Friday, December 28, 2007

She's Ruining my Life!

No, I don't mean her. :-)

Actually, I'm referring to another incident in the life of our poor mistreated three year old.

A couple of days ago, the girls had spent the morning helping my pack away Christmas decorations, and had since gone upstairs, playing happily with all the new Christmas toys.

Or so I thought.

A while later, Lauryn comes down stairs, trying desperately to cry.

Lauryn: They're ruining my life! (To be sure, it came out of her 3 yo mouth more like: Day're woo-ining my wife!)

Me (trying desperately not to laugh): Who is?

L: They are.

Me: Are Brynna and Hailey "they"?

L: No, Kora!

Me (not able to help it, I was truly laughing at this one, as Kora is her favorite sister): Kora is ruining your life?

L: Yes!

I grabbed her hand to take her back upstairs. I went to the room where Kora was, and told her what Lauryn had said. She laughed too.

Kora: She was waving her new princess wand around the bedroom, knocking stuff off the shelves, so I told her that if she wanted to play with the wand, she needed to out into the playroom. She then told me I was ruining her life before she stormed out to go tell you.

Now, don't you feel sorry for the poor darling who is so mistreated by her family?!?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

After Christmas Clean Out

I don't know about you, but we had a great Christmas! In fact, Brynna said this morning that yesterday was probably the best day of her life! Hee, hee. Oh, to be 6 again!

I don't know if you are like me, but after Christmas, I always feel the urge to purge my house. I'm not sure if it is my OCD reaction to all the extra holiday clutter, or what, but I always know I'll get the urge to throw out everything but the kitchen sink - keeping the kids is optional.

Just kidding. Most days.

Anyway, here is a list of areas that it would be a great idea to go through as we approach the first of the year.

  1. Wrapping paper. This is probably obvious, but since there will be great deals in stores on wrapping paper, now is the time to stock up. I always look out for paper that can by multi-functional. Last year I bought some gold and silver rolls that work just as well for anniversaries, even birthdays. Also take a look at bows, gift tags, Christmas cards, etc. And if you need one of those nifty storage bins for this stuff, they are usually on clearance this time of year as well.
  2. Christmas stuff. Again, obvious, but this the perfect time to evaluate your Christmas decorations, etc. Do you have things you don't use? Donate them. Do you have lights that don't work, wreaths that are smashed, etc.? Throw them away. Next Christmas you won't even miss them. Are there things you would like to add to your collection? Maybe you were really wishing you had an Advent calendar this year? Make a list as you go through everything and check the stores and online vendors like CBD this week. You can probably get some on clearance.
  3. Paperwork. First of each year, I clear out our file folders in our file drawer, as we keep current year stuff in there. Some of you may remember that I had let this slide for a couple of years, causing myself mucho work the first of this year. Don't let this happen to you! We keep everything needed for taxes out, and put the rest that need to be saved in envelopes in a special box. Everything else is shredded. I also go through the box and shred anything older than 7 years.
  4. Medicine. End of year is a great time to go through all your over the counter meds. Throw away anything dated 2007 (or earlier!). Don't forget to check things like hydrocortisone cream, sunscreen, antibiotic ointment, etc.
  5. Pantry. Ditto for the pantry! Most pantry staples have expiration dates, so poke back into the recesses of your pantry to see if there is anything lurking back there (and if you feel the urge to straighten that pantry up in the process, be my guest!). I recently came across several jars of baby food - and my youngest just turned 3! I was able to give one or two jars to a friend at church, but the rest of it was past dates, so I threw it out. No one wants to risk a past date jar for their baby!
  6. Spices. Actually the first of November would probably be a better time to go through the spice drawer/rack, so that fresh stuff would be on hand for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But if you forgot to do it then, take a moment to look through the spices. I'm pretty sure my cream of tarter is losing it's tart-ness, so that's going on my list. If you can't remember the last time you used something or when you bought it, it might be time to toss it.
  7. Calendar/organizer. Maybe I'm the only housewife/homeschooling mom who uses a Day Runner, but I love mine. I have tweaked the categories to fit my life, but I use it not just as my calendar, but where I keep lists (like my Christmas list), addresses books, important things to remember, to-do's, project lists. I also keep important pieces of paper in there, like invitations or notices, rosters, etc. But I have to go through it or the junk collects. Since I have to replace my calendar anyway, now is a good time to go through it.
  8. Junk drawers. I don't have an official junk drawer, but I do have a couple that tend to get junky. One is a drawer in the kitchen that tends to collect odds and ends. The other is a small drawer in my desk where I keep sales flyers and coupons. Wherever your junk tends to collect, no is a great time to clean it out!
  9. Toys. This one is also pretty obvious, but sometimes we must make room for the new by getting rid of the old. My kids are much more easily induced to get rid of things if they have brand new things to play with.
  10. Knick knacks. Usually we get more of these at Christmas, so it is a good time to go through these. If you've got stuff boxed up that hasn't seen a shelf or curio cabinet in years, maybe it is time to give it to charity. I usually try to go through things like this to get one last donation in before the first of the year.
  11. The Computer. That's right. If you don't already have a back-up system in place, back up your data! This can be done several ways, by burning cd's, backing up to a second computer, etc. Also, now might be a good time to burn a cd or dvd of this year's pictures if you have a digital camera.
You may have noticed that I left a couple of things off my list. I find it more conducive to cleaning out closets with the change of seasons. That's when I am going through the kids' clothes anyway. I also don't clean out or organize my school stuff right now - I do that on our "summer (read May/June) break.

