Although I’ve been trying to post on the blog every day, the time just gets away from me, and before I know it, three days have passed! Here are scenes from the last few days.
The F’s do much better in the evening if we spend their after-school time outside. While we run out to the nature center once or twice a week, this has also become a recent favorite…and the bonus is that it’s just down the street from us…
They have been obsessed with the storybook Roxaboxen (just like the Rensner kids used to be), so this spot has become their own personal Roxaboxen, and they’ll play pretty peacefully (most days) until almost supper time.
See that row of jars? That’s the F’s new allowance system. (For those of you who like details, each kid gets their “age.” So Fiffer has 9 daily chores and gets $9; Feffer has 7 daily chores and gets $7 (he turns 7 today!); Feff has 6 daily chores and gets $6 (he turns six the end of April). 10% goes to church, 20% goes to savings, 60% goes to spending money, and 10% (my favorite) goes in the “family tax” jar for trips to get ice cream, etc.) We’re hoping it will increase responsibility, decrease the “gimmes,” and build some money sense. I realize that’s a lot to ask from a few mason jars, but we’ll see how it goes.
For Hayden’s last quarter of physics, we decided to ditch the
dry textbook and do some more hands-on work. We purchased a physics set and have been diligently working our way through it. I love Thames and Kosmos, so the forthcoming complaint is a small one compared to my love for their products. BUT…here it goes. In this set, you build a model and then use it for several experiments. Great. Well, this stupid boat took quite a bit of work…see how we had to make a sail and tie it to the mast…plus we’re still getting the hang of their diagrams…so…it all took a while. And then we turned the page to see what experiments we were going to do with it and found…nothing. There are no experiments with this particular model. Apparently, you’re just supposed to build it for the experience? I don’t know. Note to self: before building any models, make sure they’re going to be used for something.
And, finally, this has been the evening reading for Hayden, Jason, and me this week.
The St. Louis Shakespeare Company puts on two school matinees every year. Things were too hectic to go this past fall, so Jason is taking Hayden next week. (I’m already taking so many days off work in the next couple of months , so I’m sitting this one out.) Obviously, the play is best enjoyed if you’ve read it first, so that’s the current project. Such fun.
I love my life. Most days:)