You know you have a big family when…

Target doesn’t have enough different colors in its pharmacy color-coding to accomodate all the members of  your family.


Weather Whiplash

That is my new term for Texas weather.   For example.  Yesterday it was 80 degrees.  This morning we get up adn leace the house at 8:20 to go to coop.  It is high 60’s.  Drive for 15 minutes and get out and it is noticably colder.    Tonight they are callign for wintry mix and a low in the high 20’s.   Tomorrow, cold and rainy.   Thursday it is supposed to be sunny and 68.  This is why we are avid weather watchers.  You never know what you are going to get from day to day without watching the weather.  The kids ask every day, “Shorts or pants? short sleeves or long sleeves? Jacket or not?”    This is why we have weather whiplash.

It was a big day at our house today

I am sure you mind might be thinking of any number of things that might have happened that would make it such a significant day, but I can pretty much guarantee you that you would be wrong.  It doesn’t involve any of the kids, but the dad himself.  He read a book.  Not so remarkable, eh?  He practically reads books for a living.  But this wasn’t just any book; this was a very special book.  We are talking about one of my favorite books of all times; one of our  children was named for the author.   He read AND ENJOYED (did you catch that..I said read AND ENJOYED) Pride and Predjudice.   No more lingering in the doorway pretending NOT to watch the movies any more.  He can own up to it and relax on the couch and watch them with me.  Not only did he ENJOY it, but he was later reading something else and started chuckling about Lady Catherine de Bourgh.  He is also looking forward to reading another Jane Austen book.  Hey, I bet he’ll even blog about it.

Nostalgia — Childhood Meals

From the beginning:

The other day I bought a french fry cutter.  I am not sure why I thougth I wanted a french fry cutter.  We all love these potatoes (and I am even including Jack in that all) which are way better than a french fry, but then the kids do like french fries and since I am a make-it-yourself-kind of gal, I thought a french fry cutter seemed like a really good idea.  It wasn’t.  I tried it out tonight and it was a total bust.  So I made crash hot potatoes instead and everyone was still happy.

That got me to thinking that I really needed one like my mom had when we were growing up.  The one I bought looked like one of those things you cut apples with and hers looked more like this.  So that led to my thinking about the meals I liked as a kid.

Every so often I call my mom and say something like, “Hey, Mom, you remember that egg, noodle, bacon stuff you used to make?  Can you tell me how to make it?”  Inevitably, she responds with, “Why in the world do you want to make that?”  It will be some meal that was just a cheap, throw together meal and not exactly a culinary work of art.  But, egg, noodly, bacon stuff is good.  My kids adore it and we won’t talk about how Jon ruins it by adding soy sauce.

We used to always eat chips with pizza.  You know the Our Special chips that came in the brown twin pack.  It literally took me years to not think something was missing when we would eat pizza without chips, but Jon thought that I was crazy for wanting chips with pizza.  He grew up eating chili over rice and I find that equally odd, so we are even.

So, Mom, if you are reading this, I still want to know how to make that stuff with the hamburger concotion on the bottom, then canned biscuits and sliced process cheese.  I know neither of us buy canned biscuits or processed cheese anymore, but really, my kids’ childhoods won’t be complete if I don’t make this for them at least once. Besides, I have no doubt that they would love it!

An Emma Funny

A van conversation:

Elizabeth:  I wonder who invented car seats?

Emma: George Washington?

Wordless Wednesday


The Sedentary Gene: Is it faltering?

Our babies are nown for a strong sedentary gene.  Out of 6 kids, none have walked before a year other than a few faltering steps.  The latest one has walked has been 16 months.  One crawled at 9 months the rest more like 10 months.  Knox may have rolled over before 6 months but not much earlier and none of the others did.  Two of them didn’t roll over until 9 months.

About 2 months ago, Creed rolled over 5 times from the front to the back in one day.  This was while lying on  my bed so I am not sure it counts and seeing as how he hasn’t done it since I am pretty certain it doesn’t.  Then the other day, Elizabeth comes running to tell me Creed has rolled over from his back to his front while playing on the floor.  If I don’t see it, then it hasn’t happened. 😉  I mean who knows what sort of encouragement and assistance he had.  However, last night at 2AM he was screaming hysterically.  I go over to his bed and lo and behold he is on his tummy.  He was sooo mad!!  6:30 AM he is on his tummy.  Has the sedentary gene been conquered?  He is only 7 1/2 months old.  He is 1 1/2 months ahead of schedule!!