Saturday, April 13, 2013

Week End With Dad!

Typically on the weekend we clean and work.  Well I am trying to change that because I think we clean a lot when the kids are with me.  Molly is usually traveling so it is a great time for me to hang out with the kids and get to know them a little better.  It has been pretty tough to change my mind set, but I am working through it slowly.  As I woke this morning, the first thing I did was start to clean the kitchen.  Nothing too big until I woke everybody up to start helping me.

As I cleaned with the younger kids, Reddy Boy cooked scrambled eggs.  Like I said, most responsible 12 year old I know.  Well after it was all done I wanted to start on the kids rooms.  Then I remembered that Reddy boy had a friends party to go to, so I had to get him ready for that.  Anyways, as much as I wanted to tell them to clean, clean, clean, I let them go and play and watch tv shows on the Roku.  So some of the kids joined me outside to work on my hand stand and walking on my hands (if your wondering why I am practicing gymnastics in my back yard it is because of crossfit).  I love hearing and watching them play.  It is a great reminder for me to enjoy the little time I have with these kids.

They grow up so quick.  As much as I love watching them grow into amazing people, I am sad at the same time.  Most parents know this feeling but every parent treats it differently.  I deal with it by getting in there with them and playing with them till they can't play anymore.  I hope they remember me as a fun Dad and not one that just sat there and barked at them all day to get their stuff done.  Don't get me wrong, they need a little structure to learn responsibility and anyone who knows me knows that I work hard but I play harder.  The key is, teaching them balance in all things: Church, Family, Work, School and every other thing they will encounter.  Having an understanding of managing their time better will help them accomplish more in the day and give them an idea of what their life will be like once they leave our home.  But it starts with me, all work no play would make anyone not want to work.  So here's to a better balanced Dad and awesome adventures every weekend!!

Well I am off now, check out the pics below of our in house gymnastics!!!!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Year! New Us!

Well I have taken over this blog.  Molly is super busy but here is what you have missed the last two years.  So we live in Florida for now.  I have been working in the IT industry for about five years now and I can honestly say that it is as hard as it looks.  I spend most my time looking at a screen in doors about 8-9 hours a day.  It's not to bad though, there are a lot of people out of work and I thank God that I have a way to support my family.

As for the kids they are doing awesome.  Yes, they are still home schooled and they love it.  So lets go down the list.

Reddy Boy is now 12 and he is in scouts.

Still a local boy, does everything in slippers or barefoot.  Probably the most responsible 12 year old I know!!!

Brokie Sue is 9 and going to be 10 in a few weeks.  As beautiful as her mom and smart like her to.  She probably reads about 2 books every week.

El-i well what can I say other then pure energy, but the kid is a awesome athlete and smart boy.  To this day he is the only one out of the six that can repeat what I say word for word when we have the kids clean. 

Ultimate's, our baby boy.  He is two years younger than Eli but almost the same size.  He is a gentle giant and loves his mama.  

CharChar Binks, a bubble of joy.  Never a sad moment in this kids life, I wish I had her attitude about life innocent, fun.  Always willing to share her love but not her grandma.

And last but not least is type 3.  We call her type 3 because she is very direct (even though she is two) very to the point about things.  There is no grey area with this one and she lets you know about it.

Then there are the ring leaders of this crazy circus and if you happen to catch a glimpse of them in public your in luck.  They are typically nocturnal and most of there sighting have been at corner gas stations getting massive amounts of energy drinks, chili cheese nachos and donuts.  Nah, only jokes.  Moo and I have been happily married going on twelve years now and going strong.  Molly has done some amazing things in this last year and continues to amaze and inspire people, but I will let her tell you in her new blog that is following her weight loss journey.  If you are looking for inspiration, and amazing recipe's check her blog out.  I mean come on six kids, home schools them, also a homemaker, MT (Master Trainer).  I could keep going on but I need to get to bed.  Well that's what we have been up to.  Write a comment and look for Mols blog I will post it in the next post.