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The Get Along Shirt

It works!!!

Here is a story from my mom….

I saw this idea online for a consequence when the kids are arguing, fighting, whining, “it’s my turn! She touched me! He farted on me!” I kept hearing it all day…..

Brigdon (11) and Sevannah (9) were particularly whiny, competing for attention and time on the X Box, and generally not getting along…so I remembered the idea and I went and got a big t-shirt, the biggest t-shirt I had. I pulled the tag out, turned it around (because the front had the Hard Rock Cafe logo), and with my sliver sharpies I wrote in big letters “THE GET ALONG SHIRT”.

So the kids watched as I wrote the letters, and kept asking “what is that for? what is that for?” and I said “you’ll see!” Because it was a sharpie, it didn’t need to dry. Sweet! So I told the kids to come over, I stretched the neck out (so it wouldn’t get stuck on their heads), and they put it on.

They kept their own shirts on, of course!

Sevannah put her head through first, and put her left arm through the left armhole. Brigdon’s taller, so it kinda went over Sevannah’s head as Brigdon put his head through, but it was all good. He put his right arm through the right armhole. 

By the time both kids had their heads and their arm through, they were already laughing and giggling and trying to figure out what this new idea was. By the time they had both stood up with the shirt on, they were just laughing! They forgot that 2 minutes ago, they hated each other! Didn’t even want to be in the same zip code! 

And then they decided that “this is kinda cool…we don’t have to sit in a corner or have time out…we get to play together in a Get Along shirt!”

So they started bumbling around the house without one person getting ahead and without one person turning around…they had to work as a team to get anywhere, so nobody would be dragged along as the other kept going. 

Seriously, Chloe, it was so great. They just had so much fun, and they actually liked the idea! And I said “Oh, good! Because it looks like you’ll be wearing that shirt a lot today!” But they didn’t – they got along the rest of the day! Now I just keep the shirt hanging where it’s always visible and accessible. 

Works like a charm!

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Can you imagine if adults had to do this at the workplace? At college? Spouses? Store cashiers and customers? Hmmm….

Thanks, mom for the tip! Ha!

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My Siblings

What makes me happy? Being with my siblings.

Ethan

Ethan

Ethan is a good guy to bounce ideas off of. He’s a self-sufficient nomad. He’s there for me. He understands a lot about life.

Tanner

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Tanner is comic relief. He can be loving, but mostly through sarcasm.  Slightly inappropriate as of late, but I haven’t seen him since he started that annoying habit. Tanner is crazy, fun, and irresistibly entertaining.

Torin

Torin

Torin is incredibly witty. He is super smart and knows his stuff. He’s always good for an educated laugh.

Quentin

Quentin

Quentin is a sweetie pie. He’s loving at times, a terror at other times. But, ‘tis the nature of his biology. He’s funny, tender, sweet, and giving.

Brigdon

Brigdon

Brigdon is my little homie. He’s often boarding inappropriate, but he’s learning. He can be a loving sweetie-pie, but it’s rare. Precious, but rare. Brig is a kid who has a lot to learn about the world.

Sevannah

Sevannah

Sevannah – my sister wister. I love that we can do girly stuff together and that we get along so perfectly. At times, she is quite the tomboy – what can you expect? She grew up with 5 older brothers and I moved out when she was three. Other times, she can pull out the girly card and play it like a master to get what she wants. Like a champ.

And here’s the last time we were all together…my 22nd birthday party…July 2011 in Houston

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And then my mom had us lay down…

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…just so she could try to jump over us on a skateboard…which didn’t go well…

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Basically, my siblings make me happy. 

 

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 48

A lot to say today!

We’ll start with my outfit….Sheridan took my pictures!

How do ya like my sunburn?

Sheridan said we were going to do “Senior Picture” style pictures…it was great. 

The tights are from Kohl’s and the undershirt is from Shade…that’s all I know…

Okay so that’s my outfit…now let’s start from the beginning…a very good place to start…

Jenna and I left her house around 6:30, and got back to Provo around 8:30 for Jenna’s meeting. I had a meeting at 10:30, and then I had church from 11:40-1:40. And then I had to do some stuff for my calling…which I love!!

When I got home, I called my dear mother. It is Mother’s Day. I love my mother.

When I was born, she gave up almost everything she had just to keep me alive. It was only me and her. And I love her for it. She is a true example to me of faith and righteous sacrifice.

