Of course I didn't tell my children that I was taking them to dinner because I wanted my kitchen to stay clean.
I told them it was a reward for their excellent behavior and their ability to complete their chores, homework, and other tasks practically without complaint for the past week.
Isn't this a proven way in which I can expect to increase my children's good behavior? By rewarding it and by complimenting it?
No matter...my kitchen is clean and their bellies are full.
Besides they LOVE choice-night at the mall!
And of course each they chose a different place to eat.
After dinner we attempted to do a little shopping at the mall since Will has a gift certificate practically burning a hole in his wallet.
We aborted that attempt.
And instead finished off our evening with a trip to Sam's club. The big kids have birthday parties to attend this weekend (we bought gifts) and I am always hoping this is the month they will start carrying the chocolate chips I like again (I found out that the Ghirardelli Dark chocolate chips I buy in 5 lb. bags are in a fact a seasonal item. Who knew?).
I think they enjoyed the evening....
And I got a few Christmas ideas!
Thoughts on whether or not Mark will veto the giant horse???