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Never-ending Chaos

The sound of my fingers hitting the keys of my laptop . . . That is all that I hear. My sons are getting a taste of loading the dishwasher after dinner so that I don’t have to stay up doing it after everyone goes to bed.  Life is pretty crazy with six kids. A friend of mine who has 4 kids and I were talking about how people ask us, “How do you do it?” I don’t know how I do it. I just do and lots of chaos happens.

Yesterday’s chaos started with little people asking if they could have breakfast. I can’t think of any time when I have ever said, “No, you guys can’t have breakfast.” I think there are only some times when I tell them that they need to wait, but even that doesn’t happen very often.

For about the millionth time my son could not find any pants to wear. I do not have any idea how this is even possible because he has way too many clothes. I also know for a fact that he has more than 3 pairs of pants.  For a while he had been putting pants that didn’t fit “just right.” back into the laundry hamper. I have no idea how many times I was re-washing clean pants. I don’t really want to know at this point.

Another son could not find his library books. He was blaming it on our resident monster before he remembered that he left the books at school.

I fluffed an entire load of wet laundry without heat! I asked one of girls to empty the dryer into a laundry basket and so she did. When I tried to move the basket it weighed a lot more than it should have and that’s how I discovered that everything was still very wet.  I checked the dryer settings. The monster that lives at my house apparently discovered how to turn knobs on the dryer.

I pulled a various assortment of things out of the baby’s mouth. I have 5 other kids and I still do not understand the fascination of picking random things off the floor and putting them in your mouth.

The same monster was found using her brother’s booster seat to climb on top of her dad’s desk.

The monster and her sister were caught using the bathroom step stool to get lotion out of the closet.

A little girl threw a fit because she was not going to get a snack unless she ate more of her dinner, and so if only by some miracle she came to her senses and just at more of her dinner.

The baby crawled down the hall and into the bathroom twice and into her brothers’ room once.

All of that was yesterday!

To start our day the girls and I worked on cleaning their room. I found the Apple TV remote control shoved halfway the under the toy box and as an added bonus I found our extra van key in the toy box! After finding two toys that go together Eliana said, “It is amazing what you can find when you clean up.” Indeed it is.

The fun and chaos never end!

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Random Wednesday Thoughts

Today I am thankful for onesies and one piece outfits so my kid doesn’t keep taking off all her clothes and her diaper. Quote of the day, “Mommy, Danielle is REALLY naked!”

I am going to have 6 kids in 126 days give or take.  I know this time will fly by ever so quickly because having 5 kids makes almost every day goes by quickly and with much chaos. I wouldn’t change it for all the world!

I keep thinking about some one who once told me that he would just call each of my kids by their number and all the witty come backs I should have given him. At the time I was quite annoyed and thought it best just to keep my mouth shut.  I understand if you can’t remember all my kids’ names, but they are not just numbers!

Yes, I do have my hands full. Random strangers in the grocery store need not comment on this well-known fact.

Yes, I know where baby’s come from.

No, I am not sure if this is the last one.  Is it really anyone’s business? Would any one really be surprised if I go for 7?

Why do 2 year olds feel the need to repeat themselves over and over and over again? “Mommy, I want to sit with you?” or “I want my cup!” fifteen times in a row is just annoying.

Two year olds should come with volume control.

I am the mom that laughed when my 1-year-old tried to hit her 7-year-old brother with a shoe. Maybe I wouldn’t have laughed if she hurt her brother, but I probably still would have laughed. Her brother thought it was pretty funny too and he wanted me make a video of it.

Four year olds have to be some of the most inquisitive people on the planet.  They wonder about everything under the sun and it’s truly amazing.  If only we could hang on to that sense of wonder instead of going through life taking every thing for granted.

It can be very frustrating when a five-year-old acts like a 60-year-old man who is firmly set in his ways you may have a fight on your hands to get him to bend on anything. One of this weeks battles included wearing shorts because it is over 80 degrees outside. Another battle was getting him to have a hamburger after it had been a while since he had one. Guess who asked for a hamburger for lunch today?


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Here We Grow

A few weeks ago Andy needed longer pants, This week I discovered that Joshua needed bigger shirts.  Eliana and Isabel couldn’t wear their dresses and Danielle couldn’t stretch out her legs in her sleeper outfits. The great clothes shift continues! Praise God I only have to buy clothes for Andy and Eliana. This time around we had some dear church friends give us pants that fit Andy’s skinny frame perfectly.

After Andy’s front tooth fell out this week his smile made James and I laugh out loud. He had lost his two bottom front teeth already, but it was not terribly noticeable when he smiled.  This guy is doing great in school and we’re so proud of how he is learning and growing.

