Monday, June 7, 2010
I have run out of creative punishments so lately when the kids get in trouble I have been having them copy scriptures. I choose the scripture that I want them to learn and count back 25, 50 or 100 versus depending on what they have done wrong.
Zander only ever gets 25 so he does his scriptures and then goes up to bed without being told. Tanner, after taking a two hour nap, got about 15 versus in and called me while I was out walking to tell me he was too tired to finish and he needed to go to bed and he would finish in the morning. I told him he would just have to sleep in the chair because he wasn't getting down from the table until he finished his 50 versus. I guess the big kids took me seriously for once because when I got home this is how I found them.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The White Settlement Museum is one of the kids favorite field trips. They always want to go when they are out of school. It recently had to be torn down because it was in a flood zone next to a creak that is going to be widened. Tanner, who begs to go there the most, is a little heartbroken but Mrs. Davis, the museum manager, insists that the new museum will be better than the old. Tanners not buying it. He liked the old museum that was originally an old house. There is an old sideways tree out in front of the museum that the kids like to climb while we wait for everyone to take a potty break and when we're loading the cars after our visit.
On our last trip to the museum Mrs. Davis was showing the kids how to use an old hand crank record player. After most of the boys had their turn cranking and playing music Gemma and I turned to ask the girls if they wanted to give it a try and we found them dancing to the music. It was very adorable.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
We took the kids to see Diary of a wimpy kid. They had a lot of fun and some of the kids who don't like to read are now trying to read the books. I thought the opposite would happen, that they would quit trying because now they can just watch the movies but they want to know what happens next and they don't want to wait for the next movie.
Tanner had to build something out of wood for his scout project. He decided he wanted a shelf for his wall so that he would have a home for all his collectibles and scout models and awards. He drew out the design and then I had to figure out how to make it. After I made the first section he made all the rest. I even made him cut the wood even though he is afraid of the big power tools like the table saw and chop saw. He said he was totally freaked out but I made him do it anyway since it was his project and he has to learn to use tools sooner or later. I had to help with the screw in the top because it was too tall for him to reach with the drill. In the end it was a little warped and crooked but it turned out pretty good for his first real project.