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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Great Balls of Fire!

That title really has no bearing on what I'm writing, I just felt like using it because yesterday someone told me that I was a woman of great testicular fortitude - and it made me laugh so hard that I thought about that song.

We have had some mighty severe thunderstorms here in my neck of the woods the past couple of days, so that's why my writing has been sorely lacking. Every time I sign on to blog, I have to shut it down because lightning is shooting across the skies, threatening me that if I don't shut down, it's going to blow up my new computer.

Which means I haven't been able to finish the new projects I'm working on. It's a tad bit difficult to work on a web page template when you can't be online. (My laptop doesn't really work for trying to do "fine detail" work, either) Thankfully, the rain has stopped, so maybe I'll get some of my work done on the computer now. :)

I did make good on my promises to my two youngest ones yesterday and I boxed up all their toys. They were having HUGE issues with keeping their toys picked up and put away, so we spent a good portion of the day sorting into four piles: AJ Keep, Abby Keep, Throw Away, and to the Church Nursery. We ended up with a box for each. Not surprising, considering the amount of "kitsch" they get throughout the year. Here's the catch, however. Only three each of their "Keep" toys went back into their rooms yesterday They have to "earn" them back daily by putting away what they get out and at the end of the day, I'll let them pick something.

I confess to some guilty feelings over this, but I honestly don't know what else to do. I'm tired of cleaning their room myself and though at 5-1/2 and 3 they are capable, they are still in training and it is an overwhelming task for them which still requires my help. Any suggestions from you moms who've gone on before me? :)

I'm also working on two projects I'm pretty excited about - details to come on Friday for one of them. So please, please, please come back Friday and see what's going on - it might just save your life or the life of someone you know!

And then there's the matter of the May "Polishing the Bright Side" Bloggy Giveaway - I have GOT to get better at this! May is halfway over and I've not even announced what it is yet. Sheesh! Well, you can wait one more day. Come back tomorrow - I'll make the announcement then.

So what are you up to these days? You've been scarce in these here parts. Everyone doing okay?

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7 comments:

Emily said...

i've got no suggestions for you on the toy issue -- only sympathy. i hate living in clutter. it stresses me out. i think your solution sounds fair. real consequences for their actions.

you know what's up with me, i think. not as much sleep as i'd like. ;) i'm getting my hair done today. obviously i'm living life one thrill a minute!

chilihead said...

I laughed so hard at "great testicular fortitude" I almost threw up. I have a new goal now.

Kelsey Smith said...

I sadly have no suggestions either but ill be back to see if anyone has a great one because i too need help!

Rhea said...

Way to go with boxing up the toys. That should make an impression, I would think.

A woman of great testicular fortitude, I love it!! I'm going to remember that. You might need to change your name or avatar to reflect this new title. lol

Becoming Me said...

I laughed out loud while reading the first paragraph. You are a hoot

Elaine A. said...

Oh the toys!! They do drive me batty! I am looking at a scattered mess of blocks as I type - UGH!! My son is on a ticket system for good behavior so he gets one for cleaning up his toys. Works for us so far...

My baby turns ONE tomorrow, you'll have to come by tomorrow to help me "celebrate" him! : )

Summer said...

Love the idea about the toys. And in my opinion, don't feel guilty. You're teaching them something and that's what matters. There are plenty of children without any toys --- I tell my two girls that all of the time. Great idea --- I'm thinking I might use it!