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REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*you wonder how you are so busy and not busy at the exact same time.

Here is a run down of this morning up until 1pm:

6:30am – Put Nora back in her bed.
6:45am – Ella asks to use our bathroom (why she asks, I will never know)
7:00am – Bring Bennett (who has peed out) downstairs for a bottle and diaper change
7:15am – Make coffee and get the kids set up with a show and some cereal
7:30am – Wash my face, put in my contacts, pour coffee, and start my Bible study
7:45am – Nora needs more cereal
7:50am – Tell Eden and Cooper to get stuff together for school
8:00am – Realize I haven’t changed Nora. Change her.
8:10am – Pray with the kids, go over Genesis 1:1, and send kids to bus stop
8:20am – Go to the bathroom
8:21am – Find Nora with an entire box (Family Size) dumped out, stop to clean up
8:30am – Make eggs for the four kids at home and myself.
8:45am – Start kitchen clean up, big two are put on breakfast clean up
8:55am – Attempt to lay Bennett down for a quick nap
9:00am – Finish cleaning up the kitchen and start the dishwasher
9:10am – Switch laundry and put in a new load
9:15am – Try to get myself dressed, teeth brushed, and hair pulled back
9:25am – Get distracted and clean all the ceiling fans
9:40am – Go to get Nora dressed and find her with a poopy diaper and her hand in it -yuck!
9:50am – Wake up Bennett, change him, pack the diaper bag with snacks
9:55am – Load the kids in the van (we should have left 10 minutes ago) to go to the gym
10:05am – Get to the gym and get the kids situated with child care
11:00am – Finish working out, get the kids, head to the photo store
11:15am – Pick up pictures, realize Nora fell asleep in the van, drive home
11:30am – Try and transfer Nora to her bed (unsuccessfully, which means tonight will be great with her!!!!)
11:45am – Feed the kids lunch
12:00pm – Switch laundry, start a new load, start my lunch
12:30pm – Send kids outside so I can eat lunch in peace
12:35pm – Ella insists Garrison is bleeding
12:40pm – Everyone needs drinks outside because it is so hot
12:41pm – Garrison drops his cup and it shatters
12:45pm – Try to finish my lunch
12:46pm – Ella is insistent that Garrison’s foot is bleeding
12:48pm – Try to finish my lunch
12:55pm – All the kids stand at the door complaining how hungry they are
1:oopm – Sit at the computer pretending to do “work”

See – really all I did today was go to the gym for an hour…

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Crappy foto Friday

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This has been a whirlwind week with school starting. Maybe sometime I’ll tell you are decision to send our kids to public school (I hear all you Christian homeschool moms gasping at the fact that I love Jesus and send them to be taught by someone other than me – chill out.), it’s actually complicated and simple and we feel at peace with our decision.

Anywho…we had family visit for the weekend while my hubby performed at Brucemore. I had a dentist appointment and we ran a ton of last minute (oh crap! Schools starting!) errands and I sprayed waaaaaaaaay too much dry shampoo in my hair. Oopsy daisy! Oh, I also spent an evening getting certified to sell alcohol. Yep. That happened. But don’t worry. It’s for our church. I mean for a college ministry. Well, it’s so our church’s college ministry can receive money to support itself. But it’s really not as bad as it sounds. I’ll only be selling beer to paying customers, not at our church or like at a lemonade stand type of thing. I’ll be helping at the concessions at Iowa University. See, it’s not as bad as seems.

So, here are some of the random photos on my phone:

The broken lamp

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Man alive! We have been busy lately and it doesn’t feel like its letting up. I enjoy busy-ness but when it starts effecting our home time or attitudes negatively, something needs to give.

Since becoming a hermit isn’t a viable option and since I am an extrovert and staying at home forever doesn’t sound doable, we will settle for taking trying to tame the beast that is end of the summer-ness. It always happens. Always.

BUT HALLELUJAH SCHOOL IS STARTING!!!!!!! I love the structure our school day brings us. I love that the afternoons at home are generally filled with quietness instead of constant nagging for food or something to do. I love that my very, very social kids get to hang out with little people their age and make friends. I love that the space we get seems to be the space we need to make home time that much more sweeter.

Anyway, I need to go label about a bajillion and one crayons and markers. But I will leave you with a picture of my favoritest lamp as it was the first real piece of decor that I truly loved and was able to purchase that made our old house feel more homey.

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This is what happens when you have kids. Things get broken. And all I have left are memories. Oh and kids. The kids are what matter anyway, right??? But my poor beautiful bird lamp!!!!!!!

 

Crappy foto Friday

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I’m baaack;) Look at me posting my crappy photos. Not a lot has happened in the past few weeks and yet a ton has happened (keeping six little people alive and thriving is never ending work). Here is a sampling of photos from the past few weeks. Some are of messy kids, some are of me having sweet convos with my ever growing children, one is me in all my early morning glory, and one is of me asking Cooper to unload the dishwasher. Oh and bacon bandaids. Because bacon makes all wounds heal faster. Anywho….enjoy!

