Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

This week has dawned: Spring Break. The weather is just gorgeous and we have no money, we are moving to a different house in two weeks and not all my children have Spring Break at the same time. So what do I do with the three that do? Well, yesterday we slept in…..oh what a joy, what a luxury, what a blessing- we were all up by 7:30, well all but the dog. He was the only sane one of the lot. Today we have two of our favorite kids, old neighbors, coming to play all day and all night and … Continue reading Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

Teenagers. To some of us the very word brings hefty sighs, queasy stomachs, wild memories and to a few of you, fond thoughts of either your teenage years or your child’s teenage years (very few, I am sure). They should come with owner manuals for each one. We have five children and one is on her way out of these years, one is firmly ensconced in it and one is on the way in. Our eldest daughter is now 19. Her “teen” years were actually rather smooth. We had our moody moments, rolling of eyes, snootiness and talking back but … Continue reading Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

“What to Expect when You are Expecting…”

What to expect when you are expecting a baby. Why the “professionals” think they can tell us this I do not know. I watched a movie with this title the other day and was glad to see that they covered the majority of the non glory, heart-break and joy, but not all. Not that I know all that can and does happen during different pregnancies. But I have a little more experience than some, having had 10 pregnancies, 5 children. We have been married for 22 years this June and within our years of marriage we have had our fair … Continue reading “What to Expect when You are Expecting…”

The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

“I was bullied!” It breaks my heart and takes my breath away when I hear my daughter Rebecca tell people this. “I hate the name _______(bully’s name). Because it scares me.” I posted last year about all the troubles we were having with my daughter and her “bully” and I received a bunch of responses. The good, the bad and the ugly. We did all sorts of interventions: with her teacher, the school counselor, the Special Ed teacher, the Vice Principal, the Principal and then finally with the Superintendent of Elementary Schools. All to no good outcome. We were frustrated, to … Continue reading The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

Provided For, that is a constant

We have been provided for, may be not with a clean van, but we have been provided for. Life on the floor of our family van is not what I would like it to be. As in, I don’t want there to be anything on the floor of the van except the feet of my passengers and may be a purse or two. It’s amazing how quickly it gets out of control. I go through and bag up all that needs to go back inside, use another bag for trash and another for recycling. Gross? sometimes yes. Embarrassing? it used to … Continue reading Provided For, that is a constant

Pros and Cons of packing your own school lunches

As with anything there are pros and cons of packing your own school lunches. A big Pro is the fact that it costs less to pack your own lunch than it does to buy the school lunches. Although school lunches don’t tend to be too expensive. But you can buy a loaf of bread, a package of deli meat, a large bag of chips and a box of juices (10 lunches, that is less than 30c/juice) and only spend the amount of may be 4 or 5 school lunches. So for 10+ home-made lunches, that you are pretty guaranteed will … Continue reading Pros and Cons of packing your own school lunches

Taking care of the summer blahs

We are going to make a kaleidoscope! And we are going to have fun!!! Just kidding. Not about making the kaleidoscope. We are going to look around the house and get some fun, colorful things for our kaleidoscope. Beads, sequins, paper clips, colored tissue cut into small pieces,  it’s best if they are reflective and/or see through. We need: paper towel tubes and then cut them down to 8″ long. Black construction paper, cut to the size of the end of the PT tube, with a small eye hole cut out or punched out Saran wrap and wax paper cut to 4×4 Clear heavy duty plastic … Continue reading Taking care of the summer blahs