Friday, July 2, 2010

So Much Accomplished!

Well I have a whole lot of stuff that needs to get accomplished today! We are throwing a 70th bday party for HH's mom tomorrow so its "all hands on deck"! Of course with my Pack it gets done so quickly so I really have no reason to stress about it :)

Here is my to-do list for the day:

trim all weeds (around trees and driveway) ~ Little Brother X
scrub bathtub ~ Blue Eyes X
Peel 10 lbs potatoes ~ Baby Sister X
deep clean all bedrooms (dust, organize, ect) Everyone! X
put away craft stuff ~ Me X
roast the pork ~ Me X
bake banana bread ~ Mouth
iron ~ Beans
put away all gaming systems ~ Little Brother X
wash windows ~ Blue Eyes X
clean out fridge ~ Me X
make more laundry soap ~ Mouth
bake cupcakes ~ Baby Sister
finish laundry ~ everyone
clean around shed ~ Little Brother X
scrub out cooler for drinks ~ Mouth
put window air conditioner in ~ Me
put the front panel back on washing machine ~ Me
clean and disinfect litter box ~ Blue Eyes
make a bday banner ~ me
drop off Baby Sister at Little Friend's house ~ X
pick up a few groceries
make potatoe salad ~ Me
make Sarah Beans ~ Beans

that isn't including all their usual chores! its looking pretty good though :) We should still be able to relax this afternoon and the older 3 girls have their heart set on going to see Eclipse, I don't think that will be a problem :)

Oh, for the 4th we always spend the day with friends ~ I am thinking about making the rainbow cupcakes, but making them red, white and blue :) sound like a good idea??? I need to pick up some red, white and blue sprinkels for on top maybe? hmm, maybe add that to my list....

Thursday, July 1, 2010

So Busy??

I just have something I have been thinking about lately, so I guess this is my way of getting it off my chest ;)

When talking to other moms I have heard them say they never have time for anything, because the kids are so much work. Ask them out for coffee? Nope, they can't, because they are so busy. Ask them if they want to come over for coffee and cookies, the kids can come with! Nope, they are so busy. Want to meet at the beach and take the kids swimming? oh, um, yeah, I can't because I am so busy.

I have a simple question. What are you so busy doing??? Why is it so hard to keep your house clean, melas on the table and laundry done? What is so hard about being a wife and mother? I am not saying we have the easiest job in the world! Seriously, when I had 5 kids under the age of 6, I was busy, I was tired, just getting all of them in their carseats to go anywhere was a chore of its own! But after Baby Sister was out of diapers, and walking on her own, I felt like I had freedom!

If your children are over the age of 4 there is no reason why you are still tying their shoes, cleaning up their messes, wiping their bottoms, buttoning their pants! They can have chores of their own, they CAN get them done, they can be ready to go when they are instructed to be ready. If they can't its not their fault, its because mommy has never made them!

I look at my Brat Pack and sometimes I really am amazed by them. They do their own laundry, mow the lawn (push mow an acre, ALL HILL!), get their chores done everyday, they all love to help in the kitchen, and have turned into some pretty great cooks and bakers. They keep their rooms clean (somewhat ;). My oldest girls help another family twice a week cleaning and doing laundry and watching their 4 children. And that does not include Beans' regular babysitting job and Blue Eyes and Mouth have been kept very busy babysitting this summer. And somehow we still find the time to go swimming everyday, I try to take one of the Pack out once a week for some mom and me time, make meals for others, oh! and we enjoy every weekend at the cabin with family. And you will find us at the library many afternoons during any given week, and many days are spent at the park playing with friends. I still find time to coupon and plan my meals so I am not spending a huge amount of money to feed this family of 7 ( with a few more thrown in on any given day).

I am not writing this to "toot my own horn". I am just trying to show other moms who have gotten to the place where their families are WORK, that it does NOT have to be that way! I love my kids, love my Handsome Hubby, love being able to spend time with them and not always finding myself spinning my wheels feeling as if as fast as I am getting things done they are undoing it! Don't blame your husband and kids when you can't find the time to enjoy time with others. You made your life like it is. You have no one to blame but yourself.

So, as you are letting life pass you by because you are so busy, we will be spending the day at the beach making memories, or maybe having a picnic lunch at the park with friends.

Of course you can feel free to drop in anytime, we always have fresh cookies or bars and it only takes a few minutes and I can have a pot of coffee brewed and we can sit and chat while the kids run and play. My house may not be perfect, but the door is always open and you will always be welcomed here.

Beautiful Sunshiney Days

I love weeks like we have had! Sunshine EVERY day! The Pack has been swimming every day this week, I went and bought clothesline for my poles so I have been hanging laundry outside :) the garden is looking good, already have been picking tomatoes for my salads, we are having family over on Saturday for Mom's 70th Bday party. The Pack has been hard at work mowing our little paradise. An acre of mowing wears them out but then they get to go swimming again :)

Little Brother broke out in a rash on Monday, on his face! Poor kid, itches so badly! I have told him he can no longer go out to the forts at the cabin, the weeds are up to his face and he must have gotten into something. It looks horrible :P Baby Sister is the only one that hasn't broken out in a rash yet, I guess we will have to see if she lucks out and has clear skin all summer or not...

So far Beans and Mouth have broken out from poison oak or something, I think that's what Little Brother has on him too. Blue Eyes, we have found out is allergic to the Equate brand of spray on sun screen. That was a painful experience let me tell ya :'( And I am allergic to Deep Woods Off bugspray. Oh and Beans is also allergic to bodywash (another painful experience!), and so am I.

Handsome Hubby has been working 13 hrs a day. So the Brat Pack hasn't seen him all week, they are missing him immensley. I was feeling sorry for myself when HH came home late last night and told me he is planning on working the whole weekend too, then my very good friend reminded me today, " ITS WORK!!! Be thankful he will work when the work is there!!" thank you Friend! I needed that reminder :) I am very thankful for my Handsome Hubby!

We have had friends over all week, the BP has been loving it, I am just thankful we have had an amazing week of sunshine and warm weather! They have been spending their afternoons swimming at our little paradise across the street :)

I will be posting a pic of my Pack soon, they have changed so much in the last couple months!!

Gotta go! I am making supper for the family that the girls are helping out this summer. Then spending the evening at the park with my Pack and some friends :) Have I said I LOVE this weather?!?!?! Sunshine and warmth :) Swimming and parks. Friends and outdoor cooking.
Swimsuits and beach towels on the line. Reading books on the deck with a tall glass of ice cold water. Hearing my Pack laughing and screaming from their favorite swimming hole. Yep, I so love this weather!!!!