Morning person.

Why does morning have to come so early? I swear, I just closed my eyes for 5 minutes and the next things I know, my alarm is going off. It’s 6;25am. Time to get kids up and ready for school. Getting them dressed in appropriate clothing can be a challenge that I am not prepared for in the mornings, so we started picking pout school clothes the night before. My oldest keeps trying to wear shorts. Apparently she still thinks it is summer and not November.
I get the 3 older ones off to school and if I am really lucky (which is rare) I can go back to bed for another hour, until the younger 2 wake up. Though normally, my youngest is out of bed as soon as my bedroom door opens. When he is up, my day really begins. You can’t take your eyes off of him for more than a minute. He causes more destruction that 3 kids put together. (I have 5 kids. 8 every weekend. I know what I ma talking about.)
In the time between me getting out of bed and going to the bathroom, he did this.

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He looks proud of himself, doesn’t he?
Well, now it is a few minutes after 9. I’ve had some coffee and I’m feeling a little more awake. (Though going back to bed sounds amazing.) All those people who told me that having kids forces you to be a morning person, lied to me. I’m not a morning person. AT ALL. I’m still grumpy when I’ve had little sleep. Which is often, cause let’s face it, what fun would it be if I went to bed the same time as the kids?
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But seriously, if mornings could be, like, around noon, that would be great.

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Hailey Ann.

When my oldest baby was starting to crawl, my husband and I decided to try for another baby. I didn’t think it would happen so soon.
I was living in Arkansas with my husband (that’s where he was stationed) and went to Oregon to visit my family. My sister had just had her baby and I wanted to see the newest addition to our family. While I am their visiting, I started having some pain in my chest. I had this all through my last pregnancy. I kept getting told it was heartburn. Well this time it was so bad, I decided to go to the emergency room. I told them I was having chest pain and that I was told before that it was heartburn, but I thought it was something different. The emergency room doctor was very nice. (I’ve had a few mean ones before.) She told me she was going to take some blood and do a few tests. She asked if there was a chance I was pregnant. I said, yes. They took blood and a while later came back to tell me, that I had gallstones and I was pregnant.
When I got back to Arkansas, I made an appointment with an OB. They referred me to another doctor who told me it was best to wait until after the pregnancy to remove my gallbladder. (I was not looking forward to that.)
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My pregnancy was pretty easy. I found out that I had gestational diabetes. I had to watch what I ate and check my blood sugar regularly. I was due on November 21stm but since I had a c-section before, I was given the option on another. Being that I was so far away from my family and I really wanted my mom there, I decided to do another c-section.
On November 15th, I had a beautiful 8lb 1oz baby girl.
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She is so much like me, but is also very much her own person. She is very mature, but knows how to be a kid. I can’t even imagine how life would be if I didn’t have my Hailey-bug. Happy Birthday, Hailey! I love you!
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Movies.

Being a mother to 5 children, I’m sure you can already guess that I don’t go to the movies very often. In fact, my husband and I only go to the theater a few times a year. (If that.) We do have a smaller theater in out town that gets movies a month or two after the big theater. It only costs $4, so if we have extra money and can find a sitter, we go there for date night.
So I have this, I don’t know if I would call it a gift or what, but I have the ability to see an actor/actress in something and tell you where else I have seen him/her. Sometimes I can do it just by hearing the voice on an animated show. I don’t know how I do it, but even my family and friends think its pretty cool. I’ve even had my parents call me from across the country to tell them who someone was. (Though nowadays, they just check IMDB.) I’m not as good at it as I used to be, because there are new movies and new actors that have come out. Since I rarely go to the movies, it makes it hard to know who they are. BUT I am still pretty darn good at this. 😉
Are you good at anything weird like this?

Routine.

Before I became a mom, I always thought I would be the best mom out there. I would cook breakfast for my kids, always have laundry clean and put away, I would do homework with them every night, etc.
Well, a lot can change after having children. I realized that I don’t like doing laundry, I am not a morning person and I suck at homework. Not to mention, I don’t know how to stay on a routine. That in itself can make life hard when you have children. We have some things that happen about the same time everyday, Like dinner and bedtime, but everything else is sort of it happens when it happens.
Here’s a little sample of how a day goes around here. I’ll use a weekday, because those have a bit more routine.

6:30am – Alarm goes off. Wake up kids.
6:45am – Give my daughter her pills. Do their hair.
7:00am – Walk kids out to the bus or my upstairs neighbor walks them.
7:15am – Sometimes I start laundry.
7:30am – Feed the younger kids breakfast. (The older ones eat at school.)
7:45am – I sit and play on my phone or computer while I drink coffee. Lots of times, trying to come up with blog posts and failing miserably.
9:00am – Sometimes I turn on a show for the kids. Other times they just play (destroy) in their room while I procrastinate doing thing around the house.
10:00am – It’s 10 now and here I am sitting in my chair, writing my blog, while the kids play.
12:00pm – I feed the kids lunch.
12:30pm to 2:30pm – This varies a lot. I may fold laundry or do dishes or go to the store or even stay sitting because, let’s face it, I’m kind of lazy some days.
2:45pm – Watch for the bus. 2 kids home.
2:50pm – Supervise kids doing their chores.
3:20pm – Fold laundry. (If I did it.)
3:40pm – Watch for bus. 1 kid home.
3:45pm – Tell them to do homework. My oldest does her chores at this time and then her homework.
4:30pm – Send them into the backyard to play or they play inside or read books.
5:00pm – I start dinner.
5:30pm – Dinnertime.
6:00pm – Showers or baths for kids.
6:50pm – Kids pick out their clothes for school the next day.
7:00pm – Kids go to bed.
7:30pm – Watch Netflix or read a book until I’m tired.

