Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In our house, we have rules. They're not too strict, and they're not written in stone - or even written down, until now - but they exist. And here they are.
1. Hot dogs, canned pasta, and boxed mac and cheese are not consumed here. But ice cream, cookies, apple crisp, pie, etc. are encouraged. By Dorothy and Summer.
2. No Disney. Veggie Tales, Sesame Street, and Teletubbies are acceptable.
3. You may not mix up there, their, and there. The punishment for breaking this rule is merciless teasing.
UPDATE: I thought I fixed the theres, but apparently I didn't. Feel free to tease me.
4. Back up your argument with sound reasoning. Logical fallacies, formal or informal are not tolerated. This includes the appeal to emotion.
5. No eating outside the kitchen if you're under three feet tall. There is no punishment for breaking this rule.
6. No legalese or otherwise pretentious language.
7. You may not exit the shower without drying off first.
8. Be nice. To everyone. (We're working on this, especially in the contexts of driving and nursery.)
9. Get the amount of sleep appropriate for your age group.
10. Work hard, unless your name is Summer or you're having a bad day.
It's been so interesting to watch our little family culture develop. There are so many rules I'd like to be there but are not, like "read lots and lots of books" or "never leave crap out on the kitchen counter." I want to do a lot of things better and keep improving our family and develop great traditions. But I like us, as imperfect as we are. And, as silly as some of our rules are, I like them, too.
I'm curious - what are your family rules?
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Summer read her first word today. She was sitting on a chair playing with a CD case for Microsoft Home and Office saying "off...off...off...on off, on off." Dorothy got really excited when she realized that Summer was was pointing at the word "office" while she was saying this. I wasn't sure if this was for real, so I got out the "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" book (apparently this is where she learned to read the word "off" in the first place) and made Summer point to "off." She did it! So, little Summer can read "off."
We reenacted part of the event for you:
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This was supposed to be the coolest week ever, and it ended up being super poopy. Let me tell you about it.