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Shenanigans! Again!

There are always lots of different things going on at any given moment around our house! Isn’t there some movie where the main character shouts, “They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!” That was me with my kids today. It started two pretty rotten nights of sleep. One 5 hour sleep night, and then another that was very broken with an over dramatic almost three-year-old who was so miserable with a cold that she cried and yelled and eventually was allowed to sleep in my bed. She only had congestion and runny nose, but at one point she almost had me convinced me that she needed to go the hospital. It was her yelling and crying frantically while pushing on her eyelid and says, “Ouch! My eye hurts! My eye hurts!” over and over for over for more than 15 minutes, that nearly sent me over the edge in the wee hours of the morning. Amazingly she didn’t wake any of the other kids and her Daddy only stirred to ask if she was okay.

Our morning routine consisted of everyone doing Bible Study together. We are taking about the names for Jesus during the Advent season. Miss Isabel today was grumping about everyone being mean to her and wearing a frown all morning so I asked her aunt if she would take her for an adventure with her cousin.  Miss Danielle was a snotty puffy-faced mess all day today. She would complain about her nose, her throat, and her hurt finger at different times though out the day.  Her nose would run or she would sneeze start crying! I had to coax her into getting tissues to wipe her nose. That high-pitched crying, “ugh, ugh, ugh,” was like nails on the chalkboard for me today.

Then Gabrielle was into absolutely everything. She had two baths within 2 hours. The first bath was only partly her fault. Her brother left a mostly eaten bowl of yogurt on the dining table. She climbed into a chair and helped herself to some yogurt but not without getting some in her hair.  Her brother tried to help by wiping her off. I noticed that her hair was sticking up in all kind of funny directions and when I asked what happened to her hair Andy told me that she had gotten some yogurt on herself and he had wiped it off.  Upon further investigation I discovered the dishcloth that he used was not a clean one but one that I had used to clean the dirty stove off earlier.  After taking her into the bathroom I undressed her and turned to get a towel and came back to her standing in a puddle on the floor. Fabulous! I threw a hand towel over the puddle and instead of starting on dinner, Gabrielle and her crunchy hair got a good scrub.

The dinner request was for little pizzas today. This is something Daddy started with them and they loved it. They cut out rounds of pizza dough and then top their own mini pizzas. Andy was telling Gabrielle how Daddy invented the little pizzas, because of course Daddy is a hero in the eyes of his son. This was all well and good except that Danielle wanted a front row seat and was coughing and sneezing and snotty. I kept trying to get her out of the kitchen but she was so pitiful.

While I made dinner with the kids, the older kids were all arguing. Apparently Andy wanted very badly to work on learning German using the Duo Lingo app on the iPad and his siblings were not making it easy for him to hear the speaking part of his lessons. He took the iPad into the bathroom to complete the lessons and every so often one of the kids would come to me and tell me that Andy was being mean or doing this or that to them because he did not want them in the bathroom.  He came out a few times to tell me that they were bothering him and he could not hear the lesson to finish it.  I ended up making his mini pizzas for him so that he could learn German.

The pizzas had been in the oven for a little while when Isabel ran up to me and said, “Mommy it’s an emergency. Gabrielle is in the bathroom and she got soap all over her head.” :::Sigh::: “Who left the bathroom door open and the light on?” I walk into the bathroom and sure enough Gabrielle has the shampoo and a big glob of it in her hair and on her shirt. Into the bathtub she went for yet another bath!  I remember the pizza after taking her out of the tub and I yelled for Joshua to hang on to my damp and towel-covered girl. I check the bottoms of the pizzas and they look slightly brown so I pull them out of the oven and then get Gabrielle dressed.

After sitting down to eat I realized that my pizza was still a little doughy. Because making pizzas with little kids takes a long time the pizza dough was more thick than usual and needed to bake a little while longer. The kids ate their pizzas and I ate less than half of mine.  This is why we let Daddy cook whenever possible.

I had this awesome plan to get everyone’s socks and underwear washed before bedtime.  I washed my clothes first because I only have so many things that fit me correctly these days. I had the kids gather up all the laundry so I could wash whites. It was after dinner that I realized I still had not gotten the load of whites in the washer. No sweat, I thought . . . I let the kids stay up and watch a short video to give the clothes more time to dry but it did not work out! Thankfully there was not too much argument about not having what they needed at bedtime because they were so tired they didn’t care.

It’s not even 10 o’clock but this Mommy is going to join her kids in getting some shut-eye! I am hoping and praying for better health and maybe a few less shenanigans, but who I am kidding! Life without shenanigans just isn’t any fun!

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Lent – Giving Thanks

Spring Break is over and that means our boys were off to school again today. School days are days at home that are filled to brim with my girls. They are sassy and sweet and all kinds of funny.


