Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Dictionary of Mom

Sadly, I was not the clever one to come up with these funnies, but nonetheless, still a good read. 


• Bottle feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am too.

• Defense: What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.

• Drooling: How teething babies wash their chins.

• Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

• Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster

• Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.

• Full name: What you call your child when you're mad at him.

• Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.

• Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

• Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

• Independent: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

• Look out: What it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream it.

• Prenatal: When your life was still somewhat your own.

• Prepared childbirth: A contradiction in terms.

• Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

• Show off: A child who is more talented than yours.

• Sterilize: What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it.

• Storeroom: The distance required between the supermarket aisles so that children in shopping carts can't quite reach anything.

• Temper tantrums: What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.

• Top bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

• Two-minute warning: When the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.

• Verbal: Able to whine in words

• Whodunit: None of the kids that live in your house.

• Whoops: An exclamation that translates roughly into "get a sponge."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I should be doing a back to school post but . . .

instead I am going to post about how I hope my kids turn out.  I love the blind guy and surfer dude on Expedition Impossible.  Here is a bio about the show, if you watch it you can just skip this part. . .

About the Show

Are you ready for an adventure of epic proportions? Then brace yourself for Expedition Impossible. 13 three-person teams find themselves racing across vast deserts, over snow-capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco.

Each week, a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of life in the wilds, or will they find a way to work together to complete their incredible journey?

After 10 stunning legs of competition filled with drama, laughs and memorable characters, one team will cross the finish line to claim victory. Each winning team member gets $50,000 (that's $150,000 total for the team) as well a new Ford Explorer. Excellent!

Expedition Impossible comes from Executive Producer Mark Burnett, whose hits include Shark Tank, Survivor and The Apprentice, just to name a few. Lisa Hennessy also serves as Executive Producer for the series. The show promises to have lots of human drama to accompany all the high adventure.

Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk-taker Dave Salmoni hosts the show which premieres on Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Buckle up! This is going to be one heck of an expedition!

So my favorite people ever is team No Limits.  The ABC website can describe them better.  So here it is:

Team Bio


Erik Weihenmayer, Age: 42
From: Golden, CO
Occupation: Motivational Speaker/Writer

Jeff Evans, Age 41
From: Boulder, CO
Occupation: Motivational Speaker/Physician Assistant

Aaron "Ike" Isaacson, Age 33
From: Topeka, KS
Occupation: Soldier

Friends Erik, Jeff and Ike stick together during both good times and bad. Erik became blind at an early age but didn't let that get him down. In 2001, he reached the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff serves as Erik's "eyes in the field." He has been Erik's primary climbing guide for over 20 years and is a published author and motivational speaker. Ike is a combat engineer officer in the military, earning two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal, among others. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and will deploy again to Afghanistan after completing Expedition Impossible. We can't wait to see these guys in action.

Now that the info is over, I will tell you that I cry during every episode.  I thought more people watch this show, but I don't know anyone else besides my family.  I seriously get choked up every single time I watch.  I love Erik the blind guy and his friend Jeff.  Jeff seems like a total surfer dude.  The faith that Erik has in Jeff is amazing.  Jeff just says "grab on" and off they go.  Erik is completely awesome. 

To be blind and do the things he has done.  Here is one example.  This was actually the best episode.  Check this part out. 

Isn't he incredible?  You can tell he is nervous, but he just trusts that is friend will have his back.  There was another time this episode that they had to ride a zip line.  I can't find a clip, only a photos of it but Erik was riding down it waving his cane back and forth so he would have a little (maybe 1 second haha) warning.
 I love that Jeff just runs with the disability.  It doesn't slow them down.  I really hope my children can be that understanding and caring for people.  I also hope they have as much faith and trust as Erik has.  I have been thinking of this post all day and now that I sit down to write it, it is not coming out as well as it was in my head. 

Erik, Ike, then Jeff.

**Spoiler Alert**  So a few episodes back, their partner Ike, hurt his ankle getting into a car.  He rolled it stepping off the curb.  So, now this team has a blind man and an injury.  Jeff is so amazing.  They just keep trudging along.  They were almost out of it, but another team didn't understand what they were supposed to do so they were following other teams.  Team no limits thought they were out but they were going to finish anyway but when the other team wanted to follow them, team no limits were incredible.  They just did it.  There is Jeff pushing his team.  You will have to watch it to see what happened!!!! But lets just say my whole family was jumping up and down and I was crying. 

