House Rules

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Maybe my children need to reread our house rules! If you have never read these you really should. Some are quite funny.

Rules can be added to or modified at mom or dad leisure. These rules will be in effect until we say so.

We are not amused with your current behavior.

Thank you,

The Parental Units

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Our house rules!

1. We all live in the house we all help with the household chores. No one get money for chores.
2. Whoever makes it, gets to flush it.
3. If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie wipe the seatie.
4. Don’t put the playground rock up your nose, the average 4 yr old can hold somewhere in the ball park of 13 rocks up there before one has to take one to doctor’s office for removal, it has been tested and we don’t need a repeat.
5. No talking or TV watching at the breakfast table, it is hard enough to get them going in the morning.
6. Children eat meals at the kitchen table.
7. You must have a glass of water at dinner first than you can have kool-aid.
8. If you don’t eat your dinner than it will be wrapped and will be waiting for you in the fridge and nothing else will be had until the plate is clean, that night.
9. Talking and touching of bodily functions and parts is only to be done in the bathroom, this is thanks to Bradley.
10. The f-word and the s-word are only allowed only if you bring mom or dad $250,000 first in hard cold cash, live on your own, are a movie star, or a rock star.
11. The watching of violent and scary movies is permitted after a 3 page essay on the topic of the movie.
12. The car is a mandatory shoe-wearing zone. Flip-flops are not allowed at the park.
13. Singing is allowed in the tub, car, outside, and in one’s own bedroom.
14. Knock before entering shut doors AND wait for a response before entering. No sabotaging of sibling belongs while they are away from house or room.
15. If you lock mom in a room for 45 minutes and go and turn the volume up on the TV so you can’t hear her, you better be prepared to face the consequences and better be able to stay an arms length away from her for 3 days.
16. If you put a basketball in the dryer without mom knowing it and she doesn’t see it and starts the dryer and said basketball explodes and makes mom freak out you had better be conducting a science experiment. If said dryer stops working you will be explaining to dad why we have to buy a new dryer.
17. Bubble Gum, Silly Putty, and Baby Powder should NEVER EVER be in the same room as the hair dryer.
18. Dog leashes, stuffed animals and boys are prohibited from the ceiling fans.
19. When using paint ball, bee bee, or soft shell guns outside and practice shooting NEVER aim your gun at the house, your siblings, or the dogs/chickens.
20. The only thing that should be flushed down the toilet is bodily functions; toy size Tupperware cups will not make it past the U bend.
21. Bleach is to be handled and used ONLY by people who can drive a car.
22. Play Dough is not allowed to be played with within 30 feet of the microwave or used in the same sentence together ever again.
23. Play Dough is only allowed with a tarp under the table and adult supervision.
24. Garbage bags are for trash, not parachutes.
25. Always look in the oven before turning it on and plastic toys and ovens should NEVER be combined.
26. The roof is OFF LIMITS to anyone under 6 feet tall.
27. If mom is in the bath with the door locked leave her alone unless there is a fire truck with lights flashing outside the house, a family member is spouting blood, or dad is knocked out and no don’t hit your father to knock him out.
28. If you leave an empty roll of toilet paper on the holder you will do the dishes for the next 3 days.
29. If the phone rings and you know the number, answer it.
30. Use pens and papers to write down notes and phone numbers, not body parts. And Sharpie markers should not be used on body parts or siblings.
31. From now until forever Finger Paint is a controlled substance.
32. Ketchup is not a vegetable.
33. English can not be taken again in school as a foreign language credit if you fail it the first time.
34. If you spill something clean it up or you will mop and sweep the house every week for a month.
35. If mom and dad say no, you can’t go ask one of the many grandparents you have.
36. Socks and underwear MUST be changed EVERYDAY!
37. Children under 5 feet tall are not allowed to touch my scrap booking items.
38. Finish cereal in pantry before opening new box and when opening new box put it in the Tupperware container.
39. For every D you have at the end of the year will delay your getting your driver’s license by one month.
40.Phone calls must end at 9pm on school nights and by 11pm on weekends or non-school nights.
41. Girlfriend/boyfriend may come over if house passes mom’s inspection.
42. If you are going to be in your room with said girlfriend/boyfriend door remains open, shoes on, & sitting on floor. No horizontal allowed!
43. Frequent visits by parents and siblings will be expected and permitted.
44. Girlfriend/boyfriend must leave by 10pm on weekend.
45. No school day visits are allowed.
46. Parents must be home during said visitation.
47. If you go somewhere you must check-in at said time that was agreed upon before departure. Failure to do so will result in grounding.
48. Unless you have a car, good paying job, and a home of you own no hanky panky is allowed. Talking about mom’s past will not be tolerated and will result in immediate grounding.
49. Put away laundry the day mom puts it in your room, no living out of the laundry basket.
50. Food belongs in the kitchen, no science experiments are allowed in bedrooms.
51. Make your bed in the morning BEFORE you go to school.
52. Coats belong in entry way behind the front door.
53. We will not have 10 pairs of shoes by the front door.
54. Snack are twice a day, not every hour.
55. If you are Chihuahua patrol and the animal poops in the house, you get the patrol for the rest of the week. Keeping said animals in cage all the time doesn’t count as patrol time.
56. You must log in your video game and tv time in the log book. Over use of video games and tv time will result in cut backs in next week’s hours.
57. If you make a mess clean it up, do not walk away from it, CLEAN IT UP!
58. Shower curtain liners are there for a purpose, use them.
59. Trash goes in the trash bin, not on top or on the deck.
60. If you like your underwear keep them in the drawer, laundry basket, and the laundry room closed. Winston Churchill, the beabull, cannot be trusted.
61. Showers are a daily must, keeping the dirt and luck for the next day are not allowed.
62. Calling a girl “Shorty” is not now or be it ever be acceptable.
63. The DVR is set up to record certain programs don’t stop them without permission from mom or dad.
64. No TV, XBOX, Wii, movies, playing, or leaving the house until your chores off the list are done.
65. Sunscreen is needed when outside. Off will be worn when in backyards.
66. Curfew will be 11pm for 17yr. olds.
67. During the summer time you will not sleep all day, 10am is go time.