I asked if they want to see a beekeeper. They flatly told me no. One said she wants to be a firefighter. One said she wants to be a zookeeper.

I hear the rattle of candy wrappers and yell for the one I know is always, always, always, up to trouble!

Every. single. day. they want to watch songs from the movie Frozen on Youtube. They take turns yelling which one of the songs they wanted to listen to first.  It seems that lately I always have one Frozen song running through my brain.

I was digging in my closet for smaller jeans and one kid comes in and asks, “How many are you?” I had to think for a minute and when I responded that I am 34 she responded much too quickly, that I am old.

They “read” books to each other and melt my heart.

One discovered that biting her sisters is fun.

One laughed at the other when she said her sister almost bit her bottom.

Not just once but twice my girl took off her dirty diaper by herself. The first time I was on the phone. I don’t think I have ever been so thankful to be on hold.

My snotty-nosed congested little one does not fuss or complain one little bit, but she watched her big sisters go back and forth until she fell asleep.

They gobble up a snack of Strawberry Mini Wheats like nobody’s business.

They find the broom and try to sweep the kitchen and as they do their infectious giggles make me laugh.

They put on hats and gloves and pretend it’s snowing. My singing, “Do you want to build a snowman?” Is followed by a yes and a sad realization that there is no snow for a snowman.

They “need me,” an unimaginable number of times to help them in the bathroom!

When two knock down the light cover they come and says “Sorry Momma.” Then proceed to point out that the other one is to blame. She did it! No she did!

I am thankful for my days with my girls.


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Our Thanksgiving Tree – 2013

“Why should we be thankful for things?” I asked my younger son. His reply was simply, “Because God wants us to.”

Chronicles 16:34 says,

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

This is the third year that I have made a Thanksgiving Tree for the month of November. We add leaves of things that we are thankful for almost every day, usually right after dinner. I think that when we are always wanting more and longing for the newest, latest, biggest, and best of everything it can lead to being unhappy. I firmly believe that being thankful is one of the keys to being happy and we have to practice having an attitude of thankfulness. The Thankfulness Song always comes to mind when I think about practicing thankfulness!

This year I wrapped an oatmeal container and two potato chip canisters in brown grocery sacks to make the trunk of our tree and then added branches that are attached to the ceiling. In previous years I have put our tree on the wall. This year we are using sassafras leaves on our tree, but in years past we have used maple leaves and different types of leaves.

We put the first set of leaves on our Thanksgiving tree this year.



This was our first Thanksgiving tree in 2011.



This is last year’s Thanksgiving Tree.


Click this link you want to read my previous post about our Thanksgiving Tree.

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

You win some and you lose some. Such is life. Such is parenting.

Win: Miss D, who turns 2 in December, has gone potty in the potty six or seven times in the past two weeks. Most of the time she decides to sit on the potty all by herself. She is so independent!

Lose: Miss D thinks she should change her own diaper. A wet diaper is a mess. A dirty one is a major mess. The first time she took her dirty diaper off she required a bath not even 10 minutes after she got out of the bath tub. Since this incident she has gotten better at letting me know she needs to be changed.

Lose: I sometimes get overwhelmed and react in ways that are :::human::: I have to forgive myself to acting and reacting in ways that are imperfect. Life happens.

Win: My little ones still take naps and some times this means that I get to take naps too!

Win: Miss D came to me and pointed at her diaper. I thought she needed changed but it turns out she was dry. So I asked if she needed to go potty. She shook her head yes and ran to the bathroom.  A few minutes later she was calling MOM, MOM, Moooommmy! She had gone in the little potty. After dumping it out I let her flush! Hooray!

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Reflection on Four Years of Blogging

Fall Family PhotoThis is the message that I got the other day: “Happy Anniversary from WordPress.com!” It’s been four years since I started blogging. Time flies when you are having fun and when you are  juggling 3, then 4, then 5, and now 6 little ones. There are people who “get” me and others that totally don’t and then there is everyone in between. I love my Mom gig. I’m not perfect but I do the best that I can. I believe that my children are entrusted to me by God and this is a space where I can share our adventures with you. Thanks for reading!

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October 15, 2013 · 2:56 pm

Thirty Days to Go

Look at you! You’re huge! You look like you’re going to pop! That’s a big cantaloupe! Oh for the love people! I know that I am enormously, as my husband likes to say, “Great with child.” I think about the only comment I like to hear is, “You look great,” even though I don’t quite believe it unless like my husband they are saying I am great with child.

