Friday, September 28, 2012

Conversations with Sean

Sean- "I'm havin such a good day Mom!"
me- "Awesome buddy!"
Sean-"Yeah Mom, I'm not even gonna be poopin in my underpants today! Not even a little!"
me- "Um, congratulations Sean."
Sean- "Yeah, none poop. Zero."

(I feel compelled to explain that my dear boy does not poo in his pants)

Sean- "I love my baby sister Mom."
me- "That's very nice of you, you're a great big brother."
Sean- "Yeah Mom, when she falls on the tile in the kitchen, or like if maybe you drop her or somethin, I'm gonna check for where the beedin is comin from"
me- "Um...ok. It's good to look out for her I guess."
Sean- "Yeah, and when she gets a HUGE bump on her head from fallin, I'll wipe the bleed away and get the ice pack. I'm a good big brother!" 
me- "That's lovely Sean. "

(how very sweet. Slightly disturbing maybe....but sweet.)

Sean- "Mommy, this house is messy. When can we burn it down and get a new one?"
me- "How about we just clean it?"
Sean- "Oh right....that's what I was thinkin!"
me- "Good to hear buddy."


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why so many?

My husband and I often get asked why we chose to have so many kids. A quick look at the pictures below is the only way to best answer that question....

Kates biggest fan, Sean.

The moment when Sean realized that he could move...and Nate said to himself "oh-no!"

The beginnings of a beautiful friendship

Sean learning to be his loving little self by caring for others. 

Nate reading to his baby sister...something he still does today with Danny. 

Morning kisses

Claire finding her new baby.


Nate- always the entertainer. 

Dancing partners.

And the trend continues...

There are many things that my kids will miss out on in this lifetime- but an abundance of love certainly won't be one of them. The relationships that they are building with each other are priceless. This house is loud, messy, and chaotic... but the smiles on those faces make it all so very worth it. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Play induced exhaustion

My favorite days are the ones where kids end the day so filthy that they leave a ring in the tub. Where they collapse into their beds and are asleep before you're able to make it down the hallway. Winter is approaching and soon it's become more and more difficult to spend time outside. But, until that happens, lets hope we can squeeze in a few more days like these... 

Who can run to the fence the still think it's a fun game, they haven't yet discovered that we're trying to wear them out.

My handsome boy

Kids doing a "monkey dance" trying to entertain baby Kate...

It worked!

My most favorite tree

Can you say ready for bed?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

'Tis the season for pumpkin

I baked these cupcakes for Kates baptism and had to share because they were GOOD! And I have to admit, I'm not a pumpkin lover. Candles yes, pie NO. It's sort of like eggnog for me, I really don't care for it, but I feel compelled to partake because it's the seasonal thing to do. Anyways, my non-pumpkin loving self really liked these because they have just enough pumpkin to make me feel like I'm participating in fall. And...well... they are the easiest things to make ever. I opted to use cream cheese frosting instead of the glaze and thought it was the perfect choice (also added a slight sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top because it felt like the thing to do). I'm pretty sure that given the chance, these cupcakes could have been pretty healthy (well, as healthy as a cupcake can be really) had it not been for the lovely dollop of sugary cream cheesy goodness I slathered on top. But, whatever, who eats a cupcake to be healthy anyways right? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kathleens special day and ah ha moments

    Baby Kate was baptized yesterday and everything went beautifully. I can say that even though my pasta was a touch overdone and we didn't have a chance to take as many pictures at the church as we would have liked. 
    One lesson I have definitely learned from having all these kids is that things don't always turn out perfectly or go to plan. And that's just fine! Everyone had a nice time, and left with full bellies and smiles on their faces. What more could you ask for? The cupcakes tasted just as yummy even though I didn't have a chance to display them on my pretty cake tower. Know what else? Plastic forks fed the mouths of my loved ones just as well out of the box they came in as they would have if they had been in the pretty basket I had planned to use.
     Typically, I would stressed about those little details. But, for some reason I had a bit of a breakthrough yesterday. I woke up and decided that my motto of the day would be WHATEVER. We were late to the church...whatever, we made it and it was fine. I couldn't properly adjust my too tight pants every time we had to stand during mass because I was holding my precious baby...whatever, nobody cared what my pants looked like and holding my baby was way more important. When we got home, I opted to wear a sweater that I thought made my butt look way too big but thought was pretty...whatever, received a few compliments on it AND felt good about myself and never gave my behind a second thought. Overall, had a much better time with the WHATEVER attitude.
     Most importantly though, not stressing over the little things allowed me to focus and the whole point of the day.

