Four weeks ago tomorrow (Wednesday) marks the day that Ems and I cleaned the upstairs bathroom at her house so that it could be usable for three growing kiddos. She has kept it clean now, with the help of the boys NOT trashing it, ever since. She has washed the sink, mirror, bathtub, toilet and floor every week and has earned $5/week. Matthew has maintained an orderly room for three weeks now, and Christopher has kept his part of the room in order too.This is a very big deal accomplishment for these children! Also, they have helped to keep Katie's little room free of debris, junk, trash, etc. so that Katie has a nice area to play too. I am very proud of them!
We had agreed, a few weeks back, that if this could be accomplished I would take them out to dinner at their favorite place, The Golden Corral. It is not MY favorite place by a long shot … but the children really enjoy buffet places, and this is five minutes from where they live. I picked them up right after school yesterday and agreed that they must each eat ONE plate of healthy food before going to their favorite place on the buffet--the chocolate wonder fall.
Yikes. These kiddos ate SO much, I thought they would burst. I think we sat too close to the deserts! But they did make a valiant effort at eating a few healthy items before completely and recklessly diving into their deserts ...
How they ever managed to eat so many plates of junk, I will NEVER know! I was a tiny bit worried they would make themselves sick … but each of them made it home and through the night without losing that wretched meal they ate!
Dinner out is always a nice reward! They have worked really hard on various cleaning projects around their house. I wanted this little dinner night to encourage them to continue cleaning up after themselves NOT as a chore, but just as a part of their everyday lives--taking care of the good things God has given them.
Just when I thought they couldn't possibly eat one more bite … the desert guy brought out cotton candy! Christopher said he had never tasted the stuff before so ...
Congratulations Emma, Christopher and Matthew! Grandma is PROUD OF YOU for keeping your areas clean and being responsible for your stuff! Way to go!