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I haven’t written much about my oldest daughter’s upcoming wedding. That’s not because I don’t have anything to say about it, I think it’s probably because it is so huge and there are so many thoughts and feelings I am having to box for right now because there is so much that needs to be done and I don’t have time for a mommy meltdown right now.

It’s like I only have so much emotional capabilities and right now all of those are being spent on frustration because suddenly all the boys have grown out of their pants and shoes all at once and we have a wedding in less than 3 days, people, and now I’m shopping for all six of my sons at the same time.

Okay, 5 really because Joe(19) is just going to wear his Halloween costume.
Or something like that.
I am not asking any questions about this.

What I will tell you is that Kaity-Jane is amazing. Like a you wouldn’t believe me kind of amazing. And she’s picked an excellent young man to compliment her amazingness.

The two of them coming together is to be a true celebration.

I love this girl and am so proud of the person she has become and the life she has chosen for herself. I love the son we’re gaining and I can’t wait to see what their future looks like.

For now though, I’ll be paying those overnight shipping fees and thank you Amazon for stocking absolutely everything.

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About the lizards

It’s quite often that I’ll be walking across the house and out of the corner of my eye I’ll see a creepy crawly thing suddenly running at me or away from me or just standing there staring at me because one time I told the boys they could get a pet lizard and somehow now we have 4.

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This is Moriarty.

He was kind enough to pose for me so I could take a picture.

I actually don’t mind the lizards too much unless I almost trip over one because it started to scurry at the last minute or I didn’t know it was out or something. They are caged unless one of the kids is playing with them and they are friendly enough that I am not worried about them running away to find a hiding place.  I do take issue with the fact that we actually buy bugs now. We buy bugs and bring them into our house. On purpose.

Something feels very wrong about that.

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Lately it’s been all about the dinosaurs.

One of my younger kids’ favorite activities is cutting construction paper with scissors and pasting the pieces together to create dinosaurs.  I don’t know why it’s specifically dinosaurs but it is always dinosaurs.

Yesterday, just after showing me yet another construction paper dinosaur Sam asked where I keep the pins and I said I love your dinosaurs but you are not pinning them all over my walls.

The kids seemed to respect my desire to not have 500 tiny holes in all of my walls. However, unbeknownst to me they had started brainstorming about other ways to hang their dinos.  Since I had earlier vetoed the tape everything to everything idea, they opted to just use paste.

Gabe (16): Mom, are you aware that there are a bunch of dinosaurs glued to the walls and doors all over the house?

Me: What do you mean?

Gabe: I mean that the little kids are making many dinosaurs and gluing them to the walls.

I was rocking a fussy baby at the time and I didn’t get any pictures before I had them remove the quickly drying creations and for that, I am sorely disappointed in myself. I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I say that it was for real a historically accurate portrayal of The Land Before Time up in here.

Today I’ve decided that we’ll be taking a break from cutting paper and gluing all the things so now the kids have turned off all the lights in the house and they are playing some sort of ninja/manhunt game with flashlights and Nerf guns because it’s storming outside. They’ve even roped Gabe into the game and that is helpful because he tends to be good at keeping things from getting too out of control.

I think I’ll just hide out in my room with Lanie while she naps.

It is too quiet though. Not sure if I should be worried or just keep hiding and hope for the best.

Edit: As soon as I hit publish there was a loud eruption of laughing and confused conversation so I think we’re all good here.

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We took the whole family to a hockey game.

I say it a lot, I wish I would have gotten a picture because…

And that was true once again at the Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey game Saturday night when my boys sat slack-jawed as they watched two grown men throw off their gloves and start punching each other.  Joe, especially, could not wrap his mind around this and why the crowd was hootin and hollerin very excitedly.

It was their first hockey game and afterward we spent some time explaining about the protector and the goon and that every team has an enforcer and this is part of the game.

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I was wondering what effect that was going to have on their opinion of the game and it turns out that they all loved it and are excited to go again.

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Gabe looks bored but he wasn’t, he just wasn’t feeling great. He gets low blood sugar easily and once he got some sugar in him he was back to his normal self.

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I took a bunch of pictures but when I got home I noticed that most of them were gray with no image at all, sort of like when you forget to take off the lens cap but I was taking them on my phone so I am not sure what happened there. I’m a little disappointed.

My pictures of Maggie were some of the ones that didn’t turn out so I stole this one that Kait took off of her Facebook page even though it’s backwards and why is it backwards?

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All that girl wanted to do was go down and skate with the guys.  After the first period Kait took her down to the glass to watch the zamboni. The driver waved to her numerous times and that seemed to satisfy her temporarily.

Lanie though. Oh my goodness she was so cute the whole time.

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She wore her Ems For Babies and slept for the first half of the game (can’t say enough great things about these ear muffs for protecting little ones’ ears) and then was either clapping and dancing, or snuggling for the second half of the game.

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We’ve realized lately that the hardest part of getting all 12 of us out doing something together is actually getting out of the house.  Once we’re on our way to where we are going everything else seems to work out just fine.  People ask all the time how we do it and to be honest, I don’t know.  I think a lot of it is that we just aren’t afraid to try.

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Josh Sitton football camp take 2.

This past Saturday 4 of our boys were able to attend a free football camp at Catholic High in Pensacola for the second year in a row.  This is a camp where Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packer turned Chicago Bear and how does something like that even happen) comes and helps coach all the kids, giving them pointers, tips, and life encouragement. I don’t know the man personally but he seems like a really good guy who genuinely cares for these boys.

It was sponsored by the Blue Wahoos, our local baseball team because that makes so much sense.
(I couldn’t help the snark but really, we’re so thankful to the Wahoos for caring about their community and our kids!)

