Friday, May 16, 2008

Losing My Mind

It has been decided , today is the day I could very well lose my mind. When my kids were little I used to think "I can't wait till they get a little more independent", well, they are alot more independent, and I'm having a hard time keeping up with all of them!! My middle 2 went for a bike ride today, they asked, I said they could, 20 minutes later I get a phone call.... they are calling from our friends house, 3 miles away!! They rode bike/rollerbladed to their house on the bike path!! I used to do the same thing when I was 11-14, but that was a different world back then! I wasn't mad at the girls, I just stressed to them that they have to ask me before they decided to do that type of thing again! I feel like they are all asking me if they can do different things at the same time, and they are in and out of the house all the time, I am having a hard time remembering who came in, who ran out, who asked what , when and WHERE???? Ugh--- definantly losing my mind!!

Oh and as I am sitting here typing I have been hearing this moaning sound, its been driving me nutty, I have not been able to figure out where it is coming from, until I finally figured it out!!! I have antique milk bottles on my kitchen windowsill, and every time a breeze comes thru the window it makes a whistleing sound!! Good grief!!

Yep-- today is the day I could lose my mind, in fact, I think it may be already gone!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

crazy weekend

Well, the sleep over was great!14 kids all together, my 5 and 9 others! Including two 3 year olds! It was a blast. The kids had so much fun, the girls did makeovers on each other, and listened to music and watched movies. The boys... well, they watched movies and spent most of the time upstairs, building with lincoln logs and legos, I think. Boys are so different than the girls! The girls are constantly coming upstairs to show us their faces and being silly and giggly. The boys are happy being left alone and doing their own things.

Dennis ended up making it home Friday night, he made it till 9 pm , than he took Branden and they went to bed, we didn't see or here from them until 8 o'clock Saturday morning. They were both exhausted I guess!

Lights out at 1:00 and then Ethan was up by 6:30! I could not believe it when the boys were up by 7, and already playing upstairs while I got breakfast in the oven! The girls didn't crawl out of bed until 8-830. Wish I could have joined them!

I didn't get to sleep until 2 in the morning, I was up quiet a bit during the night ( morning?!), its hard to sleep with so many little bodies sleeping around you! They were all great, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!! I hope they had as much fun as I did!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Finally, the sun has shone its beautiful face in MN!! We have had gorgeous weather all week! So the kids have been outside from sun up till sun down. Which means they come in the house filthy dirty and sweaty every night! Which means bedtime gets pushed off later than usual, with all 5 kids needing baths every night. I love a big hug from my little kids when they're all sweaty and smell like sunshine. But I also love my big hugs from them when they smell all sweet and clean! Aww, yes, its been a beautiful week up in MN!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Counting down...

Well the countdown is on! My schoolroom now looks like a storage room, I have totes along the walls and I am slowly getting everything packed. Trying to decide what we really need with and what can be left in MN. Those bulky winter coats and snow boots are out, and all the swimsuits and flip flops are in!! Turtlenecks and cable-knit sweaters are out and shorts and tanks are in! School materials are in :( and scrapping and cardmaking stuff are in :)

I will be having 14 children under the age of 12 spending the night here Friday! Some may think I'm cracked to even attempt such a heroic feat--- but to tell you the truth, I think I'm as excited as the kiddies! Pizzas movies munchies... what better way for the kids to say goodbye to their friends?! Its the last hoorah for the Andersons in MN, and we plan on making it memorable! And I plan on staying up all night making cards and spending time with MY friend too!! Too bad D is going to miss out on all the fun ;)

We have found a house in FL. And its large enough so when we have friends and family visiting we have plenty of space for everyone!

I was holding out on the whole "magic kingdom" thing, 5 children (who don't always enjoy the same things) and 1 hubby who cannot stand large crowds, does not sound like "magic" to me! Plus the price tag of $500. doesn't sound very magical either.... but.... my loverly brother in law and his family are thinking about spending Christmas down in FL with us, and Disney World is top on their list of things to do together. And to be quiet honest, watching Belle's eyes light up at Cinderella's castle and seeing the other kids' expressions as they go on different rides, it does hold a certain appeal to me. And scrapping all those pics would be a blast! So I guess we shall have to see what comes of it all, I will keep you posted:)

Oh, but I am still holding out on buying DVD players for the van! I think its a shame that children cannot go a few days without having their minds turned to mush watching TV (movies too!). We made quiet a few trips back and forth from MO to MN last summer, 13-14 hrs in the van,(in a single day), so I think we can make it down to FL without watching TV. But can I make it without my internet?? Now that is the true question that has been plagueing me....maybe a wireless card could be looked at?

I have enjoyed being back in MN for a time, and I have truelly enjoyed spending time with friends and family. We are excited to embark on a new adventure, its true, we don't like the thought of having to say our goodbyes, but we are so excited to be back together as a family.

Being apart from D is very tiresome, I miss my friend, my lover. I miss having somebody to cuddle up with and I miss those hugs that only he can give. I miss those late night talks in the dark. I miss his cooking! I am very much looking forward to seeing him walk thru the front door every night, "Honey, I'm home" ;)

So I am counting down the days until FL, (and counting up the totes and luggage we need to fit in the trailer....)!!