I firmly believe children should earn money to learn fiscal responsibility. At our house the pay scale runs thus:
Watch Claire for 30 mins: $.10 (you've all heard the story of Joe's laboring for this payment, right?)
Do 2 "everyday" chores in addition to chore of the day: 30 mins of computer time
Do "chore of the day" everyday for a week and don't get charged for bad behavior: $1.00 allowance payable at random intervals throughout the year. Back pay stops at $5.00
I wonder sometimes why Joe is the only one who keeps track of all this, and the only one who asks what chore he can do for allowance or computer time. Eliz, $10 for weeding the garden is WAY too much. $.50 is good for cleaning the room. Beware of raising expectations!
However, congrats on the bees! This IS news. You're becoming more and more agricultural every day. Maybe you could put Nick in charge of collecting the honey, and he could keep the profits, since he seems to have an entrepreneurial spirit.
Please post a photo of your beds for our future construction. LOVE the bookcases. Bibliophilia is a legitimate disorder. I was chastened today to find that not everyone at the CECOSC book club appreciated "Lizzie's War" as I did. One wife thought Liz was too whiney and needed to pull up her bootstraps. Another thought the dad was too cavalier about war deaths and that his priorities were messed up. I did not do a good job of standing up for Liz, perhaps because I didn't want to reveal my own whininess. No other CECOSC wives are Catholic, so maybe they missed the sacrifice/fidelity/sacramental imagination themes. Then again, maybe I over read. The author's other books look disappointing. Nonetheless, I am still love this book.
Some swim meet photos. At least they don't wear mankinis.
Annie's happy moment. If only she could go in a straight line.
Speedster James. A surprisingly bouyant child despite the lack of body fat.