 Baby Kate being blessed by her wonderful Godparents- Big brother Wesley and Christine, my best friend in the world. 

Such sweet smiles!

God bless my gorgeous baby on her most special day! 

I will be forever grateful to my perfect babies for teaching me to
 let go and just enjoy and experience no matter what. Because that is certainly NOT something you'll find from a pretty picture on pinterest! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Just one of those days

     I'm in a funk today. I feel as thought I am living in an episode of Hoarders. There is random clutter all over my house. Add to that a little dose of 'I have Kates baptism in 2 days and am having people in my house' panic and you have my mood. 
     We overslept a bit this morning and woke up in the kid whirlwind that occurs when you don't make it out of bed before they do. I come home after getting Nate off to school and expect a little down time to get some cleaning done. But instead ended up having to run an errand for my husband (he locked his keys in the car while golfing...45minutes away...I would be teased for all of eternity had I been the one to do this!) The drive takes you down this gorgeous country road that goes right through 2 old historic towns. Should have been a really enjoyable trip. But, Claire happened. She was too hot, didn't want the ac, dropped her shoes, couldn't reach her blankie, wanted Sean to stop breathing...all of the usual stuff. Dan decided to throw in about 30 minutes of pterodactyl grade screaming just to make it that much more fun. Did I mention I got lost? 
     Clearly I made it home, but my brain feels like it's made of scrambled eggs now. I soothed with some leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes, healthy coping mechanism I realize. Now, finally, I'm off to attack this house. I expect my motivation to last about 11 minutes until I step on a Lego and give up.

 So grateful for smiles like these to get my through the day! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I am an enabler

Claire is staring into the face of addiction... and it's not pretty. I should be trying to wean her off of her emotional crutches, but yet, I do nothing. I am ashamed. I do have to give the child her due credit though, for she has learned to utilize the tantrum quite successfully. I fear one day I will have to cut her off, at which time I am positive that she will scream so loud that her own head will explode. Until then, I shall foster her unhealthy dependence on Dora and fruit snacks and enjoy the calm before the storm. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I am sharing with you some extremely exciting news. I am the proud owner of a brand spanking new car! Why is this so exciting? Let me paint for you a picture of pure hell on Earth. My previous vehicle was lovely. I actually really enjoyed my car...until one day...the radio broke. Forget that it only sat 7 so it wasn't quite big enough, and who cares that it was a 2002 and only got a whopping 11 miles to the gallon... did you hear me? THE RADIO BROKE! I'm not some serious music lover. I enjoy a tune here or there. But, have you ever ridden in a vehicle with 5 kids under 5 years old without a single sound to tune them out? I can't even begin to express the magnitude of irritation I would experience during a jaunt to preschool. Picture a child crying, not the hurt cry, but the fantastically annoying 'I want something and can't have it cry'... then multiply that x4 and add in a crying newborn. Can you just feel the awesome? I never had an accident or received a ticket for anything. But had I broken the law somehow, I would not have been held accountable for my actions. What I went through while driving my screaming brood around in that mobile asylum was cruel and totally unnatural. But that was all in the past. My new savior is parked safely in the driveway. I have already had the satisfaction of saying "what's that Claire? I'm sorry sweetie, I can't hear you". Breath a huge sigh of relief and let the healing begin! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Seeing red

Notice the red on my thumb and ring finger? Betcha want to know where that came from huh.... well, I'll end the suspense. Sean (I know, you were waiting for me to say Dan weren't you?) found, and then proceeded to squirt AN ENTIRE SMALL BOTTLE OF RED FOOD COLORING all over the kitchen pantry. Epic mess. Why didn't I take a picture of it? Because as soon as I saw it I passed out from having a stroke because we have very light tile... then turned in to a cleaning tornado for fear of staining. I am left with the aftermath of pink fingers. Thanks goodness I woke up to spilled liquid laundry detergent. Don't know what I would do if I didn't meet my mess quota for the day! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Nates nanny

me- "You guys are a disaster, I need a nanny."
Nate- "What's a nanny?"
me- "Um, it's like a babysitter that never leaves. They live in your house"
Nate- "Then we already have a nanny, Wesley."

