Monday, November 5, 2012

Declaration of Mom Independence #momonstrike

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Therefore, in this household, these things must be done:
·       Parents will have free access to dishes. Children will have one set of dishes, silverware, and a cup. If children wish to eat, they will wash their dishes (or deliver them daily to the kitchen for washing/exchanging.)
·       Lunch boxes will be emptied and delivered to the dining room daily. Otherwise, daily lunches will be packed in brown paper bags or Wal-mart bags.
·       All reminders for homework, reading logs, showers, and bedtime will cease.
·       There will be no “tucky wucks” after 9:45pm on school nights.
·       Belongings left where they do not belong will be collected daily and placed in the basement. No warnings or reminders will be given.
·       On the matter of laundry:
o      Dirty clothes will go in each person’s basket.
o      Each person will wash their own dirty clothes. (A parent will help if asked nicely.)
o      Clothing left on the floor will be placed in the basement.
·       If a child needs a parent to do something, they will ask (not demand) for help or attention.
·       If children would like parents to enter their bedrooms, the rooms must be picked up. Parents will not risk their lives entering bedrooms.
·       Parents will continue to prepare meals. Parents will also continue to wash whatever dishes are placed on the kitchen counter by the sink.
·       Parents will continue to do basic household chores like sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, and taking out the trash.

Children are members of the family. As such, they are expected to contribute to the running of the household. Our house has no servants, therefore everyone must take care of themselves.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beach 2012: Thursday #obx

The sunset tonight was amazing. Absolutely in my top 5, probably my best ever. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Beach 2012 - Tuesday and Wednesday

Here are pictures from yesterday and today. I've got video clips - but I need to upload them from the other computer. You'll have to wait on those. Enjoy!

Cardboard Box Diet - Weeks 12 + 13 #cbdiet

I missed last week. Many apologies. We were in overload from a busy week - and leaving for vacation that Saturday. Many things had to get done and unfortunately the blog fell by the wayside. But - I'm back now! Well, back blogging.:) Still enjoying some time at the beach.
  • Weigh-in: 8lbs to go - 17lbs lost. My "goal date" was the morning we left for the beach. So I weighed in and was 8lbs away from my goal!! Some might be upset to not be at the goal by the set date - but I'm not. Not even a tiny little bit. I'm so excited by the progress I've made that I can't be upset! (When you look at where I was before I've actually lost about 25lbs - but I've only been tracking the #cbdiet ones above.)
  • Exercise/Physical Activity completed:  I managed to go exercise almost every day that I was supposed to in the last few weeks. On vacation, obviously I haven't been doing water exercise. But we walk to the beach most days and I wander the beach with the kids and splash in the waves. So - exercise? Maybe not. But definitely physical activity!
  • Average Sleep per night: still about 7 hours on week nights. Vacation has been good for me - I didn't realize how tired I was from 6 weeks of teaching.  I've been getting 10 hours+ a night. I'm excited to head home refreshed and ready for the transition to FALL.
  • Splurge/Guilty Pleasure: This whole vacation is one big splurge. I did not bring any juice or the juicer. I'm trying to do things in moderation - but hey! It is a VACATION. If I gain a few pounds back, I'll deal. :)
  • Success story: Trivial but fun - I kicked butt at Monopoly tonight. :) Everything in the picture is MINE.

  • Recipe(s): We've only eaten out once on vacation! I brought a TON of food from home and we've been cooking much like we would normally.  We've had roasted chicken, quesadillas, spaghetti, and pizza. (Pizza was our dinner out.)
  •  Photo: My favorite shot from the week so far. I'll try not to rub it in too much. :) (You might want to skip my previous post and the next one after this. Many more pictures.) Those ARE my people playing in the waves. Husband in black, 11 year old in the blue, and the 9 year old is the speck between them.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Beach 2012 - Saturday, Sunday, & Monday #obx

Here we are again. Outer Banks of NC. I adore this place. But coming in September is seriously messing with our routines. Nothing is like it is "normally" - meaning July or August. We're still having a ton of fun - just having to adjust things.

Enjoy the pictures and expect more this week!