So what did I leave off? What do you use this time of year to cull out?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Traditions III

Tonight is Christmas Eve, so we have come to the culmination of our Advent celebrations. Every evening when we read our story/devotion for the night, we light candles in our Advent wreath. This is a combination Advent wreath/nativity set that we have used for several years.
Kelly reads the story to the kids, which we'll finish up in the morning.
Also in the morning, the kids will place Baby Jesus in the Manger on our Advent Calendar.
Since we live in San Antonio, tamales are a Christmas tradition here, usually on Christmas Eve. However, we had our last night before going out to look at Christmas lights. Tonight we had lasagna, a family favorite. Tomorrow we'll wake up to cinnamon rolls. I also have a roast in the crock pot which we'll have with all the trimmings for lunch. We had turkey and dressing last weekend at my parents' house, and we'll have ham and dressing next weekend at Kelly's parents' house, so I decided to do something different for us.

Of course, the girls can't wait until after breakfast when we get to the presents. Come to think of it, Kelly is more anxious than the girls. He has a HUGE box under the tree that, for once, he doesn't know what it is. :-) Can't believe I actually get to surprise him for once!

May each of you have a joyous, memory rich Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

One last

Psalty post. These first few are really for family and friends that don't live here. These are some faces that go with names you've probably heard from the girls.

The two girls in the pink and green are Kora and Aubrey's friends, Skye and Saige, AKA the twins.
This is Melody, one of Kora's and Aubrey's best friends.
The littlest girl in the very front and center with the red shirt is Abby, Brynna and Hailey's very good friend, who spends many Fridays at our house.

And now for a few amusing pictures.

This is Abby again. Yes, she's the one facing the back of the stage. It was really hard for the littlest performers to remember to face the audience.
It was also hard for them to remember where they needed to be at times, so the older kids had to help them out at times.
Actually it was some of these little episodes that helped make the evening so fun. They were so cute and were working so hard, it was impossible not to laugh at these little moments.

And this last one is an example of what was going on in my lap during the almost hour long performance.
Lauryn was sitting in my lap, and she decided she needed to copy all the choreography movements going on in front of us. So I was having to snap pictures around her, while holding her down at the same time. Obviously, I wasn't always successful. But she was having a great time! :-)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Psalty's Christmas Calamity

Well, I have to say that everyone who attended the performance last night was so impressed. All the kids did such a great job! They had had very limited rehearsal time in the facility where they performed, so I was nervous for them for how things were going to go, but they did great! The ladies who led it did a wonderful job of spreading out the speaking lines and solos, so that all but the very smallest kids had parts of some kind. And to think that a church as small as ours could pull off something like this is mind boggling.

