Friday, July 31, 2009

Why I LOVE my six year old!

Aidan: "Mom, how old are you?"
Me: "I'm old."
Aidan: "really old?"
Me:"Yup, REALLY old!"
Aidan: (in a matter of fact voice) "That means you're gonna die."
Me:"really, you don't say?"
Aidan:"Yup, gotta go, my dinner's ready!"

Kids are so funny!

Find your buddy!

I have been meaning to blog about this for quite a while, mostly because it is one of the many answers to "How do you do it with seven kids?"

Running errands can be a little daunting with seven children in tow. They generally scatter like bugs when you open the car door. So we implemented the "find your buddy" technique a long time ago.

Once we open the "clown car"door and they all file out one by one (much to the amusement of passers by!) we shout "find your buddy!" Then all the littles, must find an older child or parent to pair up with as we walk. This makes it so I am essentially keeping track of half the kids because the older kids are usually pretty good about holding on to their siblings.

If the older kids decide to be difficult and complain about which "little" chose to pair up with them then the older kids may or may not be paired up with a parent. Try to visualize a 13 year old holding his dad's hand and you will understand why this technique works so well!


Love and hugs,


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy birthday Heaven!!!!

At six weeks of age.....

Fast forward to this year!
Happy birthday to my beautiful girl! She's 11 today, she's grown so fast!
Love and Hugs!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hair cut day!

Today was hair cut day for the kiddos. FYI, when you have four boys, a good set of clippers will pay for themselves a thousandfold. The littles are all cool with buzz cuts but T wanted a bit more on top so he can gel it and be stylin! I think I did a pretty good job don't you?

Also a note to all the kids out there, if your mom is taking a picture and she says to smile, and you think it's cute to stick out your tongue or make a funny face, a word of warning......she may share the pic on her blog!

Love and hugs,


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Random stuff from my the last few days.

Totally random but here's AJ (and me) trying to hold on to a little frog for the picture. He caught it at the park and insisted a picture with it. it's a shame you can't actually see the frog, but I love the look on his face!!!

Well, the weekend came and went. Is it just me or are they really short??? Did the usual, gym on Saturday morning (the girls have dance class there so we might as well get a workout in!) then church in the evening. They are doing a series on Jonah that's really making me think! Then Sunday was a blissfull lazy day, where we watched the last few Harry Potter movies. I am going to take the kidlets to see the new one but wanted a refresher on the last ones.

Spent the last movie putting together my lesson plans for the week. At least I appear to be organized, even though my house is a scary mess right now.

Today I took Ash for her last follow up on her arm, and I think she may have single handedly convinced her doctor to join the gym. The first question she asked was if she could climb the rock wall now (yes she can, btw!) and the second was if she could swim, and the third was dance class. Once she told him about all the stuff she does at the gym he said he was going to have to check it out for his family. Wonder if Ash will get a commision from the gym?

Then we picked up the fam from the famous gym...and leave it to hubby to talk me into a few games of raquetball before we left. Then on the way home the wind blew in the fiercest looking clouds I have seen in AZ all summer and we made it in just in time to hear the rain pouring down! I know I am wierd but that is the most soothing sound to me and I was IN HEAVEN!!!! My neighbors all think I am nuts because when the clouds show up I am out in front searching for that first raindrop. They have even gone so far as to call me when it starts raining if they haven't seen me out there, lol.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Why I love my handy hubby!

In spite of me being a wicked witch to him this week (gotta love those uber grouchy days of the month!) hubby blessed me with more cabinet space! About a day after the last three kids came to live with us we realized that there just wasn't enough space in this house to store food and supplies. We got creative for a while shoving snacks in a file cabinet and cases of canned goods under the bed. But we completely overlooked this wierd closet in our hallway that was an odd shape and really couldn't hold much of anything. So hubby installed shelves and even some lighting to give me one of the greatest gifts of all......MORE SPACE! ( even locks, so the kids won't eat all the oreos in one sitting!!!!)

I try really hard to keep the clutter down but food seems to be my weakness. I love knowing that the cabinets are stocked, so regardless of our financial situation that is one worry we will never have.

Now to tackle the space issues in the kids rooms!

Love and hugs,


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Two posts in one week! WOW!

In the spirit of being brutally honest about my life with seven children....I thought I would start off with 10 confessions.

1. As much as I love to fake it, I am not nor will I ever be Supermom. If you show up and my house is clean, it's only because I saw you pull up in the driveway and I shoved the toys, trash, and eight loads of laundry in the oven!

2. No matter how much I smile at the supermarket with my family, I am probably one step away from going postal on my kiddos.

3. I am naturally lazy. If there is a way to get my house clean, kids fed, pets cleaned up after from the comfort of my desk chair (playing on facebook, of course) I will find it!

4. I procrastinate A LOT! I will look at and plan a project for days (or longer) if I can get away with it. No matter how small the project. Unfortunately this bites me in the butt at holidays and other special occasions. I make a hundred totally wonderful plans and then keep figuring I'll do them tomorrow. Before I know it it's April of the next year and I didn't do any of it!

5. I have an extremely short attention span. If I see an idea that looks interesting I am totally on the bandwagon...for about a week! Then it's back to procrastination and laziness! To combat this, I need to be kept in check and held accountable! This is why I workout with hubby and belong to a homeschooling group!

6. I have a wonderful sense of adventure.....but it is always followed by logic and doubt. For instance if I hear someone talking about how great it is where they live, I am ready to pack up and move at a moment's notice. But if given just a nanosecond longer to think about it I talk myself out of it. It drives my kids crazy!

7. I love my family more than I could ever imagine and always will. But there are days I don't like one or all of them very much.

8. I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!

9. Even though technically we are dealing with it now with a couple of the kids....I dread dealing with puberty!

10. As much as I swore I would never do it, I let the dvd player babysit my kids occasionally. That's at least an hour and a half to actually finish a thought.

I'll be back soon with more to share!

Love and hugs!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Been a while but things are looking up ;)

Well, it's been a while since I have posted. I am just gonna go with my regular excuse of "please just hang with me as I have a bunch of kids and life is just nuts as usual!" In all honesty I probably could have blogged but by the time I get it all sorted out in my head something new is going on that makes the last thing obsolete not to mention I suffer from an extremely short attention span (not a good thing if you have seven children that homeschool, btw)...but anyway!

Ashleigh is on the mend, she got the cast off two weeks after it went on and she has about two weeks of recovery left before the doctor gives her the go ahead for pretty much everything. Deep down I think she misses the attention that the cast brought.

We are trying to get back into the swing of school. We finished our pioneer study and are moving onto reptiles next. The kids saw Jurassic Park and that started the topic of dinosaurs, so I am gonna jump on the dinosaur bandwagon and make it educational!

The temps are rising and I am doing my best to make a dollar stretch around here, another side effect of having a bunch of kids is REALLY testing the elasticity of a dollar! Chad's work seems to be picking up a bit so I am doing my best to get back on top of the finances. That icky recession was really starting to kick our rears! But I am working on it.

So I am going to try to be better about blogging. I get questions all the time about how I "do it" with seven kids. I think I am going to address them here. There's really no science to it, you just do what you can with what GOD gives you.

So if anyone has any topics they would like me to address, feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best. Don't be shy either, I will honestly try to address any topic you'd like.

Love and hugs,