I warned the boys before bed last night that they were not to lay around in their pajamas today. Ian had an early morning dental appointment and I wanted all the boys to get up, get dressed, and eat breakfast so that we'd be sure to be on- time. They ended up being ready an hour early! It was such a wonderful treat and surprise not to have to nag them to get ready to leave the house that I let them play Wii together; each taking 15 min. turns until it was time to go.
They are always well behaved and eager to learn when we go to the dentist. They LOVE the dentists office and look forward to going. Of course, it doesn't hurt that they ALL get to take home small prize out of the prize bin for being well- behaved. Nor does it hurt that the boys have only ever had cleanings. They've always been real good about cleaning and flossing their teeth. I hope it stays that way and they always look forward to going since I definitely do not. I am a nervous, anxious ball of anxiety when it's my turn in the chair. If truth be told, I'm not all that relaxed when it's their turn either but I must hide it well since they don't seem to pick up on my fears. Alec and Evan brought Pokemon books with them to read while Ian had his teeth cleaned and the time passed rather quickly.
They all read books in the car while we headed out to do some errands. Ian wanted to stop at the craft store and buy himself an art set so we headed there first then to Target and the grocery store. It was hard for the other two boys to watch Ian spend his own money while their piggy banks are empty and they can't buy anything. This is due, in part, to the fact that Ian works most Saturdays (when he doesn't have basketball) and in part, to the fact that they all love to spend their money. They have not yet learned the value of saving their money and since they are so young my husband and I have been letting them spend all they want in an effort to teach them that when it's gone, it's gone! While a bit harsh, I think it is one of the best ways to teach them the value of a dollar. They are starting to see how long and hard they have to work to make extra money and while they still ask a bunch of times if I'll buy them this or that, they almost expect me to say no or ask if they have money to buy it. Of course, they lucked out today; the store did not have the art set Ian was looking for and rather than spend his money on something else he decided to save it! Maybe those lessons are finally sinking in.
We had a homeschool gym day again today and we hadn't had one in a while. The boys were really excited to run, play soccer, catch, and basketball for a whole hour with some kids that we're just starting to get to know. There was another new family there that we hadn't met before, but, like most kids, they quickly make friends and make up games to play with one another. It's great to have an outlet like this set up for us especially when it's been rainy and miserable and they're just dying to burn off excess energy. Besides, gym days have the added bonus of getting to socialize with someone other than their brothers.
By the time gym was over the boys were all starving for some lunch but I made them wait just a few moments longer since I really wanted to stop at the library while we were already out and about. they grumbled a bit but we were quick about returning our old books and moves and picking up some requested ones that had come in.