Wednesday, January 7, 2009

100 dollars

It's official! One year. No candy.* One hundred dollars.
The whole family celebrated on new years day with CANDY, lunch at the restaurant of Grace and Molly's choice (Paradise Bakery), and a small ceremony at the restaurant where Mark said a few words and handed out $100 bills. When asked if they wanted to earn $100 in 2009, all children unanimously agreed! Owen, we're not holding out for you. But Jonah (who opted out last year) is in!
*Sugar free gum and candy are OK. 3 days during the year are free days. Any 3 days.
Ice cream, cake, cookies, donuts not considered candy. Not a bad gig.

21 comments:

Anna said...

What a neat idea. And the kids looks so happy holding their rewards. I wish I had that kind of will-power. Maybe, I'll give it a try with my kids. :)

abby said...

i can't believe they did it! will mark pay me $100 not to eat candy?

Sarah said...

Maybe. Would $100 be worth if for you Abby?

Emily said...

They did it! Girls, you are such an inspiration to Elliot and Aaron. My question, though, is why didn't you take a little break (say, a month) before signing up to do it again?

amyegodfrey said...

Way to reach your goal, Molly and Grace! Girl power!!
I'm proud of you. Nana

abby said...

you're right. make it $1000, mark.

Steph and Keith said...

Very impressive! I think my kids might even be tempted to try it! I'll have to show them the photos of Molly and Grace with their BILLS!

merideth said...

what a great idea. and your kids are beautiful.

bekki said...

I'm so proud of the girls. Will mark pay me $100 for no Candy of course I'm not sure I can do it. But hey if he will pay why not

Gray Family said...

I can't believe it! Way to go girls! I was so impresses with Grace not eating any of the candy I was trying to get rid of at the park the other day - sorry for the temptation, I completely forgot! Look out Mark - next time it could cost you a lot more - those are some very determined children you have!

Church Fam said...

Wow that is impressive. I am sitting here debating if that is something we could do. I like the $100 idea. mmmm....maybe I just want to see how long my kids would last.

Sarah said...

Bekki, who are you kidding?

Church Fam, Go for it! Jackson might be your only taker. Or at least he's old enough to understand money's value.

Abby, I'm not sure $1000 can keep me off candy for a year.

Mark did this for THREE years as a kid. And his 2 sisters. I would/could not do it.

bekki said...

Sarah that hurts that you don't think i could do it. But who am I kidding I love candy just as much as you.

JenJ said...

LOVE this plan. So glad they did it! What an accomplishment!

Sarah said...

Emily,
I see your logic, but the longer you wait to start, the longer you have to wait for the moo-la. Their choice though.

Amy said...

you mean they're not spending their 100 bucks on candy?

Smitty said...

I am so impressed! This would go over like a lead balloon in our house. In fact, the girls just looked over my shoulder and asked what the pictures were about. I told them, and asked them if they'd be interested. Before I could even finish my sentence, they said, "Nope! No, never. Could never do that," and walked off. There you have the difference between your children and mine.

Sarah said...

Smitty (I assume this is Jen),
My children are CANDY FREAKS! I am more surprised than anyone that they did this. Also, some of their motivation comes from peer pressure (Molly's doing it, I want to do it). It helps them to know their dad did it as a kid too.

Gina and David said...

Can I get in on this deal too? As long as I can have ice cream, I can give up candy. Good for them!

Sarah said...

Gina,
That means no candy or sprinkle toppings on your ice cream...

Neil and Diana said...

Sarah, I think that's so cool. Your girls are demonstrating such admirable traits at such a young age(e.g., the value of commitment, the value of $$ [like, it takes work], the value of delayed gratification). Way to go!