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Every moment that passes, is a moment that we cannot get back.
I know I have talked so much about living in the present and really enjoying and appreciating what I have now and I had a chance to really do that this past weekend.
Sunday morning, I had the best time with Brayden and enjoyed every moment.
We have instituted a system in our house where the boys get a “good listener award” or a “not so good listener mark”.
This came from me being so tired of repeating myself ALL THE TIME and essentially having to ask the boys to do something at least 4 times before it actually got done.
So now, I say it once, they get three minutes and if it doesn’t happen they get a “not so good listener” mark. If it gets done, a “good listener award” mark is added to their board.
Simple. ( and it works! Who knew??)
Anywho… when the boys get a certain number of marks, (we have devised a system where the “not so good” marks take away 2 of the good ones) they get a small reward.
Brayden got all his marks this past week and he choice was a date with mom… awwwww.
I was so thrilled that was his choice! Sweet Boy.
So, we had a special breakfast date, just Boo and I.
I took him to Slappy Cakes in Portland. It is a restaurant where each table has a griddle and you get to cook your own pancakes! They had gluten-free batter and then you get to choose a bunch of additions and/or toppings from a long list…
Brayden chose white chocolate chips, and whipped cream. I chose shredded coconut and lemon curd. Yum.
And hot chocolate for Boo to drink (of course!). It was a special occasion…
We had a great time and got outta there for about $20.
What a time to cherish…
I think it will become a tradition. Brayden had so much fun, now Maddox wants to do the same when he gets his turn!
Bribe the kids with make-your-own pancake restaurants, that’s my tactic 🙂
What do you do to celebrate small accomplishments?