Thursday, April 28, 2011
We cloth diaper, so there's a load every 2-3 days. The big boys feel they need a new towel every day. I refuse to wash them or their clothing that's not in a laundry basket. Doesn't help. B just does it for them and then complains about the laundry. I tried to point out the other day that if just the 4 big people got a new towel every day we'd go through 28 towels a week. That's nuts. That's at least a load every 3 days. Then there are the normal clothing loads for 6 people.
I've had enough. It's time for a new system and I'm looking for ideas. Here are the components I need to figure out:
1. How to get B and the boys on board with not having a new towel every day.
2. How to get the laundry put away.
3. How to contain all the piles and get everyone to use their laundry basket.
4. How to not overflow our laundry basket all over the bathroom floor.
5. How to get it all washed without feeling like that's all I ever do.
I've decided to start by tackling number 3 and ordered this laundry sorter from Amazon.
I know it's kind of big for the bathroom, but we have a nice little niche it will fit in. Once we get our 'real' house after selling all 3 I can put it in the laundry room and get a larger hamper for B and me and E her own hamper in her own room. With the sorter I can use the hamper for B and then the sorter for me, E, and towels.
I'm also thinking I'm going to have to throw a load in every morning before work. Our washer has a timer so I can set it to wash right before I get home from work leaving the evenings still open for diapers. Of course, this adds another item to the morning routine.
I think a schedule of who's items get washed each day might work too. Every day of the week I'll just grab one hamper and toss those items in. The schedule or calendar will hopefully keep me on track. Then on the weekend I can do towels and any other random laundry that's around.
I guess then the big items are still, how to get it all put away and how to get the boys to stop using so many towels and B to stop enabling them.
What's your laundry system?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This always baffles me. Why do some parents think it's strange to limit what a child eats or drinks? We put all kinds of limits on kids.
I have a no soda until age 5 rule and a no caffeinated soda until age 10 rule. It's not really about the sugar since I do give juice. It's more not needing soda and it's lack of any nutritional value. I'm not completely naive though. I know I will not be able to keep little A and E away from soda forever, hence age 5.
As for the caffeine, I have a hard enough time having the energy for them some days when I have caffeine and they don't. Why would I willingly give them something that gives them even more energy?! Although I suppose I would get more exercise in if I did!
Do you have an age limit on soda? What are your reasons?
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday: Mac n Cheese with Bacon Topper
Monday: Chicken and Yellow Rice with Green Beans
Tuesday: Cream of Asparagus Soup and Monte Cristos
Wednesday: Baked Pork Chops, Broccoli Cheese Rice, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Friday: Take Out
Saturday: Cincinatti Chili and Cornbread
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Little A: "I want to give my baby back."
Me: "She's my baby and I want to keep her."
Little A: "Well I'm going to sell her."
Me: "Who are you selling her to?"
Little A: "James" (little friend at school)
Me: "Well, why don't you see how much you can get for her today and then we'll decide."
Little A: "No. We're giving James our baby and all your money."
Me: "What will we do for money then?"
Little A: "You and B will have to work extra hard and make more."
I can't believe he's ready to pay someone to take the baby just b/c he couldn't have candy. What happens when I really make him mad?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Sunday: Sausage & Veggie Pasta with Texas Toast
Monday: Crockpot Chicken Lo Mein and Crab Rangoon
Wednesday: Maple Pecan Pork Chops with Peaches, Carrots, Baked Potatoes
Thursday: Crockpot Cincinatti Chili and Corn Bread
Friday: Take Out
Saturday: Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Rolls, Parmesean Noodles, Green Beans
Thursday, April 7, 2011
- a diaper
- 3 head bands
- 2 kid sunglasses
- a matchbox car
- a paci
- part of a school bus
- a checkbook, wallet, and DR envelope system
- a cell phone
- 2 hair ties
- a reusable bag
- some receipts
- a coffee shop punch card
I didn't have any lip gloss. What's in your purse?
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"You have to be 5 to move to that room, but I have so much wisdom I got to go now."
Stifling laughter, she asked him where he got all that wisdom. He replied, "I don't know. I was just born with it."
Monday, April 4, 2011
French toast, pumpkin pancakes, eggs benedict.... yum. Kids eat free for the month of April at IHOP.
With the royal wedding coming up in 3 weeks there has been a lot of trinkets floating around. Here are some of my favs for this week:
Royal Wedding Pez
Knit your own Royal Family
Royal Wedding Gnomes
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sunday: Hot Dogs and Hamburgers on Grill with Potato Salad
Monday: Pulled Pork Sammies, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli & Cauliflower with Cheese
Tuesday: Chicken Strawberry Club with Veggie Chips
Wednesday: Grouper Sammies, Potato Salad, Mixed Veggies (eventually I really will make these)
Thursday: Leftover Pork and Chips
Friday: Take Out
Saturday: White Wine and Herb Grilled Chicken, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Corn