the entire walk home. When she game in, I was so gentle with her, and she just doesn't know why she's so weepy/frustrated. Sounds like the emotions you were talking about in pre-teen girls, Robin. I love my sweet little kids...and my big girls growing up sometimes scares me Today has been a day in which I am reminded it really is out of my control. I cannot make it a good day. Even when I started with donuts!
have kids help fold/put away laundry
Now the kids are emerging and quiet time is over. Have a great afternoon friends!
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April - amazing photo!!! I miss the snow we had in AK!
Mindy - wife to Colin since '03, mommy to FIVE fabulous kids dd10, dd9, ds7, dd5, dd3