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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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Still loving Florida

It’s been beautiful outside lately.  We did have a couple of tornado’s roll through last week, one going straight through the parking lot of my oldest daughter’s job, but nobody was hurt and the damage was minimal.
Since that storm the temperature has been hovering right around 70, with it likely pushing 75 this afternoon.  I know a lot of people like winter and cold weather and I get that (not really, that was a lie) but I appreciate warmer winter days so much.  The heat stays off, the windows are open, the kids get outside, and I can get some much needed cleaning done in the house.

Mopping a giant tile floor can be challenging when there are 11 people hovering around.

Here is Jesse planting some flowers in a little glass planter.

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He did a really good job and even cleaned up after himself.

Right now the older kids are off at work or otherwise engaged away from the house, and the younger ones are outside playing some sort of made up baseball-ish game with a plastic ball covered in pennies and blue tape.
I’ve learned not to ask questions.

I’m going to go now to see if I can get something done inside while they play outside.

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Smells like football. Almost.

Because we aren’t busy enough around here with cello, violin, piano, two kids working, and one kid starting college soon, we decided to tell the boys that we’d sign up any of them who desired to play football this year.  We figured maybe two would want to play but the joke was on us because 4 of them said, me!me!me!.

The cost alone makes me almost say bad words to myself silently in my head.  But the fact that they are all in different age groups, and on different teams, and practice at two different fields about 4 miles apart…
We will not will try not to complain.  We will just call the next 4 months a challenge.

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Conditioning camp started today and as you can see from the picture, it didn’t start off resembling football at all.  What you’re looking at is a bunch of little kids doing stretches the wrong way.  Sometimes one of them would take off running in one direction and then a bunch of other kids would see him and go along too even though they were supposed to be going the other way. Or not going at all.  It’s very much like herding cats out there and it is so easy to stand at the fence and laugh because I’m not one of the coaches.

The coaches, however, were not discouraged and are apparently good with cats because after about twenty minutes everybody was doing football-ish things and everything started to look a little orderly.
We’ll be at it again tomorrow night.  Fun Florida heat and all.

Man I love football season.

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We went to Rabbit’s command picnic on Saturday and it was filthy humid. It was nice that our entire family could go because now that Kait has a job we aren’t always able to be all together for family outings.  She makes up for it by bringing me grilled chicken nuggets and lemonade from Chick-Fil-A a couple times a week.

Even though she came she was only able to stay long enough to eat and get this picture with Lucy before she had to get to work.

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My girls are so gorgeous.

There was one of those playground merry-go-rounds that every kid has a love/vomit relationship with.   It started with just a couple of my kids but, like zombies to a Daryl’s motorcycle, as soon as the thing got to spinning more kids seem to come out of the woodwork.  Then they begged Joe to come spin them FASTERFASTER-NOSTOP-IMGOINGTOTHROWUP!

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I’ve been watching too much The Walking Dead, I think, but what on earth is Daryl doing with a chopper during the Zombie apocalypse?  As Kait pointed out yesterday, Like seriously they have those silent hybrids now.
Gotta keep up his tough guy image I guess.

Kait is just starting the series so all those stupid things we’ve already gotten past she’s just now beginning to question and none of this has anything to do with Rabbit’s command picnic so I don’t know why we’re even having this discussion right now.

We did meet another large(ish) family there. At the picnic, not at the zombie apocalypse.  They have 5 kids and, wouldn’t ya know it, his callsign is Rabbit too.  They were very nice but we have more kids so we win.  I’m still waiting for my prize.

I should probably go now.  I need to research bomb shelters and emergency food storage.

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