Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We have a guest bedroom!

Noel and I have wanted to have a room for people who come and visit us that was just theirs. Our guest bedroom for the longest time was the open game room on the second floor. I am sure that there were no complaints, but there was no privacy and no closet.

The boys moved into one room together and the girls were in another room. Noel and I decided to fix the fourth room into our guest room/sewing room. Of course with me I knew that we were going to paint the room and I wanted to try stripes. Now I have never done stripes and so I did my research and Noel was a trooper.

Here is the room before:


Here is the room after Noel and I spent 6 hours putting up paint tape on the walls.

Here is the room after we painted it.

I think that the room turned out nice. The closet doors were put back on and the blinds are back up in the windows. It actually looks like a normal room in our crazy house. I would like to thank Noel and Katherine for helping me with the room and for the support that I was not crazy.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

T-Ball Anyone?

Elijah, Joshua, Esther Mae, and Jacob are all playing T-Ball this season. The triplets are on the 3 year old team and Elijah is on the 4 year T-ball team. They got to practice only once before their first game because it rained on Tuesday. I think that they did outstanding.

I put their last name on their jerseys so they would look nice. Also we were lucky to be able to pick our numbers for the triplets. Noel picked 2,3,and 4. So I made sure that Joshua, Esther Mae, and Jacob got the number that went with their birth order. Noel told us that we should make them wear numbers all the time.

The game is only 2 innings. Each player gets to hit the ball and then run to first base and then the last batter for that team gets to bat and run all the bases. Then you switch and do that for 2 innings. I was very proud of the "safari" because they played the entire game and did not quit.

Also we used our first porta potty. We survived and I am sure that we will survive it the next time that we have to use them.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Who Doesn't Like Mail

My friend, Dianna, saw this blog and thought it was a great idea. I think so as well. You get to swap your favorite things that you do with your kids with someone else. Then you get a package in the mail from someone else. I know I love getting mail and the "safari" will enjoy filling their box and receiving a box. If you want just click on the button and sign up to get on the list for this swap.

Monday, September 13, 2010

WOW! Who doesn't have a PR campaign?

Noel and I were driving to church yesterday and spotted this billboard. We were shocked and upset at the same time. It is one thing to come into a new mother's room and try to get her to breastfeed because it seems to be the natural thing to do, but some women cannot breastfeed even after trying. For example I could not breastfeed because my milk was tested and it came back mostly water, like my mother.

When I was born my mother breastfed me and I was not getting enough so I wanted to nurse on the hour. My mother nursed me every hour until my wise grandmother came and noticed that I was starving and gave me her own formula that she made. I drank it and slept for 8 hours. You see my mother was breastfeeding because she was told there were no other options if she wanted to be a good mother.

After finding out that I could not breastfeed I realized that my son would be just fine and that he would still be normal and smart no matter what. When I gave birth the triplets the lactation consultant came into my room and tried to tell me that I was being a horrible mother because I was not breastfeeding even after I told her that my milk was more water than anything else. She told me that I was going to hinder my children from being smart.

When we had Hannah the lactation consultant came in and I told her that I was not going to breastfeed because of my milk and because I had 4 toddlers at home. She got the hint and left me alone.

I understand that there are benefits to breastfeeding and that if you are able to breastfeed then you should until you and your baby no longer desire it. There are some out there that cannot breastfeed and we should not be told we are horrible mothers because we cannot. It is a sad day when we are telling new mothers that they are going to hinder their children from day one; what a message is that?

As Noel and I saw this billboard we came up with some things that were just as ridiculous.

"If we had breastfed Elijah he would already have chest hair"
"If we had breastfed our triplets they would be calculus instead of addition"
"If we had breastfed Hannah she would be the Secretary of state."

From our point of view we are going to put our trust in God and ask Him to lead us in raising our children and that they would be what God wants them to be. If that is a rocket scientist or a housewife that our children would love God and be a light into this world.