Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cleaning Contest

I have a hard time getting the kids to help clean. Today was an exception. I was able to get the kids to clean without any problems. I just created a cleaning contest and like magic, they were excited to clean.

The rules were simple:
1. Two teams with 2 kids each.
2. Each team was given a room with a list of jobs that must be completed.
3. Timer set for 30 minutes.
4. Dust rags, garbage bags, vacuum cleaners all in room before they started.

The oldest boy (M) chose his brother (A) for his partner. The middle girl (I) chose her older sister (C) for her partner. Little L watched and I gave her another job (cut out the coupons).

Here is the Family Room cleaned by the girls.
Here is the Sunroom cleaned by the boys.

Both teams completed all the tasks on their lists and I received two clean rooms. I'll have to hold more cleaning contests.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Camping in our backyard

The kids went camping in our backyard last night. I slept on the couch in the family room in case they wanted to come inside.

Mr. T slept in the bigger tent with the boys. The three girls slept in the red tent.

They all had a great time chasing fireflies and dancing with glow bracelets.
Little-L (5 year old girl) only stayed in the tent for about 30 minutes before she came in and slept on the loveseat next to me. Mr. T came in and slept on the recliner some time later. The other kids all ended up in the house about 4:30am and slept the rest of the night in their own beds.

They all had a great time but we are all tired tonight.