Thursday, January 29, 2009

To My Dear Uncle Michael!

I am dedicating this post to me dear Uncle Michael, one of the few faithful readers of my blog. Although he never post comments here on Blogger, I always get email comments with great ideas, thought provoking wisdom and much humor from each of my posts! I appreciate his dedication to my blog.

So today I received this note from him:
I know that there are others out there that have Thursday themes, I actually have been trying to get my act together to join Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting with her Thankful Thursday's because I always find her list so inspiring and I think it is so nice to look at all the things that we are thankful for! But I just have not got my act together.

So in trying to please my most honored reader, I am going to give a better effort on Thursday posts -- so check in and see how I am doing!!!

And last but not least, Uncle Michael: Thank you for reading and for all your wonderful ideas! I will see what we can do ... my concern is that the other five days of the week just may not get a fair shake and there will just be more complaining!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Tea Party

I thought this was cute, the boys were having a tea party or as I was corrected it was a 'picnic' with tea and cookies!

They were so cute. Sam is just learning to pretend, I wish I could have captured the look on his face when Jacob would 'pour the tea in his cup' he would then look in his cup like we were crazy!

But soon they all had it figured out and they played for a long time! It was really nice.

A magical day to you!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Why Am I Complaining?

This morning I received this news article from BBC News: US Women Gives Birth To Octuplets, I am not even sure how to process this ... eight babies all at once and I have been worried about a newborn with my one year old and three year old!

Then I noticed this:
"...the mother is planning to breast feed them all..."
WOW, and again I was worried about tandem nursing my two.

My thoughts go out to this family! It will be busy!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tandem Nursing

I am seeking the wise advice, thoughts, stories of all you out there about tandem nursing!

So I do have a little experience, when Sam (my now one year old) was born Rick was weaning. He was almost three at the time and really only nursed once or twice a day and sometimes not at all! When Sam arrived Rick's nursing picked up and at times it seemed they were battling for space. I tried all I could to make this enjoyable for all but really felt stressed about it a lot. Soon there after Rick weaned with no problem and all was well.

Today I am faced with a new baby arriving very shortly and Sam, my one year old nursing fiend! So I seek the thoughts of the experts ... moms who have done it! How can I make this work? I want both my babies to have their needs met and be happy and secure with mom.

So please share! I know it is not easy but I also know that it can be done! Thanks for all your help!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Energy Bursts, Shopping, & Cooking - Recipes Anyone?

Here I am within the last few weeks of delivery of our new, very wiggly bundle of joy. I will admit that although there is a lot on my mind, I am ready and anxious. I love this time because of the energy ... sometimes I get burst of energy that allow me to get more done in a few hours than most weeks!!!! Who can complain (besides my children and husband who sometimes just have to move out of the way)!

This past week we were hit with illness but we survived a house full of fevers, throwing up, sore throats and coughs ... I even managed to avoid wetting myself through numerous sneezing fits, not a small task with a baby who likes to sit on your bladder!!!

After dinner last night a energy burst hit!!! So at 7:30pm, with one year old and thirteen year old in tow I decided to go get groceries. It worked out great! I will admit that grocery shopping is not my favorite thing to do and it always seems to take up so much of my day and then I am ready for a nap, this late evening shopping worked really well!

Then I went to bed with a mind full of ideas for cooking projects for the weekend. I really want to get a few things into the freezer for 'those' days after the baby is born. So on the agenda for today is Lasagna (4 pans) and Shepherds Pie - both freeze and reheat very well!

I will say that sometimes I get tired of the same meals, but adding a variety can be challenging. Do you have a great meal that freeze and reheats easy? I would love to try it, with a family of soon to be eight sometimes dinner can be a huge task ... how do you make it easier?

A very magical day to you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Eggs

So this may not be very exciting for some but for us it has been an adventure... we are really excited! Here is our crazy chicken story: In October we built a coop (no small task) and went and got chickens. Our hopes were to have some great laying hens. We were all excited and the kids would run out several times per day to check. As our small flock of ten chickens started maturing it seemed that we had a few roosters, the Light Brahamas that we had bought are very hard to tell -- I was told that the easiest way was when they started to crow! So one day we are out side and I counted nine different chickens crowing ... no wonder we are not getting any eggs. So the long and short of it ... eight roosters went to the freezer and we started looking for laying hens. We now have ten beautiful girlie girls (as Rick calls them) and one Rooster, George! We are all happier, and getting four or five eggs per day -- YEAH!!!!