My weekly doctor’s office visits have begun. A friend who is due the day before me was lamenting that people ask us how we are feeling all the time. The answer is mostly I’m hang in there with late pregnancy misery! I am tired a lot so I’ve tried to make a habit of taking a daily nap. I feel pretty amazing that most days I can nap! I have heartburn if I eat or if I don’t eat. I’ve got indigestion issues no matter what. I wake up in the middle night to go to the bathroom. My back hurts. My neck hurts. I have Braxton-Hicks contractions on a regular basis and they are miserable. I definitely feel like my body is not my own and that the little girl on the inside has taken over. Pretty soon she will take over life on the outside, but we love her, and so I’m hanging in there!

The day have really flown by as most days do with my crew and now we are down to the last month. In my countdown, I always add “give or take” to the number of days left but honestly I have only gone into labor once before my due date and that barely counts because it was one day before my due date and it was three kids ago!

I am totally okay with waiting another 30 days to meet my newest baby girl because we still have things to do! We need to buy a new crib mattress. We need to organize the girl’s room. We want to move Miss D’s clothes to her and figure out where to put them in the girls’ room. We need to bring all the newborn and 0-3 clothes up from the basement to be washed and put away. I still need to preregister for our hospital stay. We need to pack for the hospital.

It seems like we have waited until the last days to even start getting things ready but we are old pros at baby business.  My wonderful husband put together the baby’s crib in our room. He got out the baby swing.  We got the boys’ room organized so we can utilize more storage space in their room. We already have a take home outfit picked out.  We have saved baby clothes so their really isn’t much that we need to buy. The kids have picked out the baby’s first stuffed animal and a pillow pet. I crocheted a baby blanket and a baby cocoon and headband for the baby’s first photo shoot. I have debated about making a short list of things we could use, but don’t necessarily need, because after 5 kids some things we have could use updating. I figure this short list could be reserved for those who ask for it.

In thirty days, lIfe is going to get a little more crazy and a little more joy-filled and I am looking forward to it.

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Truth From Little People

Miss I is two years old and she completely reminds me of a Muppet because of how animated she is. She gets so excited when she talks about different things.  At bedtime, she came to me and threw her pajama shirt at me. She went on and on about not being able to find her pajama pants and needing to look for them in her sister’s bed, “Up, up, up!” (She and her older sister share a bunk bed.)  She absolutely insisted that I stand up so she could see how big I am.  I stood up and she proceded to exclaim, “Wow, you are really big!” I know she was talking about how tall I am, especially compared to her. I thought to myself about how I am actually a short 5″ and hugely pregnant. I have been feeling very huge and frumpy in my 26th week of pregnancy. My two-year-old doesn’t see me as being short or huge, to her it’s completely awesome that I am, “big.”

Today Mr. A, who is 7, was asking me about how many days it will be before he is 1000 years old. I tried to work out the math in my head and ended up giving him an estimate. I shared with him since Jesus is going to come back some time to reign as king of Earth he may get to live to be more than 1000 years old. This made his eyes light up and he shared with me that at Vacation Bible School they talked about Jesus coming back.  I am so proud that he’s getting what we’re teaching him.

Mr. J is all about honestly. I gave him a glass of milk after he had brushed his teeth for bed time because he reasoned with me that it was okay for him to brush his teeth again.  He said, “You’re the best, Mommy. Even though you’re mean to me sometimes, I still love you.”  I told him that I did not think I am mean to him, and he said, “maybe, just a little,” and we left it at that.  It’s unconditional love, just like how God loves us!

Mr. A and I got into a little argument and he said something that made me wonder if maybe I wasn’t just a little too hard on him. I am going to have to work on that!

Almost every morning the first kid to wake up is my one-year-old Miss D. She wakes up and says “Mom. :::short pause::: Mom. :::shorter pause::: Mom.  She does this over and over until I come and if that doesn’t work she starts calling, “Dad.” If she hears me stirring she says, “Mom”even louder. Her crib is  just around the corner from my bed in a different room.  She is like an alarm clock with a broken snooze button.  It has been driving me crazy to wake up to her calling for me. Then the other day I read this quote in a guest post on momastery.com by a Momma with two kids who have autism.

Neither one of my boys can talk. I long for the day that they call for me over and over again until I want to rip out my hair… Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom mommommommommommommmmmm!!!!!!!

I immediately thought of Miss D and my perspective on my little daily alarm clock changed.  This morning after her calls I snuggled her back to sleep in my bed for a whole. extra. hour. and I still took a nap this afternoon! I cannot guarantee that she won’t make me grumpy, but I will try to keep it in perspective!

Miss E gave her talking puppy to Miss D. I was so proud of her for being generous, but I also know that she and I have talked a lot about how she can’t have any new stuffed animals unless she gives some away. She brought in a lot of other toys that she wants to give away or send to her cousins in the Philippines. She might just want new toys, but a part of me believes that she really wants to be generous and giving. Joshua gathered some of his toys and gave them to me saying he wants new toys too.

It is a fun thing to get Truth from little people. I can’t help it, I absolutely love it!

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