Thursday, May 20, 2010

So, looks like we have a dog. The boys were out in our front yard on Sunday and a little dog came out of the bushes next door. No tags, no micro-chip, no one claiming him. Mysterious! Andrew's prayers finally paid off. He is the cutest little stinker. He actually does stink, but is an amazingly nice dog. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if someone claims him. As soon as I can, I will post a picture.
I posted my pictures on my facebook page. I could post them here too, but then I would have to use Roy's computer b/c that is where the pictures are. If you want, I will do that.

The real reason I am writing today is I found the best way to keep my house clutter-free. We have been using the system for a week and a half. It is called "the clutter jail". The way it is set up is I go through the house every night and pick up everything that is out of place. I put a small colored sticker corrisponding to the day of the week on each item. They have one week to "post bail" on that item. In order to post bail they have to find something else out of place and swap that for their item OR they can do a chore to get it out. So pretty much after that first night, the kids were cleaning up all the clutter to get their stuff back. I also have let each of them have one thing out of jail freeeeee, if I don't have to pick up anything the night before. It has happened twice. :) I have those rules posted on a large clear container. Right now the clutter jail is way full of mostly Will's stuff. He hasn't quite caught the vision. But it has been a raving success! You wouldn't believe how clean my house is. Well, I guess you would if you've been here after Valeria has been here.

PS I think my awesome paper with all the rules and stuff has been erased. Bummer. It is really clever.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I keep checking to see if Jen has posted pictures of her trip to Japan and Guam and I have to say JEN GET WITH IT AND POST SOME DANG PICTURES!!!! I want to see and hear about your trip. Remember, I have to live vicariously through all of my siblings. If you all don't post things, I can't very well be jealous of all of your fabulous lives!