Mamatography 2014- Week 2: Drama

Can you spot the kitten in the tree? Our dear kitten was excited the sun was shining and got so thrilled to be outside to play. He ran up the tree and just kept going. It quickly became apparent that he was stuck and couldn’t find his way back down. He kept climbing higher and higher, then started to wiggle himself out to the tiny branches of the tree. Our ladders wouldn’t reach, we tried opening cans of food and calling him down but it was all to no avail. Sadly, he stayed up there all night. Surprisingly enough he was down to greet us when we looked for him first thing in the morning. Whew!

The drama doesn’t stop there with our dear little kitten. Leave it to Big Z to continue the drama. Since my arm is broken and the dishwasher is too, it’s been her responsibility to do the dishes. Instead of doing the dishes after each meal, or at least at the end of each day, she decided to let them go until there was no choice. We’ll call this a lesson in procrastination. The poor girl spent approximately four hours scrubbing every last dish until it sparkled. She did stop to make this pose for me and give me a chuckle. Now the question remains whether or not she’ll learn from this experience and decide to do the dishes on a daily basis.
How do you motivate your kids to help around the house without drama?

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Project Simplify- You Pick, week #5


We’ve made it to the final week of the Project Simplify challenge. It has really made a difference in our home. So this week we got to pick our own hot spot. I chose our arts/crafts ¬†homeschooling area. The crayons, fabric scraps and glue sticks seem to have a mind of their own and were trying to take over. I had to take control and put them back in their right place. I really like to keep the space on top of the shelves cleared off, but that hasn’t been working out so great. So I tackled the flat surfaces first then worked from there. The end results were awesome, I’m very pleased.
Thank you Simple Mom for hosting Project Simplify!!

Project Simplify- The Refrigerator and Pantry, week 4

I decided to tackle the refrigerator the day before grocery shopping. It seemed an ideal time because it was mostly cleared out. This made it easier to wipe down the shelves. It easy for me to neglect little spills and bits of stickiness left behind by jars. So it was nice to wipe everything and see it all nice and neat.

Last month we did the Eat From the Pantry Challenge. So we really worked on dwindling down our supplies in our food pantry. I’ve been slowly building them back up this month. So for the most part, the pantry was organized, except for the spices. That shelf needed a lot of help. We found lots of spices that were well past their prime. It looks much better now.


Thanks again to Simple Mom for hosting Project Simplify. I’m really enjoying the challenges each week. We’re more than half way through. One more week to go, are you on board?