(please excuse us while we add/tweak some things on the ol' blog)
I thought this was really incredible so I thought I'd share. A good friend of our family, who is also our pastor, and a person you should follow on twitter, told me about these. These are pictures of actual snowflakes under a microscope...handcrafted by an amazing God...
I need to get to those dishes that are piling up...
but there are some little girls waiting to go pick out new nail polish at Target.
I would start taking down the Christmas decor...
but the kiddos love the lights too much - I can't bring my self to do it.
I would finish cleaning out the closets...
but the snow is calling our name...
It's kinda like they are still running on the adrenaline from the holiday weekend, only there is not nearly as much to do.
And energy, with no outlet, equals crazy.
But I kinda like the crazy, it keeps things interesting.
So we have hung around here most of the day after deciding to not head to Ikea during naptime with a friend and our 9 kids - we'll save that special trip for later...you know, like when I need to go into labor.
We fixed some hot chocolate and broke out the Easy Bake Oven....
lots of gifts opened...
even more food consumed...
1 birthday cake for Jesus...
5 little girls who had more excitement than they knew what to do with...
Well friends, I'm outta here for a couple days to celebrate and spend time with family. I am looking so forward to relaxing and soaking up the holiday!
So from our little family to yours...
I have no Christmas presents wrapped...
I am sorta tired of the crowds...which is weird cause I really love to people watch...
Today Reese and Charlotte argued over whether or not God was in control of if you color inside the lines or not...
We have been missing a pink sippy cup for 2 days...
I found it this afternoon...
It's not really the holidays here till the stomach flu takes a trip through our house.
Well that and not until the tree takes a nose dive onto the floor.
Then, you really know it's the holidays in our home!
Our tree has seen the floor a few times - and the ornaments, well, I think they've just learned to hang on for dear life.
I'm doing lots of laundry, especially the sheets that have been thrown up on at 3am. Isn't that the worst? It's no fun when the kiddos are throwing up, period - but it seems SO much worse in the middle of the night! So I'm doing all kinds of laundry today...
They are some of my favorite days. We decorated a little more, started our holiday baking, and even cleaned out some closets.
I had an interesting conversation with the girls today...
Me: girls, get in the playroom and clean out all the stuff that's on the floor...and go ahead and move the crayons and markers downstairs.
Me: because that is going to be your brothers room, and in a month or 2 we are going to have to clear it out completely to decorate.
(They looked me like I had 2 heads.)
And then there was a collective...
Girls: Ohhh, the baby.
Me: yes, my loves. Your brother. I know that sounds really different than what you're used to!
I just laughed. It even sounded funny to me right after I said it :).
So, everything around this ol' house says its Winter, and that Christmas is on it's way...
Whew, it has been a busy snow day.
Yep, we had another one.
So we baked, and played with the neighbor kids, and made some ornaments.
I just went upstairs not long ago to check on my napping babies - only when I went up there they weren't napping, they were laying in front of the door with their pants off.
I don't know.
And they had thrown all the wipes out the door.
Insert me waving the white nap flag here.
SO, I can't thank you enough for all the name ideas! I am going to look through them again tonight and start making my list - and then you all can check it twice - and then at some point, hopefully, we will make a decision!
I'm off to shower...yes for the 1st time today...and yes, it's almost 5pm. Better late than never, right??
We have started throwing some names around, and while we have a few we like, we can't come to a conclusion. Not that we need to immediately.
There is actually 1 in particular that I do really like. That one, could be the one. But not as of right now, because we can't completely agree on it.
Big surprise. Names are so easy to agree on, right?? Wrong - so wrong in our situation. Although we had completely agreed on Kinley before we hit the hospital. We are usually trying to land on a names(s) while we're signing release papers because we haven't made a decision. So far that has actually worked for us - apparently we do well under pressure. You know, in most situations.
Am I rambling? Yes? Sorry.
My moments of trailing off in a conversation and forgetting where I was going with it have only increased with the pregnancy. I'm talking about names one minute, and then the next thing I know I'm telling you about a bad perm I had in the 6th grade, or about how my best friend in college used to call me Jan.
See? Rambling is a condition.
I would love your opinion. What are some boy names that you really like? Please, do tell!
It's just a nice surprise isn't it? The weather forecast was correct - it did snow, a lot.
This weekend was great, but super busy! I needed today to catch up a little. We had errands to run, things for the kids, a friends baptism, and 2 Christmas parties.
