Thursday, October 31, 2013

Meet Posie

Posie will be 5 in November, yes another November birthday. She was my first labor and delivery without any pain meds. I was induced with all my precious pregnancies. If you have never been induced, pitocin causes unnaturally long and painful contractions. Yes, contractions are uncomfortable and somewhat painful, but pitocin induced contractions are unbearable. Anyway, with all my inductions I had an epidural. But, with Posie, I went into labor on my own! Her birth was wonderful! Yes, I still had contractions, but they were managable. She was born after 4 hrs of labor instead of 12+ hrs like previously. Plus, recovery was a breeze, I never even needed a Tylenol.

Posie loves art (drawing, coloring, cutting, pasting) more than any of the other children. She
Just Beautiful
enjoys playing with horses, strawberry shortcake, and her 18" doll.

She is a great little helper. She is more than happy to help out with holding babies too, if she can get to them before Mary!

Believe it or not Posie is our loudest child. She has the most petite body, but a loud voice!

She just recently learned to spell her name and is so proud of herself. Her real name is 8 letters, with no duplicates.....So she did a lot of practicing. And she loves animals.

Posie's favorite meal is.........Perogies and Sausage. I know, these poor kids need a little change. You can imagine with all the November birthdays, we have this meal a lot in November. This year Posie decided to change it up a bit......She wants blueberry pancakes and breakfast sausage for her birthday supper.

Posie and a snail

Rolling out bread dough

Swinging with a chicken :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bonnet and her babies!!!

Bonnet is a pig, if you can't tell from the pics. She is the best mother pig we have ever had. She had 7 healthy fat piglets....yay! 4 Girls and 3 Boys.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How do you stay so thin?!?

I get asked this question frequently. I don't personally think I am that thin....anymore. I wouldn't consider myself overweight, but I would like to fit back into some of my clothes that I haven't been able to wear since 2009. I don't know what it was about #6, but after Snail, I never went back down to a size 4. I know, I know, some of you are shaking your fist
This says thin in 30, but that's if you do the extra ab DVD too
at me. But, I have a small frame and I have....sorry "had" been a size 4 since high school. Normally, I tell the curious strangers, that is genetics. Anyway, the point of this post is to share my favorite workout. I have done quite a number including Tae Bo, a few from Denise Austin, Pregnancy Yoga (i know there is a couple more) So, my fav is (Drum roll please) ..... The Firm Express!

I started the Firm Express right before I got pregnant with Little Young. And I continued until I was 32 wks. I would have been able to continue, but I got a cold, stopped exercising to save energy and I couldn't hang after that. Buck did the workout with me too. I started back at about 2 months postpartum and then gave up, because Buck didn't want to do it anymore. But, I've changed things up and started doing the Firm Express in the morning (I previously did it at night so hubby could be there). I have to say, I love it in the morning! The house is cooler and I'm refreshed and ready for the day.

Okay, what makes is workout better than others? Several reasons, first, there are 17 dvds...and you have to do them all in one day......just kidding! Don't stop reading ....I'm just kidding (there really is 17 dvds though).....Okay, There are 3 dvds you use per week. There

is one of each  Cardio, Sculpt, and Cardio&Sculpt. You do one Monday, one Wednesday, and one Friday (you could switch days of need be). So, there are 4 instructors, with their own set of can't get bored! I like some better than others, but they are all great. Buck had funny names for each of Second reason, Each DVD is only 20 minutes long. Everyone can devote 20 minutes, 3x a week to exercise! Third, the 17th DVD is for abs. After 7 children I have split tummy muscles and shouldn't do an intense ab workout. Plus, when I was preggers, I didn't have to sit out half the workout because of the ab sections. But, don't worry, there is plenty of core and ab workout in the dvds. Lastly, there is always someone working out with the main instructor doing an easier version (for beginners our preggos).

If you homeschool your children or don't have a manual laboring job, you should exercise. I'm not saying "you have to buy these dvds", but make it a priority to give your body a workout...even if you are just walking. And don't give me the excuse "but I have kids". Grab a stroller and get out there. When I exercise, I have several little ones copy catting (that's a word right?). Just to tell you, when I started exercising, about 2 wks ago, I thought I was going to die (now you really want to buy the dvds huh?). The first set are the easiest and I was still having  a hard time keeping up. I kept thinking, "I did these pregnant...big pregnant!" But starting week 2, felt sooooo much better.

If you have questions, send me a comment.

When I get time, I'll post about the new "healthier eating plan" I'm starting!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Great locomitive chase festival

Italian Ice gang
Yes, that's a mouth full! We took all the kids to the festival a couple weeks ago and everyone had a blast. They only thing we bought was food, but that was okay with
Buck and i
everyone! We had lunch where the children got a rare treat......Coca-Cola. As you will be able to tell, several of the children wouldn't put the can We do allow the children to have soda on special occasions, but normally it is root beer or ginger ale and such.Buck let the kids decide if they wanted to have ice cream or rides. Everyone chose ice cream, although Snail was confused after she ate hers and didn't get to ride any They opted for Italian Ice instead and everyone enjoyed it. I had my eye out for the homemade root beer, so I didn't have the Italian Ice. But, when we did get a price on the root beer, I decided that $6 was a bit much....maybe I'll learn to make my own.....look out waistline!

