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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, June 6

Summer Chores

Probably like most kids in America, my kids LOVE to use their tablets and HATE to do anything that resembles "work" (i.e. complain excessively when asked to do ANYTHING). So to make my summer easier (in theory), with the help of Pinterest, I made a "Summer Chore Chart."

There's a lot on there, but a lot of it won't take long and they should be doing some anyway. They get a "free" day today because it is officially the first day of summer break for Finn. But tomorrow, they need to check off each box before they can use their tablets. What I think is hilarious, is they are SO excited about it and want to do several of them already today. Go ahead, have at it! I'm thinking by tomorrow halfway through the list, they are going to change their tune...but it is at least a guideline that will help me get things done and monitor their tablet usage.

Maybe I should implement a secondary rule that if all things are done without reminding, complaining or fighting, they can get a mark (our reward system). Hmmm...

Wish me/them luck! Happy summer, everyone!!!

Update: I added clip art next to each check box because, well, Korri can't read yet! Hopefully that will work better. Also, day one went well, although apparently the pail of crayons has disappeared from our house forever. Argh.

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