yep! our first and most favorite week after the votes were cast in was our no chore, reading, & cooking week! the kids didn't have to make their beds all week or do any of their normal Chores. they loved it! they got to wake up each morning and read in their beds as long as they wanted. if they didn't feel like reading, they certainly didn't have to do any work! i think i loved this week as much as the kids! each night after dinner we decided to do the dishes that had piled up in the sink all day and we picked up the downstairs. tanner said, "mom, i think we need to do this all the time because it helped us to have the Spirit in our home." i love that boy!
Reading - we went to the library and stocked up on books for the week! it was fun to watch the kids look for new books and for tanner to be as happy as he could be with the Harry Potter series we had at home. btw, tanner read the Entire HP series in less than 3 weeks! he is a reading machine.
Cooking - i usually have one child in charge of dinner m-th. this week i had them make something they never had made before. they loved the challenge and we ate some YUMMY dinners! ash made a chicken pot pie, lindsay made hawaiian haystacks, and tanner & clatie made steak and chicken on the bbq. :) lindsay and ashley learned how to make bread and Marni Short's chocolate chip cookies. tanner has always wanted to make a fruit pizza and this was the week he did it! i'm sad to say that they wanted to make a pumpkin pie, but we never got around to it. we have all the stuff at home so before the summer is over, we will make that pumpkin pie.
this week was a HUGE success!