(Wesley being my 17yr old stepson who babysits SOMETIMES. He recently enrolled in the school of diaper changing and pigtail fixing...much to his dismay.)

This super high quality photo was taken amidst panicked cries of "Oh my God are you putting that on facebook?!?!"

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scaredy Mom

I hate bugs. Like HATE them. When everyone else is out enjoying the summer and frolicking in the sunshine (really...who does that?), I sit and think about all the creepies that are just waiting to get me. Best part of the whole year is when it starts to get cold because it kills all the little nasties off. 
So, when I look up and see something like this....

(Like all the stuff hidden on top of the fridge by the way?)

I freak out! I realize that it only looks like this tiny spec in this picture but I am telling you this monster was like 2 inches long. I also realize that for some of you, 2 inches must seem like a whole lot of nothing. But this is not the amazon, and I feel like if we must have bugs then the population should be limited to ants only...and maybe the occasional lady bug or bumble bee. 
I'm pretty sure that thing is a cricket or something which means that when I climb on a chair to squash it, it's inevitably going to jump on me causing me to fall to my death...or at least break a bone! I have 6 kids, I can't have a broken bone!!! 
Corey was at work and Wes was at school, Sean (my next in line go to insect destroyer) obviously can't reach it. So, I did the next best thing. I tried to get it with the dust mop. As predicted it jumped somewhere unseen. Now, the little jerk is living behind my refrigerator, just waiting for an unsuspecting me to come along so he can launch his evil attack! Talk about diet incentive. I'm not going anywhere near that refrigerator while that beast is still lurking.
How did a cricket get up on top of the refrigerator? 
Answer: DAN
Thanks a ton for breaking the screen buddy. Awesome choice.
So grateful summer is almost over...bring on the frost!!!! 

(A certain somebody also opted to shed their shorts outside AND abandon their contraband by the door)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Stress free bodily functions

Ever hear a Mom say that she doesn't even have time to use the bathroom? Like everyone else who hasn't experienced it, I always thought "oh come on!"..... and then they came along. A run to the restroom often results in some sort of disaster, sometimes it's a mini-disaster while other times it's a disaster of biblical proportions. And I'm not talking a half hour husband quality bathroom camp out, I'm referring to the mad dash in and out in 2 minutes or less. This disaster was mini... but still....STILL (picture me, faded sweat pants and all, saying that with angry gritted teeth)....I know that I am going to miss a million things when my kiddos are grown and out of the house. This is not one of them. Deep breath, ahhhh. A peaceful trip to the restroom, let's all just sit back and imagine

This room was spotless prior to my unscheduled (gasp, the nerve of me- I usually only go at nap time) trip to the restroom. What you can't see is that Dan has unloaded an entire, newly refilled, wipes container and sprinkled them all over the other room.... grrrrrrrr!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

For the love of crafting

So I got out most of my fall decorations a few weeks ago. I have been staring at my empty wall wondering why it has felt so empty...then I remembered my beloved wreath! How could I forget?! Occasionally, when the kids go to bed and I've had an especially miserable day, I make things to calm myself down. I love crafting, but have NO time to do any of it anymore. Only every once in a while do I actually complete a project. This wreath is one of those every once in a while projects, whipped up in about an hour before I collapsed into my unmade bed. It's triumphant return has made me happy, and reminded me that perhaps it might be time for another project soon! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Claire

Happy 3rd Birthday Claire! 

Claire Therese 

Claires 3yr old goals
a) drive a pink garbage truck
b) have 1, 2, 3 pink babies
c) live in a big pink building with NateNate
d) eat pink cake

Clearly we have a pink trend going! Happy Birthday Claire bear!