Why the Tree of Life?


Chore Strategy #42

OK, so I am always trying to find the perfect housework routine. E gives me a pretty hard time about it, and just nods and smiles when I announce to him that I have finally figured out how to get 'everything' done. On paper, I have *beautiful* schedules, schedules to be proud of, schedules that are so intricate that they are truly works of art and engineering! Unfortunately, my schedules never really work. Bits and pieces of them work sometimes, but they usually get ignored. But they are oh-so effecient, and I get to scratch things off.

Well, now that D has begun pulling up and walking along the furniture, he has also discovered how much fun it is to pull *everything* off the shelves. K laughs and shakes his head and sighs, "Aw, Dug-a-ni-ni, what a mess!" He thinks its hilarious. Picking up all the things only attracts Dzilla's attention, and we're back to where we started. The carpet is wall-to-wall junk at this point, and it hasn't been vacuumed in *weeks* because K and I can't find the floor.

So, this morning, K and I started a NEW routine. Week one will be Vacuuming week. We will have a 10-minute pickup (with timer!-- don't want to pick up more than we have to) in the morning, and then we will vacuum the exposed floor. Week two will be dusting week, and we'll pick up the high surfaces during that week ('fraid we can't blame Dzilla for those piles of junk). All we need now is a new battery for K's electric sweeper, and we're good to go. It's a lot of fun to vacuum together, actually. We like to bump into each other.

You may be wondering where bathrooms and mopping fit into all this. Not sure yet. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; vacuum and dusting will be major progress in and of themselves.


Five Seconds

D has started to stand by himself for about five seconds before sitting down. And, he has recently discovered that he likes to give zerberts on bare bellies. :)



We were hosts this Monday to our homeschooling group: Monday Friends, and we took everyone for a walk down to see our neighborhood goat farm. It was a big hit! The neighbors also have a llama, peacocks, sheep, geese, ducks and a pot belly pig; something for everyone. :) K wore his fireman hat.

Zilker Train Ride

Sunday was a beautiful day, and we decided to all go ride the little train in Zilker Park.



K has been enjoying playing the fishing game lately. We have been rolling the dice and adding up the numbers and then finding the right numbered fish. He's beginning to recognize some of the single digits.

Nearly Walking

I caught D out of the corner of my eye walking behind the little scooter, but I missed him with the camera. He was standing here at the ball blast by the time I got back to him. But it was such a good picture, I had to post it. Plus, he's barely holding on!

D has also begun to say lots of syllables like: Ma-Ma and Da-Da... though, unfortunately, they're not really directed at anyone in particular. :)

Too Many Strawberries...



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