My Life

Life

When I first signed up for the blog, I thought for sure I’d be blogging everyday with all the stories or events from the day before. I don’t know how people that blog with kids do it! Life goes by super fast around here, especially with all the sports my boys are in. I was SO thankful that we were able to break away a few weeks ago from our busy schedule and go on a vacation.

If any of you travel with kids and can’t afford to fly (which most of us can’t!!) I strongly suggest traveling long distances in a motorhome. It was awesome. We had our kitchen to make meals or snacks and we could use the bathroom while traveling down the road. That is a life saver for parents with young kids!! We didn’t have to stop for a bathroom break and then travel 10 minutes down the road before someone else realizes that they need to us the bathroom!! After the 3rd or 4th time of that I get super irritated.

We drove down to Gulf Shores, Alabama. If any of you haven’t gone there, you NEED to go!! There are so many things to do with kids down there. The ocean was our top priority, but we really enjoyed touring and sight seeing as well. The USS Alabama in Mobile, Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, and Alligator Alley in Summerdale were our other stops that we LOVED!!

As a mother we want vacations to be fun and packed full of memories with no fighting. HAHA!! Well that is not life, or life with boys anyways!! Apparently a boy (or even a man???) is not happy until they are challenging others. It seems like their testoterone just has to come out to prove they know more than EVERYONE!! I always point out that I have been alive way longer than them, but I’m pretty sure they still think they know more! Haha This vacation was our best one yet. The fun times did outweigh the fighting and arguing, so a mom couldn’t ask for anything better. God has created such a beautiful word and we are so blessed that we get to share it with our children.

Awww the white sand….I can’t wait to go back
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Smells

Hello outside world!! It has been a crazy start to the summer, but things are starting to slow down. Thank goodness. We have ran to baseball practices and games, spent 4 days in Children’s Mercy Hospital with Amos for a ruptured appendix, keeping the garden weeded, football camp, and now junior golf starts. I mean could my schedule get any bigger!!!??? My kitchen has been a complete mess, I have not been able to cook a nice family meal for weeks, and our home has seen better days. If I had a job outside of the home I’m pretty sure my children would starve and our home would look like an episode of Hoarders! Hahaha

One thing that irritates me the most in our home (especially right now) are smells. Smells are something I have always struggled with in our home. Maybe it’s because I have a lot of children. I’m telling you it’s getting worse too! The boys are getting older so now I’m no longer fighting diaper odors……it’s all from their bodies!!!! What in the world did God put in them to make such awful smells, hahaha. Their shoes, batting gloves, their clothes, the bedding, everything they wear or touch SMELLS!!!!! Our school is now offering 7th and 8th grade football…..I remember very well what my brother’s football pads smelled like and I’ll have two kids playing!!! Ugh

Have you ever been to a house that has a fresh smell and everytime you go there it always smells the same? I’ve been to a lot of homes that smell wonderful every time we visit. How does someone do that?! I don’t like using chemicals to clean or freshen our home with, but I have tried some recently! I used fabric softener mixed with water for a room spray. Helped for maybe an hour. I use my living room essential oil diffuser, it’s just not a strong enough to cover the odors anymore. I tried Lysol (which smells horrible) and it did not cover the odor like the commercial stated! HELP!

Last week I walked back to the big boys bedroom and all five boys were in there at the same time. I opened the door, gagged, and had to stand in the hallway to talk to them, the odor was SO bad!!!! My first question was “Who didn’t take a shower today?!” Apparently a farting contest had gone on……WHAT?! Sometimes I just have to walk away. As I walked away I got on my phone and ordered essential oil diffusers for their bedrooms! I only have one teenager right now too……I can’t EVEN imagine how bad it’s going to get in a few years. Ahhhhhhh!!

As I battle fighting the smells of the men in my home, pray for Harper and I! Hahahahaha. We are taking our motorhome to Gulf Shores this summer so we will be living very close together for a week. Her and I will need LOTS of prayers!!!!!

My patient, he was a trooper! Children’s Mercy Hospital is amazing. They had BINGO night, Amos won some good prizes.

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Renovation

Almost 10 years ago we ran across this old farm house that sits behind a neighborhood all by itself on almost 5 acres. It was a foreclosure property and we knew that it was the place for us to build our family. People warned us often how remodeling a home can cause a rocky marriage. We thought they were crazy……umm turns out they were right!!

We didn’t choose to keep it a simple remodel either! Brian tore out every wall inside and out, replacing everything, and adding on to the structure of the house.

On top of the renovation we had three boys under the age of 3 and Brian worked 10+ hours through the week at his job. The rocky part was moving into the house before it was completely finished! The boys were into all the tools, materials, etc. A lot of tears were shed by yours truly! Miraculously we made it through ( Praise Jesus!!!) and have a beautiful and cozy home.

In a recent post I talked about our kitchen and bedroom addition. I also said I would post pictures……Brian DID finish the trim that next day. He wanted me to make sure I shared that! Hehehehe. I just got busy with mom life and wasn’t able to post. Here are pictures of our new kitchen!! Fyi, some of them were taken this winter (hints the Garland above window, haha).

Yes my pantry is a mixture of tools and food for the moment! That’s my next project after baseball is over!!

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Family

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, which is special in itself. A day to thank our mother’s for raising us and being there when we need them. A day to thank God for letting our mothers bring us into this world. A day to thank God for allowing a young woman to give birth and raise our Savior. A day to thank Mother Mary for accepting the responsibility of being a mother to Jesus and to all of us sinners.

This Mother’s Day was even more special for us. Amos, our fourth son, celebrated his First Holy Communion. He had a wonderful teacher (Aunt Joy!!) who does a great job preparing the kids through the year. We are SO proud of him

Brian and I hosted a brunch afterwards for our families. Since we didn’t want to ask everyone to come back the following Sunday for Harper’s 2nd birthday, we decided to throw that in as well!! Three celebrations in one party….lol. Thanks for the cakes Aunt Tess!

We are all still in awe that God blessed us with this little girl. She brings us lots of laughter, love with her hugs and kisses, and teaches all of us how to hold her baby dolls the correct way! Hahaha

It was so wonderful having family here at our home. We missed the ones who couldn’t make it and were thankful for the ones that could. Family is so important to us and to be in a big family is even better! To watch the teens and college cousins grow into adults is amazing. They still show the younger kids love and play with them. They have no idea how it makes the little ones feel and how much love they have for the older cousins. It makes my heart melt.

God has truly blessed us.

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Harper Has A Friend

Last week I posted about being worried Harper will have no friends…..this week at the ball game she played nice with a boy named Preston!!! It was in a water puddle and with cars, but at this point I am thrilled she was able to play with someone without punching or pushing them down!!

Now, there was another little girl that tried to play with them. When we heard crying we turned around and that girl (who looked like the same age) was in the arms of her grandma pointing at Harper! I would like to think it had nothing to do with my precious daughter…….wishful thinking at this point!!

We’ll keep working on it!