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Use your bug spray at camp!

We spent two weeks at camp this summer, residential church camp.

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At some point my daughter got a bug bite and she scratched it. This caused it to get infected.

Saturday after camp it was starting to swell.

The following Thursday it was very swollen and it hurt to touch.

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I tried to squeeze out the infection and got a little out but he was in so much pain I quit. Her dad gave in and took her to the ER.

I felt like a crap mom for telling her it was not a big deal and to deal with it. The bugs were horrible at camp, so I thought it was just a bug bite but we started to see the dark center puncture in the center. We had thought it might be a spider bite, there is a black dot and a hole in the center. The ER doctor said it was a bug bite.

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The doctor at the ER didn’t like the look of it and he decided to cut her open and finish draining the puss. An hour later after they gave her a pain medication and numbed her leg, they made a small incision. They got some more puss out of her leg. The took a swab for a culture and sent it off to the lab. They bandaged her up and sent her home with antibiotics.

They were just going to give her antibiotics and wait and see, but they found out that I tried to squeeze out the puss before she got there and they wanted to drain it. Husband also told them that she is a varsity runner and can’t afford to wait and see. Her leg would have to be physically missing for her not to run and even then she still might try. We are very lucky they decided to cut her open.

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Infected bug bite and they were testing for MRSA. I actually had to look-up and research MRSA. MRSA is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)  a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It’s tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus — or staph — because it’s resistant to some commonly used antibiotics.

*Back story on my daughter- she was born with a kidney condition they found when I was 6 months along. She had bilateral hydronephrosis, it occurs when urine is unable to drain from the kidney into the bladder. Hydronephrosis is not itself a disease. It occurs as a result of a problem that prevents urine from draining out of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

Basically the flaps on the urethra cause poor emptying of the bladder which result in the backup of the urine from the bladder up to the kidney. She was put on a daily antibiotics for the first two years of her life. We always knew that later in life she might develop a resistance to antibiotics. She outgrew her condition by her 3rd birthday.

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By Sunday it still looked like the picture above. We got a call Sunday afternoon from the ER, she had MRSA and required a different antibiotic. We got the new meds in her within two hours and within 24 hours the fever in her leg was gone and the swelling was down.

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This was a week after we took her to the ER. It was getting better. We had not let her run for fear of the infection getting into her blood stream. We decided to let her run the following day. She is still not up to her regular pace but we are taking it slow.

Lesson? Use bug spray at camp!! Don’t scratch the bug bites!

 

Love, Peace, & Cupcakes

Shannon

To every season turn, turn, turn…..

