Monday, January 2, 2012

2012! Starting the New Year!!!

We had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration with close friends and Chinese take out.  YUM!  Little guy is the only one who didn't make it to midnight.  On Jan 1, the King and I did our annual clean out of the boys bedroom...the boys aren't allowed to help and we clean it up and get rid of things that need to be gotten rid of (which is why the boys don't help). 

Today, on January 2, we have gotten back to school!  And it has gone fabulously!!!!  It is hard to believe.  First days back never, ever, ever, ever go even good...they usually suck.  But today, I may have found a method of bribery that works.  :)  They are working to EARN TV/Wii time.  For different things they earn beads that are each worth 5 minutes of time on the Wii or watching TV.  Some are just general chores that they need to do each day but I am tired of battling about (get dressed, brush teeth, and make beds).  They get a bead for 30 minutes of productive school time and for each 5 minutes they spend reading.  Whining loses a bead.  So far, so good.  And I'm figuring out things that can or should earn or lose a bead.  I don't want to make it too complicated or we'll drop it...but I want it to be clear.  So we may make a few little changes here and there.

Part of school this calendar year that I need to seriously work on is little guy.  He has really not been doing much and he could (should?) be.  I am going back to a favorite blog of mine from when the middle boy was younger and finding all those great things that I loved then.  And I am going to start using them (SHOCK!).  I have most of the supplies from the last time I used them...and many are common around the house kinds of things anyway.  I just rearranged the bookshelf a little so I can put some tot trays on the lower shelves so he can get them and put them away himself. 

2012 is off to a great start.  I am thinking about "resolutions" for myself....and about how much I hate that word.  It seems a resolution is just destined to fail....but there are always ways to improve.  I know I'm behind for making it an official resolution but I don't really care so much about that.  I'll think I'll plan to post them tomorrow.  :) 

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