The best part was listening to the kids afterwards. They kept saying over and over again how much fun it was. And although all the work going into was very hard, it was very fun to watch. I took over 75 pictures so I won't post them all, but I'll post a few. Three parents video taped the performance, and the church is going to have a professional editor take them and combine them into one DVD, so eventually we'll have a copy of the evening for posterity. Or as one of the parents said, as blackmail come wedding time. ;-)

The whole cast and crew, including "Pastor Smith" on the end.
The whole group singing with Psalty (Psalty is a singing hymn book. When you open a page the music to that song starts playing.)
Brynna singing and doing some of the choreography.
Aubrey was "Mary." Kora and Brynna behind her were angels.
Kora's solo came towards the end. Psalty later joined her for a brief duet.
And of course there was "Pastor Smith."
The Grand Finale.

Can't wait for the video! Wish you all could have been there!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Odds 'n' Ends

Just to set the record straight, I just wanted to reassure anyone who feared I was being taken in on the Who's Who scam. All those who's who lists are just a money making deal for the people who run them. I just had fun with thinking of ways to write my "entry." I haven't even looked at the application on the website, so I don't know if I would carry the joke that far or not, but it was sure good for a few laughs!

This week has been very busy. When we got back from our trip, we had to hit the ground running. We have had a few health issues that needed to be taken care of this week - Brynna's new braces that she sleeps in to help correct her toe walking were done and Kelly had to go in for his pre-op appointment for his Jan 3 surgery. Plus we had Bible study at our house Wednesday night, which included the children practicing the musical out in our garage. I know that sounds strange, but it is the biggest place we had at our house where 30+ kids could practice this that was lit well enough for a night rehearsal.

Complicating this is the fact that my right hip has been bothering me. Seems like every pregnancy it is something. It started about a month or so ago when it would tighten up if I sat too long in one position. Now some days it just aches or hurts so much it is painful to walk. Tuesday it was bothering me quite a bit but it has been better since. I am just hoping it is ligaments loosening up, as that will correct itself after the baby is born.

The older girls had another rehearsal yesterday afternoon. Boy, were they beat when they got home! I don't think they were that tired after spending a day at Six Flags! Tonight is the big night for them. They have another rehearsal this afternoon at the Geneva School of Beorne where the performance will be tonight at 7pm. Kelly, who plays the part of "Pastor Smith" is coming home early to take them to the rehearsal as he needs to be there as well. Then I'll bring Hailey and Lauryn later this afternoon. I'll be honest - the girls are having a great time with this and it has been very good for them, but I am ready for it to be OVER! But, like I said, it has been great for the girls, especially Kora. She has always been a little overly shy, but she is actually performing a solo! I just knew when they started this thing there was NO WAY she would do a solo, but she is and is enjoying it.

Well, if I can remember to take the camera, I'll post pictures of the big night over the weekend.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

When I got home from our weekend trip,

I had an interesting letter in the mail waiting for me.

Dear Tamara,

It is my pleasure to inform you that you are being considered for inclusion into the 2007/2008 Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women "Honors Edition" of the registry.

The 2007/2008 edition of the registry will include biographies of our country's most accomplished women. Recognition of this kind of honor shared by thousands of executive and professional women throughout America each year. Inclusion is considered by many as the single highest mark of achievement.

Upon final confirmation, you will be listed among thousands of accomplished women in the Cambridge Who's Who Registry.

Well. I have have no idea how they got my name and address, but I certainly got a great laugh out of it. I showed the letter to Kelly, and he told me I should apply. He thinks it is quite funny too.

So I have spent the last few days thinking of how I would phrase the info in my application, were I to decide to spend the time to fill it out on their website. What do you think of this entry?

