baby stuff

family tradition: old fashioned black and white baby photos

7:00:00 PM

My mom's mother had 10 kids (!). Their family had many great traditions that have been passed down to my mom and then to me.

My mom (Melinda)
I clearly remember my grandma's romantic, Victorian style decorating in the living room. There were touches of my grandpa's art everywhere. Along the stairway were 10 oval framed photos of each of my grandparents' children. The pictures were all taken when each child was between one and two years old. My sisters and I liked to go up and guess who was who.

Me (Rachel). I would NOT let my mom curl my hair. Therefore, my photo is the least cute of the group. ;)

My mom had photos taken of each of her children as babies. They are up in the living room with baby photos of my mom and dad at the top.

Of course, I wanted to continue this tradition. I love looking at the little photos of my children when they were younger. We recently took Abram's photo, so we're as up to date as we can be.

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birth announcement for Eve

5:01:00 PM

I stayed up way too late last night working on these to send to grandparents.

Eve looks so different now, but I love the newborn photos. I meant to send these out sooner, but was delayed because poor Evie stayed in the hospital for a week because of RSV. It was very scary at first, but she is doing better now. After being conked out for three days because of her breathing tube, Eve awoke all smiles and with eyes twice as big as before! Sweet Eve.


Job Chart/Chore Chart

8:48:00 PM

Sometimes I make my kids do lots of jobs. I generally assign the number of small jobs that matches my child's age: Jack is 6, so he is supposed to do 6 small jobs daily. Rose has 4 jobs, Abe has 2 jobs.

Here are some of the jobs we do:
  • get dressed
  • make bed
  • clean bedroom
  • pick up 20 things
  • empty the dishwasher
  • wash the table
  • organize the shoes
  • put clothes away
  • help mommy (they do on-demand things like getting diapers, helping a sibling)
I wish I were more consistent, but this little chart helps! At the beginning of the week, we make a list of daily jobs (for the kids who can't read, we draw a symbol for the job) then the kids can mark off when they have finished their jobs  If they want to make money to earn a toy, we add extra jobs.

You can download the chart here.

Good luck! Teaching kids to work hard is hard work!


Ponyo Felt Christmas Ornament

8:26:00 PM

Anyone fans of Hayao Miyazaki? He is a famous Japanese cartoon movie director. My husband is a die-hard fan and has introduced a bunch of great movies to our family. Ever heard of Kiki's Delivery Service? My Neighbor Totoro? My personal favorite is Ponyo. It is a favorite of Rose's as well. Because Rosie loves it so much, she got a wool felt Ponyo ornament this year. She was very fun to make.

The story of Ponyo is based off of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. In this version, an adorable little orange-haired girl is the main character. Miyazaki illustrates the story beautifully and I LOVE how Ponyo is styled after a goldfish.

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