This is Rick's little basket that he takes out to get eggs. This has become a very 'cool' thing for him to do. He goes our twice a day and collects the eggs and is always very excited when he comes back with his basket!

See the variety .. we have some brown, green and white layers. We also have two new layers that should lay very dark brown eggs ... we are waiting on them! There is one that we get every other day that is HUGE -- see on the bottom right, the egg carton will not close all the way! These pictures really do not show the variety of color but it is fun!

Here are a few of the girlie girls and George the rooster ... they are such a pleasure. We free range them during the day and they have become quite friendly. The kids (and I) are really enjoying them and now that they are providing us with eggs, it is all worth it!

A magical day to you!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Historical Day & Sick Kids

Today our country celebrates the inauguration of our 44th president. I have chose to avoid the politics of the election on my blog as there are so many thoughts, ideas and opinions and I just did not want to go there BUT regardless who you support, your beliefs, ideas, etc ... today is a part of history.

So as all my children woke up with slight fevers, runny noses and low energy we are planted with pillows, blankets, water and juice in front of the fire and TV watching the historical events. There is a part of me that is glad that we are all here watching because as it may not be important to my children today, I believe that it is something they will remember forever.

So here is to getting well, as a family and as a nation.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Weather

Well, this morning we are getting a little bit of snow. I would like to say that this is not a complaint. Since our big move this fall we have been enjoying the very mild climate of Tennessee. There has been no shoveling, no snow pants, no wet sloppy clothes of five children, what is there to complain about. So far this winter we have had a few cold days (below freezing but not below zero)and a few flakes of snow in the air. This morning is the most we have seen. It is beautiful to see the white flakes falling from the sky and sticking to the bushes and trees. But I think what makes it even more exciting to me is that Thursday it is suppose to be sunny and in the high 50's!!!!

See it really is not even very cold!

A pair of Cardinals that visit everyday!

Snow on bush!

Snow covered garden!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Confused ...U.S. Comsumer Product Safety Debate

I am always up for a good debate and I will be honest I have not done lots of homework on this --so I am throwing it out there in hopes of getting some great insight!

It seems that there is a whole lot of uproar regarding the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's attempt to protect our children. I do understand the impact of some of the regulations on small businesses, thrift shops, etc... BUT what about protecting our children. Where is it safe and not safe.

I personally buy most clothing from thrift shops and I would really prefer that my children not be exposed to lead (or other chemical) filled clothing. I am aware and try to know what things to look for BUT I do not think that all people shopping at thrift shops are going to be this choosy, which means there will still be children exposed to these chemicals. Why is this okay? Whose responsibility is it to stop these actions.

The bottom line is there is a cycle, if we stop these products from entering our consumer circle then eventually they will be eliminated but in the mean time we have a problem. Who are we protecting the small businesses, thrift shops and a like or our children?

So go ahead, lets hear what you have to say, maybe (hopefully) I am missing something that will make this debate crystal clear to me but right now I am on the fence.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - David & Nicholas

These two handsome guys are my nephews, David and Nicholas. This picture was taken way back in December of 2002 but I really like this picture. Despite their very sleepy eyes there is a look of innocence and happiness about them. Maybe even a touch of brotherly love!

These two have not had the easiest of lives, they have been thrown many obstacles and seem to continue to struggle through them. I wish I could swoop down and save them but have realized, through many attempts, that I do not have the power to do it. What I have learned is that I can love them and be here for them whenever they need me. I just hope that they realize that I am here for them.

So on this day, as I think about where they are and how they are feeling, I would like to send this wish to them ...
David and Nichols: I wish for you an easier time with life, a hug and just a knowing that they are truly loved by many.

A magical day to you!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Teenager's ?????

Okay, now I know that I am getting old and 'forget' what it is like to be a teenager (or preteen) sometimes BUT still there are some things that I just do not get and here is one, maybe you all can help ...

Why is it more fun to copy music to an MP3 player and sit on the bed sharing earphone singing as loud as you can, then just putting the CD (or even plugging the MP3 player) into the stereo so we can all hear?

I have tried to relate and am just not getting this one ... we all listen to the same music, I just do not get this one!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Out Of The Mouths of Babes ...

This morning Rick-A-Roonie came out from the bedroom and scooted up on the couch beside me. He snuggled in as always.

I asked: "How did you sleep?"
Rick answered, with of tone of how do you think?: "With my eyes closed."

What more could I say, so I gave him a big hug and smooch!

Have a magical day!