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in history in 1996. Have spent the past 11 years in the field of childhood development. Duties include 24 hour care and instruction of children ages infant to pre-pubescent. These include, but are not limited to, nutritional research and execution of all meals, management of all health related issues of all children, wardrobe management, social and religious obligations, transportation to all extra-curricular events, meetings, lessons, and obligations. Also, sole control of all academic pursuits as well as teaching duties of all subjects from Greek and Latin to basic pre-school letter/number recognition.

Duties are also extended to household management, including fiscal responsibilities such as budgetary decisions, aligning all purchases to budgetary constraints, investment decisions, as well as maintenance of the physical plant, which includes - but is not limited to - all cleaning, organizing, and purchasing for said plant. Constant instruction in these duties must also be passed on to the recipients of the childhood development research.

Not only are these duties attended to every day, but responsibility also includes setting tone and atmosphere. Not only is a cheerful attitude a must, but maintaining a loving, yet disciplined atmosphere expected at all times. Nor do duties cease at bedtime, when responsibilities include nutritional supplements for children under the age of one year, psychological counseling for anyone above the age of 2 with nightmares, assuming nursing duties to anyone of any age who is sick, and assisting anyone ages 3 and up to the restroom at 3 am. If time off is allowed, a cell phone is provided to remain on constant call. By necessity, outside interests have been curtailed or severely limited in order to allow for complete absorption in the job of Chief Home Executive.

So do you think an entry like this has a snowball's chance of getting "confirmed"? :-) Let me know what you would add or delete to this entry in the comment section!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cookie Day!

Like nearly every other family with children, we make Christmas cookies at some point during the Christmas season, and today was the day. We certainly don't make it quite as big a deal as some people we know, but the kids have fun.

They roll them out and use Christmas themed cookie cutters to cut out the sugar cookie dough I have already made (a triple batch worth).

I'm not sure how many cookies Hailey actually made, as she ate more dough than she rolled out, I think.
And of course, the best part is eating the results - before lunch even!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Am I the only one

who looks at all these deals the stores are running and wished I had the money to go shopping?

If I was really smart, I would have all my Christmas gifts bought by the end of October every year, and use November and December to snag some great deals for myself and our family. I see great deals on kitchen appliances (that I need to replace), household linens like towels and bedding (that I have been looking to replace), and everything else from good deals on batteries to movies. But of course, who has the money this time of year to do anything but pay for Christmas gifts and travel?

Maybe I'll be better about buying ahead next year, and be able to take advantage of some of this.

Yeah, right.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Home Now

Made it back.

Good trip.

Great weekend.

Too many wonderful sweets.

Lots of cool presents.

Good to be home.

Very tired.

More tomorrow.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Kelly forwarded me this email the other day, and we both got a laugh out of it. I thought you might as well. I have no idea who to credit with this one, as it is one of those circular emails.


Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife . You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

This one is for my friends...

who were offended that I didn't post the full length picture of Kelly and me last Saturday night before we went to the company party. :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Why we homebirth

I have been asked by several people lately, including my sister, why we have started having babies at home instead of a hospital. It's a great question.

First off, I want to say that I am not completely anti-hospital and doctors. There are instances which in past decades would have resulted in the death of either the mother or baby or both, are now almost completely unheard of. Although the greatest step forward in the safety of childbirth came in the mid 1800's when doctors and scientists figured out that puerperal fever (childbed fever, the number one killer of new mothers) was caused by birth attendants' not washing their hands before touching the patients. Once it became common practice for physicians and midwives to sanitize their hands before attending a birth, the death rate for mothers and babies dropped dramatically.

And there are some conditions and instances when early detection can greatly help the health of the mother (like gestational diabetes) or when a natural childbirth is impossible (like with a side long breech baby who resists being turned). I am very thankful to live in a time when we don't have to fear dying in childbirth.

However, after four hospital births, Kelly and I did run into a few problems. Let's face it, hospitals are primarily for people who are sick. Childbirth is not an illness. It is a process that for 98% of women occurs with no need for intervention of any kind. And nearly every time we had a baby, we had to fight to do things the way we wanted. The hospitals all had their way of doing things, the nurses all had ways they liked to operate, and if someone came along to mess up their system, they had to be willing to be pretty assertive to get it. And frankly, in the middle of labor is not the time anyone wants to be assertive. You go to the hospital expecting help in a most special time of your life, not a battle.