Joshua has been between wanting to be totally independent and still wanting help with everything.  One minute he is telling us that he doesn’t need our help brushing his teeth and the next minute he is asking if we can help him put on his shoes or cover him up.  He loves his baby sister and he asks multiple times a day if I can take a picture of him holding Danielle. Miss Danielle is already 7 weeks old.  It seems like it was just a few days ago that we brought her home from the hospital.  She is holding her head up more. She’s starting to smile. She’s outgrowing her newborns clothes and diapers. She’s sleeping for longer stretches at night. Her eyes are still blue and her dark hair is growing back in.  She has a little cry with a minute or two pause before the next cry which tells me that she not too upset.  It’s a little bit like getting an early warning before she gets really upset. Usually the problem is that she needs  a diaper change, a new bib or she’s hungry. Sometimes she is just bored and wants a change of scenery.  With each one of the kids it seems that they grow and change much more quickly than their siblings before them.

Isabel has been adjusting to not being the baby in the house.  She’s been cutting 6 teeth at once, four of which are molars.  Before I realized she was teething actually took her to the doctor because she was drinking all the time and I thought she might be diabetic!  Her vocabulary is growing daily and she constantly amazes us with the words that she says. We still affectionately (most of the time) call her “Baby-zilla,” because of her tendency to destroy things, to take things that don’t belong to her, and to cause general messes where ever she goes. Sometimes I put her into the playpen instead of Danielle to give everyone a break from her!

Miss Eliana is as sassy as ever.  She gets frustrated easily and wears her heart on her sleeve.  She is progressing nicely with being potty trained.  Her expanding collection of stuffed animals has caused her to fall out of bed more than once.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or stories to help us convince her to move her toys off of her bed they are more than welcome!  She cries and cries even if we move her animals to the foot of her bed.  She wants all of them and she is absolutely broken-hearted if we put them into the toy buckets that we have just for animals.

Today Eliana said to me, “You got a lot of kids!” I responded by saying, “Yes, 5 kids is a lot!”  I will be the first one to confess that I get overwhelmed sometimes, but my kids are a tremendous blessing to me! While the kids grow and change, so do I.

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Random Thoughts and Updates

It has been a long while since I blogged so I thought I would share some random thoughts and update you on our family!

Luke Skywalker and a Wookie live me with.

I had to do the subtraction to figure out how old I am going to be on my birthday in a couple of weeks.  I’m going to be a year younger than I thought I was going to be!

You know that sitting a chair against the wall as a punishment is a total parenting fail when after lunch the child proceeds to face his chair against the wall and pretend that he has his own little hideaway and then gets his little sister to join him in the fun. Most of the time I love of having children who love to pretend.

Our family or I should say Andy, Eliana and I have finished off a jar of dill pickle slices in what seems to be the space of less than 2 weeks.  Yes, I eat pickles even when I’m not pregnant.

It is amazing the amount of ketchup that 3 little people can consume during any given meal.  I’m pretty sure that Joshua asked for thirds on ketchup when eating fries and chicken nuggets.

James is a picky eater. Joshua is pickier than James. Isabel has to be the pickiest.  There seem to be more foods that Isabel won’t eat than foods that she will eat.  I desperately hope that she grows out of this, but because Joshua hasn’t I am trying not to get my hopes up.  I might as well file “Short-Order Cook” under my list of long-term job descriptions.

This Friday I will be 20-weeks pregnant.  I almost wish that I had some other interesting pregnancy symptom to report. This pregnancy has been much like all the others.  It’s the same old, same old, with carpal tunnel, extra sensitive gums, extra heartburn, round ligament pains, being more tired than usual. I’m thankful that my pregnancies have been relatively easy.

James has been job hunting.  He’s still doing part-time archeology, also known as cultural resource management.  (No, he doesn’t look for dinosaurs and it’s a lot less glamorous than Indiana Jones . . . those are totally different jobs!) He’s been looking at teaching positions, but also looking at lots of other random things, some of which would totally freak our families out because they involve moving great distances away from our current home.

Looking forward to another baby has been the silver-lining of some sad and troubled times for our family.  Finances are not good.  James doesn’t have a full-time job yet.  James is still waiting to be reinstated into Boy Scouts. We recently found out that our pastor and his family, who has been an amazingly wonderful part of our family, is moving away.

Three crying kids are loud, but four crying kids are louder.

Camp is nearing an end.  I’m going to miss James doing laundry and not having to cook much.  I’m looking forward to being reunited with my dishwasher, my wireless internet, and my Apple TV.

Most of the house is sleeping  so I will end for now! Hope that you are doing well!  God bless!

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Growing Never Ends

Little Miss Eliana has four favorite words, “No,” and “No Way José!” I know she’s just growing more independent. She knows how to vocalize what she wants or does not want to do. She’s so much more sassy than the boys were at her age. All of my little people keep growing and sometimes I wish that they would just stop. View some new photos of them on my Maganda Photos Blog.

There are boxes of the kids’ clothing stacked in my living room because my kids are all growing. Thankfully Joshua is passing some things on to Eliana. I just remembered I need to buy Andy some new jeans because he is outgrowing is old ones. Isabel is now wearing the same size that Eliana was wearing last fall! It feels like I just boxed those clothes up and I’m getting them out again!

