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post #81 of 147
Reasons why I can't/won't/don't exercise:

1. I have three boys who laugh hysterically at me.

2. Can't deal with questions from the four year old such as "Why are you trying to fly?" while he is laughing at me.

3. A two year old who sits on my head during yoga.

4. I have to stop to: wipe someone's butt, break up a fight, get someone lunch.

5. They want to join me, and I can't quit laughing either.


If I could tie them all down with rope, put on some muzzles, and make them count the cracks in the ceiling as they face OPPOSITE me, then that fat roll might turn into flat bread.

Oh wait, nevermind. Number five is on the INSIDE. I can't win.
post #82 of 147
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I just have to say, I thought I was the only one to have to try and excercise with someone sitting on my head!
post #83 of 147
Hi!I think I posted to some of the moms of many threads.We just added a fourth to our family and had to buy a bigger car.Its so funny,neither one of us thought we would be having a big family but the decision was made for us and it was so quick. I do love the noise and chaos but also really enjoy the rare times when 2 out of 4 are asleep at the same time.Bliss!
What I do for exercise?I'm a walker,I will walk for miles and miles.I usually park far from stores (especially now that I am learning to park The Beast),walk to pick DS from school and if I can get dinner on the table in time I can get out with the dog and one or two kids.I also usually am wearing or carrying someone all day long (and you feel every lb on my kids) so thats gotta count for something.I haven't noticed a change in my size but at least I can carry my kids without complaining of achey arms and back like some of my more svelte friends. I got real world strength!:
post #84 of 147
Hello! I think I may have posted before, or at least I was planning on it. I am mom to 5....I think we will add one more and be done though.

My DH and I were just talkingabout how 5 doesn't really seem like many, but people act like we are raising a small village by ourselves.

I would really love to find some other large familes in our area, there are a few, but not many.

Anyone live in PA???
post #85 of 147
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Originally Posted by Jessica17 View Post
Reasons why I can't/won't/don't exercise:

1. I have three boys who laugh hysterically at me.

2. Can't deal with questions from the four year old such as "Why are you trying to fly?" while he is laughing at me.

3. A two year old who sits on my head during yoga.

4. I have to stop to: wipe someone's butt, break up a fight, get someone lunch.

5. They want to join me, and I can't quit laughing either.


If I could tie them all down with rope, put on some muzzles, and make them count the cracks in the ceiling as they face OPPOSITE me, then that fat roll might turn into flat bread.
laughup

Yep, that pretty much sums up why I don't exercise!
post #86 of 147
I haven't been able to work out since I worked outside the home. If I did join a gym or class, it would be Sundays only probably!
post #87 of 147
Caroline,

Depending on where in PA you are, you could come hang with us in MD.
post #88 of 147


So right now:

Angelo (2) is playing some horrifying song on the organ while standing naked on the arm off our living room chair.

Abby (5) is asking me to help her with her workbook......after I just freaked out because they are not listening.

Dom (7) randomly walking around....I guess he put a new dipe on Mylee

Mylee (8 months) is whining unless she is pulling out what has already been picked up.

Me.....trying to read to them from online books (THEY chose their curriculum!) They will not listen to me!

I just want to crawl in a hole and sleep......for years.

My body (having major health issues) hurts. I can not walk well and can barely pick up Mylee or Angelo.

And the kids are crazy!

(also posted on Moms of Many GD thread)
post #89 of 147
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post

Angelo (2) is playing some horrifying song on the organ while standing naked on the arm off our living room chair.
: Hope your day gets better.
post #90 of 147
Oh my. We have days like that a lot lately, it seems.

BTW- What curriculum did they pick?
post #91 of 147
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Oh my. We have days like that a lot lately, it seems.

BTW- What curriculum did they pick?
We are doing Charlotte Mason / www.oldfashionededucation.com mixture....plus a unit study here and there. :

We also have Math U See, but we have not started them.
post #92 of 147
Back to pick your big hulkin' brains.

What are some tips for making getting out of the house with the mob of them go more smoothly?
post #93 of 147
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What are some tips for making getting out of the house with the mob of them go more smoothly?
What we try to do:

1) Line up clothes the night before. Also pack any bags needed for the next day.

