Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Sounds of Silence

Have all 10 of you noticed the silence on my blog?! That's because of the holidays and all. Well, that and the Oreos we've been consuming. ;) Sorry Mother Hen, We didn't have the breakage problems. Maybe you're pressing too hard? You'll just have to practice more until you can do achieve the correct pressure. And make sure the Woman in a Shoe tries it too. Her girls need to know these important cookie eating skills. I do know that it may be part of our application to marry our girls... the man who can eat an Oreo the proper way can marry our daughter... I have a child ready to turn 16. We need to start thinking about these things, you know.

Anyway- silence. That's because we have been having TONS of fun around here. Well, except when we are not. Which would have been the day we experienced the GREAT FLOOD of '08 two days before Christmas. And the day my children decided to take ALL DAY doing an hour's worth of chores. But other than that...

-Christmas Eve we had our church's traditional communion and carols service. When we got home we had an ice cream bar and watched the "Littlest Star" play the family was in. Then we opened some gifts.

-Christmas Day was Mercy's second Birthday. She opened gifts in the morning, then we had friends over for lunch / dinner at 2. There were 23 children and 8 adults! We had a nice time. We were all thankful that the rain had stopped and it was relatively warm so the children could play outside a bit.

- We traded children with one of the families, and all the girls went to their house and the boys stayed at ours. Since they were outside most of Friday playing with Josiah's new walkie talkies, it was pretty quiet around here. We traded back in the evening.

- Saturday was the day of never ending chores, and the girls and Matt gave their gifts.

-Sunday saw one family with 4 children over after church. When they left we opened the rest of the gifts. Then our friends brought their Oreos (and 10 children) over for games and Snacks.

We had received a REALLY fun game that day from my brother and sister in law... it is called Snorta , and is seriously one of the funniest games I have ever played. Everyone has an animal which they show to all the people, say the sound, then hide the animal in a barn. You flip cards with pictures of the animals until you and another person have a match. At that point, the person who says the sound of the animal the other person has HIDDEN IN THEIR BARN wins the match. It is incredibly difficult to remember that Sara has a frog when you are looking at a photo of a rooster. I thought one of the girls was going to inhale her eyeballs while making the sound of a pig. It was so fun - I think every family should own this. Especially if there is someone who takes themselves just a little seriously and needs to lighten up a bit.

- Monday Eric and the kids went to the Nursing home to sing with the residents. They have been doing this now for more than two years, and we all love getting to know the people.

-Tuesday we had friends over for lunch, then Eric and I went out for dinner. We really just got a couple appetizers and a dessert to split, but it was still fun. And we went to a bookstore, where Eric bought me the latest in my favorite Quilting Series... what a guy. The rest of the books I have gotten from Paperback Swap .

- Yesterday Eric and the older kids went to the church's New Year's Eve party, and I put the little ones to bed and enjoyed the quiet. THAT'S my kind of party. I'm so boring.

- Today (phew!) is our traditional fun day. Usually the kids say this is their favorite day of the year. I let them all pick their favorite snacks, and I buy lunchmeat and deli cheese (a treat around here), and we just snack all day long. Last night I made sausage balls:

SAUSAGE BALLS: (I doubled this recipe, and it made plenty for my family)
1 lb. ground breakfast sausage
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. bisquick

Mix with your hands, form into balls, and cook at 350*.

Since then they have been snacking and playing games. We have played Rummy, Rummikub, and various other card games. They are currently cleaning up so we can watch the last installment of the Love Comes Softly series... thanks Oma and Papa Pete.

So that's what we are doing around here. We have been so busy that I have not done nearly as much as I would have liked to do while school was on break. That will hopefully be remedied this weekend. I need to get the house and school seriously under control. But even though I don't feel we have gotten much done, hopefully we have made good memories. I want my children to grow up and remember then fun they had in their large family.

How were your holidays? Ready for 2009?


  1. Ma'am, you just inspire me.
    I think it's partly because you are transparent about your rough days too. It's nice to occasionally hear that the hero's in our lives have rough days now and then:-)

    My beloved is out of town, but the children and I had Oreo's dunked in milk for lunch after reading your blog. THAT was a hit!

    Must remember to do crazy things like that every once in a while - especially just when my children are thinking their mom is a predictable stick in the mud;-)

    Thanks Lord for Mommas like you!


  2. I just discovered your blog. I too desire as many blessings as the Lord will give me. I have two little boys my first one just turned 2 and my second is 6 months. Most everyone thinks I'm crazy when I proclaim my desire for dozens of babies, I am always in search of friends and blogs with people who feel how I do about children. Oh and I love oreos too!

  3. Well, those of us who got to try it have finally mastered the fine art of proper Oreo eating. It just took way more practice than I anticipated. Who'd a thought it took practice? I really felt like a cookie dunce and considered writing a failure post, but we persevered.

  4. I am so glad to be hearing from you again! It sounds like you have been a little busy. I am totally going to try that game. Do you have "Set Up"? We love that one. And we have the sausage balls in common (still looking for things we have in common to make up for the fact that you don't like "It's a Wonderful Life"). We make the same sausage balls every year for Christmas morning breakfast. Happy New Year to my new friend. Lisa~

  5. Well, Lisa, try the Oreo thing. We can be alike over that... ;) And I will say (grudgingly) that It's a Wonderful Life wasn't as bad as I remembered it. The kids loved it, though, so I guess it will be a yearly ritual now.

    Ashley - your two children are the same ages as my last two. Mercy turned 2 on Christmas day, and Bethany will be 6 months on the 9th.

    MommaBug - I am no hero. The bad days are so many! But I am glad to let you know what works for us, and let you adapt it for your family. And I will gladly walk with you so we can help each other out in these days, OK? Just don't think I have it all together. Unless you want to come see the clutter in my house first.

  6. I too discovered your blog recently! Wow, my daughter is 2, born December 25, 2006, the same day as Mercy! :-) I have a 7 month old son as well, who was born 7 weeks premature but is doing great now! . . . your blog is an inspiration to those of us starting out as moms!!! Keep it up!