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Busy week and a donut chart

YEA!!  It’s Friday.  What a week.  We have been dealing with so many house decisions this week that my head is spinning.  Every day for hours – phone calls, e-mails, meetings.  Today we spent three hours driving around looking at roofs with our roof guy and then I spent an hour with our window guy doing a final check on french doors before we order and then I spent an hour on the phone with my designer working out details for various bathrooms.  Kids have been fending for themselves.  Dinner has been whatever frozen thing I can toss in the microwave.  I am extremely behind on house work and even more behind on sleep.  And to top it all off, my laundry machine started leaking last week (when Kenny was in New York because of course those types of things always happen when he is out of town)  and my new washer/dryer hasn’t arrived yet.  It should be here tomorrow.  One week without a washing machine!  You should see the piles!  To be honest, I haven’t had time to do laundry anyway, so the piles would probably be there regardless.  But having no washing machine makes for a better excuse so I’ll stick to that one.  

Despite the crazy week, I am so excited about the house progress!  The upstairs is all framed and they are working on the roof.  The picture above is me with Ellie in her room.  It feels so real now that I can walk through the whole house and picture what day to day life will be like living there.  I’ll share more pics next week when I find the energy and time to sort through them.  :)

On another note – I have to share the charts my girls made that crack me up!  Ellie loves donuts so every once in a while during homework when we are struggling with her not wanting to stay focused I make a little deal with her.  (Homework is a necessary evil to my El – there are always too many things she would rather be doing!)  We can go buy a donut at the grocery store if she will buckle down and get her homework done WITH a positive attitude.  Yes. I often occasionally bribe my children.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I was upstairs with Kole last week and told the girls to go get started on their homework and I’d be down to help soon.  When I walked downstairs I was immediately greeted by colorful paper taped to the wall.

I’ve gotta share a close up.  

First up is Ellie’s chart.  She went into great detail explaining it to me.  She added her name taped to the side so that I could move it up and down depending on how she is doing with her homework.

Doing great = donut girl!

Losing focus = OK!  Maybe.

Bad attitude = Warning Donut Maybe – Mostly not!

Not cutting it = No donut!  For sure.  

HA!  I had a hard time keeping a straight face.  Then I saw Addison’s chart and absolutely could not keep a straight face.  Let me translate…

Great day!  Never screwed up!  

 OK.  Sort of good.

Not very good.  :|
Very bad day.  :(
Those two never fail to put a smile on my face.  
Enjoy your weekend!

 I hope it’s a “gud” one.  


xoxo, Erin
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22 thoughts on “Busy week and a donut chart

  1. Isn’t it funny when our kids start reflecting our own parenting style back at us? You obviously like charts! My kids are all about making checklists these days! My husband thinks it’s hilarious …

  2. Ahaha! Thanks for the laugh :) I love the way the minds of children work, so pure and innocent. This was great!

  3. Love the donut chart! Your girls are very creative! And know how to make a good chart!!! That would be great incentive, especially for my little guy. Every where we go, he asks “I wan a donut!” Happy Friday! ~gina

  4. Olivia said from Toronto, Canada

    I have just finished editing from a 3,500 square feet house. Plus two cottages and let me tell you this is work. Your house is going to be beautiful. Lots of room for storage and decorating materials.

    God Bless,

  5. This is totally off the subject. But, this is how my mind works. I think because you have talked about the weather being so warm there right now. I also know you do not straighten your hair often because of the humidity. Anyways, I know I have talked to you about using the Sleek look Shampoo by Matrix… Do you remember? Well, I also wanted to tell you about this styling product called Str8 by Rusk. Love it. The combination of the shampoo and conditioner and then the Str8 is an awesome combo for humidity. I promise it won’t let you down. Plus making sure you get a new hair dryer after about 3 years helps too. It makes me cringe when people tell me they have had the same hairdryer since high school and so on and so on. YIKES! Anyways… you always share tips so i thought I would share one with you my Dear. Have a wonderful weekend. :-) Try to relieve some stress and turn on that candle warmer you love with your favorite fall scent! :-)

  6. Oh my goodness! I laughed so hard! These are so cute. By the way, I love your blog and can’t wait to see the house when it is finished.

  7. Thanks everyone! I know Laura – obviously I’ve made a chart or two in my day. :)

    Stephanie – thank you so much for the tip! I’m absolutely going to try that. I’m up for trying anything that helps with humidity!

  8. LOVE it! Oh I miss them! They really are such a crack up! Love their funny ideas and creativity, they are always making something cute! I’m dying that Ad put “screwed up”. Really? What 6 year old says that?! So, so cute! and YAY for the house!!!!

  9. haha those charts made me laugh too! I think they deserve a donut just for making those charts and trying so hard to have a good attitude about their homework ;)

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