And really, I don't believe we are that picky. I prefer to keep the baby with me at all times. I don't like to be tied to the bed giving birth - I want to be able to walk around, go to the restroom, change positions, etc. And I have had nurses gripe at me for doing all the above. If I changed positions, it would cause the monitor straps (which I hate with a passion! Who wants all that stuff strapped around a belly that is contracting hard enough to push a ten pound baby out?). Because of the way a hospital is set up, they tend to treat a delivery as if it were a medical problem: they know best and you just need to shut up and do what they tell you to do. And no, it doesn't matter if it is your baby and your body, they would really rather you didn't have a say in the matter.

I know that not every facility is this bad. But I have given birth in four different hospitals in two different states, and that has been largely my experience. During my fourth labor, the nurses - who didn't believe I was in labor at all - made my husband stay out in the waiting room while I changed clothes and they asked me a zillion history and physical questions. Then they would yell at me for not answering them in the middle of a contraction (my husband is great about answering questions for me when am contracting but they treated him like an interloper). They were trying to hurry up so they could send me home because they were full up. (I got the last laugh when they discovered that my water had indeed broken as I had said and I was already 7 cm dilated! I ended up having the baby right there in the triage room!)

So rather than cooperating in a natural process, just standing by in case real medical attention was needed, we have experienced a great deal of stress in dealing with hospital staff during my labors and deliveries. But it doesn't end there. My postpartum stays in the hospital have not been pleasant either. Mainly I don't get very much rest. Not only am I in a strange (plastic) bed, but the nursing staff seems to have a natural talent for coming in to take the baby's vitals or my vitals - never at the same time - just when I have finally gotten us both to sleep after a 22 hour day. With baby four (that was the hospital stay that had Kelly and I saying "never again!") one nurse woke me up to check my Foley catheter. I didn't have a Foley - it was my next door neighbor who had had a c-section.

Again, because they need to do things on their schedule, they come in to check on us when it suits them, not when we were awake. The nurses would gripe at me for having the baby is bed with me, or for having the room too cold, etc. They would come to get the baby in the middle of the night for hearing check-ups. All this led to a very exhausted Mama by the time we got home. I was usually less rested after a two day hospital stay than I was when I went into the hospital in active labor after three hours of sleep!

With baby number five, we elected to have her at home. I didn't have to rush out the door to get to the hospital on time (always an issue with my short labors). We had a very calm labor, with the midwives allowing me to do what I needed to do to have the baby, helping when it was required. And it was so relaxing afterward. I was in my own bed or own recliner for the next few days. I took our vitals when we were already awake and recorded them for the midwife. I got more sleep and more rest after that baby than with any other one.

So basically it boils down to being able to have as stress-free, natural labor with all parties cooperating with my body rather than fighting against it, and a greater ability to rest and get more sleep afterwards. We are looking forward to another homebirth!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

For all of you who keep insisting that we might be having a boy...

even our three year old knows better!

Today at lunch, Aubrey was asking Lauryn a bunch of silly questions, like "Do you like Kora? Do you like Mama and Daddy?" Etc. Finally she asked Lauryn, "Do you like the new baby?"

To which Lauryn answered, "Yes, she's so coot!" (cute)

Then tonight she wanted to know what her name is. She also told me she didn't want my tummy to get any bigger. Tough luck, kiddo.

And here's a picture of us before our party last night.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Randomness

This is really an extraordinary and busy weekend for us. I got to have a great Girls Night Out last night - thank you, honey, for staying home with the kids. They watched Pirates 3 while I was out. Tonight my honey is taking me out. Tonight is his company's holiday party, so we have a babysitter coming, and we'll be stepping out into the land of nice dinners and grown-ups. My two older girls are pretty tired already, as Kelly took them for an afternoon of volunteering at the Food Bank.