I love holiday parties. Aren't they the best?
We had our house church here last night for a Christmas dinner/party. I'm pretty sure that's the 1st time we've had that much food in this house since we moved in - I probably could go days without eating anything and be ok. But don't worry, I won't.
We also had a little chocolate fountain going that just didn't go as planned. I tried to make it work, but the fountain clearly hated me. We ate it anyway.
For the record, there is currently nothing I won't eat. I don't know if its a boy thing, or just the pregnancy, but I'm usually a picky eater...not anymore. I've never been this hungry.
This group has been a huge blessing to us, and has confirmed that this is the area we were supposed to move to - it couldn't be more clear.
We laugh, we pray, we eat, and we share our lives...
I feel at home with these people. We are super lucky to have them.
So now I'm off to finish some laundry that's been calling my name all weekend. And after lunch, its time to suit up and head outside for a snowball fight...that's all the girls want to do.
I'm hoping to get lot's of snow pics - you know, if I don't end up being a target for the snowballs.
Lot's of snow is heading our way...
So the girls are gearing up by trying out their snow gear...
I almost wish they made those boots in my size...well, in black or gray...or chocolate brown.
Here's hoping they can get outside to play tomorrow before our Christmas party - the little ladies are wishing for "a whole lotta snow!"
Hope you're having a great weekend!
Maybe just a little?
But funny, don't ya think?
Not to mention completely appropriate.
I started to tear up in the store when a friend and I were looking at the newborn boy clothes, I think at that moment it finally sank in that this is real. We are going to have a son. And I already love him just as much as I love my girls.
The hormones, are taking over.
As we looked at all the cute brother/sister shirts I told her that "I don't think I want to buy big sister shirts, I'm afraid to buy anything yet...because...well...sometimes I let myself worry that something, you know, bad could happen." I can't help it, I know I shouldn't worry. I know without a doubt that God is in control, and that He will provide that peace if I would just ask.
This was wonderful, she turned to me and said without hesitation, "Kate, even if something did happen, and those chances are very slim, the girls still are his big sisters, he's a part of your family now. Enjoy it!"
Don't' you just love how friends can bring things into perspective, when you've let your mind run away with useless thoughts??
So anyway, can you tell I worry about this little guy just a little? And can you tell me to stop!? :) I'm not the only pregnant mama that worries like this, am I?
So now I'm off to take the girls shopping...for maternity jeans. You know, ones with a band tight enough to grab onto my growing belly, and not ones that I have to keep pulling up all the time!? I'm hoping it doesn't go exactly like this jean shopping experience did :).
Hope you all had a great week! Aren't we all glad it's Friday??
Try to say that 5 times fast.
Half way there, friends...
That's all 1 pound of him...
And that's all 10 more pounds of me.
Maybe it's the graham crackers and peanut butter? The yogurt covered pretzels? The Target popcorn? The chips and spicy hummus from Trader Joes?
Someday I will tell the tale of my 70ish (alright 80) pound weight gain with the twins.
The preeclampsia. The swelling. The cankles. Those puppies could've been featured on Discovery Health.
Oh well. Totally worth it!
That's what I call it around here. Because it is just so good right out of the crockpot - and it is, well, not the healthiest dish I make in this savvy home.
But it is good my friends, really good. So lets set the calories aside on this one. Promise? Ok.
I make it for parties we have here, and it is a crowd pleaser to say the least. Once in a while I make it for just our family - usually when Eric is out of town or we have a super busy week and need leftovers.
But just know, anytime is a good time to make it. Trust me.
4 tablespoons of Oil
1 lb of macaroni
2 13 ounce cans of evaporated milk
3 cups of milk
2 teaspoons of salt
6 cups of cheddar cheese (I use sharp)
1/2 cup of melted butter
I have tried, but it's not working to well!
I think I'm just overly tired from Eric being out of town the past 4 days. He's not home much as it is, but I had forgotten what a reassurance it is that even if he's not home at 5pm, he will be home from work at some point every night - which then makes me feel that its less likely for someone to break into our home and steal all of us girls. :)
Apparently in my mind, that stuff only happens when the husband is out of town.
Needless to say, I haven't slept well.
It could also be because I lay in bed and watch Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs until the late hours of the night when he's gone. It's addicting, and really funny. My favorite episode is when Debra gets arrested after Amy's wedding shower. Anyone remember that one?