This is what a day looks like. Though it tends to change. There are some things that stay the same, Like meal times and when they get on/off the bus. So I guess we do have a little bit of routine. Do you have routine at your house? Is it hard to stay on track?

Pet Peeves.

Things that annoy or irritate you. I know everyone has them. Some have more than others. I have several. I’ll put pictures with some of mine. (Let’s see how much I can annoy myself with that.)

#1. Animals in clothing. Ugh. I have to say that this may be my biggest pet peeve. Every time I see a little animal wearing clothes I get so annoyed and irritated. Now I’ll share a picture of this horribleness.
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(I have such a hard time looking at the above picture and not wanting to delete it.)

#2. The toilet paper roll going the wrong way. There is a specific way that the roll is to be put in its holder. If it is put in backward, it irritates me. I’ve even been known to turn the roll around at other people’s homes. Maybe that makes me crazy? Here’s a picture of what I mean.
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See the difference? One is obviously the right choice. 😉

#3. People smoking in the car while their child(ren) is in it. This one is a biggie for me too. I don’t see this as much around here anymore, because Oregon has a law about it. There is a hefty fine for smoking while your kids are in the car. Though there are still those people who don’t give a poo and will do it anyway.
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There are just so many things wrong with that, I am sure others will agree.

#4. When people try to act like they know how to parent my children better than me. Ok, so just because you are older than me, does not mean you know more than me. I’m not saying I’m a genius, but I’m not an idiot either. I don’t act like I know more than you just because I have more children. So don’t act like you know more than me or like my decisions and choices are wrong. (I don’t have a picture to go with this one.)

#5. A clean toilet. This one may seem a bit more OCD, than a pet peeve, but it annoys me when the toilet is dirty. I’ve become better about this as I have gotten older. When I was younger, I would clean my toilet everyday, because if it was dirty it would just bother me so much. I would even clean my parents toilet when I was at there house. Which I’m sure they miss me doing. 😉
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#6. Leaving the stickers on new movies. This one may sound dumb and maybe it is, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. What is even more annoying about it, is when you’re married to a man who leaves the stickers on just to annoy you. I’ve been known to sit and go through our movies and pull off the stickers. I never seem to get them all. (I don’t have a picture for this one either.)

#7. Reading over my shoulder. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, don’t read over my shoulder. It is annoying as well as kind of rude.
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I am sure I have more that will come to me after I post this, but for now I’m going to leave it at this. If you have any pet peeves that you want to share, feel free to comment with them. 🙂

Cell phones and toilet water.

You can probably assume from the title that a cell phone came in contact with toilet water. If you thought that, you were right. A few weeks ago, my phone thought it would be fun to take a bath in the toilet. I didn’t find it as much fun. In my defense, I have never in my 27 years of life, dropped something in the toilet. So of course the first thing would be my phone. BUT I didn’t actually drop it. It fell out of my back pocket. Well, I put it in rice and left it for a day. It worked again, then I discovered the speaker didn’t work. Along came a factory reset to try and fix it. Did it work? Nope. I had to buy a headset. Then I was just getting used to having to use the headset, when it breaks. Ugh. I have just the worst luck. So guess what happened next?
I dropped it and the screen stopped working. I had to get a whole new phone. I wonder if this is a sign that I shouldn’t have nice things. Hmm…..

Monkey-Z.

I meant to write this on Saturday, but things got away from me. (I couldn’t find a baby picture.)
9 years ago on July 5th, 2005, I became a mommy for the very first time. When I found out I was pregnant, my first reaction was, “I hope my sister won’t hate me.” (Her and her husband had been trying for almost 2 years.)
I was past my due date, so I went in to be induced. After about 7ish hours of labor, the doctor tells me that her heartbeat was slowing down with every contraction, instead of speeding up like it should. He told me that he didn’t think she would last through the delivery and suggested a c-section.
I could feel the tears in my eyes. Not because I was scared of having a c-section, but because at that moment I felt as though I had already failed as a mother. My body was not able to have her the way it was supposed to. So I have failed. Once she was in this world, I stopped thinking that way. I had a beautiful 7lb 2oz baby girl. It didn’t matter to me how she got here. Just that she was here and she was healthy.
Now that tiny baby girl is a 55lb, 9 year old. She may drive me crazy at times, but I couldn’t imagine my life without my Monkey-Z. I love you, Mackenzie! Happy Birthday!

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(She got tattoos for her birthday. She put ALL of them on her arms.)