Archive for February, 2010

the end…

Posted: 02/26/2010 in house

the end is in sight…

it right is.

even if it doesn’t look like it.

yes i’m struggling with this!

i’m terrible at seeing all that still needs done and not even seeing all that has been done.

big families

Posted: 02/24/2010 in family

i just read mckmama’s post on big families.

why big families are easier


just made my day.

granted it’s only 6:46am

BUT it’s the first thing that made my day today.


when we see a large family,

we need to not question their motive.

their desire for “so many”.

or WHY they would do such a thing to themselves.

and love them.

and support them.

and sometimes with some of us not hide behind our true feelings of wondering what it is about big families that are so intriguing and why our core longs for one.

they aren’t a bad thing to long for. 🙂

from my experience.

Why big families are easier:

Patience. I never have to teach patience. My children know that I can’t drop everything for them if I have a baby in my arms.

Work Ethic. My children have learned to work because there are always chores to do in a small house packed with little messy lunatics. And they all learn quickly that sometimes they have to clean up a mess even though they didn’t make it.

Humility. My children have learned it’s not always their turn. They’ve accepted they can’t always get their way because other people have to get their way sometimes. They’ve learned that some children are better at certain things than they are.

Foreign language skills. You can learn a lot of Spanish by watching ten years of Dora the Explorer that you just can’t pick up in two. And now with the Diego spin off I’m practically fluent.

Laughter. The children have learned to laugh at the insane non sequiturs of younger siblings. They’ve learned that laughing just feels better when seven people are doing it along with you.

Competition. Do I really need to go into this? Everything is a competition in big families. The children compete over who reads faster, who drinks their milk faster, who gets to the bathroom first…etc. Everything is a competition and they’re all keeping score.

Balance. The floor of the front room of my home is a minefield of toys and childhood paraphernalia. Just walking through the room requires great skill and balance. I’m absolutely convinced my two year old will be a favorite for Gold on the balance beam in the 2016 Olympics. (She might have to lay off the cookies a little but I’ll deal with that later.)

Life isn’t fair. Sometimes you just give it to the baby because you want a little quiet. Not all the time. But sometimes.

Just say “No.” Being able to say “no” may be the most undervalued skill in this world. The need to be liked is pervasive. The need to be cool even more so. Having brothers and sisters teaches children to say “no” about 143 times a day. It’s a good skill.

Praying. They learn that nothing beats praying together as a family.

Nature/Nurture. Having many children has taught me that nature has a lot more to do with who my kids are than nurture. This is helpful, especially when your children misbehave you don’t have to feel bad about it. Just say “Stupid nature!!!” and blame your spouse’s genes.

Namecalling. You can occasionally call your child by the wrong name and still not be considered a terrible parent. They know who you mean just from your tone. Sometimes if you need something done you can call the wrong name and someone will still show up. That helps.

Spying. My children have learned that they can’t get away with anything. I have spies who look a lot like them who are willing to drop the dime on them for anything. Even at school I’ve got a child in just about every grade. If they do something I’ll hear. That keeps them nervous. And I like keeping my kids a little nervous.

Friendship. The children have many friends. They’ve got girly friends, crying friends, fun loving friends, consoling friends, and crazy friends. And they all have the same last name. And they’ll be there forever for each other. No matter what.

Love. I think my children have learned to love because there are others around them to love and who love them. I honestly can think of no better way to teach children to love than siblings.


Posted: 02/22/2010 in baby bean #2

i splurged.

i don’t do this very often.

i probably will only do this one or two other times before #2 arrives.

and yes, it will probably be boy stuff.

i just can’t rationalize buying more girl stuff just yet.

if this baby is a girl, she has PLENTY!

and i’ll just buy her a few can’t-pass-up items so she has some baby outfits that were just her’s.

but if this is my lil man.

he has nothing.

although, men don’t usually mind.

but i do.

thus, justifying a couple premature splurges.

you tellin’ me you could pass up these monkey’s twice?

i did the first time.

i know, pat me on the back.

but the second time.

just. couldn’t. do. it.!

oh and the daddy and me??

that’s what i bought to get away with the splurge.


with the cutest navy sweats! who knew sweats, SWEATS! could be cute! 😉

just 17 weeks to go people!


where has the time gone??

oh wait.

it’s dragging.

i remember.


but worth the wait.


Posted: 02/18/2010 in lizzie faith, videos

this girl has changed so much in the last 6 months.

i just can’t get over it.

i really can’t.

i mean, i cry and still can’t come to terms with it.

goodness! the crying does need to stop though.

here’s my lil lady (not my baby girl :*( ) chatting on the phone with her daddy.

she was supposed to call him and say goodnight – he was upstairs working.

he surprised us both and came down for some fun.

lizzie LOVES to talk on the phone.

fake and real, but REAL is the cool thing to do these days.

i think her longest convo was with her memaw penny around 10 minutes.


what a recorded for a 2 year old.

she’s definitely come out of her shell.

no doubt.

she still has her shy moments on the phone.

and her phone etiquette  kinda stinks sometimes, but over all she does pretty good. 🙂

her sudden aversion to the camera…

notice her realize it’s pointed directly at her and she instantly turns around! 😛 lil pill!


Posted: 02/17/2010 in lizzie faith, pictures

oh pippi longstocking!

oh how i loved you!

and borrowed you (the video) from the library constantly!!!

i have my own now!!!!!! 🙂

and she loves monkey’s.

i mean LOVES!!!!!

she’s also refusing to look at the camera!!!

pippi = stubborn.

oh no!!!!!!!!!!

oh be still my heart!

this lil lady is still our baby!

even though she says, “no mama!!! no baby-girl! just girl”

*sniff sniff*

ok, lovey.


i will do my best to not call you “baby girl” but no promises!!!!

decisions decisions

Posted: 02/16/2010 in house

almost done.

i just keep thinking.

we’re almost done.

just get through this next decision and don’t think about how tired i am of making decisions.

the pressure.


last night, i made a decision.

we planned on having the master bath vanity custom made but just decided to buy it and be done with it!

it ships to our home for free.

comes fully assembled.

we just install the faucet.


while i was ordering and getting free shipping i went ahead and got the mirror to match – clean and simple.

and stumbling across this totally awesome light fixture for the living room was a fluke.

so glad to have these decisions made and ready to make the last few and be DONE!

the trim stage

Posted: 02/14/2010 in house