Saturday, January 28, 2006

Its all in the fine print!

I love the things that my children come up with. Devon was going to begin reading his story today for school, and he cant JUST read the book, he has to come up with ways to make it more interesting, which annoys me to no end, but that's for a another post.

So today he decides that he will read his book with his magnifying glass. I, of course, being the party pooper that I tend to be, said "Honey you will probably get a headache if you use that to read your book with."

So to sweeten the deal and to sway my ever present ability to rain on his parade he proclaims that "If I use the magnifying glass I can find all the loop holes" Now I found this so cute. Children are just literal little creatures aren't they! Of course this led to a whole discussion on contracts and fine print and on and on.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Back up proof

Just in case you thought I was somehow exaggerating in my earlier post, here's further proof to support my allegations. Notice that the hose used for the Astronaut suit belongs to my exercise ball, and the lego bag now has a hole in the bottom of it. SIGH! Nothing is safe in this house!

Whats in the water?

Wow, what are you feeding those children? LOL
These are the things that I have to put up with on a daily basis.
The constant "coming up with" silly things, inventions, ideas, contraptions and all around goofy-ness! I guess I can file this under drama class! Oh, look at that calender, isnt isnt it January? I guess I am behind on a few things!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Its all in a weeks work!

So I was thinking it would be fun to recap the *inner workings* of a home with 8 people.

Here goes.....

Amount of certain staples eaten in a week:
Eggs: 4 dozen
Milk: 5 gallons
Loaves of bread made: 14
Apples: 10-15 pounds (they love apples)
Bananas: about 15-20...I just know I buy them every time I enter the store.
Butter: 2lbs
Flour: 54 cups
How many times I hear "mom Im hungry": 6,340 (oh, how I wish I were exaggerating!)

Laundry done in a week:
Well its 56 of everything except socks of course are doubled, so that would be 280 articles of clothing, if I can successfully get them to change there clothes everyday, and that does not include dirty sheets or towels.
So long story short: about 15 loads of laundry per week.

Number of kids being homeschooled is 3:
pieces of paper used: 70-75
Pencil Erasers rubbed out of existence: 6,745...ok really about 5 but it seems like more.
Books read in all: about 20 a week
Amount of misspelled words: somewhere in the range of 35 give or take.

Other important numbers:
Bedtime prayers said: 35
Smiles to Mom from Children: 287
Smiles from Mom to Children: 156, I only have one mouth. LOL
How many times I say no....7,153!
How many "I Love You's"....well I cant count that high!
How many times I can be found ROTFL...112.
How many times I thank God for my Lovely Life....endless!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Im still here

Its been a few days, I know. We have been busy getting ready for our goats to come to live with us. Yes, for those of you that thought we were weird already, we are getting dairy goats. After searching high and low, I found 2 here locally. They are not the best looking goats, but they will do. They both are pregnant so we will have baby goats here real soon, and then what we got them for....some fresh yummy goats milk! For those of you that are gagging right now, it is really good! Try it sometime.

I have fabulous news. My entry way, library and main hallway are void of kitchen cabinets. Yep after 4 weeks of my house looking like a garage it is now clear. I spent the past 2 hours vacuuming and replacing plants to there rightful homes along with all the furniture that had been pushed out of the way. I am so happy that the first thing people see when they walk in to my house, is NOT cabinets and plywood.

Here are some token pictures for Grandpa, taken just a few minutes ago, we love you!

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Secret Ingredient

So I was making bread today. And like every other day somebody wanted to help. It can be any given child or a mixture there of.

Today it was Seth and Ethan. I had them wash there hands and then let them kneed away, as I sat and watched I thought how cute they are...let me go get my camera, so they can "remember when" they made bread with mom.

So I walk into the library to get my camera and as I am walking back towards the kitchen I here Devon (10) say "No Ethan...thats gross!" So I am running through all the scenarios in my mind of what he could have possibly done to the bread in a whole 20 seconds. Only to see this upon my return. He got board with using his hands to kneed and decided to use his feet.

The upside to this is that only 3 of the kids know about the feet in the bread...I know which loaf it is...and everyone else is in the dark. Which is a good place to be when you are eating food that has been stepped on. You know what they say "what you dont know...yada, yada, yada"

Hey we could start our own "baby bigfoot" legend. That would be fun!

Friday, January 13, 2006

And what to my wondering eyes may appear?

So...I am doing dishes and walk around the corner and THIS is what I see! Can you believe such rebellion exists in such a precious little girl. I made my wishes very clear that there would be no growing up aloud in this house. All children will remain under 10 years of age. Nobody listens to me anymore...first it was Devon...NOW THIS!!

The most scary part about this scenario is that my Little Miss Eve is only 29 weeks old. For those of you that don't want to do the math...that averages out to 7 months and 9 days. What could she possibly be thinking? She should be wondering what those cut long wiggly thingys are on the end of her feet.

Nobody listens to me around here anymore.........

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Buddy's for life!

These two seem to be inseparable. They are always together, which I am not completely sure that Seth is the role model I would want for my 4 year old, because quite frankly Seth was a nightmare at the age of 4. Infact nightmare is to mild a word. But Ethan seems to think he hung the moon, and that he is the best Gameboy player this side of Heaven. Ethan calls him Broda or Sethy. In fact I worry that Seth thinks his name is Sethy.