I shoudn't be watching tv to try to make me sleepy, a book would work way better - it always makes my eyes feel so heavy after a while. I know that's what Raya would do, she's my little book lover...
Or I can get up and fix some graham crackers with peanut butter, dipped in milk - my current pregnancy craving, that I also had when I was pregnant with Reese and Charlotte. Mmmm...
I accidentally posted this pic last night after hitting publish on a post that wasn't finished. Oops :). I think that's the pregnancy - no sleep - Everybody Loves Raymond watching - to many graham crackers - brain. Is that a condition :)?
Anyway, hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Monday!
But we like the chaos - you know, most of the time :).
We took the fronts of Kinley and Raya's cribs off, so they now have little toddler day beds. We figured they were ready, and that they will obviously will be switching beds soon anyway seeing as one of the cribs will need to go to the new little guy.
It's going well...
They stay in their beds just like we tell them too...
And you know what they do when they're not in staying in their beds?
Dumping the humidifier.
Putting Vicks Vapor rub all over everything.
And emptying the dresser - then putting all those CLEAN clothes in the DIRTY laundry pile. So then I don't know whats clean and whats not - which goes to prove my suspicion that they really are trying to make me crazy.
It's a conspiracy.
So here's hoping that they do a little better this weekend, maybe they will give me a break and just stay in bed when I put them there? I know, I know - that wouldn't be any fun :)!
It's a good thing they are so stinkin' cute when they come to the door in those little footed pajama's - How can I be mad at that??
Hope you have a great weekend!!
We're having a boy! I am so thankful for all your sweet words - you do know that most of you will have to help me out with this boy thing, right? You're ok with that? Good.
I knew I could count on you.
Let's just wait on the whole "he's going to pee on you every time you change his diaper" talk, ok? You can spring that on me later on down the road.
Considering we don't even have a neutral crib sheet in the house, I'm going to be on the hunt for some good deals...in blue :). I can't help but smile when I say that.
I also couldn't stop thinking of an old commercial yesterday. One of my best friends that I roomed with before I got married used to think it was SO funny, so I thought I'd share...
Yep, still funny.
So, I'm off to pack all the girls in the car for preschool, and some morning errands. Well, I guess it's not all girls anymore - because I have a little guy in my belly!
That cracks me up for some reason, I laugh every time I say it! It just seems so surreal, and completely out of our savvy little world :).
And speaking of savvy, I need a subtitle to the ole blog don't ya think? So everyone put your thinking caps on, I can use all the suggestions I can get!
And 2 posts in 1 day? Yes.
I hoped over to Multiples and More today and noticed this savvy little blog has been nominated for the Multiples Blog Of The Year! This makes mama smile, and judging by all the little flips happening inside my baby bump, I think the baby is pretty excited too.
We're up for Funniest Blog as well - I'm not sure which would be more fun to win, seeing as humor is the God given fuel that gets me through most days :).
So would you take a moment to click over here and vote for us (click and scroll down to the bottom)?? Pretty pleeaasse?? You can vote everyday till December 5th.
tomorrow, we find out, tomorrow,
we're only a day a-waaaay.
Alright I'll stop.
Is it a boy or a girl, friends??
Truth be told, I couldn't care less. I loovvee having little girls, but a boy would surely shake things up around here, wouldn't he? :)
I just want to see that sweet little heart beating away, that's all I really care about. I have a really good guess at what it is from past ultrasounds, but we'll see tomorrow for sure!
I would love any prayers for a healthy ultrasound - they would be greatly appreciated :).
So, boy or girl? Oh I can't wait!
too much to eat...
listening to Christmas music...
shopping with mom...
no morning alarms...
staying in our pj's most of the day...
just being together.
It's been a good few days :).
Hope you're having a great weekend!
Well, not really, but that title seems fitting for the season.
(should've been titled This, That, And The Other Thing...Again.)
(or maybe The Best Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal Ever.)
I was so encouraged by your Christmas ideas - they were all fab-u-lous! We are changing up our routine this year, and I am really excited! I felt so blessed from your words, there is no doubt in my mind that God has used them to confirm our convictions :).
I wanted to share this overnight Oatmeal Recipe that I just love. On the eve of holidays, I often make a crock pot breakfast casserole, or some kind of yummy apple cinnamon oatmeal in the crock pot. It is just nice to wake up to, and it makes the house smell fantastic. Let's all pray that the delicious smell doesn't wake this pregnant lady up through the night, because I'm not above fixing myself a bowl at 3am :).