My mother has had a super hard life. I don’t know what I would be like if I was her. She has had so many rough times, and those rough times have not stopped. I hope they will some day, but I don’t see when. Regardless, my mom is such a protector. She loves all 7 of her kids with all she has, and would rather be with us more than anything else. She is so great.

My mom taught me the importance of service. I don’t remember much from before I was 16, with the exception of things my mom scrapbooked pictures of. I love to look at the scrapbooks my mom made of my life. They remind me of the things that I did because I cannot seem to remember them on my own. I am so grateful that she is so creative as well. She is a quilter (even though she is out of practice as of late), and she used to always make us quilts. The blanket I sleep with every night is one my mom made. I call it my cat blanket, because simply, it has cats on it. Oh, and it’s super colorful!

My mother has always stressed the importance of getting a college education. She did not take the opportunity to get an education, and she now regrets that. She is in a situation where she is stuck, and having a college education would definitely help her out of it. My superb mother has always made sure I wanted and succeeded in getting a college education. It’s ingrained in my mind now! I love it! Just about every time I talk to her, she reminds me of how much she wants me to have an education. I know it’s important to her, and it’s important to me, so I’m working hard!

My mom is the funniest! She is always finding ways to make me laugh. My siblings do the funniest things and my mom sure makes them even funnier. She is such a kid! She’s often helping us think of fun pranks or things to do. All my friends love my mom – she’s like one of us! Haha she’s so great. I always tell my roommates what we call “mom stories”, which is just when I tell them a story about my mom….whether it’s a memory I have, or something she told me recently. It’s always a good laugh! My ward even hears a lot about my mom – I often talk about her! I just can’t help myself!

My mom is so cool…she tries to teach me the art of folding a dollar bill into a bowtie. She always does it when she leaves tips. 

My mom is so cool…she’ll push your face into a cake….when you least expect it…

My mom is cool….when she pushes your face into a cake, you just might end up with cake on your face…okay you definitely will…

My mom is so cool….she takes her oldest child and her two youngest children out at midnight to flock someone’s house. That means you put plastic flamingos all over their yard!

My mom is so cool…when she wants the middle piece of a cake, she takes the middle piece of a cake. (can you see the top indent where she smashed Sevannah’s nose into it? bwa haha!)

My mom is so cool…she is such a great example of faith. She turned this picture into something more meaningful by just using a Sharpie.

My mom is so cool…she has a Santa suit.


My mom is so cool…on Christmas 2008, it was just me and her. She dressed up as Santa and came into the room….it was hilarious.


My mom is so cool…she does a Junas Santa!

My mom is so cool…she dresses the cat up in her Santa outfit.

My mom is so cool…we match on accident.


My mom is so cool…I can get her to wear mismatched Converse and do Junas…

My mom is so cool….she taught me how to dress in public.


My mom is so cool…our noses are the same!


My mom is so cool…she has crazy children….and we like it.

My mom is so cool…we had a fire extinguisher for all the candles on her cake when she turned 41…just in case.


My mom is so cool…she uses packaging tape to fix holes in her water-bed.
My mom is so cool…when they boys’ shirts get a hole in them….she sticks her finger in it and rips it so it’s a big hole…that way they won’t wear it anymore. 

My mom is so cool…she always loves to have a picture of Jesus Christ in sight…so they’re all over the house. 

My mom is so cool…she has THE BEST fridge magnets!



My mom is so cool…she cuts onions wearing swimming goggles and gloves…so she doesn’t cry….and the kids do it, too.


My mom is so cool…for so many reasons.

I love my mother. And she loves me. And we both love our Heavenly Father. He helps us though so much. 

My goal from last week was “find time to be still” and I think I did an okay job with it. I am going to do it for one more week, though. I know I can do better. 

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Update

My mind and life has been about my siblings lately.

Here’s the latest…it’s a website my mom’s friend Nicole set up…she’s wonderful!

http://www.themissingthree.webs.com/

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A Way You Can Help

Plenty of people have suggested that I do some sort of fundraiser for my mom, and when I talked to my mom yesterday I found out that she has like NO MONEY….She cannot afford an attorney, the electricity bill, or even food sometimes…so I’ve started a paypal account so if you want, you can make an anonymous donation ……to help me help my siblings. Here’s the website to go to if you’re interested in helping.

THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP SO FAR!!!

Oh, and you DON’T need a paypal account to donate! Go to the website below and it’ll tell you how to do it.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6KMHY6SAXRUH2

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