Last night Ryan and I were getting close to heading to bed at about 10:30 when Gabe came up and said Joe cut himself really bad”. Ryan and I are accustomed to the dramatic nature of our children so we calmly questioned Gabe about the incident. “You guys are supposed to be asleep already. How did Joe cut himself?” Gabe filled us in.
I had a small diamond shaped mirror that had fallen out of its frame laying on the bathroom counter. I guess when Gabe(6) and Joe(9) came up to use the bathroom before going to bed they took the mirror down with them to play with the light that shines into their room at night. When Joe got up again to go to the bathroom he rolled over onto the mirror and cut his knee.
We told Gabe to go down and tell Joe to come up here. Gabe responded with “he can’t, he is cut too bad and he is bleeding everywhere”. Still sure that Gabe was overly dramatizing the situation Ryan and I mosied on downstairs to Joe and Gabe’s room. There was Kaitlyn(12) sitting on the floor with a concerned looking Joe holding a towel on the blood. Funny how Joe got Kaitlyn up first when he saw how bad his wound was. When she saw it she knew he would need stitches and sent Gabe up to get me.
Anyway, one look at the cut and I knew he was destined for the emergency room. We have been down this road before – 2 years ago, early morning the day after Christmas, and a box cutter (he was trying to help open one of Gabriel’s LEGO gifts).
Joe is a mama’s boy and really would have preferred me to take him but since Sam(5mo) was being a major fuss bucket Ryan decided it was best if I stayed home. Poor Joe, he was shaking and I just wanted to comfort him however, being the tough boy he is the entire incident only caused a few small tears during the numbing shot and no real crying. The last time he got stitches he didn’t cry at all.

 
Take a look at Joseph’s(9) knee.
Pretty messy, I know.
Doc says we shouldn’t clean it up until this evening.
The one-upping Sara comment in the title is because my niece, Sara(almost 5), just got stitches last week. We like to do everything bigger and better around here, though I am not sure Joe won on this one. Gabe(6) still holds the record for the worst kid injury in our recent family history. He severed his bottom lip almost completely when he was 2 by falling and hitting his face on a coffee table while we were at a Bible study meeting.
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Ben and his pajama top(s)

Being 2 Ben is big into ‘doing it himself’ in the last few months and has decided recently that his favorite outfit is a pajama top. Any pajama top will do but it has to be a pajama top.

That is all. No pants, no underwear, just a pajama top and a pair of boots on occassion. I like to put pants on him, he looks so cute when he is dressed but in less than an hour I will be asking him “Where did your pants go?” He almost always replies, “They’re dirty, I put them in the hamper”. Further inspection reveals a perfectly clean pair of pants in the hamper.
I know I could get him to keep his pants on if I was really consistent about it but I am just not seeing it as being a high priority in my endless list of discipline needing offenses. I am more worried about him dropping his toys and sometimes my jewelry down the heater vents. Or finding him climbing up in the kitchen cupboard trying to reach who knows what. Or coloring on himself with sharpie (some of you know this story – innocent enough but not quite appropriate for this Christian blog).
Ben is by far my most challenging child. And to think, when I was pregnant with him I prayed for twins. HA – God definetely knew.
He just knew.
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I luve yuo mom vare munch

Gabe(6) gave me this little drawing yesterday. I am on the left, Gabe is on the right. Very sweet and very cute but…

How come when my kids draw pictures of me I always turn out looking like a frog?
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He said ‘Mama’!

A few weeks ago Sam starting saying ‘mama’ when he was fussing. Nobody believed me. Then, recently he started saying ‘mama’ here and there when he babbles too.

He wasn’t babbling when I shot this video – he was at first but as soon as I started videoing he quit being happy. It is a bit dark, too. I didn’t realize how dim it was in the living room.
Anyway, at the end of the video you can here him say ‘mama mama’. Now I have proof!

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Growing Up Fast

It is amazing how time flies. One minute I have a kid, the next minute I am mother to 6.
Kait will be 13 in January.