Posie, Mary, and Chuck
Maybe we should have selected Posie's color

Snail, Gus-Gus, and Elsie

Snail and Little Young

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hunger Games book review

I read all three books in the trilogy, over the past couple months.....Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, all by Suzanne Collins. The books take place in the nation Panem (was United States). After a war against  the capitol, there are 12 districts  left. Each year the capitol has the "Hunger Games", where each district is required to send 1 boy and 1 girl (by a lottery drawing) to fight to the death, until there is one victor. The games are to remind the districts of the war. Katniss, is one of the main characters who is struggling to provide for her family , post-apocalyptic, after her father's death. Her sister is chosen, in the drawing, for a tribute to the Hunger Games and  Katniss voluntarily takes her place. So, now she has to try her best to win the games, so she can come back and try to save her family from starvation. BUT, there's a twist (of course) the boy selected from her district, Petta, and Katniss grow closer together than friends, and there can be only one winner in the games!

All I have to say is.....don't sit down to read these unless you have a lot of extra time OR your better at putting a book down than I am. I can honestly say that I didn't do any extra housework while I was reading these books. So, I took a long break in between books. And this trilogy isn't something I would normally read. I'm a nonfiction (mostly biographies), religious, or DIY kind of girl. If it isn't something that really took place or I can use in my daily life.....I don't read it. But, these books were an exception......LOVED THEM.

There is a movie for Hunger Games. And Catching Fire should be released next month! On Hunger Games they stuck closely with the book, which is awesome.

Leave a comment, of you have read any of the books and let me know what you thought.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Another broken bone......who is it this time?!?

The winner is......Chuck! Sunday, he was riding a razor scooter down an asphalt hill.....and the rest is history. I said, "Boy! How in the world did you hurt your arm?" All he had to say was, "I was going as fast as I could and....". That's all I needed to know. I was pretty sure it was broken right away, but Buck wanted to wait until the morning. Meanwhile, Chuck was sweeping one handed and trying to do his normal things....he didn't want any help! Of course by the morning, it was swollen and Chuck was in more pain than the day before, so
we got Xrays and they confirmed that it was a buckle fracture. We had a cast put on and I got to pick the docs brain. I was a little concerned with having the kids break bones, since we (me and my siblings, buck and his brother) never had any broken bones.....and we were dangerous kids.(That's a whole other post) The doctor put my mind at ease and said that they are "active" children and all of their accidents warrant a broken bone. She even said no to extra calcium! Chuck is a repeat offender, here's a list of all the broken bones.....

Chuck, July 31, 2007 (I remember the exact date because it was our Anniversary) he was trying to reach something on the floor, while in the top bunk bed. He broke his radius (lower arm).

Mary, January 2008, She was just over a year old and a Houdini at sucking her belly in and getting out of the highchair straps. She landed on the tile floor. She broke her radius, too.

Elsie, March 2008, She was trying to swing with no arms!  She broke her ulna or radius or both, I don't remember.

So, if your counting that was 3 in less than 8 months! And we only had 4 children at the time! There was a nice drought until....

Snail, December 2012, She jumped off the bunk bed ladder onto a toy...She blamed everyone for not catching her, like they have done in the past (there was no one else in the She broke 2 of her metatarsals (long bones in the middle of your foot)

And now Chuck...again.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A quick doll skirt

In our family, we don't waste. When someone wears a hole in the knee of their pants, we either patch it or cut them off into shorts.

Elsie recently wore a hole in both knee of her pants, so she cut them off. In turn, Mary and Posie both got a skirt for their dolls. They just took the cut off pants leg and rolled the raw edge under or over....poof....doll skirt. You could easily put a few stitches in that top to make a band, but they were not willing to wait....their dolls had things to do, you know! The pics are of Posie, I'll add some of Mary's when I get to it.

Meet Mary

Mary's birthday is in November, she'll be 7.
While I was expecting her, I dreamed of a baby girl both day and night. I had 1 girl and 2 boys at the time and I prayed, even before conceiving, that our next baby would be a girl. I
would have been just as happy with a boy, but Elsie wanted a sister and I was ready for
more pink.

Fast forward a few years, Mary is such a wonderful helper and takes pride in her work. She
has the most maternal instincts for a 6 yr old! Elsie has been helping with the younger children for quite some time, but Mary has had a natural interest for a while. I'll be looking for Little Young and she'll have him.....such a blessing. She is also a born leader and will take the reigns when given the chance. I was very curious to see who would step up and help, while Elsie and I were at the retreat....and it was Mary! I couldn't believe it. She got
Little Young out of the crib and even tried to rock him to sleep.

Mary's interests are horses, dolls, playing house outside, playing house inside, bugs, cooking (she helps Elsie with lunch everyday), helping with laundry, and reading....especially to the little girls.

Her favorite foods are....Perogies and Sausage....she also requests this for her birthday meal.

When I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, it's always.....a mommy. She is only 6, so only time will tell.

Mary and Little Young

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our new Call Ducks have arrived!

We ordered a few nice quality Call Ducks, for the kids to show. They came from Indiana, by mail and I picked them up at the local post office....they know us well :) Everyone at the PO (even customers in line) wanted to take a peek at the ducks, but the guy had the box zip tied and taped, so I couldn't open it until I got home.....sorry guys.

Call Ducks were originally bred for hunters to take out duck hunting and "call" ducks in. They are loud and small enough to fit in a pocket. Of course, we don't use them for this, but they make great pets and are easy for the children to handle.
This is a magpie color call duck. You can tell he is a male by the curl in his tail and all the trouble he was giving 

Female Blue Fawn

male Buff

Boxes they traveled in

Buff female

Magpie female

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