Wiggles found his train conductor hat and put it on. Snuggle Puppy (who is approaching 6' in height) asked, "Are you going to drive a train?" Wiggles replied "No, I can't drive a train until I'm 7. I mean, I can't drive a train until I'm 14."
The other day he (Wiggles) ran across the house yelling, "Ninja Turtle Asparagus!!!"
Yesterday we drove to Idaho Falls (and back) because we went to see the Idaho Falls Temple open house. I had tried to explain to the toddlers that they could go to the temple when they were older, if they chose to get a temple recommend, but because of the open house, they could go in to the Idaho Falls temple before it is rededicated. Later, when Tux Man told him it was time to go to the temple now, Wiggles cried out in delight, "Because I'm old?"
In a few months, we're taking a family trip by airplane. This morning, Wiggles came in and asked if he could see his ticket. I asked "What ticket?" and he replied "My ticket to ride a real hair plane."
Wiggles has loved the vacuum since he was born. Recently, with permission, he has started vacuuming the stairs by himself. (As you might imagine, I love this!)
I have been trying since last September to get him his own cello (1/16 size). A few weeks ago, I finally succeeded! We don't practice every day, but he really loves it. (And Strawberry loves to play as often as we let her, too.)
Last night for FHE we talked about succeeding at what you want to do. The goal was to find tools to use and skills to develop that will help us as we pursue consistency in things we want to do but struggle with.
The opening song was "Nephi's Courage" https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/nephis-courage?lang=eng.
We read aloud http://www.raisinglemons.com/mother/tips/matrix-of-success/.
Several years ago, I read a book by Marie Ricks (I don't remember if the book was House of Order, or if that is just another book she wrote...) but in it she suggests that you "Plan, Prepare, Do, and Review" daily. I really like this approach.
http://houseoforder.com/2010/10/ready-for-the-day/ (I don't love the story at the top, but I do like the strategies that follow)
http://houseoforder.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/38EW-BYUp-handout-2010Home-OrganizationPart-1.pdf (this has a LOT of good stuff for managing a household)
We also talked a little bit about ideas in the book "Change Anything" (which I've read a couple of times).
Mostly I'm posting this for my teenagers, because they requested references to the links we looked at, but I am positive that there are far better resources out there. I think that there are a few people who read this blog... What are your favorite resources for getting yourself to get things done?