It has been a good week around here. The only bad thing is that not enough jobs got done and not enough ice cream! Sorry, but we have a long list of jobs that need doing around here and well, we have all been busy so they haven’t gotten done! Some weeks are like that I guess.
sigh…. Next week will be better!! More beaches and more Ice Cream- Or custard if you are from around here!!
Things that made me smile this week:
1. The other day, I used a “Love and Logic” technique on my kids. I have been using them a bit more often lately, but this one really hit it out of the park!!!
They were crabby all day.. Just in a mood. They wanted to go in the pool so I said they could. Immediately, I heard cries of “Idiot” and the like. I left them for a bit to see what they would do. It just escalated into demands of rules that not everyone wanted, crying, yelling. You know how it goes…..
Well, I walked out there and calmly said, “Seems like you could use a referee. I would be happy to be that referee, but it will cost you $10.” They got quiet while they pondered that one. But said no. They would be fine. So I sat down near the pool and waited. Of course, it started up again. I again said I would referee, but they again said no.
When it started again, I got up and said, “Ok, I will be your referee, it seems you need one. That will be $10 from each of you, please.”
That did it! They were so mad at me then, they yelled and cried. “I don’t have that much money!” I just quietly watched and waited. They got out of the pool, got dressed and one of them got me money!! I then gave them jobs to do so they could earn the money.
The next day, when that started, all I had to do was say, “I would be happy to be your referee.”
It stopped immediately.
2. I had coffee and then lunch with a sweet friend yesterday. We had a great time discussing the “Classical Conversations” homeschool group we are starting this school year. I am starting. She is continuing. Of course, as it is when we get together with friends, that only took up a portion of our time together! The rest of the time we talked about life in general. What fun!
I discovered we are true Sisters. We both eat our french fries with Mayonnaise!
3. Today, I get to go on a long awaited field trip with some of our community gardeners. Not many, unfortunately, because it has been so hard to get us all together. Our lives are so different.
A grown ups field trip to a garden center- quite a large one I hear! A few other shops, hopefully, and dinner out. Should be a fun afternoon.
4. Realizing as I am doing this, that I have had 3 nights of prayer this week. AND 3 days of friends! I had a good bye lunch date with a friend on Monday as well! That was really a nice afternoon. Sad to see her go, but happy she is chasing her dream!
It has been a good week! What made you smile this week??