Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Swiffer!!!!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Right now, Baby T is swiffering the kitchen floor.  Go, Baby T!
  • C did some yoga with me last night.  I'm paying her $2 per 15 minute session--we did 30 minutes last night.  I've informed C that part of what she's getting paid for is nagging me into doing it.  I'm finding several poses more and more doable but think I should probably avoid the one-legged poses.  I can touch my toes--yay!
  • C is saving for her big senior trip to Italy in four years.  We've done the math, and she needs to save $77 a month to pay the projected trip costs, plus have some pocket money.  We have been doing a check-in at the end of the month for several months now and she hands over $77 a month to the Bank of Mom and Dad (a non-FDIC insured institution that pays 3% interest a year) and any surplus for the month is transferred to her spending money.  C is pretty good at hitting the $77 every month, but she has to really hustle to get any spending money above that.
  • The Bank of Mom and Dad paid out the kids' interest after tax time this year, much to the kids' delight.  Now that both kids have accounts with us in the mid-three figures, 3% is very nice.    
  • C also accrues $2 for each 15-minute ukulele practice she does in her ukulele practice fund, which is spendable on music stuff.  She is getting close to having 1/3 of what she needs for a ukulele cruise to Alaska.  She won't have enough in time for that summer 2016 cruise and that particular group isn't doing a 2017 one, but I'm hoping that either some other group will do a 2017 Alaska cruise or that Chee and Maisel will do a 2018 one.        
  • D has been enjoying his climbing rope.
  • C says, "the zebra gets to blow out the candles."
  • For Easter, my husband and C both did chocolate molding.  C did white chocolate bunnies, lambs and chicks (dying the chicks yellow) and my husband did large dark chocolate bunnies.
  • The kids and I colored eggs, using a gold gel kit from the store.  Baby T dyed about half the eggs by herself.  C did all of the work with the gold.  
  • The big kids helpfully packed up the plastic eggs with chocolate for our egg hunt.
  • My husband hid the eggs and the kids all hunted, with Baby T getting a three-egg head start.  Baby T was so effective, though, that we are planning to cut her handicap down for next year.   
  • For Easter lunch, we had our traditional egg-and-sausage sandwiches and C cooked us French toast for dinner.

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