Family Chores Day

So, today was family chores day. I mowed, Zach vacuumed, Kathleen dusted and cleaned the glass and we all cleaned our rooms. We do chores so my kids do not grow up to be entitled spoiled brats. In fact, they do not get any privileges until they do their chores. Not one. No allowance, no tv, no video games. I do feed them but if they neglect their chores after breakfast, they have to wait for lunch until they are finished. This strategy works for us and my kids help me as soon as I ask them to. I believe it is our duty to lead our kids to be responsible adults and good stewards of what God gave us. Now for showers… lol. ❤

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Baseball Season Goodbye

Tonight was the last baseball game of the season. We won. A mixed blessing… more time to do other things but we love baseball. And life continues to move forward. Happy, sad, on and on. At least next Friday we have the closing ceremonies at Tigertown to have one last seasonal hurrah. Super excited about that. And I just want to push this one point… getting your kids on a sports team is a great thing to do for their moral development and character as well as getting them healthy and away from utterly worthless and rather damaging video games and tech. It also is very American/Patriotic and wholesome. Baseball is the best I found for my kids, every kid is different. But get them out and moving and on a team. Wonderful to build humble confidence. I am thankful to God for this baseball season. ❤

Children’s Metabolism

I love kids because they bounce back so quickly from so much. My kids get the flu and have it two days, give it to us and we have it two weeks. Amazing. They are all good now and I am still residual coughing. But thank God for that. I would much rather be sick than my babies. God is good. He really is.❤

A Child’s Song

There is as much purity in a child’s song as in their laugh. Both represent the tangible presence of each precious moment of their day and limited experiences. It conveys freshness and newness and is so sweet and clear and good. God must really love hearing the children sing. It lifts my spirit also. Energizes, brings the fun and life to the room. Fantastic experience. ❤

Never Underestimate a Doughnut and Fountain Soda

So, my kids had been getting out of shape a bit, a little belly on them, despite our pretty active lifestyle. And I realized that my walking alone 3 miles in the early hours before they awaken was doing them no good. So, I decided to walk 2 miles on my own and when they wake up walk with them a mile. They were very reluctant. So, I used the car odometer to find that the Circle K was 1.4 miles round trip from our house. So, the kids were very eager to walk even farther for a fountain drink and doughnut from Circle K. They are happy, getting fit (the exercise and muscle works off the goodies and benefits otherwise), and we all win. So there is a little trick to get your kids moving. Bribe them. Lol ❤

Kids Choir Songs

We chose 2 songs for our kids to sing a capella and with words memorized for church Christmas Eve morning. “Joseph”, “Mary” and “Baby (doll) Jesus” will be two of the oldest kids who will stand in the center and the kids will be on either side of them. The first song is “Happy Birthday, Jesus” and right into “Mary, Did You Know?”. These two are slowing songs but singing a capella can speed it up a bit and impress. And the kids are taking turns singing little solos in the first two stanzas of each verse. I am super excited arena so very proud of my kids! We practiced with live microphones yesterday and the kids did great. The key is instruction. And here is a big tip for anyone working with kids… they want to learn and respect intelligent information taught them. Never assume they just want to play or are dumb or won’t care. The opposite is true, I assure you. Case in point: one teacher talks babyish and uses little words and the kids act accordingly. I speak respectfully but use my normal, big word vocabulary and teach them new things and I have their undivided attention. You are welcome.😄❤

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good: Our band family had a great family gig today at the mall’s food court. There was singing, dancing, congo lines, great stuff. And my kids could come to it and have a blast and participate. They knew all the songs and played Morocco and egg shakers. It was a blast and I killed those congo songs, just saying. Pays to have gone through a reggae phase. Lol

The bad: Missed my friend today a lot and band family no longer with us. I wish there was a way for me to turn that off but for now, I feel it hard and do the best I can with God’s help.

The ugly: Got a bit lost on the way home and ended up very tired through Winter Haven. Oy. Must to printout my own directions and not rely on following someone. Lol 

But all in all, a tired but great day and gig. Glad to be home. Headed to the shower and then bed. Church tomorrow with my kids!!! I have a lot now… my two and the big bunch from church. Momma first and foremost. 😄❤