Ok, so I am not doing a great job of telling you about this show, but I definitely recommend heading over to or Hulu and watching this show.  I just hope and pray my children and me can grow up to have so much faith and trust. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Laundry, Laundry and More Laundry

So with 9 kids who don't do laundry and a husband who only does if he needs something, I was excited to read an article on laundry on the circle of mom's website that had ideas laundry routines.

Here is the article:  (my comments are in black and my comments are made for a family of 11.  I know I am not normal.  So even if I put down an idea, that doesn't mean that it won't work for your family.  I would love to hear your laundry routine.)

Wash, dry, sort, fold, repeat, repeat, repeat … sound familiar? The never-ending deluge of dirty clothes and linens can easily be overwhelming. To help get your wash routine under control, we’ve rounded up 10 mom-recommended laundry tips for an efficient system.

1. One Load Per Day

“A load a day keeps chaos away,” says online housekeeping coachFlyLady, and many Circle of Moms members couldn’t agree more. Aiming to compete one load of laundry per day can prevent huge pile-ups and stave off laundry-related stress. As Sarah H. shares: “I make it my goal to do ONE load a day…By doing at least one load a day, I find that I don't really get behind.”  (I love FlyLady, don't get me wrong, but this is a great idea for only 1 or 2 people.  Throw any kids in the mix and you will be forever buried if you only did 1 a day.  I do about 5 loads a day.  Some days I am busy or lazy and I don't do any.  But then some days I do 10 or more.  So this tip is closest to my laundry routine.)  

2. One Day Per Person

Assigning a different day of the week to each family member’s laundry is another way to keep the washroom under control. As Pene M. explains of her seven-person laundry plan: “Each person has one day assigned to them to do their laundry. This includes their towels and bedding. If they don't do it on their day they can do it on another day after that person is finished.”  (This just sounds like chaos to me.  This would work if you have teenagers or older.  I don't think my 2 three year olds are going to have an easy time reaching the buttons.  There are not enough days in the week for me to do this.  Maybe 2 people a week, but then every single day I am washing sheets or every single day I HAVE to do laundry.  What if I am sick?  There is no leeway. You would just be behind.  This idea would not work for my family.)   

3. Separate Loads for Each Person

If your kids are young, delegating wash responsibilities may not be an option. Still, divvying up loads by person may work, as Shannon G. shares: “I do each child's laundry separately. That way when it comes out of the dryer, I can fold it and put it in the right room.”   (This also is a no-go for us.  My kids are regular, messy kids.  Sometimes their pants end up in the playroom, their shirt in the bathroom, one sock outside and the other under their bed.  So just finding someones clothes to keep it sorted is just not an option for me.  I do see if you were an organized person with 2 kids that this could work, but I am to unorganized.  bummer.  I think I would like this one.)

4. One Epic Laundry Day Per Week

Could you do the entire week’s laundry on one day? Moms like Kandi K., a mother of three, find one blow-out laundry day—supplemented by a few loads throughout the week—is an efficient system: “Wednesday is laundry day here and that's an all-day event! Then I usually need to wash 1-3 loads throughout the week...That includes work, school, play, baseball clothes and the 50 times in a day I have to change my two-year-old’s clothes!”  (This was my method up until after I had child 4.  Back in the day, Thursday was must see tv night with friends, survivor and CSI so I would wash all of our laundry then put the kids to bed and sit on the floor and fold all the clothes into piles while watching tv and put them away in the morning.  But after kids #5 it got to be too much laundry so I had to start doing some every. single. day. uggg.

5. Schedule a Category Per Day

Assigning various items to different days is another system that works for many moms. Danielle M. breaks down the details: “Each day I wash something different. Monday is whites, undies, socks. Tuesday is jeans and darks. Wenesday is reds, browns, yellows and khakis and Friday is towels, sheets and blankets."  (Way to organized for me.  I wouldn't remember from 1 day to the next what I was supposed to do.)

6. Fold Immediately

Yeah, we know it’s hard. But tackling laundry-folding when the clothes are freshly dried one of the top laundry tips offered by Circle of Moms members. Jenny S. shares: “I always fold the laundry as soon as I take it off the line or it’s dry from the dryer. I just pause anything else I’m doing and just quickly get it done. If my husband is around i get him to stop what he's doing to help.”  (This is part of my plan but doesn't necessarily happen.  I have a table set up in my laundry room with baskets so when the laundry is dry, I fold it and put it in that persons basket.  Then they can never put it away and treat their basket like a changing area until I lose my mind because they are knocking their clothes in to someone else's piles.)  

