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May 11, 2009


I've had this conversation more times than I can remember- "you are so amazing" I repeatedly tell folks- really, I'm just crazy. Who has eight kids, anymore? Not many really, truly large families out there. I don't consider 3 or even 4 to be large. I'm not so amazing, I swear!

Yes, I yell at my kids. Too much.

Yes, I drink at night. Not enough. I haven't had a cocktail or beer since mid-April- not necessarily by choice, just by circumstance.

Yes, two of the four toilets are rimmed with dried pee. Not too mention the sink, tub, counter or floors in said bathrooms.

Yes, I have washed the hardwood floors since we moved in here over three years ago. The entire floor? Maybe, once or twice, maybe.

Yes, I do mow the lawn. Usually weekly- but not always, and I only edge maybe once a month.

Yes, my kids put their own laundry away. I'm too frustrated and lazy too make sure it is put away correctly.

Yes, my kids have gone to bed without dinner as a consequence/punishment for bad choice/behavior.

Yes, I leave my kids in the car while I run into the store for a quick thing- only if I'm parked in front of the store and I can see the car and occupants. (and yes, I know it's not safe and against the law)

Yes, I do sometimes kick a clear path from our bedroom to the kitchen and upstairs before I go to bed. Instead of picking the crap up off the floor.

Yes, there are hidden, and some not so hidden, stacks of papers in several places around the house.

Yes, sometimes I hide ice cream, chips, chocolate, or other food and then hide myself from my children and eat it.

Yes, our kids bathe. 2-4 times a week. And in the summer? Isn't that what the pool is for?

Yes, the kids bed sheets get washed! When they pee in them, after they throw up in them, or get a bloody nose, or stink... Otherwise, it is often weeks or even months in between washings.

Yes, I miss having alone time with Käri- really truly kidless time because we don't take the time to hire someone we trust to watch them and only rely on friends to do that and really, how many times can you ask?

Yes, the breakfast dishes are still sitting on the counter at 2:23 in the afternoon while I spend time on facebook and reading blogs telling my 6 year old twins to "Shhhhh... I'm trying to read and write here, I'll fix your bikes when I'm done". (And yes, it's actually working today!)

Yes, eight is enough.There's a nice ring to 10, too... Eleven is heaven????

Time to fix some bikes...right after I do the dishes and plan dinner and pee...


Zip n Tizzy said...

But see, that sounds like life with two. The amazing thing is you've multiplied it exponentially. But, you and I have talked about it before... I don't want to get pregnant with any more, but I can secretly imagine raising more. I guess I put my time in as a nanny. We'll see what the future holds.

Who could it have been who you met? I'm wracking my brain. Does their last name start with G, M, or V?
Your turn.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Heh. Sounds like my house. Dishes, sheets, pee and all.

Troy-Michelle Reinhardt said...

You mean you are...HUMAN?!?!? Thanks for bursting my bubble! :-)
I was just telling Dan that I'm feeling overwhelmed - thanks for putting it in perspective for me! :-)

This Mom said...

I can say yes to the vast majority of these, and I "only" have two. You may not be amazing, but you're definitely doing something right!

MommyNay said...

Well your a lot more patient than me...mine not only put away their own laundry but they strip their beds weekly and remake them when the sheets are clean, they also clean their bathroom AND pick-UP all the crap off the floor everyday because if I had to kick it out of my way Id be liable to throw it away and my kids know it! :) thanks for the smile!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read blogs in a bit, so I'm late chiming in, but . . .

Yes, yes, and YES. Yes again. And yes some more.

All that AND you can cut babies' fingernails? Sheesh.

Have I told you lately that I like you? Sigh.


Tricia said...

I am loving your blog!!!!!!

jody said...

Pool=bath at our house!