Wallpaper is my nemesis.

We’ve lived in this house for about 10 months now and have finally gotten to a point where we are ready to tackle a few projects.  The house has been seriously taken care of so I figured our mini-remodels would go super smoothly.

Hahaha.

The first thing I wanted to do was paint the kitchen. Simple.  Easy.  Cheap.  Quick.  I really don’t like color yellow so my plan was to give it a quick coat of white paint just to get the kitchen remodel started.  Turns out, no.

As it would turn out, the bright yellow kitchen walls are actually painted wallpaper because, really, nothing can just be easy right?

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So, Matthew(11) and I ripped the wallpaper down in about 2 days, which took with it some paint and pieces of drywall so now my quick painting job has turned into a some sort of construction project where I get to scrape and clean and putty and texture and I don’t even know how to do some of those things.

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Wallpaper, people.
Wallpaper.

 

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Did you see Seattle win yesterday?

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Yesterday’s Seattle/Green Bay football game was the absolute best game I’ve ever seen.  Rabbit is a strong Seahawks fan so there was a range of emotion in our living room as his home team scored 15 points in just 44 seconds, closing a 13 point gap and taking the lead with just 1:25 left in the 4th quarter.

I’m a Patriots fan myself, being born less than a hours drive from Gillette Stadium, and was happy to see them shut down the Colts hard yesterday.  However, that game was a total bore compared to the dramatic last 4 minutes of the Seahawk’s game.

With our two teams both now headed to the Superbowl in two weeks, that Sunday afternoon is going to be interesting in this house for sure.

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Jesse is officially six.

Yesterday was Jesse’s birthday.  We got him a cake and I put some dinosaurs on it and you can see from the expression on his face that he was quite satisfied.

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We also got him a small tablet, to which he replied very stoically, It’s a tablet. Yay. And then he proceeded to play with the $1 dinosaurs.

He’s easy to please for sure. 

I can’t believe my little chubby Jesse Wayne is so big.

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Where does the time go?

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Deal alert!

I used an explanation point so you would know that this is for realz.

Rabbit and I found this at the Walmart yesterday.  It’s called Poo-Dough. It’s a revolutionary product that allows you to make your own poo for the low, low cost of just $7.96.

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It looks just like the real thing.

If you’re like the tons of Americans who’ve been wanting to make their own poo you might want to hightail it to the Walmart and pick one up while they’re still available. 

Or, you know, you could just eat some food…

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Florida, you are drunk.

So, this is the screen shot of my Accu Weather app this just now.  And apparently it got even colder in the night.  This here is it starting to warm up.

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I am more than a little disappointed in Florida right now and I am not sure if I should go ahead and get up or just call today an accident and go back to sleep until tomorrow.

I am supposed to be meeting a friend for coffee down at the Drowsy Poet in just a little bit so I guess I should get up even though my bed has a heated mattress pad and a really good pillow.

Becky: this is a statement of your worth right here.  There are not many people for whom I’d leave the house in this kind of freezing.

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PITCHA’S Y’ALL

I have some pictures for you guys. I put them into this sorta of video montage for your viewing pleasure. It was a pain get the pictures to match up with the music, which is still not as perfect as I would like but I did my best so you’re welcome.
Also, I don’t believe I’ve ever used the word montage before so that is new and exciting.

Full disclosure: One of the pictures was not from 2014, but 2015 instead. It somehow snuck it’s way in there and now the montage is pretty much a total lie and I’m sorry for deceiving you but I’m not fixing it right now so you should probably find a way to get over it.

I am hoping this 2014 wrap up makes up a little for the fact that I failed at posting much this past year.
Maybe I’ll do better this year.

Edit: I just published and watched this to make sure it was playing right and after the picture video is finished all 35 of our other videos started playing automatically like some sort of playlist or something. In case this happens to you as well I should apologize in advance if my family’s antics cause you to lose track of time and forget to move the laundry or something else important.

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My favorite present that Rabbit got me for Christmas is this 1980-something Polaroid camera.

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I didn’t have a Polaroid as a child but I had a friend who had one and seemed to always have an unlimited amount of instant film because she took pictures like it was digital.  I have, however, realized that Polaroid picture taking is definitely a very part-time hobby and not something I can just do whenever I feel.  The pictures run around $3 a piece so snapping them in succession is just not going to happen.

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Many of you guys know that I am no good at taking pictures and, as it turns out, this simple Polaroid camera is no different.  I’ve gone through an entire box of film, 8 pictures, and have still not figured out how to work the little exposure slidey thingy.  The camera has only just the one function and I still can’t seem to get it right.  I bought 6 more boxes of the instant film with some Christmas money and as soon as they get here I’m going to set to work figuring out how to make the exposure thing work with me instead of against me.

I took some pictures of my Polaroids so you can see my progress because that’s not a bad idea at all.  Two negatives make a positive, right?

