Remember when I said I was going to do a reward chart list for my kids? Well last night it all came together for me. I LOVE spreadsheets and love being on the computer so I set it all up so I will have access and I don't have to go get big cardboard paper! I made each kid a separate spreadsheet. I wrote down their individual chores and dailey list of things to do. Each task completed gets a point. I also did a column for bonus stuff like memorizing a scripture verses and getting rewards at school, they will get bonus points for those kind of things. I also made a column to record tasks not done or bad behavior towards me and each other and at school, so they will loose points for those things. When they reach 20 points they get to pick a reward from the reward jar ie. a sundae, spa night, pick next dvd rental, stuff like that.....but they can save their reward and when they have 5 rewards they can trade it in for $5.00 or other bigger rewards, if they save 10 rewards they can trade it for $10.00 or going to the theater...stuff like that.
I went over it with the girls last night and they seemed pretty into it. They liked the idea a lot so today is the first day and we will see how it goes! I also told them how bad their behavior is determines how many points they loose..... I feel really good about it and like that there is something in place. This also will be their new allowance system.
I went to the gym this morning with my friend that moved up here from the coast as well. I have mentioned about her before. They moved about 20 minutes from us a little North of PG. She is really into fitness and working out so she has been riding my butt about getting to the Y, we both have family memberships. So I finally made it today. I did pretty good. I made a conscious effort not to overdue it or I won't want to go back......baby steps....like real tiny ones! So we did the treadmill for 20 min, then did the circuit then she had to go cuz she got their before me and I rode the bike for 15 min. I definitely can feel it but I am not limping...so I plan to go again tomorrow morning. It feels good to be finally working out though and getting this sorry body into shape! and I have a goal to make a difference in my body so each time J comes home he can see the difference too, kind of reward for me to see his reaction and IF he even notices!!
Have I mentioned yet how friendly this town is yet? no? well let me tell you......it's so friendly...... how friendly is it......it's so friendly that when you make a simple phone call regarding "free kittens" you get stuck on the phone for 30 minutes, next thing you know you have a coffee date!! you say hello to someone working at the Y and the next thing you know, even though you have said you have to go pick your daughter from preschool....several times.....she just goes on talking and you are 15 min late to pick her up.....and it continues! don't get me wrong it is such a nice change from the coast where everyone is in such a hurry that you say hello how are you that's nice yes I am fine the girls are fine see you later sometime we should get together for coffee then run to our mini van and zoom off to the next place!!! not here. Things are a lot slower here and it takes a bit of time to get used too. I just need to learn a polite way to say I REALLY have to go and actually make it off the phone or out the door!! I do have to say though, that I really like it up here! I will try to take some pics of the changing of the leaves and my new member of the family......cuz you GOT to know me and know that 2 dogs and 4 kids and a husband are just NOT enough!!!