Archive | July, 2014

Splish Splash

15 Jul

I don’t know if you know this about me but I’m terrified of large bodies of water.  I don’t like to swim in lakes or beaches or oceans. I’ll occasionally swim in a pool, but I’d rather just sit back and watch.

But my kids and hubby on the other hand, LOVE swimming.

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(I spy a little poser!)

This past Saturday we spent the day at Comal Lake. And you can probably guess, I didn’t want to go. I don’t like to swim, much less in a lake. I went, of course, but just wanted to get the day over with.

Besides, it’s for the kids, right!?

I knew the kids were plotting to somehow throw me in the water so I told them they better not even try it… Or else!!!!

As soon as we got there and set up our area, all 5 of them jumped in the water. They were having so much fun swimming and jumping and rough housing in the water. They kept asking me to get in, and of course the answer was a firm no.

Then after about an hour, I thought, you know what, I’m gonna surprise them and jump off the ledge and swim with them.

I took off my glasses and stood by the ledge ready to jump, then I got scared.

“What the heck am I doing?”

It wasn’t a high jump, nothing worse than the jump I did in Costa Rica last year.

They waited. And waited. And waited.

Just like everyone did in Costa Rica. Lol

I finally jumped, and boy let me tell you, the looks on their faces was hilarious… Priceless.

They didn’t think I was gonna get in the water much less jump in. But I did and I enjoyed every minute of it! (Just not the horrible sun burn that I got)

I know they had a blast!

They jumped and did flips and dives. I was impressed. They had no fear! They would just jump in like it was no big deal at all.

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I love this picture of the sun setting. But this one is my most favorite picture…

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… All of us!

Oh! And yes, you’re seeing a 6th child. The boys younger brother got to spend the weekend with us. Isn’t he a cutie!?!?

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Learning

4 Jul

Where has the time gone!?!  I can hardly believe that in just one month so much has happened.

If I could describe how the month of June was for me in one word it would be: Learning.

Learning to coupon:
Like I mentioned in my last blog, I’ve been doing a little couponing… And I love it!

Learning to cook for 5 kids:
Yes, I said 5 kids!
We took in 2 brothers for the summer; ages 14&12 and let me tell you, I’ve learned so much about myself through these guys. One thing is that I’ve had to expand my cooking skills, which is not the easiest thing for me… I’m no Betty Crocker, that’s for sure! But Last week I made homemade Beef Stroganoff and it came out A.MAZ.ING!!!! I’ve had to start planning our meals out for the week, which I’m starting to really like!

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                     Beef Stroganoff!!

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            First night having 5 kids!

Learning to relax a little and enjoy the little things:
This was a tough one for me to do because I can be a bit OCD with certain things like keeping up with the laundry, dishes, and especially always having my living room spic&span clean.  I noticed that I was becoming very overwhelmed and stressed because things didn’t look exactly the way I like it. Then one day I saw a quote that really was an eye opener to me.

“No one ever looked back at the end of their life and wished their house had been cleaner.”

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Learning to modify:
So from that moment I decided to take a deep breath and just relax. It’s okay if I have a pile of laundry waiting to be folded & put away. It’s okay if there are a few dishes in the sink. It’s okay if there’s a stack of books on the coffee table. It’s all gonna get done eventually and I’m okay with that!

We’ve created chores so they can all help with keeping the house decent. Every one is responsible for washing  any dish that they use during the day to prevent “dirty dish over load”, which is a major No No to me! And they each switch off every night washing the dinner dishes.

As long as my kitchen & living room are cleaned up by the end of the day, I’m a happy mommy!

In the middle of all this learning, my hubby comes down with a bad case of shingles! So not only am I adjusting to having 2 more kids to care for, I’m tending to his needs. I will confess, it was a bit stressful and for a moment I didn’t think I could do it, but I thank God that He is my strength in my time of weakness. He is my helper, my comforter.

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                Memorizing Scripture

We really enjoy having these boys here with us. They’re our son’s and we love them very much. I know I speak for all of us when I say, they have a special place in each of our hearts.

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If you have any advice please leave a comment!!