The Summer Slump is over and we’re back to work.
1. First day of school pic (yes, I’m sure the sibling love will last allllll year, every day, every minute):
Dad drives them to Dunkin’ Donuts for Munchkins for a First Day treat. And extra sugar energy to help those math skills kick into gear again.
2. SuperBoy and I made our own play-doh. Then the older child reminded me of when we did it when she was little. Then the middle child cried because I never did it with her. And then I felt super bad as a mother, so each kid got to make their own batch.
3. Then we got down to business. And, this my friends, is just The Way It Is. Look at that table. Yikes. Scary. No, I don’t know what SuperBoy is doing in this photo.
4. But, never fear, Mama gots her Smart Pants on and she came up with chore charts for the kiddos and the enticement of dollars $$ drove them to this:
5. And here’s 8yo and me showing you just what a productive day we had. (And also why I skip manicures now.)
And all this reminds me of a favorite verse: Proverbs 14:4: Where no oxen are, the crib is clean.
*Just in case your middle child starts crying when she finds out you made play-doh for the first and third…
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 Tablespoon oil
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Mix all ingredients – except food coloring – in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until it turns into dough. Remove from heat and knead the dough on a floured surface until cool enough for the kids to touch. Separate the dough into however many colors you want to make. Add a few drops of color in each ball and knead to mix. We found that putting the dough with the food color into a plastic baggie helped a little with the mess. We kneaded it through the baggie to mix the color. I stored the play-doh in the fridge – we’ll see how long it lasts!