Wednesday, August 29, 2012

No Allowance Here

Howdy friends and family,

The presidential elections are in full swing and not a single crap was given in the Casa de Webb.  The one thing I will say politically is that we will never, ever, ever give allowance.  That entitlement mentality is responsible for some percentage of the 40 million welfare recipients.  Here's an idea:  You work, you get paid.  You don't work, you don't get paid.  Novel, right?  My mom's saying is, "No worky, no Eat-ee".  I've been working since age 14 and have had a job ever since.  There are many ways for Easton and Layla to earn money around here, but turning Oxygen into CO2 is not one of them.  I planned to wait until they turned 5 years old before starting in with chores, but they are really helpful around the house even at age 4 1/2.  I will teach Easton and Layla to be WORKERS, just like our families taught us.  OK, give me a minute to get off my soap box...

Kendra is putting in extra credit time by preparing the twins for their school lessons.  Starting this year off right with the letter "A" and Genesis 1:1.  Not sure how they will get to Revelations by the end of the school year, but I hear the teachers are amazing.

This is called customized teaching because Kendra understands the learning styles of each one and tailors the lesson for them.  With a student-teacher ratio of 2 to 1, it's easy to see how they are advancing so well.

I thought felt boards went extinct after my Sunday School classes as a child.  Apparently they are still useful and cool.  An iPad would be more technologically advanced, but there is something valuable about the tactile feel and creativity of tools like a felt board.

The quantity and frequency of their appetites is getting really erratic lately.  Easton will skip dinner almost entirely and then eat a huge snack before bedtime.  We went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  After a good portion of food Easton exclaimed how full he was.  then the waitress brought a chocolate cheesecake slice.  I had to scoop double-time just to get my share because Easton was shoveling huge spoon-fulls into his mouth.  I said, "i thought you were full?"  He just laughed and shrugged his shoulders.  

The summer heat and sunlight diminishing more each day means we have night swimming opportunities!  Layla thought it was a great idea until the sun went down completely.  The pool light isn't working.  She decided on her own accord that it was too scary even though I assured her there is no reason to be afraid.  

Next week we start Financial Peace University!  We are enrolled in the 9-week course and have high-hopes of getting our finances in order.  We are not in dire straits and thank God Kendra is not a big spender or high maintenance.  We are ready to get the allocated spending plan in place and start the college fund.  I'm hoping for academic and/or sport scholarships, but planning ahead without depending on that is critical to success.

See you soon!

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