7. Folding Parties

Other moms make folding into a family event! “We take all the clean clothes to the TV room, turn some music really loud and fold all the clothes together,” says Angie C. “It's kinda like a clean clothes party—and the kids really get into it." (Maybe, but then the TV room would have to be cleaned and vacuumed and you have to have kids home to do it.  I hear a lot of complaining and trips to hide out in the bathroom.  It might work for a week or two!)

I am having a flash back to living in Married Student Housing at BYU and pushing my double stroller with 3 giant bags of laundry and 2 kids sitting on top of them up to the laundry mat.  Oh, such fun memories.  

8. Re-Use Towels

Are you running several loads of towels each week? Re-think your family’s towel use, advise moms like Kathy P.: “A towel can be used several times...after all, you are clean after a shower when you use have each family member use one towel at least twice, hanging it up to dry after each use, preferably in their rooms.” (We tried this. But then Mr. Not Me pulled the towel rack in the kids bathroom off the wall and I haven't fixed it yet.)

9. Division of Labor

With older kids, why not get everyone involved? Sarah H. stations laundry baskets in each kid’s room and requires them to bring full baskets to the laundry room, while Karen L. taught her kids to do their own laundry at age 12!  (Age 12 is when my kids get busy.  Plus I am kind of picky about drying thing and making sure I get stains out.  This sounds expensive.)

10. Amazing Sock Solution

One of our favorite laundry tips is Kerri D.'s system for keeping socks connected to their partners: “Each person has their own lingerie bag to put socks in!  Makes it sooo much easier to keep them together and matched." Lingerie bags for each family member's socks? Genius!  (I would like this, but as soon as the socks come out of the package, they are no longer matched. I do need to figure something out with socks.  We have tried initialing them, a boy box and girl box, lots of things, but I have yet to figure out how to make the whole sock thing easier. I don't think my kids would do this longer than a week.  But I think I might try this.)

So, what are your strategies for laundry?  I would love to hear your routines.   Pretty Please with cherries on top will you comment?

Here is where I found the article.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I swore I would never. . .

 What did you swear you would never do or would always do when you had your first that you just don't follow now?

This one is more of eating my words.  My older sister had 2 kids close together and she would drive 3 hours to my moms house.  There would be no floor in her car.  So many toys and food wrappers to keep 2 little kids happy.  I promised myself, my car would never look like that. 

Ha ha ha.  I am literally laughing at myself.  I wish I could pick my 12 passenger van and shake it out on a daily basis.  My van is s scary, I can't even describe it.  Every Single Day  That is my #1 laugh at what I thought motherhood would be like. 

Now what I thought I would do is have structure.  Play time, reading time, ect. . . with 9 kids my life is one word.  CHAOS. We still do those things, but just when we can fit them in.  I admit that some days, I don't even read to my kids.  I try to, do get me wrong  Some days are just too filled.  So there you have it. . . my deep dark secrets. 

What did you swear you would never or if you don't have kids, what do you swear you would never?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Obligatory volunteering

Question:  "As a sahm, should I be "obligated" to volunteer on 

the PTA? What about other school activities/fundraisers? I'm 

not opposed to it, necessarily, I just prefer to volunteer my

time in other ways." 

Answer:  First of all, the definition of volunteer is a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

The definition of obligated is to to require. 

Willingly, not required.  So, no, I don't think  a stay at home mom should be required to do anything.  I personally do what I can. If there is something I can do on my husbands day off, I do.  But I am not one who is there all the time.  I think I am a distraction because I have so many little kids.  I have done Jr. Achievement  for the past few years, but last year with 2 babies, I was busy bouncing babies instead of working with the kids.  It was hard. 


I am not even going to start in on the whole working mom v. SAHM.  I think what ever is best for your family. (That is also my stand point on home schooling if you were wondering :) But I think you should just do what you are comfortable with.  If you like working in the schools, please volunteer, if you hate it, stay home and work with your kids from home.  But no, no one should be 
required to do anything.  Where do you stand?


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yet another reason I don't want my kids to have a motorcycle. . .

Stupid things happen.  This video cracked me up.  I wish the camera stayed up the whole time, but that poor driver.  To have a motorcycle stop right in front of you, dang that is funny.