The bible may be old, but it works. That is what my pastor says. Ecclesiates third chapter is titled Everything in God’s Own Time.

“Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build up,

a time to cry and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to hug and a time to stop hugging,

a time to start looking and a time to stop looking,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear apart and a time to sew together,

a time to keep quiet and a time to speak out,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

I think for most of us we have been through all these time. Lately I have been through all these time in the last six months.

A lot of the grief we have been through lately is with our youngest and the schools here. When we moved here 14 years ago it was a small school district with seven school in the district. It was a growing district and we knew that. The district is now close to 20 schools total. The district is growing so fast they can’t keep up with the growth. In the 2014-2015 school year they will add 5,000 new students to the district, not sure where they are going to put them all. My son’s school will add 300 students next year and 90 of them will be kindergarteners. Now the school is already at capacity and they are talking about making the specials go to a cart system to free up classrooms. I am not a fan of this, kids need an art room, a music room, a computer lab, and a gym.Kids also need two recesses, but that is a different soapbox for another day.

When I was growing up we, 1980s, we had computers in the library and music was traveling. This was how the Blue Springs School District made do. In 4th grade there was an additional classroom needed and they pulled 18-20 kids from the four classes and gave us the counselors room for a classroom. I have been through the growing pains of a growing school district as a student and it is confusing to students.

Currently my son sits in a classroom with 25 or more students. All of them with their own needs and wants and demands on the teacher. My youngest, aka Monster Child, has some needs that are struggling to be met. We asked for this teacher last year because she was a student teacher in his first grade class. She knew him and his “issues” and there would be no learning curve.

We had a horrible time in the second grade, the teacher didn’t understand him and said she didn’t have time to figure him out. We had a lot of tears shed that year, by parents and kid. We also had a bully that picked fights on the bus and beat the crap beat out of him one day in PE.

Third grade was a huge improvement and the teacher really tried and worked with us. I took a part-time job at the school to have an active hand in things. We still had the bully and the fights were getting worse. Finally as my mother-in-law was dying and I was taking care of her, my son had enough with the bully and beat him up and my kid was punished and the bully off Scott free. *The bully never picked on him again. Monster Child had an issue sitting still, so early in the year we took his chair away and he sat on an exercise ball. The exercise ball made him focus, strengthened his core, and allowed him to have a bounce rhythm that helped keeping him calm. The teacher also demanded that the school test him for a speech delay.

Monster Child has born deaf and gradually developed his hearing over the first two years of life. He didn’t babble until he was 8 months old. His speech was delayed from early on. We were always open and told the school repeatedly about this. We noticed it getting worse in second grade and asked the teacher, she blew it off. Third grade teacher heard it and did something about it.

Monster Child has been in Speech Therapy for almost a year. He works on his “sh”, “ch”, and”th” sounds. It is a fine motor skill that comes from the back of the throat.

Fourth grade has not been without the tears either. We have a new bully this year and it is a girl! Even better is that her mother is a teacher at the school. Bonus is that my oldest is good friends with the girl’s older half brothers. This child can do no wrong at the school…. ::snicker::. I have seen this child manipulate adults to her will. She does a thing to provoke reactions from others and then plays the victim.

*Example: One day in class they were sitting in groups around the classroom. She happened to be sitting at my son’s desk. She started messing around with his things. Monster Child politely asked her to stop and leave his things alone. Her response….. “I am going to rip your eyes out and shove them down your throat.” (Um…… WOW!) His response was “I am going to stuff an oil rag down your throat” The teacher only heard this snip of the whole thing and took his recess away for a week!

Of course I threw a fit and told her what happened the next day. She knew there was previous issues but didn’t think they were this bad. She now keeps these two apart. She now sees this child with new eyes. This is one of the issues we have with the school district. They are punishing the child who is getting bullied. The child who is the bully gets excuses on why they did it and we have to let them grow and learn.

Another issue we have is the class sizes. Now Missouri is getting on board with the idea that having a manageable class size really does make a difference in how well students do in school. Having smaller classes mean that children learn more, they have better achievement and they have better lifetime outcomes if they’re in smaller classes. The average class size in the United States has increased 5 percent, to almost 22 students per classroom. We are way above that!! According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 22 also is the average class size in Missouri. Missouri is now saying that class sizes need to be 18-20 students. Our school will be raising class sizes next year to close to 30 student to one teacher!

