Sunday, June 13, 2010

keep the change

Today we had a life lesson for Jillian. Jillian was the last person out the door this morning to go to church. I specifically told her to close the garage door to the house because we had the a/c on. We had an entire discussion about it because she thought I meant the big garage door. So I clarified and explained why. She said "Yes mama". I went to the car and she followed a minute later. 4 hours later we return home. The garage door to the house is standing wide open and the a/c is running like crazy to keep up. (Insert parents banging heads on wall here).
We decide Jillian needs more of a consequence than just another "talking to". So we decide to charge her $5 from her piggy bank to pay for the a/c. She goes off to her room and we hear change rattling and dollars shifting around. She appears a minute later with a wad of bills. Hands it to her father, says "keep the change" and turns and walks away. She had given us $5.03 :D

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Now everyone knows that babies are very foldable. They stay that way for quite some time. Ali is proving to me that children remain foldable much longer than originally anticipated. You see, here in the Becksfort house, there has been a switch-up in sleeping arrangements. Ali really likes to sleep when she goes to bed, Jillian- not so much. This has created quite a bit of dissenting dialogue after bedtime, especially now that it's so light when they go to bed. So as a threat one night, I say to my darling Alyssa "Do you want to have to share a room with Veronica?" to which she replied "yes!!". So Suzy has moved into the top bunk in the twins room, Jillian is back on the bottom bunk, and Alyssa is squeezing into the top bunk of the toddler bunks that Mike made. A 7 year old in a toddler bed? what kind of horrible parents are we? well, we'd feel worse about it, except that by her own choice she will also go and crawl into the toy chest and close the lid to sleep when Veronica wakes in the night and starts bumping around her crib (or crate as Ali calls it). So compared to the toy chest, the toddler bed is quite roomy. So far it's been a very interesting summer. All 2 days of it:)