My thoughts and prayers are going out to Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary, and her family. Jennifer is currently hospitalized with bilateral pulmonary embolisms. According to Hallie Lord, Jen and the baby are doing well and will send updates as soon as they can.
I cleaned up the mess, we let them outside and then Gabe and I toasted the new year with some sparkling grape juice while Ben and Garrett slept.
Baseball practice started this week. Yay! I know it seems like baseball is pretty much all we do, and for the most part it is. Gabe plays basketball too, but that's just something to do until baseball starts again. LOL! It's a good thing that we love baseball so much. We've been very fortunate that Gabe has been selected to play on great teams. By "great" I mean not only is the team very talented, but everyone gets along well. When you spend as much time together as we do, it's important that you all get along - especially the parents. Having "good parents" is extremely important because the parents are usually the reason travelling teams break up. Thankfully we all get along wonderfully, in fact, we call each other our "Elite family."
When kids get a new game system, it's amazing what chores you can get them to do to earn play time. Garrett has never, I repeat NEVER, come in the kitchen and unloaded the dishwasher without being asked much less without any grumbling. He's been doing this quite often lately since they got their Xbox. I need to come up with some sort of official play time accrual system, though. My making a mental note is, sadly, not quite as efficient as I'd like.
Do any of you allow your children to play Xbox live? How do you control who they are playing online? Garrett has a friend who has asked him if he has Xbox live, and I know they want to play each other, but I don't really know
much anything about online gaming. I don't really want to open Pandora's box, so to speak.
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