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The Quarter System

So, for a while, I had been ending everyday feeling like I got the beat down. Also feeling like the slave of the family. Picking up everyone's junk, cleaning up after everyone, etc. Also, there had been lots of fighting between siblings. Constant. Incessant. Unending. I had tried everything: no dessert, no TV, miss out on this activity, miss out on that activity. Unphased. Then I came up with THE QUARTER SYSTEM. It is a very simple system. If you do not pick up after yourself (i.e. candy wrappers on the floor rather than in trash can) you will pay me a quarter for each item I pick up. Quarters are also charged for slowness, hitting, or extreme rudeness (such as pouring milk on your sister in the bed, which happened last night).
At the beginning I quickly found the way my plan might fail. My kid were very close to running out of money to pay me for all of the toys, candy wrappers, dirty dishes, etc. that they had forgotten to be responsible for, BUT, fortunately for my evil plan (B…
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A Different Easter Weekend

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Christmas/New Year

We went to Montrose/Grand Junction to celebrate Christmas. Kelsay got the stomach bug on Christmas Day. It didn't stop her from enjoying the scooter she and Maddy got from "Santa" aka Uncle John and Auntie Sherry.
Maddy and I got the stomach bug a couple days after Christmas. Then we traveled to Farwell/Lubbock for New Years.
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