This little lady loves to help in the kitchen right now, and the oatmeal is a perfect recipe for her to do so...
Mercy, she looks so old.
Anyway. Here is the recipe:
Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 cups water
2 cups old-fashioned uncooked oatmeal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
(I double the above recipe)
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon with apple slices, coating apples. Mix oatmeal with water and salt. Put apples in bottom of crock pot and pour oatmeal mixture on top. Do not stir. Cover and cook overnight on LOW (8 to 9 hours). Recipe from Recipe Goldmine.
In the morning, stir thoroughly. Serve with milk :).
Easy right?? And so yummy!
We are heading to visit family tomorrow and I will be out and about with my mom on Friday. Shopping the day after Thanksgiving is like a tradition for mom and I. We mainly just like grabbing some coffee and watching the crazy crowds - well, that and Target has their Disney Princess Dolls on sale for $4.99. It's a win win :).
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
It's the holidays, obviously. And as you know, I'm a big fan.
The family get togethers, the last minute shopping, the amazing meals, the look on the kids faces - all of it is wonderful to me. Just, wonderful.
But this year is a little different. With almost 6 kids, Christmas isn't cheap anymore. And even with that fact set aside, I just feel like the girls get SO much from everyone, when they really already have all they need. We by no means are real flourished with money, and even if we were, the girls wouldn't get everything they want. It just doesn't work like that around here.
We knew that having a big family would mean that everyone would not always get what they want, sacrifices would be made at times, and that we would probably never be real "well off". And honestly, I don't want to be. We're not exactly chasin' the American dream here :). But in my opinion, no money could ever top what we have been given.
The world can keep that dream, I'll take this dream.
Those girls are spoiled rotten with love anyway, no material item would ever compare to what they already have. Thankyouverymuch :).
Don't get me wrong though. Those little ladies have my number for sure. They ask for this or that, and flash some blue (or brown) eyed smiles at me, and I can cave like nothing you've ever seen.
It's hard to say no to a face like that, but I do say no. A lot.
So this year I have looked and looked at the ads. I've counted what we've saved (we have saved for the holiday season), mapped out what I'm going to pick up for the girls, and I get all excited about seeing the look on their sweet little faces when they open it. But at the same time I feel this pull, this feeling in my heart that we should be doing Christmas gifts differently, even though thats what the kiddos really look forward to.
After all, it's not about the gifts, it's about Him. The One who gave us all we have, the One who provides for our every need, and the One who gives me the amazing gift of Grace when I open my eyes every morning.
So I question myself - do they get 1 gift, 3 gifts, 6 gifts? When is enough enough? Should they give a gift to someone in need for every gift they get from us?
I just want them to really understand that this is all about giving, not receiving, you know?
So I ask you - how do you do Christmas in your house? Gifts? Traditions? Ground rules :)?
I'd love to hear...
I'm kinda excited it's Monday because we have a short week of school and work - oh, and Thanksgiving is on Thursday!
I love the holidays. Like, a lot.
We had a full, but fun weekend. We took part in Operation Christmas Child at our church, and it was so great! It was amazing to see how many little boxes God brought into that church for so many sweet kids across the globe. I can't even tell you what a blessing it was to be a part of.
My baby bump is really starting to pop, and my appetite is back. So hide all the cake.
(And all the White Chocolate Covered Pretzels from Trader Joes.)
(And maybe the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses as well.)
Only 8 days till our big 20 week ultrasound!
We took the girls out for some pictures. Just a casual setting, I didn't think I could handle all those tights if I went with a more dressy theme :). They did great, these girls bless my heart day after day...
Have I ever mentioned that I like being behind the camera, and not in front of the camera?? Well, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I guess we all have to put our quarks aside for a good 'ol family picture, right?? :)
That's the fam, the (almost) 8 of us :).
Some friends went with us to help snap a few of those family shots - we had a great time. And the girls, well, they were not short on giggles...
What? You want to squeeze them as much as I do? I know, they're a fun bunch...not that I'm partial.
Alright I totally am. But can you blame me?
Hope you had a great weekend!
The girls love crafts. I mean, a lot. So I'm trying to pull some out more often - it keeps everyone busy, and it's just a great time for us all to do something together.
Even though I don't always love the clean up.
