Friday, October 29, 2010

Top 25 Reasons I'm NOT Supermom

1. I lose my temper and yell at my kids sometimes.
2. I consistently cloth diaper Eli, but while I have an entire stock of cloth diapers on the changing table for Josiah, I continue to buy humongous (expensive) boxes of disposable diapers for him.
3. My kids get one bath a week, 2 if they're lucky. If they get into some dirt outside or get messy eating during the day, I take care of it at the kitchen/bathroom sink with a few pumps of hand soap.
4. My kids fight over toys. They hit, they bite, they push and kick each other.
5. At any given moment, at least one child probably has snot or food crusted on their face.
6. Sometimes, one child will not have a clean pair of shorts or a clean shirt and will have to borrow clothes out of a sibling's drawer.
7. I have dirty dishes in the sink 98 percent of the time.
8. I re-use spit-up-on blankets and burp cloths often.
9. Sometimes, when my kids draw on themselves with marker, I don't wipe it off.
10. Sometimes, when my kids draw on the backseat of the van, I don't clean it.
11. I am writing this post in about 100 different sittings in a matter of 1 hour while 3 of my 4 children are awake and playing all around me.
12. I find myself very hungry at 10:30 in the morning or 2:00 in the afternoon and realize I did not ever eat breakfast/lunch.
13. Sometimes, we take a week off of home schooling because I just can't bear the thought of it.
14. My husband comes home from work after 7:30 and doesn't eat dinner until 8:30 or 9 sometimes. (And it's usually a little of this and that...not even always very warm.)
15. I have about 5 different "projects" going on at any given time (switching closets and dressers from warm weather to cold weather clothes, organizing something, etc.)
16. We do not always pray and thank God for blessing us before meals.
17. Often, when my children want to share the food on my plate, I am selfish and tell them, "No."
18. As of right now, I do not know what we're having for dinner tonight (nor if we even have enough food in the house to actually have a "real" dinner.)
19. Sometimes, my kids eat a various assortment of carbs for lunch (popcorn, crackers, and a granola bar, for instance.)
20. Lately, I have been drinking a can of coke in the morning for the caffeine boost.
21. I sometimes skip words or pages at a time when I read long storybooks to my kids.
22. Sometimes, I ask my 3 and 5 year olds ever so politely to "Please, just...stop...talking."
23. There are days when I do not get dressed until my husband is on his way home from 7:30 pm.
24. When a tall coffee table fell over on top of my 2 year old and a hand held vacuum I had just bought the day before also fell and broke in the process, I was more concerned about the broken vacuum.
25. My children might know that Bach had 20 children, played the organ, and wrote classical music, but they do not know the name of our president.

(and that's just the TOP 25!)

All of this to tell those of you who call me "Supermom," stop :) I am not perfect, I cannot (and do not) do it all. I think the more kids we have, the more I have to just give up control of different things. I told Derek the other day that I am just going to "embrace" a messy house :) There is no way I can NOT have piles of dirty and clean clothes laying around at times. I cannot stay on top of the dirty dishes, messy floors, and making sure there is just the right amount of food for healthy, balanced meals every single time I cook. A couple weeks ago, the boys were all sick, and right before Derek left for work, Titus threw up on the couch. Derek was telling me "goodbye," and he just said, "You poor, poor woman. I'm so sorry." All I could do was say, "I love it, Babe!" You know what? I DO love it. I love that I'm not perfect. I love that I need Jesus. The joy of the Lord is truly my strength. I am thankful, I am blessed, and I am NOT Supermom!! :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Someone's been using my camera!!!

I love getting on the computer, putting my camera card in, opening up the pictures and seeing what Justus has been up to lately :) He LOVES stealing asking politely for my camera and going around the house filling up my card. Here are a few of my favorites as of late :)

Do you think this kid loves his monkey?