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The UWF football team gets involved too and each group of boys has a coach from the Argonauts working with them.

The quarterback was Matthew’s coach.

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Some of these kids were much older than the maximum age for the camp and that was disappointing but Matthew (far left standing up) held his own and did very well.

I don’t know much about Ben’s coach. Not sure what his position on the UWF team is.

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I’m sure when the season starts I’ll become more familiar with these specific players since my kids know them. Ben (Also far left standing up) had a great time and said he did much better than he did at last year’s camp.  He isn’t sure he wants to play football again though. He’s looking hard a tennis which would be so much better for me too because Ben had a bad hip sprain and a concussion (two different instances) last season and my heart can’t take it.

Sam had a great time too but he loves everything and could probably have fun having his teeth pulled. I’m not even kidding.

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He’s far left on the bottom row. I’m so proud of his spirit and love for life.

This was Jesse’s first football camp or football anything really.

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Jesse (left side with coach’s arm around him) was very confused about what was going on but had a smile plastered on his face the whole time.  He made quick friends with another kid and the spent their time rolling around on the ground and pretending to be dinosaurs.  I was 2 parts the mom trying to get his attention so I could tell him stop because there are no dinosaurs in football!, and 2 parts the mom trying to get a video or pictures of the what he was doing.  There were probably people talking about me and that’s too bad because I was completely unsuccessful at both getting his attention and collecting photographic evidence.

In the end, we went home with pictures of their time with Josh Sitton and the UWF football team, a belly full of pizza and Powerade, and pink cheeks because it was 65 degrees and I forgot for a minute that we were in Florida.

ProCamps puts these sports camps together all over the US. Professional athletes like Josh Sitton come out and work with our kids (often for free) and the children have so much fun. Make sure to look into it if you have kids who love sports.

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It’s odd to me that even though it is super easy to lure Kait is over here (food) I never can seem to get her in a picture with the younger three girls.

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I’ve also realized that I take way more pictures of Lanie than I do anybody else.  I think that is partly because she’s the baby and we’ve always had more pictures of the babies than the older kids, and partly because of her rough start and me not wanting to take any moment for granted.

And any pictures I do take of the older kids quite often involve them holding Lanie.

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Because I love how they love her.

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And I want to keep these moments forever.

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Because they are so, so good.

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If only I could stop and really live in every moment.

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Somebody get me a pause button. Quick.

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Bubble ball. It’s a thing. For real.

Bubble ball.  It’s a sport where people run around with bubbles over their heads.  I can’t even make this stuff up, people.

I mentioned a few posts ago about Matthew’s football conditioning practice video.  Rabbit had it on his phone and finally got it to me yesterday so here it is.

This definitely looks like fun.  Matthew said it was awesome and he would very much like to do it again.

I have learned a lot about Bubble ball today.  There is an entire soccer-like sport out there where all the players wear these.  Adult men. In bubbles.  Running around kicking a ball and sumo-slamming each other.  I find the whole thing absolutely hilarious.

No conditioning camp this week and the kids are off of school so I’m going to go try to get some organizing done.

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Are you ready for some football?

wp-1469201941619.jpgYesterday I took Sam to pick up his football gear because Rabbit was at the football fields with Matthew who was in some giant bubble running into other kids in giant bubbles because that is what football practice is all about now, I guess.

There is a video and I’ll share it when Rabbit sends it to me.  It’s pretty funny.

Anyway, we only have three in football this year, all on different teams, as opposed to 4 last year, also all on different teams, because Gabe(15) decided to get a job and graduate high school early instead of moving onto high school ball.

Football season is very busy around here for sure, but we love it.

I already can’t wait for November though.  That’s weird, right?

GO PACE PATRIOTS!

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Cleaning the bathrooms is one of those jobs that is never, ever finished in this house.  All 3 of them seem to be in constant use and I am regularly hanging up towels and wiping up pee from the toilet seat and behind the toilet seat and on the sides of the bowl and the floor.

This is what 6 boys gets me.  Pee.  Lots of pee.

It’s worth it.  But it’s not my favorite.

And then there is this:

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You guessed it.  Giant spitballs.

I asked Rabbit You wanna take a guess at who put those there?  We both said Matthew at the same time and then I went and asked my kids and Matthew(13) kind of giggled and admitted that he had tried to sneak in and hit Joe(18) with a big wad of wet toilet paper by tossing them over the curtain while he was taking a shower.  Then Ben(11) saw it and he tried it too.  They both missed and that is how I ended up with giant spit balls on the wall of the bathroom.

Matthew thought it was hilarious that his father and I both immediately guessed that he was the culprit.  Then he went and cleaned them up without being asked.

My kids think they are very funny.

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That one time when a snake got in the house

I was looking through some photos on my memory card from the last year and came across one of a snake on our back door carpet runner.  I cannot believe I didn’t blog about this.  Or did I?

I think I’d remember if I did.

Because we have an abundance of people who do not pay bills living in the house the doors tend to get left open more often than I’d like and on this day that allowed for a special visitor.

It looks to me like she came in thinking this would be a good place to hold up and have babies and then realized that she had just gotten on the crazy train and curled up as small as she could hoping that nobody would see her.

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Or she was trying to be the AURYN.

I suppose the cat could have brought her in. Fin prides himself on gifting us with mostly dead animals.  Or Maggie, my 2 year old who has no fear of animals but is terrified of the blender.

Either way a snake was in my house.  This is not some fictional horror story or creepy tale meant to frighten youngsters into remembering to close the door.  This is for real.
My life will never be the same.

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