I tend to do that with all my kids, add something to the end of there name. Not sure why. There was "Devon head" "Jordy Bear" which can cause much screaming and nashing of teeth if said by anyone but me. Of course "Sethy" then Ethan...well I guess I never added anything to Ethans name. Huh, weird. Then "Eli" or "stinky butt" depending on which end of Elijah I am looking at. And then there's Eve...who has a few nicknames "Evey" seems to be most used. Then there is one that I will have to force myself to stop using "Eve-elicious" Yes odd I know. It all started because one day my 2yods kissed her hand and said umm..delicious! But the more I say it the more I think that this could be a horrible prelude to a career in the arts..if you know what I mean! So I guess we will just have to go with "Sweet pea" or "princess" two careers that I could live with.

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All that nose picking and thumb sucking can ware a guy out!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Arent I mean!

These are the thumb sucking nose picking brothers. I couldn't resist. A good mom knows that she needs to have a stock piled arsenal of bribery pictures for the upcoming teen years. Im just doing my motherly duties!

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Patience is not his virtue

6yo son: "Mom you know all those toys you have in the box that you were going to get rid of?"

Me: "Yes"

6yo son: "Well, I want to sell them in the front yard, because Devon and Jordan have alot of money and I want alot to."

Me: But, honey I was going to give those away to people for free"

6yo son: "Well, if they dont have any money I will give it to them, but if they do they can pay up"

Me: Snicker...O.K.....go ahead"

He sets up the toys in a straight row on the sidewalk in front of our home and proceeds to wait.

Me: "So honey, what are you going to be selling them for?"

6yo son: "One hundred and ninty nine dollars, so that I can buy that go-cart"

Me: "Oh my, you may want to start out at 25 cents and work your way up."

6yo son: "Mom no one has come yet, were are they? Do you think I should stand at the corner, wave and say, Toys for sale over here"

Me: " honey, just wait a while and someone will show up, you must be patient.

Me: "Honey why are you in here, you need to be watching your toy sale."

6yo son: "Oh, Im done with that, no one showed up. There has got to be a faster way to earn a hundred and ninty nine dollars!"

Me thinking to self: well there is but its usually not legal.

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Most would tell you he gets it from me....

The other day Rob and I and our 10 yr old ds were watching TV. Devon and I were chatting, and I think he was telling me about some sort of invention of his. Rob asked a question and then Devon took his life into his own hands.....
Devon: How do I speak to such a simple carpenter?.....WOOD, WOOD, WOOD.

I kid you not, I was rolling and in fear that my oldest son had just spoken his last words. Luckily for him Rob was not really listening.

So does he get it from me? Probably!

Warning...Im complaining.

hi-ho hi-ho were did all my energy go. Oh yes, I remember now..sorry I dozed off there for a second. I am sooo exhausted thanks to my 2 year old son. He has spent 2 straight nights screaming that his legs hurt. I mean blood curdling screams. I almost took him to the emergency room last night at around 3:00am so that I could get him some kind of relief. Rob suggested I give him a hot bath, which worked! Then he slept with us the rest of the night. But geesss, enough already! I HATE not being able to help them when there hurting. We think its probably growing pains, but if it continues on we will have to go pay an arm and a "leg" hehe for them to re-assure us that "yes" it is growing pains, and that will be 200.00 please.

Today I am wishing I had $9683.00 or at least $1500.00 dollars of that (see post Nov. 17th) My tooth is hurting really badly. Pay property tax or fix aching tooth....Pay property tax or fix aching tooth....I am weighing out the pros and cons as I sit here. Don't you have dental insurance, you ask? Yes, if you want to call it that. I call it giving away money to a company that will be of no use to us. I have to wait 12 months before my major dental kicks in (which extractions are considered major)and even then they will only pay 1000.00 a year. Well on the bright side I should be able to loose those 15 pounds I have been wanting to loose, because eating hurts. Down side, I am nursing still or I would just throw back a bottle of whiskey and let Rob pull it out with some pliers. Perhaps I should watch Castaway again and bone up on my self-tooth-knocking-out-skills. Well I just have to keep telling myself that no one has ever died from an abscessed tooth...right. I mean I have never heard them saying on the 9 o-clock news that so and so was found dead due to a bad tooth. Oh that silver lining, I am a pro at finding it!!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy 7 Months!

I emailed this picture to my husband at work today with what I just knew Eve wanted me to say on her behalf: Hi Daddy I am 7 months old today. Arent I Cute! You now only have 15 years and 5 months to save for that hot pink Corvette! I love You daddy! Have a GREAT Day! *Eve*

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Fun Cups!!

Yet another attempt at organization. We found these cups at Micheals craft store, for 99 cents. Great Buy! The kids decorated there pages and stuck them in the cups, only to wake up the next morning to different pages that I had stickered after they went to bed. I of course gave them the choice between mine or theres. All the kids wanted mine except Devon who insisted that his killer robot page was much better than my fish swimming in the cup page. Oh well you cant win them all, 5 out of 6 are good odds in my book!

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Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29