Friday, March 4, 2016

March Break

This week we've had our break from school.  The kids have been enjoying the lovely weather and just having time to play and pursue their own interests.  I had a list of things I wanted to work on this week, too, but so far only 1 of the items has been cross off the list.  That item was cook bacon.  Two other items have been partially completed.

Since it can be discouraging to not get the things done I wanted to do I started making a list of all the things that I did do.  It helps a little to see the things I've done with my children on their week off of school and to know that I'm just being a mom and doing what God created me to do.  Taking the week off of school means I don't have to teach, but my children still need me and my wishes aren't necessarily something that gets to take first place.  Putting aside my selfish desires is hard.

Here's the list of just a few of the things I've done this week:
-went to the library
-went to the playground
-baked cookies with a few of my children
-helped paint shape and race cars (3 days)
-built Lego's with Quinn and Clark
-cleaned part of my desk
-took care of some of the mail pile (4 days)
-read stories to littles
-ate chocolate
-enjoyed dandelions
-stayed up late playing peek-a-boo with the twins, because baby laughter is so much fun
-walked to the end of the street and back (4 days)
-played outside x2
-listened to Clark and Quinn signing songs while they were coloring
-made hot chocolate
-got school plans ready for preschool and kindergarten next week
-worked a Sudoku or two every morning while drinking my coffee
-watched a movie with the kids

I'm not ready to start back to school on Monday, but I still have the weekend to hopefully finish getting school plans ready.

Monday, February 15, 2016


I just want to curl up in a corner and cry rather than muddle through whatever we are supposed to be doing.  Instead I pray, let the babies scream, wash the dishes, and clean the kids closets (they are helping), while wishing I was brave enough to take eight kids to the grocery store.  We are really supposed to be working on school, but I wasn't prepared so they are having life lessons instead.  Maybe I'll be ready to start school tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clark's REALLY Good Memory!!

Wow! Clark must have a really good memory. 

Today for snack I served him a heart shaped cake.  He proceeded to tell me that he remembers that I (Mommy) ate these when he was a baby in my tummy.  I don't remember eating these then, but who knows :)

He was very excited to have one of these for snack because he said he had never tried one of these before.

(The photo-bombers were completely not planned, I had a picture without them, but thought this one was more interesting.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

De-cluttering in 2016

Last year I participated in a 34 week home de-clutting/cleaning.  The weekly challenges were just what we needed to make some great progress around the house.  I wasn't able to finish the challenges, but knew decluttering is a process that needs to be done regularly.  This year I am going to attempt joining a 91 Day Declutter Challenge.  While I don't plan to blog about it each week I am looking forward to seeing how much I am able to tackle just by doing a little bit everyday.  I'd encourage you to tackle the clutter in your home and free up some space that you've been finding annoying.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year! -2016

A new year, with new things to do.  So far my calendar for the year is pretty empty and I'm happy to keep it that way.  I like to stay home and do stuff with my family.  Trying to get out for outside activities can be quite overwhelming by the time we've managed to gather everything we need and get buckled into seat belts.  I'm hoping for another fun year.

Here's a funny story from December.

Two of the kids had dentist appointments one morning at 10:00.  I worked really hard despite several things that wanted to attempt delaying us and managed to get out the door and we pulled into the parking lot two minutes before ten.  Everyone lined up next to the van as I got the twins into their stroller.  We bustled into the busy dentist office and I started to sign the kids in when the receptionist said, your appointment is at 1:00 this afternoon.  Talk about being frustrated, but I smiled said something about practicing a trial run and we loaded back into the van and went home where I fixed my breakfast and then hurridly got lunch on the table for the children so that we could be back at the dentist by 1:00.  We made it on time to the 1:00 appointment, and the receptionist jokingly asked if we could move our appointment to 3:00.  I laughed, but am so glad she was joking, because if she wasn't I probably would have gone home and cried.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas -2015

I wrote this letter last week hoping that I would get Christmas cards mailed.  I didn't so I thought I'd post it here.

December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas,

God has blessed our family much over the last year.  Last Christmas we were excited about adding to our family in the Summer of 2015.  In February, we found out that we were going to have two new family member and not just the one.  We walked on clouds for the next couple of weeks.  We bumped our late spring trip to visit family on the east coast up to March, while it would still be safe for Suanna to travel.  In May, we took a family field trip to the Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas.  We knew that this would probably be our last time to galavant around as a family for a while.  At the end of June, Suanna’s parents arrived before the babies did and we enjoyed having them join us and see how our family works.  On July 7th, Colt and Kade were born and I sit here now with Kade watching me and laughing while Colt naps in the other room.  It’s been an adjustment to having two babies.  We still sometimes just stop and look at them and are amazed at God’s blessing on our family and comment, “There’s two of them,” or “There’s another one!”  These were two of the comments Quinn (2) has given us.  Since July the months have seemed to fly by.  We spent Thanksgiving at Jeff’s parents home.  We still have some “sleepless” nights, but God is good and when we aren’t sure how much more we can go on very little sleep, He gives the babies a few extra hours of sleep allowing some much needed rest for us as well.  We are continuing to homeschool and have worked to keep a lighter schedule this year.  Kent is in 6th grade, Katy is in 5th grade, Kaomi is in 3rd grade and Clark and Felicity are eagerly anticipating starting their kindergarten program next month.  We are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us this next year.

                        Jeff and Suanna &
            Kent, Katy, Kaomi, Felicity, Clark, Quinn, Colt, and Kade