The last issue I will talk about is the staff itself at the school. I have seen these teachers in the classroom, away from parents and I can honestly say I am not impressed with the 5th grade teacher options. I have seen them yell and scream at the kids, I have heard them call them names. The fifth grade classes at the school are the most unhappy kids I have seen. The thought of Monster Child being in one of those classes makes me want to run screaming from them.

Well, that is kind of what we are doing. We are turning and high-tailing it out of there for 5th grade year.

We are homeschooling next year!!

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Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the U.S., however, each state has different levels of regulation and guidelines.

  • States requiring no notice include Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas.

Yep, I am in Missouri!  DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) does not regulate home schooling. There is no registration for home schooling.  There are very few rules given to us about home schooling in Missouri. This is what we are told and the guidance we get.

According to Section 167.031 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, a parent or guardian of a child, between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) years of age, shall cause the child to attend regularly some public, private, parochial, parish, home school or a combination of such schools. Any parent may educate a child at home. The parent does not need a teaching certificate or need to meet any education requirements in order to provide home instruction.

If a parent decides to home school, he or she must offer 1,000 hours of instruction during the school year, with at least 600 hours in the basics, which will be in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. At least 400 of the 600 hours shall occur in the home location.

**By the way most kids spend 900 hours in a school!**

A parent who is home schooling a child must maintain the following records:
  1. A plan book, diary, daily log, or other written record indicating the subjects taught and the activities engaged in with the student;
  2. A portfolio containing samples of the student’s academic work;
  3. A record of evaluation of the student’s academic progress; or
  4. Other written, or credible evidence equivalent to a, b, and c.
  5. The school year is defined as beginning July 1 and ending the next June 30.
  6. Children with disabilities attending a home school program may receive special education services provided by the local school district, in accordance with Section 162.996 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, and the State Plan for Special Education.

Section 167.042 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, states that a parent or guardian may notify the superintendent of schools or the recorder of county deeds, in the county where the child legally resides, of their intent to home school. This is to be done before September 1 annually. Home-schooled students do not register with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Now if Monster Child still requires Speech Therapy next year the school district will provide that. Otherwise we are on our own. I have started working on our curriculum for the next year.  Lots to do and lots of questions. We are doing this on a one year trial basis. Keep your fingers crossed. Good thing my son and I have a great relationship!
I will keep you informed and updated on our journey!
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~Love, Peace, and Chickens!

 

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Smal Victories

Saturday I worked in the backyard for two hours. That is all my husband would allow. I don’t have much to show you because I was totally embarrassed with how it looked before.

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I did manage this, two pots buried for my tomatoes. I added the lattice-work for the tomatoes to go somewhere.

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We cleaned up the area where we put our trash cans. Years of kids not getting things into the trash cans and the raccoons getting into them had made a mark. Now the area is clean and free of debris.

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We even cleaned out the area under the steps. We are going to put a mini deck under there and put an outdoor dog bed there for our dogs to chill out.

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That is part of what we moved out. Oh and we found a family of mice. One child wanted to kill it and the other wanted to keep it. We named it “you don’t live in my backyard” and set it free in the woods. It was just my husband and I cleaning up, the kids didn’t offer to help.

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Sunday found us in this corner of the yard. it was a freaking mess. A raised garden bed that never took off. A garden bed around the deck that next amounted to more than weeds. We had all hands on deck, four of us, for this cleaning project. The hubby and I decided that they didn’t get a choice in the matter. They helped to mess it up, they can help to clean it up.

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This is what it looked like 3 hours later. Amazing what a little teamwork can do. Still want to take down the dish today.

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We moved the raised garden bed and it is almost ready for planting.

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I even let the 15-year-old girl work a drill! She is better at using a power tool than scissors. Where did I go wrong?

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We also moved some things around. We moved the shutters to behind the rose bushes I planted. We added two stumps to the top of the steps. We are going to get solar lights, drill holes in the tops and have lamp posts.

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I also took down my teacup bird feeders I made last year off the trees. I moved them to the stumps and filled them.

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Today they are empty, because that little guy told EVERYONE there is bird food in the backyard.

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Zen is coming to my garden and backyard!

I am this  point in my life when you realize you need a pain reliever to move from doing yard work the day before.

~Love, Peace, and Cupcakes~

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Had a bad day

I had a bad day on Tuesday. It was so bad that I had a total of 6 panic attacks.

My anxiety level was through the roof. My emotions were raw and at the surface.

I just needed thoughts and prayers and kind words.

