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Chaos clip January 29, 2010

Filed under: Chaos clip,S3,S5,S6,S7 — jps23 @ 11:56 am

I thought is would be fun to post little chaos clips.  What is that, you ask?  Well, when there has been a moment of sheer chaos that makes me either laugh or break down into tears, or maybe laugh until I cry or cry until I laugh, I thought I’d post it.  I also thought it would be a great chance for me to vent over the occurance without yelling at a child or the man who impregnated me with all of them!

Chaos clip #1- Inaugural edition (drum roll please…….)

I was nursing S7 in the chair while the kids were playing.  The girls were working on their calendars and the boys were playing hide and seek in a large suitcase.  One would count while the other hid in the suitcase.  S6 was wandering around the house with a stinky diaper, playing here and there.  The big boys start fighting over the suitcase.  I get up and deal with that.  I go back to nursing and the two younger girls go get clothes for themselves and their buddies.  S3 even got a pull-up for S5 and started to change him.  Oops, she didn’t check the current diaper for poop.  He pulls his feet out of his pants and diaper and leans back on the clean blankets I washed YESTERDAY!  Before then, they hadn’t been washed in over a month.  Thanks, S5.  I get up, put the baby in the swing and LOCK HIM IN, and go tend to the poop situation.  Rabbit drops, thank goodness.  In the meantime, S6 sticks his finger and thumb in his diaper.  Guess what.  He didn’t pull out a plum.  Yes, all of this in a span of about ten minutes.


Wordless Wednesday January 13, 2010

Filed under: S2,S3,S4,S5,S6,Superman,Wordless Wednesday — jps23 @ 11:56 am


And then there were two January 5, 2010

Filed under: S5 — jps23 @ 3:29 pm

We had some family pictures made when I was pregnant with S5, and one of the shots included the girls putting pearls and feather boas all over their baby brother, S4.  I’m sure he is so glad that was a one time thing and he would soon be joined by some testosterone!  S5 was born just shy of a year after S4, and he was a precious gift.  He is just two and a half years old at this point, but he is definately one of those children that has “an old soul.”  He is quite precious, with the sweetest little voice.  It is almost whispery.  Now, he is completely capable of louder, and he speaks that way quite frequently with his older brother!  We are just seeing that competitive nature in boys between the two of them.  Needless to say, it should be interesting between the four boys over the years.

S5 loves letters!  He learned them all with the help of the PBS show “Superwhy”, upper and lower case letters.  He’s also pretty good with numbers, too, but this boy lights up at the sight of letters.  He reads them off of billboards and magazines, books and t-shirts.  He is especially excited when he sees the letter that starts his name!  He never has a boo-boo that a kiss can’t fix.  When he cries, I ask him if he wants a kiss, and when you give it to him, he sweetly says, “All better!”  He, too, loves cars, but he also loves playing with balls.  He has a favorite Little Einsteins ball that he loves, probably because he loves Little Einsteins.  Music moves him, quite literally.  He loves to dance and jump to any song he hears.  Right now, he loves to sing his blessing, and he cheers every time we do it.  He also has picked up taking a bow after he performs.  That was a trick that Grandma taught to S4, so maybe she had something to do with it!  One of his cute things right now is when he blinks.  He has beautifully long eyelashes, and he blinks them often and does it almost in slow motion.  He seems insightful, though we won’t know if he is until he gets a little older.  He just seems to think about things before he says them and truly listen when you are speaking to him.  He likes quiet time, and he seeks it quite often.  He HATES bedtime, fighting it every night, and waking quite frequently through the night to climb in bed with Daddy or have Daddy snuggle with him in his own bed.  It’s not hard for Superman to do.  The boy is just so stinkin’ sweet!  When he cries out your name and you know the fix is just snuggling up next to him, you kind of give in.  S5 is a precious son, and I can’t wait to see how he grows and changes over the next few years!

At our church Christmas program

Being his cute self!


Thoughtful Thursday November 19, 2009

Filed under: S1,S2,S4,S5,S6,Thoughtful Thursday — jps23 @ 1:23 pm

My kids are some of the most thoughtful kids I know.  I know you probably think I am biased, but they really are extremely aware and respectful of other peoples’ feelings.  Even with each other, although they are close in age and with each other all the time, they practice compassion and thoughtfulness.  I’m not bragging or claiming this as an awesome parenting victory.  This one is all God.  Superman and I try to model and demonstrate such love, but we aren’t perfect.  You see, when I was “surprised” by my pregnancy with S2, just four months after S1 had arrived, I prayed, HARD!  I prayed for their development and their ability to get along.  God delivered, and He’s offered that same gift to us with each child.  I am grateful.  I’m not one of those parents bent on my children reaching (or racing to) certain milestones.  They’ll get there in their time, and when they need extra help doing so, we make sure they get it.  This, however, is a goal that melts my heart.  My 3 yr old son, who is every bit a rambunctious and wild little boy, came looking in the bathroom for his brother to give him his backpack today.  You don’t understand, either.  This isn’t just some backpack.  For a few months, S5 slept in this backpack.  It is very special to him, and S4 wanted to make sure that he gave it to him this morning.  As I type this now, I’m hearing S4 say to S5, “You wanna try that?” and S5 replying, “Yeah, sure, I wanna try that.  Do you wanna try that?” in his squeaky 2 yr old voice.  All the while, they are including their 1 yr old brother in their fun.  Little boys.  I don’t know if you realize this or not, but little boys don’t act that way a whole lot.  You might at one little boy who is sweet as can be, but put him with another little boy, just one year older or younger, to live and breathe with every day, and it can get tense!  That’s the one area my mom, who is my mommy mentor, has not mastered.  She was a wonderul mother and almost always has the answers to my parenting questions, but she only had one boy.  It’s different.  Just trust me when I say that.  So for Thoughtful Thursday, I’m going to abandon my post and finish listening to my boys being thoughtful of one another.  In a matter of seconds, it could be a totally different story!!!