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Or not…

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Also, when I said “vintage photographer” in this post title I meant that the camera was old, not me.  I have 2 more months before I turn 40 and become vintage.  Besides, I feel like the Polaroid above of me holding Maggie makes me look really young.

 

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Where I get a deep fryer for Christmas.

waffleI got a deep fryer from Rabbit for Christmas.  I wanted the fryer pretty badly so don’t judge the man.  I had put it in all the kids’ heads to tell Dad that mom wanted a bigger fryer and I mentioned wanting one about 42 times.  He really had no choice.

Anyway, Rabbit made Waffles yesterday and because we now have a good sized fryer Rabbit did the only reasonable thing. He fried one of those bad boys and learned that fried Belgium waffles are the only appropriate way to eat waffles, people. The fryer took them from being delicious to holy houndogs Batman!

Seriously.  These suckers are slap yo’ mama good.

I deep fried a turkey wrap the other day too.  I don’t think my life will ever be the same.

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My new year’s resolution is to write a blog post.

Happy new year to all you bloggy good friends who have probably stopped reading this poor excuse for a blog long ago.  It’s been a crazy year with a lot of successes and failures.  Failures like not keeping this blog updated regularly and other things that I don’t want to talk about but my kids might discuss with therapist one day.

Okay, maybe not that bad but I realize more and more every day how imperfect and unworthy I am.  Looking at how amazing my children are turning out makes me so very thankful that God picks up where I fail.

So enough about failures.  Let us now talk about successes.

I got all nine of my children through another year without losing any of them and I owe that to the amount of head counting we do around here.

We made what we are assuming will be our final military transfer, bought a house that just happened to fall into our laps, which also happened to be our dream house, and now we have a 14 foot table that comfortably fits our entire family.  It’s the small (or large) things, people.

Kait is almost 20(!).  She’s moving up the ranks at Chick-Fil-A and is pretty close to owning the place.  She is a working fool, that girl, and Chick-Fil-A has been pretty good for her. Also, having an almost-not-teenager-anymore daughter is weird.  Cool, but weird and I am learning how to be mom to an adult better all the time.  Sometimes it’s painful that she isn’t 10 anymore.

We (as in Rabbit, not me) taught another teenager how to drive and we now have two licensed drivers in the house.  Joe(16) has an honest to goodness picture ID that says he is legal to drive and a job and his own pickup and is so close to finishing high school that he can taste it.

Both Gabe’s and Matthew’s football teams made it to the playoffs and that was pretty fun.  They are looking forward to the next season.

The younger kids are just being kids, growing like mad and learning life.

Rabbit likes his job as a T-6 instructor, got himself an old Ford pickup that was in great condition (his words not mine), hit a deer with a plane which took out some landing gear function and he almost had to eject but used his mad pilot-y skills to save the plane and his life and his student’s life instead, and now he’s making waffles.

I learned that just because you own your dream house does not mean that you won’t find rogue pairs of little boys underwear in odd places like on the book shelf or behind the TV or in the shoe closet.  It does not mean the walls will never get dirty and finger smudged, and it certainly does not mean you will never step on Legos in the middle of the night.  It also doesn’t mean that you will have a sudden bond with your neighbors and they will never cut down your 6′ high hedge fence when you’re not looking.

Owning your dream house does mean that you get to own your dream house, which is a pretty big deal.  It means you can paint your kitchen however you like.  It means you can decorate more permanently and change mirrors and flooring and window treatments to your heart’s content.  And it means you don’t have to wait for the maintenance guy to show up to repair a sparking light switch or a leaky pipe.

It’s been a good year for sure.  And crazy.  But when is it ever not crazy around here?  For realz.

New year’s resolution status:  Done.  You’re welcome.

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math + months = chaos

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So, when Lucy was a baby, just over a year old, somebody at the grocery store asked me how old she was. I replied that she was about 13 months old because she was.
What happened next confused me for weeks on end.

The lady asking the question shook her head and responded with, Oh, I don’t do months.

I didn’t understand what she meant by that. What does it mean to not do months? Is it some kind of political statement? Is she trying to buck the system? Stick it to the man?
And if not months, what then?

I didn’t ask her what she meant because I didn’t know what to ask and I was hesitant to spark a political argument with somebody I didn’t know in the canned food aisle of the commissary.

It dawned on me a while later, like weeks or maybe even a month that she probably wasn’t making any sort of a public proclamation, and that she was likely saying that she was either not willing to do the math, or was unable to work numbers on the spot.

After my kid is about a year and a half old I’m finished describing their age in months. However, after having nine children I have found that simply saying that my child is 14 months old or 16 months old quite often gives people a mental brain freeze of sorts, causing them to pause for a moment while they work out that 14 months is equal to 1 year and 2 months.
This is somewhat comforting for me being that I, myself, am number dumb.

Now that Maggie is 13 months old I’m prepared for those blank stares when I respond to questions about her age.

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