September 9, 2014

The Rules

The first week of school went swimmingly. We are now in the second week, and things are going GREAT. I have to tell you, as I was walking to the bus stop this afternoon, I was thinking about how much I love where we live. We have friends, and can walk to places, and it's just amazing. The kids absolutely love living near so many people. And what is really cool is that a kid that was in Thaddeus' class last year in King William, moved to our apartment complex. So they ride the bus together, AND they're both in the same advanced math class. It's a pretty sweet deal.

In other news, I have been hard at work making chore charts and such for the new house. Every time you move, you have to figure out how to divvy up the housework to make life fair. Also, we have established some HOUSE RULES because people keep forgetting how to interact with real, live human beings. That is my one and only complaint about the kids and their tablets. They get confused about what is actually important (people) and what is not (breeding your digital farm animals).

Since we have downsized, I was having a hard time figuring out how to fairly distribute the work. Our chart includes four areas: Kitchen, Bathrooms, Living/Dining/Hall Area, and Slave Child. Yes. You heard me. Slave Child.

Slave child is to check with mom or dad as to what their task is that day. If we are unavailable, then they have a list of extra chores that they can pick from. This list includes things like, clean all the remotes/phones/keyboards with a disinfectant wipe, and clean the back seat of Mom's car. You know, things that need to get done, but aren't their own zones.

And they cannot have any screen time until certain things are done, and some of those certain things include READING AN ACTUAL BOOK and PLAYING OUTSIDE WITH ACTUAL TREES AND GRASS. Plus chores and all that stuff.

I also made a checklist for each area so that the kiddo's would know what they need to do every day, and what needs to be done each week. And let me tell you, they're going to have to practice some serious time management, because it's soccer season, and we have games on Saturdays, and if you wait to do your stuff, you're going to have a god-awful time come Saturday evening.... because Sunday is our day of rest, and our time to focus on the Savior, and I just want the house to be clean before Sunday, alright?!

I also informed the children that we will be having a Family Counsel every Monday night, where we will have a spiritual thought, and talk about what's coming up, and all that jazz. These kids are starting to have crazy busy lives, and we need time to reconnect with each other. So, on the calendar it goes.

I'm going to give this a week or so, and then we will be implementing our new morning routine. Mornings are the only guaranteed time that all of us will be at home, so we will have our bible study then. We've tried after school, before bed, and every other time possible... but they don't work. So the kids will just have to get up a few minutes earlier.

All in all, we are well on our way to efficiency, and I like it.

SIDENOTE: My kids weren't understanding why we needed our house to be in a certain order, so I made them all turn to Genesis, Chapter 1, and we read about how God created the earth.... Then I asked the kids, "What would have happened if God had made the fish before he made the sea?" We then had to talk about how God was pretty smart to make the earth and the seas first, because it wouldn't be fun to have a bunch of dead fish just floating around in space. <<<  That's right. Dead fish in space. This is my life guys.

September 1, 2014

Back in Business

Oh my life, we are *thisclose* to being back to normal.

We are officially moved and settled in. I still have a few things I'd like to organize better, but we are not living amid boxes. And after tomorrow, the house will be even MORE picked up, because all the school supply paraphernalia will be gone.

Now for updates:

MS KIDS CAMP

The kids had a fabulous time. They went swimming and stayed up late and made lots of friends. They have already requested to go next year, so it's pretty safe to assume they had fun. Also, since it's a camp for kids who have parents with MS, they had like, baby support groups... but with fun. Thaddeus said it was really neat to meet other kids with Moms and Dads that have MS, because they know just what his life is like. And the kids LOVED their C-I-T's (counselor's in training).

I also heard all about a relay race they had, where the kids had to experience the different symptoms of MS while running back and forth. For blurred vision, they had to wear scratched up goggles. And they got spun around a lot to experience dizziness. Another symptom is the "drop foot"; for that one, the kids wore a flipper on one foot. Taylor said the flipper was so hard! Of course, while they are telling me this, they are pantomiming the relay race and giving me a full play by play. I asked if anyone did all those things together, and their mouths hung open at the thought. I told them that on a good day, I'll only have one or two symptoms like that, but sometimes, I have all those things going on at once... plus even more! It suddenly made sense to them why, when we go grocery shopping, I get to push the cart, because I need the stability.

NEW JOB

Yes, that's right. I have a new job. I shall be teaching the junior class at the Kimber Academy. It's a faith based private school that focuses on God, Family, and Country. There's some things I really like, and some that are not quite my cup of tea. All politics aside, I'm excited to be there, and can't wait to get to know all the kids in my class!

NEW WARD

We are no longer in a branch. We are in the Chickahominy Ward. Our building has actual pews in the chapel. And a gymnasium! With wooden floors! And our building is only 10 minutes away! We are super excited about all of that.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Well, there's just a whole lot going on... I hereby promise to update the blog more regularly. Which will be much easier because WE HAVE GOOD INTERNET!  GUYS: we are back in business around here. No data limits. No signal problems. It. Is. Glorious.

But for now, I have to go to bed, because I have SCHOOL tomorrow. Yikes!

August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014

Life around here is crazy. We'll be moving in 11 days, and I have yet to pack a single box. I'm not too worried, because I'm really a very efficient mover, it's just the point. I HAVE been prepping for a yard sale this weekend though, so I have been cleaning and purging, which is a step in the right directions.

We also discovered that Taylor has LYME DISEASE. Because our life always needs a bit more excitement. At any rate, she is on a high dose antibiotic, and we are to watch her like a hawk for any worsening or changes in her skin.

Also, we went to our new ward yesterday. Troy's parents were here, and their flight home left during the middle of our normal church service. We looked up when the new ward meets, and found that it started at 1pm, so we decided to head over there after dropping them off at the airport. Everyone was quite lovely, and my kids were quick to point out all the differences between the two church buildings. (This one had pews in the chapel! And they didn't even move! And they have a real basketball court! And a primary room!) Needless to say, everyone was excited.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to finish up my last class of the semester. I want to do it as fast as I can, then cancel our horrible satellite internet service. When Troy's home, we use his phone as a mobile hotspot, because it works WAY better than our standard service... which is pretty sad, if you ask me.

OH! And Blayne is home! She had a fabulous time in Arizona, but she missed us a lot. She got to visit all of her cousins on both sides of the family. She also went on an LDS temple tour. She even brought back a small chunk of rock that was used to build the St. George, Utah temple. She also went to Walt Disney World and got her princess on. I'm sure I'll hear all about it in the coming weeks, but for now, she's staying glued to her siblings. I don't think she quite knew what to do without them!

Other than that, it's same old, same old around here. Bills, laundry, and dinner. That is my life.