We have one more week of school, although it will only be a four day week. This coming weekend is the weekend we'll celebrate Christmas with my family. It still seems a little weird to not see them on Christmas, but with four different families with different work schedules, plus each of us girls have in-laws to fit in as well, it got to be too difficult to plan a time right on Christmas. And Kelly really wanted to start our own family traditions, spending Christmas at our own house. So we see my family the third weekend of December, and we get together with his family whenever we can all fit it in. This year it will be New Year's weekend. We rotate who hosts, and this year, it is my Mother-in-law's turn.

I have to admit I am as ready for a school break as the kids. We have had breaks this fall, but they have all been due to illnesses or funerals. We've attended two family funerals and the kids have had two major illnesses since school started. Not exactly how I had envisioned the year to go. Since we school year round, I had scheduled a few weeks off throughout the fall, so we really aren't behind, I just had to adjust our time off - one of the beauties of homeschooling. The down side is that the time off hasn't been a fun, relaxing time. And somehow I doubt Christmas break will be relaxing, although it should be fun.

I have one more gift card to purchase, and then I am D.O.N.E. Christmas shopping. I do still have quite a bit of wrapping to do. I also have one more daughter who still needs to go shopping. But we are definitely entering the home stretch. It will be time to start thinking about doing more baking soon! I seriously doubt I am going to get Christmas cards out this year. So if I normally send you one, please don't feel neglected this year - it's nothing personal. Besides, my life is an open book on this blog, I think a Christmas letter would just be redundant.

Well, I better go start primping. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2007


I'm really not trying to neglect my blog. Although it is busy around here, the real reason is that I am working on a post that is taking longer than I thought. I have had several people ask me lately why I have started having my babies at home. It's a great question, but it is taking me a while to write it. So keep checking back, as I know everyone is just dying to know why. :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sweet Day

I have had a very sweet birthday today. Even though the "getting older" part is no longer fun :-), I had a great day. Many friends and family calling or emailing and wishing me a happy birthday. The girls surprised me this morning with handmade cards, and many drawings and paintings as their gifts. Before taking me out to dinner tonight, Kelly and the girls presented me with some very pretty blue topaz (my birthstone, which Kelly says match my eyes) and sterling silver dangle-y earrings. And of course, what day doesn't end well with Mexican food?

And no, if you don't already know, I am not revealing my age. Kelly said at church that I am turning 29 again, and we are leaving it at that. ;-)

Some days you can only wish...

Hailey asked me a question today, right in the middle of phonics lesson, out of the blue:

"Does it ever rain wine?"

Wouldn't that be a sight? Can you imagine the conservation efforts on those days? Of course, there are days when it would be really nice...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Chow Time!

I think I've mentioned before that I do the majority of my grocery shopping once a month. Either Kelly or I go to Sam's once a month, and then I go to Wal-mart and do what we call "big shop." This means the rest of the month I only have to go to HEB to pick up milk, eggs, and any fresh produce that doesn't come in our co-op.

Being the first Saturday of the month, yesterday was the day for "big shop" at Walmart. I had also gone to a bakery outlet that I visit about once a month for most of our bread, buns, and tortillas. Of course with Christmas this month, I had a few extra things to pick up (like stocking candy) so my cart at Wal-mart was very full. (The checker always comments on how many groceries I am getting.) This is a big job, even when I am not pregnant with an aching back. What's even more fun is unloading it all once I get home and putting it all away.

Fortunately, Kelly and the kids unload the car and the girls take everything out of bags. I still insist on putting most of it away myself, because the girls still just want to throw the stuff into the pantry and fridge. Since I am OCD like things organized, I still have to do it mostly myself.

So if you can picture my kitchen completely taken over by groceries and grocery bags, four girls emptying the bags and tossing them over their shoulder onto the floor, this was the scene when Kelly came in the kitchen with the last bag (it is amazing how much stuff that little bitty car of his will hold!). He walked in, took a look around, turned to me and asked me with a straight face, "What army are we feeding?"

Believe me, I think the same thing as I am checking out at Wal-mart. :-)