So, I figured out summer just in time (as in yesterday morning.) Our plan this year is much less activity oriented than last summer and that is simply because my children are very spread out. Clark at 15 wants to spend his free time in very different ways than Taft (7) and hello, Addie! I am taking Thursdays off and will be scheduling things to do with the "older" vs. "younger" kids and also involving them in projects around the house (painting bedrooms, etc..) Clark has driver's ed through June, Trey has theater and dance classes and camps in July and I'm still working on some stuff for Chase. Taft is just happy with play dates and projects (which, btw, have you seen the dollar section at Target recently?)
In any case, here's what I'm calling "The Ticket to Summer" …
Basically, you can earn one ticket by:
Reading, playing the piano, or playing with Addie for 30 minutes
Writing a good old-fashioned letter
Doing an extra job for Mom
You can earn two tickets by:
Getting up early (on your own) to study scriptures and other good books with mom
Making cookies/brownies or other treat and cleaning up (with my approval)
Doing two loads of laundry (with help)
Fixing dinner (with my approval)
You can earn a BONUS ticket by doing everything on Dad's list by 10:00 am
This is my contribution to supporting Geof in his academic assignments, that include math, reading, writing and piano — and I want to help the boys understand that if they get up and get going, then can be totally FREE by 10:00 am (it's that stop procrastinating and get to work principle)
So, the fun part … you get to redeem your tickets!
Stay up past 9:00 (Clark exempt) — 1 Ticket
Play with a friend – 3 Tickets (anytime, anywhere .. if you have the tickets!)
Sleep over — 5 Tickets
$5.00 to do something fun (lunch, movie, ice-cream) — 3 Tickets
Tickets can only be given by Mom or Jenna and must be marked with a specific color and dated. The best part of all (for boys who care) is that redeemed tickets are worth extra money for school shopping days in August. So, if you are into name-brand stuff, you can upgrade the jeans M&D would buy you by using redeemed tickets!! Pretty cool, eh?
Speaking of my sweet Jenna — guess who got engaged on Friday night?
When you get a free minute, you can read all about it here, on her new blog!
We are so happy for her (sad for us) but happy for her!!!
Thoughts on intentional imperfection and answers to more Photo Freedom questions coming soon!