I just found this thread and wanted to say Hi. I have five, ds6 3/4, ds 5 1/2, dd 2 3/4, ds 1, and new baby due in June. I've been enjoying this thread.
As for the cars, I was ecstatic when we finally bought an old GMC safari with 8 seats. One of the biggest benefits to me is that when I am pregnant (and I am tall) I get to step up and step down out of the driver's seat instead of trying to crunch myself down into and haul myself out as I do in regular cars! That's besides having enough seats for the kids and all.
I used to think my next car would be a 15 passenger. I like the idea of having enough seats for friends and family. However, I REALLY liked those little mini-bus type things that the hotels use to cart people around. They are sooo roomy, with even more seats and don't look all that much bigger than a 15 passenger anyway. I wonder what the gas mileage is? On the other hand, I read that post about having a limo and that has piqued my curiosity enough that I will DEFINITELY look into that. It would be rather ironic to me if that is what we got. My Dad, before I was old enough to drive, always said to look around at the cars I saw and think about what kind I would like to have someday (as a way of dream-building). It didn't take me long to settle on the limos. Then, I just figured that as a big performing star I would be chauffered places. So i jokingly started pointing at every limo I saw saying, "Hey, that's MY car!" Wouldn't it be hysterical if I ended up with one... to cart all of my children around -- a much greater blessing than my original reason for wanting one! he he
My husband and I pretty much are split into the traditional roles of the family, but he does help out a lot in the house whenever I need him, and often without my asking. And DEFINITELY with the kids. I think it is amazing how he has grown from when we had only one or two to now. When my 1yo was only 6 months or so he loaded all of our four kids in the car PLUS my very active niece and took them out shopping and other things.... and it wasn't MY idea! It was HIS! When we had only two he didn't seem capapble of watching them for more than half an hour without enlisting his mother's aid!!! Now he takes them all out regularly for me. WOW.
I definitely need help with playing with the kids. I have always been such a bookworm and so much in my head. I can sit around and talk for hours or read books, but when it comes to getting down and playing or doing crafts, they sound nice, but I feel like I don't know where to start. That's one of the things I LOVE my husband for, he does this wonderfully. At least he's makingup somewhat where I am deficient, but I am working on this and hope that I will get better with time and effort.
Love hearing about all your wonderful families!