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9 people throwing up with only two working bathrooms is chaos like you’ve never seen.  And with the fevers, everybody wants to sit in the shower and one of our 3 bathrooms is in the middle of a remodel and is out of commission. We’ve been slammed with a stomach thing Kait brought home from her fancy new job last week.  She was the only one sick so we assumed it was a food thing until Saturday night when everybody starting running for the toilets, one right after another.

I have no idea how Maggie has avoided it so far.  She just figured out how to make it to the toilet to pee and I’m absolutely sure she wouldn’t be able to do the same if she was throwing up. I’m so hoping for mercy and that maybe she’s just not going to catch this bug.

Lanie is a little grumpy tonight and has a lot of gas but she’s eating and hasn’t gotten sick so I’m hoping the nursing will help kill off the bug before it causes her to feel too bad.

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Sundays are for swimming

We normally have a common meal at the church every Sunday but today was a little different and we ended up going with our good friends to their house after the service for falafels and some good pool time.

Some of us swam.

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Some of us took pictures of our oldest baby holding our youngest baby.

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Okay, that was just me.  I was the only one who did that.

And some of us slept.

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Jesse is 7 and I’m so proud of how hard he’s worked to overcome his fear of the water.  I had started to worry that he might never learn to swim because Lucy told him once that there might be sharks in there but lately he’s loved the pool and I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before we can ditch that life jacket.

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Maggie just told me that she was finished swimming and it was time to go home.  The girl knows when she needs a nap.

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I got her dressed, per her request, and no more than two minutes later she asked if she could get back into the pool.

We have the very best people as friends.  They love opening up their home to our large family and they do it often. It’s amazing.

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It is just about time to go though so I’d better get the rest of my kids dried and dressed.

Happy Sunday.

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Is it considered a selfie if you prop your camera up and set the timer on it to get a picture of yourself?  Or does somebody in your picture have to physically be holding the camera for it to have selfie status?

We’re on our way home from our first family vacation in a long time but before we took off this morning I forced my very tired family to pose for a picture which may or may not be another family selfie.  We snapped one picture and even though it was a very tired morning with a long drive ahead, it turned out pretty okay as far as I am concerned. Everybody was looking at the camera and smiling except for Lanie and that’s what we call a win.
We did also take one outside which was equally as good but there was some film on the lens that messed it up.

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We had a very good time on this trip and we made some pretty awesome memories.  We haven’t been on an actual family vacation in 8 years and this was way overdue.  We’ll definitely be going back to that cabin again.

Kait took some great pictures of us mining and tubing and exploring downtown Helen and I’ll post some of them as soon as I can get them from her.

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We may just have a photobombing master…

We’re on a family vacation in Helen, GA right now and we’re having a blast.  The cabin we rented for a few nights is right on a creek and the kids have been spending a pretty good amount of time climbing on rocks and looking for salamanders.  It’s really fun.

I went down with them for a little bit to get a couple of pictures.  Some of them turned out really cute and some of them were just dumb but this one was probably the best picture I’ve ever taken.

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Not because two of my favorite people are in it, no.

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There is a third person, also one of my favorite people…

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Joe.
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Joe and some of the other boys had climbed down over the edge of this little waterfall and as I took pictures of Kait and Maggie he was sticking his head up just over the edge and it made for the most amazing photobomb.  I almost didn’t catch it because I couldn’t see it in the picture until I zoomed in, but he stood up after I took the picture and I could see more of him.

Our vacation, which was unfortunately cut in half, has been really fun so far.  There are lots of pictures and I hope I’ll be a good blogger and post some more over the next few days.

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Sunday Selfie. On Wednesday.

I don’t do many selfies.  I just don’t like them.  I could go into a rant on how the current generation has been given so many tools to assist them in completely melting into their own egos, using their vanity to try to get all kinds of self gratifying attention but instead I’m going to post a selfie.

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This is my family being completely normal and respectable in our kitchen.  Kait took this for me last Sunday after I insisted that we must take a selfie in our kitchen because it is the right thing to do and we want to do the right thing, don’t we?

So this is our current family picture – the first one we’ve taken in two years.

I don’t know what Matthew is doing in the middle there and Ben and Sam look like they are planning something devious.
And Gabe looks excessively tall.  Because he is.

It feels like there should be more people in the picture.

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I still have my other kids

There has been so much going on with Lanie that I’ve neglected to post much about the 9 other children running around here so here’s a cute picture of some of them.

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Maggie’s duck face…  Kait taught her to do that.
Funny not funny.

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Catching up. Again.

It has been a really rough two weeks.

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, the kids came down with some rotten colds and while I’m a big proponent of letting a fever run it’s course I found myself administering ibuprofen at night, all night, just so we could all get some sleep.  And then, just as the littles were getting better I got sick and I have now been ill for two weeks.  The doctor said he thought I had strep throat and didn’t see the need to test for it, but just started me on a round of antibiotics.  After two days I felt so much better but my cough is still in my chest and keeps me up at night.  I have another appointment tomorrow so we’ll see what they say about that.  I know coughs can take a while to get over.

