Monday, July 20, 2009

Packing Day #1

Jumping up and down on the bubble wrap that the packers kindly gave them.

Still a lot of dumpster diving going on.

As we were putting the girls to bed tonight, SaraGrace said, "Mom, whenever I toot, my bottom hurts."
I said, 'Well, stop tooting.'
"I can't."
"Honey, I'm sure you will be fine."
"Mom," she said with a wail, "Chloe said I was going to need butt surgery."
The three littlest kids have a new saying. They will come and find me to announce , "I hafta go potty weally bad."
"You do?"
"Well, go ahead and go."
We go through this little ritual even when they have come in from playing outside and have dashed past the bathroom to come and find me.

One of the kids has this exchange with me several times per week.
Me: Please go find your shoes.
Child: I don't know where they are.
Me: Please go look for them.
Child: But I don't know where they are.
Me: I don't know where they are either. That is why I am asking you to go FIND them.
Child: But I don't know where to look.
Me: rolling eyes patiently saying once again...If we knew where they were, they wouldn't be lost. Please go look for them.
Child: wanders off, whining that she doesn't know where to look.

Now I know why some animals eat their young.


Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

You know what annoys me is when Little Man comes up to me and says "I can find blank. What did you do with it." I reply back, "What did I do with it? Nothing. I wasn't playing with it. You were." LM again, "but I can't find it. Where did you put it." Me again, "I didn't put it anywhere. I wasn't playing with it." And we go around and around until I tell him to try to remember where he was playing with it last. That usually does the trick.

Kathy said...

Hi-I've been reading your blog for awhile now-after Lynsay pointed me in your direction:-)
Just wanted to say that I'm praying for you all with your move! I love reading and seeing all the photos and your kiddos are just gorgeous! I must say too that Katie's hair is identical to my little girl(she's just 4)-they look very similar to each other-both absolutely adorable!

Kim K. said...

I just love your kiddo stories. I can totally relate and I always find myself nodding in agreement when I read them. Best wishes with the move. Do you get help with the unpacking too? I can't imagine trying to organize a new house with all your "extra hands".

Angie said...

Praying for a smooth transition and uneventful move for you all. We've moved 9 times in the past 15 years...never with 10 kids...but's been a move. Can't wait to read all about God's plan for you in your new home.

Mom Of Many said...

Oh my gracious! That was too funny. I had to cover my mouth as I was laughing because it is 5:54 and no one is up yet.

I have one who does the same thing with the shoes....I'm like, "Burn a calorie and look - like on your hands and knees - like your life depends on it - LOOK!"

So very thankful that you have movers moving you. We have never had movers and after moving 19 times I am so over moving. Of course I don't have much choice this time, but really, moving is a drag. I used to love it, but then again, I used to love to grocery shop and I used to love to do laundry (I must have needed a life!).

I am praying as you prepare and move. Thankful always for you and your gang....Much love, Linny

Marmee said...

We have the same potty and shoe conversation every day and its with only one child! (Well, actually, I have the same shoe conversation with my 9 year old too! ;o( Yesterday I considered buying one of those shoe holders that you hang on the back of the door. Then the kids would have to put away their shoes as soon as they walked in. How do you think guests would feel about one of those hanging on the back of my front door?

Todd,Michelle Bloom said...

Praying for you all! Thanking the Lord that He goes before you. Hugs! Shelly

Wife of the Pres. said...


S has been tooting up a storm every since w opted for a certain Captain's fish deal Sunday night. I have to say: it is a rare meal for us b/c it causes everyone to … er, toot!

The potty: what is up with that? Why do they feel the need to ask? I think at times she just wants an audience, kind of like a cheering section outside the door.

And on the lost shoes, DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED. Does said child ever have just one of several pair? I mean, how does one lose one shoe of a pair? ALL THE TIME?

Crunch, crunch!

Shonni said...

Laughing also because children can be so funny! I have never had the toot hurts bottom conversation though...LOL

Lori said...

Oh my gosh, we are living mirrored lives. Are you sure you can't move to Kansas? We could sit and write our blog posts together while the kiddos played quietly outside. Ha!

Your posts are a guarantee smile for me! And I needed it today.

Adeye said...

LOL!! That is just too darn funny, I am cracking up laughing. Eat their young????

Yayeeee---you have MOVERS!!!! What a blessing from the Lord!

Meredith said...

Butt surgery!!!! Oh, how she totally belongs to our family!!! HAhahaha!

Can I just say that we are so happy that we'll see you guys one last time!!!

Chris said...

Kids! very typical conversations...except for the butt surgery...thankfully my kids aren't very familiar w/ surgery.

I tell my kids "the last time I wore your shoes I put them away" Thing is sometimes I have to walk around looking for MY shoes

Jackie said...

I would just tell your kids that their bottom hurts because they've tooted so much they're making the hole bigger, that'll get them thinkin'!

And my family has thoroughly explored and talked ad nauseum about all realms of the tooting world, usually occuring at the supper table. My three brothers asked my parents during one meal if they thought the 12 apostles laughed if one of them tooted while sitting around, lol. I'm positive God was laughing when he created tooting!