Checkin’ In

Here it is mid-April already!  It’s funny that a few days ago I thought I had made the decision to not blog anymore, but here I am (part of this doing-less-for-me-more-for-others mentality I’m attempting).  I have a kid who wants to train to be a babysitter by watching her siblings, and I have a baby who decided he needed a nap – so I find myself with idle time.  Wait, idle time?!?  What’s that?  I’m not used to this; I don’t know what to do!  Usually I try to cram in some housework or laundry or food prep in my “down” time, but right now I just want to sit…  so writing I will do!

Nothing much to say, just a generic update on my family.  The kids are doing great!  There hasn’t been any sickness in our house lately, so we are thankful to God for that.  So a quick update on each of us if I can get it in before Luke’s nap is over…

Taylor is 12 and a half now, and she is a great kid.  She shows so much responsibility and genuinely cares for others.  She is challenged at times with patience with her siblings, but she does well.  I can’t imagine it would be easy to be the oldest in a house where there is always so much chaos and needy little kids!  Taylor leads the worship music for the kids at church, and she also enjoys using her artistic gifts to make posters for church events.

Sammie is almost 8 and is a pretty good babysitter.  She LOVES her baby brother, and if it’s the right day, she’s great with her 5 year old sister and 3 year old brother.  But Sammie has her off-days too, and if it’s one of those days, WATCH OUT!  🙂  She will push buttons of all of her siblings, and she is quite good at getting them going.  She is watching the littles as I write though, so it feels wrong to say bad things about her behavior.  She is getting ready for her 8th bday party coming up in May!

Disney has been causing 90% of the trouble in our house lately.  Our sweet little Disney is going through a phase right now that is making all of us (her included!) crazy!  She had a good day today, but in the past few weeks, she’s been upset about EVERYTHING and also intentionally pushing the buttons that drive siblings over the edge.  She loves school, and she is excited to start Kindergarten in the fall (we do homeschool, but we don’t start homeschooling our kids until 2nd grade for a number of reasons; one is because we like the social skills that kids learn at school in the early ages).

Christopher has been acting like such a big boy lately!  He’s been potty-trained since New Year’s day, and he does well with that.  He’s stopped throwing so many tantrums and is really acting more like a kid these days instead of like a crabby tantrum-throwing toddler.  He does get into his fair share of messes, and he gets especially upset when he goes thru candy withdrawal.

Luke is 6 mos. already, and a handful as always – it’s only getting worse as he gets older.  Then again, he is getting even cuter as he grows, so that’s the plus side 🙂  But what a strong personality and eye for mischief he has for such a young age!  I try not to think about it, but I find myself tempted to worry about how I’m going to stay sane when he is actually moving!  Right now he’s just scooting and rolling around, but he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and is quite demanding; wanting 100% of the available parent’s attention 100% of the time!  You can see why this is challenging when there are 4 other kids – it’s just one reason why I gave up my social life 🙂

Hubby and I are doing well also.  His working 2 jobs keeps us busy, but in some ways, it’s actually not as stressful as I thought it would be.  It’s amazing how much easier things are when you truly trust the Lord to get you through.  By no means is life easy these days, but I am so much better equipped to handle the twists, turns and busyness now than I was a few years ago thanks to Him.  As I mentioned, we have given up our social lives.  I miss my friends, but luckily we live in a world where I can still keep up with their lives and know how to pray for them when they need it.  I’ve tried hanging out with adults a few times in the past few months, but unfortunately with all these kids running around and being so demanding, it seems better for everyone if I just focus on the kids and live a kid-oriented life.  So, with Hubby now working on the weekends, we’ve been having our family Saturdays  on Fridays when we can.  And we’ve been doing less of the expensive entertainment stuff and have been trying dedicating our hearts to serving more.  My husband has thought of some very creative ways to do this, and we’ve had many an opportunity to get out into the local communities and give and share God with others.  It’s been wonderful!

I was going to write more, but the baby has woken up, and he’s demanding my attention, of course.  I just can’t think straight when he cries and he knows it!  More next month…  haha!

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3 Responses to “Checkin’ In”

  1. derek Says:

    Ha- I “quit” blogging a couple times too, yet I still make the occasional post. I was going to make an Easter post a couple days late, but now that it’s a week gone, and I forgot what I was going to say anyway, the next post will be…something else. End of year coming up, end of AWANA in a couple of weeks, getting busted by taxes on top of my share of the 6 grand I just paid out… My problem isn’t so much time though as will. I’m glad you were able to get some time to post about your life.

    PS- please save that photo I left behind (along with the bread, but don’t try to save *that*- just enjoy it!) for me, or you can email it if you want. I can’t print it right now but lucky for us Costco is having a $60 off sale on an HP printer/scanner/copier this month and I will pick one up soon.

  2. taylhis Says:

    I will save the picture for you, and I have a bag of stuff for you that you left in Florida still!! Keep forgetting to give it to you! Looking forward to that post 🙂

  3. carriealw78 Says:

    I had to jump over and check your site out since you checked out mine. 5 kids? YIKES! I only have 2 myself, so I can’t imagine the chaos that could create! My best friend in Florida has 5 though, so I’ve heard some of it first hand in the background at her place.

    I’m thinking about home schooling my youngest. I’m a bit more confident now that I’ve found the home school online thingy. You might wanna check out their website simply because they have links to so many learning programs, and a lot of those are either cheap, or have free sections to their site that your kids could check out (it has something for all age groups). You can just google Epic Charter Schools to find it. I personally am in love with Brain Pop. It’s very animated, but it teaches them on all sorts of topics at the same time, and without the potty humor I try to avoid.

    I saw your next post mentioned teething – all I can do is pray a LOT for ya there. I remember THAT nightmare 🙁 We went through tons of those teething biscuits, and Dani especially LOVED those frozen plastic thingies you put in the freezer for a bit then let them chew on them. Whatever works, right? I just didn’t wanna start off having to give my kids tons of medications, so I was all about home remedies and teething rings of all shapes and sizes 😛

    Thanks again for commenting on my page, and I wish you the best of luck on your site, and with your kids!

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