Indeed, it's no joke. The girls are in the red. It took them four months to pay off their debt. They have five months remaining to earn the rest of the money for their trip (airfare, hotel, rental car, food). They might just meet their goals.
Chloe has been doing a lot of babysitting and petsitting. In addition we held two jewelry parties last month. Our initial jewelry investment has been paid off and Chloe can now profit from her efforts (anyone want to host a party? Virtual or otherwise?)
We did have to write an addendum to the contract as Chloe received a C+ in Geometry(the contract stated she could get nothing less than a B). I breached the addendum with her while in the car.
"Chloe," I said, "Your father and I have talked about it. We are going to write an addendum to your contract."
"What?!! No! You can't do that. It's a contract. You can't just change it!"
"Do you want to hear me out?"
"No! You can't just go around changing contracts. That's not the way it works. It wouldn't be fair to change it."
"Chloe. It will be to your benefit."
I explained to her that contracts often contain addendums and they are perfectly legal so long as both parties agree to the terms.
Here is our addendum:
Addendum to Agreement
dated April 1, 2014
I acknowledge that I did not meet the requirements put forth in our original contract; I received a C+ in geometry last trimester.
It has been noted that this is a challenging class and I am in the highest level of math at my school. It has also been noted that significant effort has been put forth in my schooling and my grades have dramatically improved since the contract’s initiation. Therefore the One Direction concert tickets will not be disposed of as previously stated.
Rather I must continue to work hard in school. To counteract the C+ I must receive an A in one of my core classes next semester (Geometry, Science, Spanish, Advanced Language Arts or Advanced Social Studies). It is also noted that, though important for my physical health, an A in Physical Education is not an appropriate counterbalance to Geometry.
I understand that the remaining terms of the contract shall continue as previously written.
I, the undersigned, agree to this addendum in full.
After this addendum was fully explained Chloe did agree to its terms.
One of our recent jewelry parties was hosted in Eugene by a high school friend of mine (thanks Michelle!). My parents live in the valley so it was a no brainer to travel for a spring break party.
I had three passengers for the ride over, Chloe, Ava and one of Ava's friends. Guess what we listened to the WHOLE WAY THERE. Oh yes. We listened to One Direction's collection in its entirety. We started with their initial album and worked our way up to their current album (three total). Chloe wants to make sure I'm well versed once the concert rolls around. And I am, whether I want to be or not.
Oh the things I never planned on when these kids were born.
And that, my friends, is our latest update. Someday I shall write of other things -- like my plans for rooftop beehives in downtown Bend or my desire for more backyard chickens or the story I'm currently writing with my children as characters.
But for now this is all I've got.