I wouldn’t even know where to start with my busy life. School started in August, Ralph’s new job started, all 6 kids are away from me most of the day. It’s a whole new world no doubt. Some weeks I do really well getting the laundry caught up on Fridays when I’m off and some weeks there’s just not time. I wrote a chore chart for the older 3 and that has saved us immensly on the liveable house front. Though I have totally given up on having a company clean house ever again. I just don’t know how working moms do it.
Catch up on the kids:
Alli Brooke: She needed and “indian” name for school that represented her character, we chose Babbling Brooke …. LOL – she talks non-stop and to just about anyone. Everywhere we go we get the “she’s too young to talk that well, what a smart baby”. Then I have to humble myself and explain that’s she’s a short, no-hair, 2.5 y/o. Here she is getting ready to sass me at JumpZone a few weeks back.
No new pictures of the boys – I’ll have to get on that soon. They are all growing up.
Nicholas is back at public school and surviving. He is moody and disrespectful at times and yet can be the most helpful, thoughtful boy I’ve met. It drives me crazy !!! He will be playing Upwards Basketball in January and we are looking forward to that.
Jacob is in 1st grade and really working on reading better. Adorable is a common word but no-doubt his hair is truly red. When he loses his temper there is little holding him back. We’ve really had to get on him about being rough with Alli. I try not to allow ANY physical contact out of anger…though with all 3 boys it seems to slip in there a lot … it’s hard for Jacob to change gears and think “this is a baby girl” or “this is my mom” – he keeps losing precious computer time though and I think he’ll learn the lesson.
Samuel. My snugglebug is growing up. He’s almost completely stopped sucking his thumb. He LOVES pre-k and is excelling at everything they put in front of him. He is only 1/2 inch shorter than Jacob but looks SO much like Nicholas.
The big girls….. are maturing. Both of them have a steady boyfriend and we are dancing around the dating issue to where my tummy is dancing with the butterflies every few hours. At 14.5 I feel like Brittney has made some wise decisions and would be able to handle herself in most situations. However, trusting her life into the hands of an almost stranger just isn’t going to come easily. I mean – LOOK AT HER !!
Caleb, her boyfriend is absolutely precious. And here is where you will all LASH ME with a wet noodle….He’s 17, a senior, has his own car, lives less than a 1/4 mile away, is 6’3, blonde hair, blue eyes, a Christian that spends 4 out of 7 days doing something church related, AND is head-over-heels for my daughter. He respects my rules and is humbling himself enough to allow me to drive them to the homecoming dance on Saturday night.
Sarah Beth is getting SO tall. She is easily 5’4″ now (that’s 4 inches taller than mom!) and I swear her eyes get bluer every day
Some of you will likely remember that she had a “serious” boyfriend early on. Jake was every mothers dream… I’d take him back into our world in a heartbeat (along with his whole family!!). BUT, the new guy, Lee is measuring up pretty well. Lee is 13 like Sarah but he is extremely intelligent and skipped 4th grade. That puts him a year ahead of Sarah and in High School already. I thought for sure that the two of them at different schools would end the whole thing but it hasn’t. He’s good friends with Brittney so he’s comfortable hanging out with our family. His mom is adorable too. She called earlier this week to ask if she could “do” Sarah’s hair for the dance on Saturday. Yep, another lashing, I’m letting my 8th grade daughter go to a high school dance. [If anyone runs into that mom that I used to be could you PLEASE send her and her common sense back this way !!!] Again, I will be the chaffeur for the dance, both couples PLUS an extra two girls just to make it fun. That’s 6 teens, all formal dress, my “bus”, dinner at Longhorns and a nervous mom for 3 hours until I pick them all up and talk them out of eating at Waffle House.
In other big girl news…(and most of my readers already know this but I want it here anyway)… Both girls participated in the Miss Johnson pagent again this year. Sarah looked REGAL in her wine-colored dress and simplistic style:
Both girls had a lot of fun dressing up and being sisters:
Brittney honestly had the time of her life. From the moment she arrived at the gym she was flitting around like a little butterfly from one group to another:
Hard to see her dress well in these pics but it was a beautiful aqua sequin mini-dress with a soft skirt wrap. She was having so much fun….she WON !!! Here she is with first-runner-up friend Amy:
And in all her glory:
I am one proud momma !!