I think I’ll call it a “klepto craft” considering I totally ripped off an idea I saw on the internet. Rather than shelling out howevermuch the person was charging for this kind of sign, I threw it together myself through the magic of free fonts, Photoshop, Shutterfly and Ikea. Supercheap wall art for around $20. Score!
Here's how it looks hanging over the desk in the family room:
If you can’t read all of our “Davis House Rules,” they are:
- Always tell the truth.
- Share everything but bad ideas.
- Sing silly, dance crazy, smile big.
- Hug your mom no matter how big you get.
- Keep your promises and do your best.
- Count your blessings.
- Always stick up for each other.
- Mind your own beeswax.
- Clean up your own stuff.
- Hands to yourself unless high fiving or hugging.
- Always say I love you.
- Thank God for this family.
It would be very sweet of me to say that the last rule is my favorite, but really it’s #8. It’s really imperative to leave each other’s beeswax alone. Beeswax is a personal kind of thing that shouldn’t be shared, along with underwear and opinions I don’t agree with.
It’s important to note that we have a secondary list of rules that aren’t appropriate for public spaces. They include these gems:
- Don’t fart on your brother’s head or you will give him pink eye.
- If you feel nauseous, take the puke bowl with you wherever you go.
- Don’t hit your brother in the car or dad will make you sit on your hands until we get home.
- When mom’s right eye starts to twitch, stop asking stupid questions.
- Whoever smells the dirty diaper first has to change it. (No fair pretending you don’t smell it.)
- When in doubt, all arguments are settled by means of rock, paper, scissors.
- It’s physically impossible for mom to miss the toilet, so she will NEVER clean up dribble around it.
I may print them out and hang them somewhere that most visitors don’t see, like the bathroom in the bedroom wing, where they could hold a place of honor over the toilet. That way, they can be reviewed while little boys are cleaning up dribbles.