2) Have planned out meals/snacks to make leaving easier. (EX: if leaving early, we have muffins for breakfast and travel cups for milk)

3) We have buddies Dominick is in charge of putting Angelo's shoes and jacket on. He also assists Angelo and Abigail in getting buckled. Abigail gets Mylee's shoes, jacket, and a blanket.

That is all we are doing now. It gets better and better.

We still do not have it fully down.
post #94 of 147
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My body (having major health issues) hurts. I can not walk well and can barely pick up Mylee or Angelo.
Have you been evaluated for Fibromyalgia? I have lots of experience with that. All this stress can trigger the symptoms and it HURTS. Take care of yourself!
post #95 of 147
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What are some tips for making getting out of the house with the mob of them go more smoothly?
Is there something in particular that's bugging you?

I pack a small cooler with waters and healthy raw food like carrots, apples, etc. that travels easily and keeps for a while so that I am never stuck without foods/drinks.

It's tough if you have a couple that are still in the napping ages. The babe can be in a sling but the older child can't also nap on you.

I guess it depends on where you need to go and why, you know? Is that worth going or can you go with half the kids later when your partner's home. Or if it's really important, can you go when the baby is napping on you... hard to balance, I know.

See if you can get them to hold hands when they're out so they all naturally stick together.

Perhaps a favored toy for each that they're only aloud to play with when you're out.
post #96 of 147
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Have you been evaluated for Fibromyalgia? I have lots of experience with that. All this stress can trigger the symptoms and it HURTS. Take care of yourself!
Right now, it seems to be more joint related. We are leaning more towards Rheumatoid Arthritis (sp?)

I still will ot know for a while. Have an appointment Sept 4? (tues after Labor Day)
post #97 of 147
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Back to pick your big hulkin' brains.

What are some tips for making getting out of the house with the mob of them go more smoothly?
I was just wondering about that myself this weekend. It took us almost an hour to pack up stuff once we decided to get out of the house.

For the girls' actitivies, each one has a bag that contains all that they need for that activity (ex: ballet shoes, tap shoes, leotard, tights, pony tail ring). Then that bag is off limits to play with (ie: is not availalbe as dress up clothes!)
post #98 of 147
Angel Bee, we also use math u see. I went for a different big ol' curriculum this year and tried something new for my oldest who's in fourth now. The company is Winter Promise and I bought the 'Adventures in Sea and Sky.' It's kind of like Five in a Row for older kids, which we used for three years. So far we love it!
post #99 of 147
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3) We have buddies
Oooh, I'm going to send the anti-Duggar patrol to your house.
post #100 of 147
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Oooh, I'm going to send the anti-Duggar patrol to your house.
That is funny!


Actually, we loosely use the buddy system, too. I really like the idea of buddies. And it does help when you have more children than you have hands for. We began our system, but with all our upheaval, things have never really gotten going well. But it works out basically that my oldest boy is the buddy for the middle boy, my oldest daughter is buddy for my youngest, and my second daughter is buddy for my third daughter.

Their 'responsibilities' are not very specific at this moment, but I am working on that. However, it is basically, "Everyone, make sure yours and your buddy's dishes are finished." or "Count heads, is everyone and their buddy here?" I plan to make more detailed responsibilities.

The reason why? Not because I want my children to raise my children. But because it builds a closer bond with each one. And I have a bit of responsibility removed from my shoulders so that I am more capable of being the mother than I need to be for all of them. This also teaches them responsibility, as I think children should learn that early in life. Because being an adult is a lot of responsibility and I think it is better to gradually learn that from babyhood rather than have that thrust upon them suddenly when they turn 18.

My children are actually very close. And I want that. I am not close to my brothers. We never did anything together. They never helped me and I never helped them as children. We always had our own things to do. I want a close family network built into my children from the beginning. And they have that. They fight, of course, but they trust each other and love each other and spend way more time together than I ever did with my brothers.

And I guess I am just not of the thinking that all the work of the house belongs squarely on my shoulders alone. So it works for us.

I know, 'Responsibility' and 'Children' are a bad combination here. :
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