The case for the early bedtime

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Tonight I had all five kids in bed by 6:45. ***I think I heard angels singing!!!!!*** There was no whining or fits. Garrett is at a Brian Reagan comedy show and it was just me and them. I fought the battle and won!!!! (It’s been a hot and tiring day, so we all needed it.)

When we first started having kids we got a lot of advice on a lot of things but one of the main pieces of advice we got from people (who were parents themselves and raised good kids) was to have an early bed time. We did this from the beginning, starting with Eden.

Now I need to point out that we are not regimented on bedtime at all. We believe we are the parents and can adjust bedtime as needed when attitudes, whether great or horrible, dictate such. So, during the summer lights out gets pushed back to 8/8:30 and during the winter rarely do our kids see past 7:30. It’s just the way it is. We are not sticklers if we have people over (accept for the baby because she can sleep through anything) or when we go over to someones house. But, I would say between 50-75% of the time we aim to get our kids to bed by 7/7:30. It isn’t always easy but it has been worth it. <–Remember our kids are all under the age of six, this will naturally change as we deal with older children.

So, I lay out my case for the early bedtime (and I totally understand that this doesn’t fit everyone’s personalities, lifestyles, work schedules, etc… this just works for us and honestly, I shouldn’t even have to point that out because these are my own opinion but whatevs, we live in a world full of offended people):

  1. Do it for yourself. That sounds awfully selfish doesn’t it? I am a stay at home mom who is surrounded by little bodies (five on the outside and one on the inside) all day long. I love being home but by the end of the day I’m done being touched, talked to, and ready to call it quits on cleaning up little bodies. So, by putting those little people to bed early, it gives me time to decompress and relax a bit before I fall over asleep in bed.
  2. Do it for your marriage. Trust me. Putting your kids to bed early is a great way to show each other love, if you know what I mean (How do you think we ended up with a small army? Hello, early bedtime!). After the kids go to bed its our time together. We can sit close and hold hands and hug and kiss without some little person trying to weasel their cute little selves into the mix (and I really do love it when they get in the middle of the love they see). We can also have important conversations that aren’t meant for little ears.
  3. Do it for them. Seriously, if you start your kids on an early bedtime from the get go they will thrive on an early bedtime. Kids are supposed to get around 12 hours of sleep at night and you know what? When they do they act better. They are more pleasant. I don’t dread spending the day with a child who is clearly sleep deprived. Early bedtimes do mean early wake up times but did you know it is normal for kids to wake up between 6am and 8am? It’s early but with work and school this is a pretty good wake up time in general for most kids and honestly, it is a benefit to us to get ourselves out of the covers then too.

Do our bedtimes always go smoothly? No – I am always amazed at how many times my kids can pee or need their nose wiped after lights out.

Do we sometimes end up walking up and down the stairs a bajillion times to get little bodies back where they belong? Absolutely – this is when I wish I could duct tape them to their beds (Just kidding!!!).

Do I miss sleeping in? You bet – I like being able to get up early but I also like just laying in bed without a little face inches from mine asking if it is morning time every two minutes until I get out of bed.

Do our kids thank us for wanting a good night’s rest for them? Hasn’t happened yet but my bet is one day it will.

Do our kids always have great days after a good night’s sleep? Nope but what kid is always in a good mood 100% of the time?

On nights like to tonight where the kitchen is clean and the kids are all tucked in bed, I can sit back and relax for a little bit and decompress (seriously this heat is making me tired and kind of grouchy – I hate sweating when all I do is step outside and adding a bunch of weight (thanks baby!!!) to my frame makes me even hotter).

There you have it. My case for an early bedtime. Good night and sleep tight!

Lately

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Life has been busy lately. Real busy. We’ve had so much going on and so much nothing at the same time. I guess there is never truly nothing going on because #fivekids.

Anyway, all last week we spent going to schools and meeting teachers and getting the kids prepared for what lies ahead. Then this week was actual school and I spent the majority of my free time making trips to Goodwill to drop off stuff from our storage room and to consign a bunch of other items.

Here are some photos from my phone (and they are surprisingly scarce considering all the time that has passed):

I was trapped in my Target parking spot for five minutes.

I was trapped in my Target parking spot for five minutes.

We went to a wedding and were semi-presentable.

We went to a wedding and were semi-presentable.

This is how we Costco.

This is how we Costco.

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A new Chick-fil-A opened and we were invited!!!

A new Chick-fil-A opened and we were invited!!!

Facebook likes to offend me one suggest post at a time.

Facebook likes to offend me one suggested post at a time.

Playing a little golf on a Saturday morning.

Playing a little golf on a Saturday morning.

We took away this girl's paci and she did great until we found out she was sucking her thumb. We gave back the pacis. #sheswearsshecanquit

We took away this girl’s paci and she did great until we found out she was sucking her thumb. We gave back the pacis. #sheswearsshecanquit

Ella enjoying her new chore!

Ella enjoying her new chore!

They really do all love each other!

They really do all love each other!

Sundays get hairy around here but that's okay.

Sundays get hairy around here but that’s okay.

Even when she's fast asleep she still has an attitude.

Even when she’s fast asleep she still has an attitude.