Please don’t ask what is going on, I cannot talk about it. Just know tomorrow is another day and I will make it through today.

Well, I made it through the day and today is a new day!

Today is a much better day then yesterday.

I have a group I belong to on Facebook and they were a great support system. Thank you all for you encouragement and kind words.

On the savings front, I got two pairs of glasses for my youngest child for $105…… including the eye exam! Two pairs of glasses, the eye exam, the polycarbonate lenses, and a warranty on the glasses. I am so happy we got him glasses. He is amazed that he can see at a distance now.

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Also, I signed my son up for two summer camps offered by our school district for FREE! He is into Greek Mythology and that happens to be one of the classes offered. They are also offering a Lego Robotics class and he is very into that! (Happy Dance)

He is also going to a residential camp this summer, where I am cooking for the week. He helps me out and gets to have summer camp experience too.

Cleaning Day

Cleaning-Day

Day 9 at LWSP is Cleaning Day

I like cleaning on Mondays, makes it feel like the rest of my week is set and I can do other projects. Now my house did not get dirty overnight so it will not get clean over night.

Now a few weeks ago I start with this list and I did a room each day. I have worked up to the point where I can knock out all the rooms in one day.

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I have two of these caddys, one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs. It has most everything I need to clean with. I am ready to clean!

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I start with the kitchen and dining room, since they are both the same thing. I then move to the bathroom and spray down the shower and sinks and I walk away. I clean my tubs with  a home-made mix of vinegar and Dawn” IT WORKS GREAT…1/2 cup vinegar bring to boil in microwave, add 1/2 cup dawn, put on spray bottle and spray tub and sink, let soak 30 mins, wipe clean. You need to make sure you have your vent going, the fumes are strong!

I go back and do my living room, I consider my upstairs hall and entry way part of the living room. I have mostly hardwood floors and get the vacuum out at the end and leave it in the kid’s rooms so they get the hint!

I go back to the bathroom and I finish up. I have found a trick that works for keeping toothpaste off the sink. Car Wax!! Polish faucets, sinks, tile, even shower doors with Turtle Wax, which leaves behind a protective barrier against water and soap buildup, so your hard-earned sparkle will last past the next tooth-brushing.

I tackle the deep cleaning things like wash the rugs and I fluff the pillows (or wash them). I am actually allergic to my dogs and I do this once a week to keep the dander down.

Now for the things like. Dust Ceiling Fans and Clean Baseboards, I have commissionable jobs I pay the kids for and those are on that list. This is something we started today. We are doing the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University and he says kids need to paid for doing things above their normal chores. I decided to pick the things that are time-consuming and easy enough for them to do.

I had this board just doing nothing on the inside of the closet. I remounted it on the outside of the door. It sits in between the younger two kid’s bedroom.

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I made the sign on WordPress, printed it off and laminated it. This has the basic rules on it. You have to do your “Everyday” chores first. Mom and Dad are the “Bosses”. You must get your work checked before you can get your cash!

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I found the help wanted tags here. I printed them off, wrote them out, and laminated them.

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I hung them up with paperclips and the amount each is worth behind it.

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I made the rules and posted them.

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There are additional rules, like you can only do 5 until Thursday. Give both parties and chance to earn extra money. After Thursdays any left money is free game.

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I also found out that since staying home I have had more people trying to sell me things at my door. I found this and laminated it and posted it in my window by the front door.

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My day is done! Have a blessed day everyone!

~Peace, Love, & Cupcakes!

I got nothing……..

It is one of those days when I have a lot to do but really got nothing to write about. I have a busy week doing the work thing and volunteering for both kids sports/school. I have lots of things on my plate, but mostly it is icky veggies!

Both of my kid’s school/organizations use a wonderful program to help get volunteers and help those volunteers remember what the sign-up for. It is called SignUp Genius.

If you are a group leader and find yourself organizing volunteers, meals, service projects, or events… they want to make your life a lot simpler! Now you can coördinate it all online… FREE!

  • SIMPLE: See who has signed up so far and what’s available
  • CONVENIENT: Sign up 24-7 at your convenience from home
  • INTEGRATED: Add responsibilities to your computer calendar or phone
  • FLEXIBLE: Add/edit/swap your responsibility easily if plans change
  • SMART: Get email or text reminders or view your personal calendar
  • SOCIAL: Easily share your involvement on Facebook or Pinterest

Check this out if you get a chance.