Monday, March 7, 2016


Our 10th wedding anniversary is coming up and we've decided to take our girls to Disneyland. In order to help eliminate them begging for every toy they see, we thought it'd be a good idea to let them earn some money so they can buy something special while we're there and once their money is gone, that's all they can buy. I made a chore chart for each of them and after they earn 10 stickers they get a dollar. Some of the chores are everyday things that they do anyway, but others are more challenging. Shasta's list includes unloading the dishwasher, hand washing dishes so mom can load them into the dishwasher (our dishwasher never gets our dishes clean if we don't wash them first so it's pretty much just a sterilizer for us), cleaning up dog poop in the yard, and scrubbing toilets. Shelby's has more simplified things like cleaning off the kitchen table and wiping walls.

Both girls love their chore charts and ask everyday if they can do chores. Shasta unloaded the dishwasher the other morning before I had even gotten out of bed! And after I taught her how to clean the toilet, she did the other two bathrooms and then came downstairs and said to me, "Mom, I'm gonna clean the toilet every time someone uses it"! She loves the responsibility. Anything that gets her one step closer to being a mom and she's all over it!

Shelby loves getting stickers, but she isn't nearly as ambitious about it as Shasta has been. It usually takes a little bit of convincing to get Shelby to do a chore on her list. But both girls are extremely excited to go to Disneyland and they love that they're earning money to spend while they're there.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sewing Retreat

Every year the women in the Lewis family (Nick's mom's side of the family) get together for a sewing retreat. I'm pretty sure I've gone every year, but I usually don't sew because I always have to bring my kids with me and they make it hard for me to get anything done. But this year the girls were angels and entertained themselves the whole time while I worked on blankets for them. I have to say, the retreat is a lot more fun when I get to sew too! Also, most of these pictures are courtesy of Shasta.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Wedge Watching Movies

If ever there's an animal on the television, Wedge can't help but watch to make sure it isn't going to try to attack us. Usually he wines and barks at it. In this case, he's protecting us from The Good Dinosaur.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sleepy Shelby

I fell asleep on the couch at Grandma's house and the next thing I know, Shelby's asleep on the couch with me. I love my little cuddle bug... even if she doesn't understand personal space!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wants To Be Big

I found Shelby wearing Shasta's shoes while Shasta was at school. I can't help but adore the cuteness.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


The girls got 2 letters in the mail on the same day (only because it had been a few days since I checked the box). But they were so excited to have envelopes addressed to them. Every time I bring in the mail they always ask if there's "kid mail" (the junk mail that I never open), and this time there truly was! One was from Grandma and Grandpa Brockmeier and the other was from their friends Lizzy and Robyn who we miss so much. And both were special Valentine's! So fun!