I feel like I am constantly getting Miss Isabel out of “trouble.” She’s crawling around much faster than before and she is constantly finding things that she should not have. I have been losing sleep because a growth spurt has her several times every night wanting to nurse.

Joshua is still trying to get the hang of going potty. It has been a battle for sure. I am so weary of changing his diaper and having the “you need to go potty in the potty” discussion with him. Every time I ask him why he went potty in his pants he tells me, “Cause I was being bad.” He says it so sweetly that it is almost impossible to stay upset with him. You can send your dog away to be house-broken, why isn’t there some where to send toddlers?

Andy is going to be starting kindergarten in the fall, and sign-up is in April. Sometimes when I think about it I start getting teary-eyed. I am going to be “that Mom” who cries when her baby goes to school for the first time.

I guess while my little people are growing I am growing too. I hope that I’m growing to be the best Mommy that I can be. Some days are better than others.

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Where does he come up with this stuff?

  • Don’t move a muscle. (The other day when he wanted me to stay in his room and help him pick up his toys.)
  • I have nothing to say about that. (After I made him try the Chicken Alfredo that I made for him because of course all he ever wants for lunch is “peanut butter jelly time.” I asked if he liked the pasta and this was his response.
  • You are a stinky old pickle.
  • My bunny rabbit has 7 cousins.
  • Bad bunnies make holes in your body.
  • I want to eat peanut butter jelly time before I eat anything else. It has bread and peanut butter and jelly on it.
  • The germs push your food all the way down to your feet to make room for more food. Germs are icky and yucky and slimey.
  • Andy-The boy scouts say they are freezing. Me- What boy scouts? Andy – the boy scouts that we know. (We were talking about going to camp in the summer when it is warmer outside)
  • Coming to me with a bloody nose and a bloody tissue talking in an angry tone. “You did not put that stuff in my nose so it would not bleed.”  “It’s your fault.” With frequent nose bleeds the dr. recommended that we put vaseline in Andy’s nose once a month to keep it moist.
  • Why are you not sleeping? You are supposed to sleep when you eat breakfast.
  • “Is it going to be cold or warm?” Every day when I tell him to get dressed he asks me so he knows whether to put long sleeves on. The other day he got something on his sweatshirt so I pulled it off of him.  He was only wearing a t-shirt and he asked “Short-sleeves? Is it warm outside?”
  • You are a bad guy!  Any time I make him upset he resorts to calling me a bad guy.
  • Can we pray really fast? (I don’t think that my prayers are nearly as long as he thinks they are.)

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All in a Day's Adventure . .

Andy woke up and came into my room and stared at me until I woke up and put him in my bed.  We fell back to sleep.  Joshua woke up and tapped my arm. I laid there debating whether or not to get up because I know from experience that I cannot sleep with Joshua in my bed unless he is dead tired.  He is one of those kids that does not hold still and he always wants to hold your hair. So I got up and so started my day’s adventures.

I called my Dad and asked him if he’d come over for a few minutes so I could run to the grocery store that is a two-minute drive from my house. He came over a little later and I went to the store expecting a very quick trip in and out of the store.  Of course, I ran into someone I know and we stood there talking in the aisle for who knows how long.  This would have been okay, but before my friend and I finished talking a nice elderly man came up to us asking if we were basketball fans and he then began telling us a story.  His name was Wes and he is an 82-year-old basketball lover, a kidney dialysis/cancer/diabetic patient. He walks around Marsh to excercise while his wife buys groceries.  He recounted his story of attending Indiana University’s Midnight Madness, meeting the coaches and players and being introduced to the crowd of almost 14,000 people.  He told us that all the photographers were taking his photo and wanting to talk to him after his moment in the spotlight.  I thought this ironic since both my friend and I are photographers. Neither of us told him this though. I decided to check his story out and sure enough I found a photo of him with IU’s coach! Click here to view the story & a photo of Wes. It was very fun to have met him and I’m glad that I let him tell me his story.  I was wearing my IU sweatshirt so maybe that’s why he felt compelled to share his story with me. My quick trip was not too quick, but that was fine by me!

Part of my day was spent tending to injuries.  At one point I was in the kitchen with Andy and Eliana and the next thing I know Joshua is telling me his foot hurt.  He is always getting bumps and bruises, so I didn’t pay too much attention until I looked and saw that his big toe was bleeding.  I have no idea what he cut his toe on!  Joshua hit Andy in the nose and Andy’s nose is super sensitive so it started bleeding.  It started bleeding again before he went to bed.  I am not sure how many times Eliana fell or how many times she hit her head or was knocked down by her brothers.  It was a lot today and I do mean a lot.  She has the bruises to prove it because she is determined to run everywhere she goes.

This is not the whole story of my day’s adventure, but just a part I thought I’d share with you.  My days are always adventures . . . and that is what I’m thankful for today!

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