Friday, January 9, 2009


Well, the thirty-four week marker passed and so we are down to less than six weeks to go in this pregnancy. This comes with a bitter sweetness ... I am anxious to meet this little new one and to be able to sleep flat on my stomach, and get up off the floor without a crane BUT then I do have worries ... like how everyone will adjust and is Sam, at such a young age of only one, ready for a sibling. I guess there is also the thought that this is it, this will be the last time that we gather as a family to welcome a new precious bundle into our home. These last few weeks will be the last that I have with a child that is all mine, kicking me, pushing and wiggling from inside. This is the last time that I can use the excuse of pregnancy for my huge stomach or needing that crane to get up off the floor!!! All of this brings some sadness, although it feels right.

The good news is that the nesting instinct has kicked in and I have organized the pantry cupboards, washed down all the fronts of the cupboards, cleaned out the stove and refrigerator, dusted some cobwebs from the ceiling and organized the bedroom shelves! I started a grocery list of items needed to prepare some meals for the freezer (this was a blessing after Sam was born). I wish this feeling would stay around forever!!!

Today the sun is suppose to appear and I have big plans ... I have seeds to start and laundry to hang dry. Oh yeah , and I suppose I should finish preparing my birth box for delivery! I hope you all have a most wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Sunshine Needed!

I do not know about all of you but I would really like to see the sun!

A magical day to you!

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Mr. Funny Guy

Rick-a-Roonie, my little class clown, he cracks me up all the time.

Today Rick comes stopping out of the classroom, where he was playing on the computer and says: "Mom, I am grumpy."
I said: "Oh really, why?"
Rick (climbing into my lap with a little sniffle): "Because Webkinz wont let me play."

Poor guy, I have these issues all the time, my computer NEVER lets me do what I want!! Oh well, I guess he just might as well get use to it now!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 - A New Year, A Year For My Family

I would like to start with a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! I truly hope that your year is filled with much happiness and kindness! As many do this time of year I have been reflecting on the past year and thinking about the year to come. In years past I have always set some goals for the year, loose weight, eat better, be more organized, do not procrastinate as much, volunteer more, exercise, etc, etc... These are all great things. And some years they happen and some they do not. Well, this year I have taken a different approach to my goals for 2009.

Here is a little history: the past three years have been busy to say the least, actually as far back as I can remember, it seems that each year is just filled with 'stuff'! Here is a quick highlight of some of the chaos n 2008 (including the last part of 2007):

Our fifth child was born.
Two days later signed papers on sale of our house.
Moved into horrible rental with a landlord that could care less if we had heat despite the below zero weather.
Meanwhile finishing a semester of college.
Moved quickly (everything into storage, living with family) - a wonderful time of bonding with my aunt and uncle that are angels in my eyes!
Moved to a great rental with wonderful landlords!
To our much surprise found out we were expecting bundle number six.
Dan's excepts a new job, 1000 miles away!
Move to Tennessee - live in hotel for a few weeks, get settled at new house.
Here I am - there are so many things in between, friends, family, homeschooling, picnics, baking, cleaning, laundry, car repairs, laughter, tears, etc...

This year has been full of moves, change and just a lot of chaos so for 2009 I am planning to slow down. My hope for the coming year is to make this the year for my family. Hey, they deserve it and so do I! I have a wonderful husband and five (soon to be six) beautiful children and I want to devote this year to them ... not cleaning my house, not making a million, not even getting more organized (which I really should do) but to being a wife and mom. Let me make myself clear though I have no desire to be a wife and mom with the perfectly manicured house and the schedule which requires a computer calendar program to keep track of ... my plan is to be a mom that sits on the floor and plays with her children. These are a few of the things that I want to do more:

Play - with my children whether is be driving cars in the mud, UNO, or whatever it is that my kids want to do but I want to join them

Hugs and loves - Last night as I drifted o to sleep I realized that I had not hug my older girls good night, as always I went to the door and said "good night, I love you" BUT that is not enough I want to hug them and show them that I love them, each and every day!

Time Management - I want to stop worrying about whether there will be enough time to get everything on my list done today and instead spend more time with my children. When they want to play a game, chat or go to for a walk, I want to go ... I want to make them wait for my time less!

I have really thought a lot about my priorities and I have decided that I just want to enjoy my children! I want to watch them, nurture them and be their mom -- all the rest will fall into place!

So here is to family traditions - new and old, happiness, kindness and love, all mixed up with a little magic! Happy New Year and may the new year help bring all your hopes, wishes and dreams come true!