So the other night I picked up some plaster and wood ornaments from Hobby Lobby for the girls to paint. At .99 cents a piece, with 40% off that, I couldn't go wrong...
It was such a hit!
(and maybe I feel a little redeemed from my "not so great" day yesterday)
I now have 3 new favorite ornaments to hang on my tree, and the girls are just so proud :)...
Pretty cute, huh?
Also, I am still sick with this stinkin' chest/sinus infection stuff - although I can't really rest or go back to bed because...well...I'm the mom. :)
The worst part is that I can't really take anything - I am really picky about things during pregnancy, I have to be really bad to even take a Tylenol.
So now I'm on the hunt for some natural remedies for a sore throat and congestion that really work. Any suggestions? Any proven methods out there??
I was one mom fail after another yesterday.
I hate admitting that!
I was tired, and have been sick, and I took it out on them.
Surely they will forget my "mean day" and my short temper, right?
I hope so.
I had tears running down my face last night on the way to the store as I thought of the day - I hated the way I had acted. I kept thinking of their little faces as they watched me yell over nothing, a mom who was clearly at the end of her rope.
I could feel God saying, "Just do the next thing, Kate. Take a deep breath in - they are little, and you are really tired. I will give you the strength you need moment by moment, be patient."
But sometimes my listening skills are just as bad as theirs. Ironic, isn't it? :)
So I write this to get it off my chest - I would much rather write about my new candy cane straw from Starbucks that I'm in love with, or post bright new pictures.
But my days don't always go as planned - well, they rarely ever go just as planned!
See, just more evidence that I don't have it all under control. I'm not the only one, right? :)
Because of the Lord's great love we are no consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
And your mama is too shocked at how quickly time passes.
You are my favorite 2yr olds on the planet, my Kinley Girl and Sweet Raya.
You're like a breath of fresh air.
Love you more than I could ever express - my heart truly overflows when I think of you.
Happy Birthday, my loves!
It really is.
It’s the Holiday’s - so that means extra shopping trips with my whole crew. And when I say shopping, I mean throwing things in the cart at random while trying to tame my many small children. With small kids, and in our case, 5 under 6, my #1 goal in any store, is to just survive. I've got 1 hanging on the end of the cart, 1 crying, 1 strapped to me in a carrier asleep, and 2 fighting over a Veggie Tales DVD that we already have at home. I can’t make this stuff up. I'm checking my list, and I'm begging them to behave. After all, we are in public.
As I'm scanning down my list, I'm asking myself, "what can we do without?” My shopping partners have had enough, and they are making it known. It’s time to make an exit. I’m asking God for patience, or a magic button to press that will send grandma to the rescue. You've been there right?!
You can see the rest of this story over at (in)courage...
Go ahead, click over! Ahem, please :).
Thats what I'm doing today.
Some days are harder, crazier, busier than others. And this week, I've been overwhelmed. So today I'm going to take Lisa Jo and Ann's advice.
Just do the next thing.
Thats it. Whatever is next in line. Just do that for now.
God gives you the strength to get through any and every crazy day - moment by moment.
I'm going to take a shower after I drag myself out of bed and not analyze the checklist that I've created in my head.
I'm not going to worry about the laundry that is waiting for me after breakfast, the errands I need to run after I get everyone dressed, or what I'm going to fix for lunch.
I'm just going to do the next thing.
I'm not going to think of how I lost my bank card at the park on Wednesday, for which the bank froze the account, thought I'd just pick it up at the Park Office and have my card unfrozen, but found out that the ranger cut my card up. He cut it up!
I'm going to let that go and not think of how it will take 2 weeks to get a new one. No need to worry about it because it's already done. (let's all laugh about it and make it seem better, k?)
Just do the next thing.
I'm going to take today one step at a time. I'm not going to skip to item #6, or project #11 - there's no reason to stress over those things when I'm not even there yet.
When I'm preoccupied with all my "to-do's, I don't enjoy the real time moments with my girls. I smile less when I'm checking my list, and I snap at the kiddos more.
Just do the next thing.
I don't want to be mentally exhausted when I finally get out of the house tonight for my "date" with my oldest savvy.
We are going to pick out things for Kinley & Raya's birthday party on Saturday. They will turn 2 on Tuesday, can you even believe that!?
So no stress. Ditch the list. And take some deep breaths.
That's what I'm going to do.
Just the next thing.