Once in a Leap Year

How could I not write today? Today doesn’t even exist for the next three years. It will be impossible to write on February 29th until 2020. Happy Leap Year!

Does it warrant a party? I think so. Know what else deserves a party? Surviving Monday. We’re going to celebrate by getting the house back in order. There’s lots to clean and the kids are not going to be happy about it.

Which reminds me, I haven’t done a chore chart update in a very long time. Want to know how they’re doing? Has the chart helped? Nope. They still moan about having to clean. They still try to get out of it. Crash said he wants to save up for a FitBit. I was all over that like stink on poo. I even made him a chart… 100 squares to represent each dollar he’d have to earn to get said FitBit. Then he could watch his money grow. He had $10 to start with (money he hadn’t spent). So we colored in 10 squares. Then he spent $8 on a book. Then he argued with me about doing chores so I told him, “Then you can do them for free”. His response? “I guess you don’t want me to get a FitBit then.”

Huh? Apparently it’s my fault he’s spending his money and can’t save it. He’s the opposite of me when I was that age. I hoarded money. I kept a birthday check an aunt wrote me for 6 months (I claim ignorance on that one) until my mom found it and told me I need to cash it, then I could save the money.

So there’s your chore chart update. He does chores roughly twice a week. It’s like pulling teeth. I take that back. I think he’d rather have teeth pulled.


I just looked outside. I know for sure that no cleaning will get done today. The sun is shining. It’s 8 (46) degrees. They’re going to be outside playing and I will let them because being outside playing trumps inside cleaning every time.

Every time.

Cleaning will just have to wait.

It’s like that cartoon I saw once: pick two

We don’t get to have our cake and eat it too. Unless you have an actual cake.


15 thoughts on “Once in a Leap Year

    • Usually I don’t mind mess. So long as it’s a mess of toys or whatever we were playing with. I don’t like dirt mess like when the floors need to be swept or vacuumed. Or there are dirty dishes that either need to be washed or find their way into the dishwasher.


      • Oh, yeah, actual dirty mess has got to go. I hate clutter, too; organization is a definite must-happen around my house. But once I realized it was okay not to have every tiny little thing organized 24-7, it helped me appreciate the big picture more. 🙂


  1. It ain’t easy. I printed out a chore chart for everyone, but shoot Sam and I have been dragging our feet a bit even. LM doesn’t have an attitude about his chores, but you have to constantly remind him because he “forgets.”

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    • How convenient. Unless I make them do chores regularly, ie. every day, they growl about having to do something. I never thought of making a chore chart for myself. Perhaps I’ll start paying myself for chores 🙂


    • If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes. It’ll change. Our weather is all over the place. 15 one day, -5 two days later. Snow this weekend. One kid was happy because he got to out and play with his friends. His litter brother on the other hand wasn’t so happy because his big brother left and nobody was going to play with him (I did).

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    • I’m getting the house back in order now. Eliminating the mess and the filth (need to move the mess to clean the filth). Once it’s back in order it’ll be easier to keep up and keep on them about cleaning up their own messes.


  2. My kids are shockers when it comes to chores. TV, Xbox and devices are under the one banner name of devices and on certain days devices are not allowed until chores are done. Grumble, grumble, grumble. It’s obviously a worldwide problem 😉


      • They do…mostly. My oldest is addicted to Minecraft clips on YouTube. He can sit and watch them for hours. He will get them done if he’s desperate enough. My youngest will just find other stuff to amuse himself. Saying that, he’s normally the first one to put his hand up to help Dad so I can’t complain too much 🙂

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      • Our kids sound identical 🙂 It’s everything Minecraft here. My oldest loves the Minecraft videos, too. I was leary of them at first (as I am with any homemade videos on YouTube), but they all seem okay (or at least ones he watches). The youngest will be the first to help with chores (most days) if his brother isn’t around. If he’s around then he’ll adopt his attitude towards cleaning.


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