The boys are tired. We all are really.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThe weather has really turned from cold to just pure evil in the last couple of weeks. We’ve been having storms, strong winds, rain, rain, more rain and when you thought you couldn’t see any more water… yes, you guessed right, more rain! The skies are grey and the forecast is not looking good. Between the weather, the extra-curricular activities and the darkness, we are all exhausted and very much looking forward to the break at Christmas. And did I mention we are going to Spain for Christmas? I am so excited!!!

In order to make things a bit fun for the kids until we get the holidays, I made some notes to go in their lunch boxes and cheer them up at lunch time with random notes from their mum.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThey were very easy to make and they can be as goofy or as deep as you want, whatever you think will put a smile in your kid’s face. I used colored paper, punchers, reward-chart stickers and markers. Some cutting, some sticking, some drawing. That is all.
happy lunch notes - how tohappy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThe boys are loving them. They are coming home with big smiles and are then looking forward to seeing what they’ll get the following day. I have been instructed by Big Monkey not to give him cards that say I love you, although he does love me. I guess I’d better get used to get to that, it is the age. As long as I keep getting big cuddles and kisses at home, I’ll play cool mum outside.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogSometimes I even put a little note in my lunch at home to cheer me up. It really is the little things…

Chaotic Itzi

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Keeping track of kid’s growth seems to be part of family life.

When I was small, the door of the pantry in my grandmother’s house was full of lines tracking the growth of myself, my sisters and all my cousins. I remember that there was a little competition between all the cousins, especially when we were all together, as if we had some input in our genetics!
Height Chart for Kids - OrganisingChaosBlog
In our own house, we started drawing lines in the boy’s room around 4 years ago. There is something very emotional about messy lines on a wall, tracking your kid’s growth, acknowledging how much they have grown in short periods of time, and the mixed feelings of being excited about them growing up and the memory of how small they once were.

When we recently painted the room, we took a photo of the lines and dates so we could recreate it maybe somewhere else in their room.

I decided to make a height chart for the boys. I bought a 1.5 meter narrow piece of wood in my local DIY shop. I wanted something simple and old looking. I first painted it green and once dry I painted another thin layer of white paint and I distressed it with some fine sand paper.
Make your Own Heigh Chart - OrganisingChaosBlog
I made the markings with a Sharpie and I again sanded it down.
Your own vintage height chart - OrganisingChaosBlog
I attached it to the wall with No More Nails.
Keep track of your kid's growth - OrganisingChaosBlog
I am ready to start marking again. Looking forward to the future, been surprised as to how big they have got and embracing the nostalgia of looking back.

Enjoy your day,
Chaotic Itzi