13. A teenager. In my house. In 3 months.

Then there is Sam. He will be 5 months next week and I am equally stunned at his rapid growth. Looking at pictures from just a few months ago makes me sad; I feel like it is all going by too quickly. I just want to slow down and treasure each moment.
People often ask me why I do it all. Why homeschool them? I get asked why I don’t put them in school, it would be easier, I would get more stuff done, I would have my ‘me’ time, I would get out of the house more.
I guess if I had been doing it all along it wouldn’t be a big deal, I would be desensitized to sending my kids away; but now, looking back, I cannot imagine missing out on so much of their young lives. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything. Even ‘me’ time.

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Me or Kermit – you decide

Matthew(4) loves to draw and did a portrait of me a few days ago. It was sitting on the table and my husband said “pretty good frog drawing”. He laughed when I said “It’s not a frog, it’s ME”.
I TOTALLY LOVE having kids.
So, what do ya think? Does it look anything like me at all or does it look like Kermit? Or, heaven forbid, both? At least my arms aren’t sticking out of my head.

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A Job Well Done

One of our kitchen cupboards came off the hinges yesterday. This morning it was still hanging off. Joe (9) asked me if I would like him to go get his drill and fix it. I said sure, if you would like to that would be very nice but we are going to tear these cupboards out soon.

He proceeded down stairs to get his drill from the garage. Then he worked to get the job done.

It didn’t occur to me that what Joe had just done was very grown up until I was telling my husband about our day. That he saw a job that needed to be done (a guy job at that) and that he happily went about fixing the problem was such a big guy thing to do. He

sure is growing into a fine young man.
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Contemplating A Spider

I am actually considering adding a large, hairy, 8 legged creature to our family pet population. I don’t know what is wrong with me. Everything inside me says “BAD IDEA” but still I am giving into thoughts of allowing Joe to purchase a Tarantula. He has everything set up for it in his bug habitat we allowed him to create in a large aquarium in his room. All he needs now is the creepy crawly.

Am I delerious? Are my children slipping some kind of medication into my coffee when I am not looking? Isn’t it bad enough that they are harvesting bugs to feed their Praying Mantis which lives IN MY HOUSE?
I feel like I am taking CRAZY PILLS!
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A brat? I think not.

For the last week Sam has been very fussy. He wanted to be held ALL THE TIME. Since he had his vaccinations last week I was sure he was fussing because his leg hurt or something. He hadn’t slept well in at least 2 weeks.
I kept telling Ryan that I thought maybe he was having tummy aches or something. Ryan went with that for a few days and then decided while playing with him a couple of nights ago that Sam was just being a brat. You see, while Ryan played with Sam he smiled huge smiles but as soon as he saw me he would cry cry cry; and it wasn’t just a regular baby cry – this was an all out quivering cry – the kind that makes you think that surely his leg must be eating itself. Ryan said he was just spoiled on his mama. I can see how that could happen.
Anyway, last night Sam just seemed to be in a really good mood all of the sudden. I was playing with him and he was giggling and that is when I saw it. The smallest little piece of tooth had broken through Sam’s lower gums.
I playfully chided Ryan immediately for thinking my sweet little 4 month old could ever be considered a brat. He was just teething! My poor baby was in pain and I had no idea it was his mouth. In all 6 of my kids Sam is the first to get teeth before 7 months. It was the last thing on my mind in all those sleepless nights.

He slept well last night and has been in a great mood this morning. I am SO glad he is feeling better.

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Daddy Is Dan

This is just one of those things I must write down so I don’t forget it.

We find that it is very important that our children call us mommy or daddy (mom or dad or mama or whatever). It shows more respect than just calling us by our first names.

It surprised us recently when Ben, our 2 year old, took to calling his daddy Dan. We are consistent in reminding him to call his father Daddy yet he still calls him Dan and when we remind him to call his daddy Daddy he giggles, scrunches up his forehead, and says nooooo like we don’t know what we are talking about.

What is even worse is that his dad’s name is, in fact, not Dan. My husband’s name is Ryan. Which makes the whole thing very funny to us.

Yes, my husband has already asked me (playfully) who Dan is.

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