Okay.  I’m finished complaining now because this is just some of what I have to be thankful of in the mornings around here.

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These little girls are 2 and 4 and they are just about the funniest things ever.  They were making the silliest faces at each other but I didn’t catch the best of them because Maggie stops whatever she is doing if you point a camera at her.  She is a ham, but likes to look directly at the camera.

I did get this silly one though

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Lucy is much more dignified, but being almost 5 can do that to a girl I guess.

Here is another 3D ultrasound picture of Laney from last week.

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I realize her face looks smashed on one side but it really isn’t.  It was just the way she was laying and rolling at the time of the pictures.  I’ve noticed that 3D ultrasounds are a cross between very, very cool and very, very creepy.
I wish we had gotten pictures of her hair, which would appear she has in great abundance already.

My polyhydramnios has crossed over into severe territory and has to be monitored weekly right now. It’s annoying but really isn’t causing any problems and the benefit of having way too much amniotic fluid is awesome 3D pictures.  All the techs seem to love me because it’s very easy to get good pictures.

And her lips – OH MY GOODNESS.

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It’s high time for a little blog rambling.

A third of us are sick today.  Actually, by tomorrow this cold will have been a week old in our house and we’re still only half way through it.  I can’t really complain though.  Other than the fever that the younger half of kids have gotten it’s been relatively mild.  Last winter somebody in our house was sick every single day but this year we’ve only suffered through two colds.  One more robust cold just before Christmas, and now this one, which is not nearly as severe.

I have learned that turmeric is an amazing cough suppressant, just FYI.  We mix about 1/4 tsp or less turmeric with Celestial Seasonings’ sleepytime sinus tea, honey, and the slightest dash of pepper, and it quells the kids’ coughs for a few hours.  I guess the pepper helps to activate the turmeric or something.
Maggie doesn’t like tea and she’s just now getting the cough so I’m going to try a little warm honey milk with turmeric in it.

I would like to stop and lament about our weather here for a second.  50’s is cold for us Floridians, people.  I may have only lived here for 7 1/2 years but I was raised in Charleston, S.C. where the weather is only a tad cooler.   I was not made to be an Eskimo.
My poor fingers.  My aching toes.
All this global warming and whatnot is failing me.

I have more to say.  So much more than colds and cold weather is going on around here but I feel the need to post pictures with those posts and my older two kids are busy, busy, busy and I never seem to be ready with the camera when they are around.

I’ll make a note in my journal to take pictures.
I started a bullet journal on January 1st and have been consistent with it for 8 days now.  That’s like a record or something, right?

And this boy turns seven tomorrow.

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My sweet, quiet, dinosaur loving Jesse Wayne.

I guess that’s it for today’s rambling.
Until tomorrow…

 

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Zelda, cabin fever, family

For Christmas Kait got the kids a Zelda Yahtzee.  Rabbit sat down and played it with the kids yesterday and there was a lot of laughing and whatnot and Jesse didn’t win so there was a little bit of a morale boost among the older kids.

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Surprisingly, they take getting beat by a 7 year old pretty well.

The set came with a treasure box for rolling the dice which was a really cool idea but has no practical application at all.  They ended up going with a regular plastic cup and used the treasure box as an argument starter.  Everybody wants to hold Link’s treasure box.

As I’m writing this they are beginning another game because it’s freaking cold outside the last few days.  We had an 80 degree Christmas holiday but the warm weather came with weeks of rain so there wasn’t much outside time. Then suddenly two days ago the temperature plummeted to highs in the 50’s and we’re all getting cabin fever.

Stop laughing at us.  It’s 48 degrees outside right now and we live in Florida and we don’t have a ton of winter clothes.  I had to go buy Matthew tennis shoes yesterday because he grew out of all of his shoes over a month ago but it was so warm he wore flip flops and without complaint.

Here’s to hoping this frigid weather doesn’t stick around for long.  My digits are going to fall off.

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Apparently we like space shows and movies.

Every year on December 14th we buy a star from Name A Star Live, via Groupon, and we vote on what to name it.  The range of suggestions we get are pretty humorous and last night was no exception.  Here are a few suggestions my family came up with.

Magrathea
Christmas Star
Alpha 177
Culbertism
Sharkesha
Zaphod (which is funny because that’s what we named last year’s star)
Vogsphere
Fred
Family Star
Dipper
Death Star
Akbar

Are you seeing a little bit of a trend here?

Ultimately, Culbertism won and I’m not sure how because it sounds like a disease or a syndrome.  It won 7 to 5 over Sharkesha, which is also odd because our family is 11 and Maggie didn’t vote.  Not sure how we ended up with 12 votes.

Our first star was named Patrick, and if I remember correctly it was the only name that we’ve unanimously agreed upon.  But that really doesn’t matter.  It’s just plain simple fun and we all look forward to it every year.

So when you look up into the sky tonight just know that Culbertism is out there, shining down upon your face, lighting up the night. Hopefully it doesn’t give you a disorder or anything.
Maybe you should up your vitamin C intake or something just to be on the safe side.

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