Yes, he is huge :) (this picture doesn't even do him justice! haha)

One big plus when your 5 year old takes pictures:
you get to be IN them!!

Mhmmmm, someone decided to draw on the white board with permanent marker
(See the above pictures for the culprit. It's the boy who can actually walk!)

See our beeswax stars?

Sometimes, some of us don't like having Justus take our pictures.
Most of the time, he does it anyway :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Frye Annual Pumpkin Carving

After some yummy ham, green bean casserole, pumpkin bread, fruit salad, and wassail,
we celebrated Uncle Jack's birthday.

Then, we got out the pumpkins...even the Little Man got one :)

We got to work,

carved our hearts out,

carried the pumpkins outside,

and were pretty pleased with the results :)

The winner this year:
Derek's Optimus Prime

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Speaking of the Pumpkin Patch...

I was so sad the visit to the Pumpkin Patch had to be cut short. I love traditions, and I love going to the Pumpkin Patch every year! (although Derek claims we didn't go last year...shh, I don't like to brag when I'm right :) ) Anyway, I also felt SO badly, because Justus wanted to have fun there. He was so excited to get to spend time with 2 of his best friends, and he was just excited in general to do something fun as a family. When I started to take some pictures of the boys by the pumpkins, he even asked me to take a few specific ones, sat down, and posed with a big smile for them. (Such a sweet boy!) When we made the decision to just get in the car and head home, Justus asked if we could go to Chuck E. Cheese. It broke my heart, because I know he just really wanted to have a fun outing together. *Sigh*

On a positive note, Justus and Titus DID get to ride a ferris wheel for the first time in their lives!! (albeit a tiny one :) ...and I didn't get a picture!) I took a few pictures of other moments for memory's sake, and I must post them on here,'s tradition :)

On the hayride

Climbing the giant hay stack

(see Justus coughing?
cover with your ARM, son! How many times do I have to tell you!?

Eli was either riding in the stroller, eating, or being carried by Derek the whole time we were there! He was more active when we went when he was a baby!!

Annual picture of the Pumpkin Patch sign

LOOK! They're angels!! :) haha, yeaaaaaaaaaah

Frye boys at the Pumpkin Patch 2010!

It's always nice when these two get along lovingly :)

At least we got a few smiles throughout the ordeal! See you next year, Pumpkin Patch!
(as long as it's not too dusty...)

Fun outside this weekend

Guess which 2 are playing in the dirt?!
(always :) I love that about them!)
We went to the pumpkin patch this weekend, and Titus just couldn't keep his hands out of the dirt. Unfortunately, that dirt also ruined our fun. The air was so dusty that Justus almost immediately started coughing, eventually got hoarse, and we had to cut things short. Things progressed from there, and we had to run refill his inhaler prescription because of an asthma attack yesterday!! In the words of my husband after getting up in the night to give Justus the inhaler last night, "Stinkin Pumpkin Patch!" :) Thankfully, he is productively coughing up phlegm, and things are looking up! (a little TMI???)

Look at these big boys!! I can't wait to see these 3 guys (and their baby brother) as teenagers. No, let me rephrase that, I can most definitely WAIT to see them as teenagers, because I love the stages they are in now and know I will miss these ages. However, I think they will have so much fun together as they get older. Titus and Eli were playing with a couple ride-on toys this weekend, and they parked both of them next to each other, raised the seats (aka, hoods), and put Derek's screwdriver and a garden tool to work. It was like a glimpse into the cute! They even both had their shirts off at the time. Oh, and Derek also found a cigarette butte in Titus' "motorcycle" (as he calls it.) We both had a good laugh at that, and I immediately began praying that part doesn't come to pass!

Dirt, water, mud...Give a boy one or all of these, and he will be happy!
(Unless your name is Justus. Then you'll have a conniption!)

And finally, as if we didn't have enough fun, energy, and madness around here...
Peanut came to the rescue! :)

(Another glimpse into the future, I suppose ;) )
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