Sunday, June 1, 2014


Michael took the older 3 off to the lake and I am home with 3 littles, trying to stay awake.

Hey, look!  I made a rhyme!

I was going to upload a few more pictures for you, but I'm using the new computer and I can't figure out where Michael is storing the pictures.  Actually, I could, but I'm way too impatient. It may take more than 3 minutes and that is waaaaay to long.

Well, I can't think of anything else to say. Maybe I'll go knit instead.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Adjusting to our new normal

Here's a cute picture of Olivia.  All of these photos were taken about mid-March.

Here's a good one of Josiah!

Hannah and Nathan!  Hannah is demonstrating some sort of finger-puppet thingy.

I don't seem to have any current pictures of Leah or Seth.  Hmmm....will look and see if I can find some for the next post.

We (I) are slowly adjusting to a new normal with 6 children now.  I can't seem to wrap my brain around having to buffer by at least 30 minutes for any task.  It shouldn't take 15 minutes to get into the van, for instance, but it does.  Shoes are lost, someone needs to potty (usually me), you realize that someone stinks just as you walk out the door...I fear my friends are becoming annoyed with me for ALWAYS being late.  I'm trying, but somehow being punctual is beyond me.  It's immensely frustrating.

In other news, Hannah wrote a book.  A real, live chapter book, geared toward 9-12 year olds (70 pages!).  It's called Icefire and is about a girl who discovers she has a sort of superpower (breathing fire).  We have submitted the manuscript to a self-publishing entity and to a literary consultant (which is a liaison of sorts for publishers).  Both places are reviewing it this week and will get back to us next week to tell us if it's just a cute kid story, or if it might make some money if published.  It's kind of exciting!!

The children are finishing up current grade levels and should be done by the end of June.  We'll take a week off, then start their new grade levels in July.  We will officially have a seventh grader, a fourth grader and a first grader.  Olivia will be doing preschool stuff, and Joe will just be making messes.  

Hannah and Nathan have both grown several inches and can now wear the same shoe size.  Leah is learning to read.  Olivia likes to do things slowly.  Very slowly.  Josiah is 2 years old and can do everything himself.  Seth is 4 months old today and is just fat and jolly and sweet. 

Well, I need to close for now.  I have little ones who want to play in the kiddie pool and I need to be present.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Seth Michael Begley
9lbs, 5oz.
On today, his 3 week birthday, I am finally posting the official notice!  Sorry, my friends.  6 children, new baby, and a kitchen remodel.  I'm a little behind...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Still waiting...

My word for this week is SLOWLY.  I am practicing my patience.  I move slow, I think slow, everything is slow.  Baby is now 4 days overdue.  My Dr appt yesterday showed no dilation at all.  The Cervix of Steel strikes again.  I have a scheduled induction for 8am Friday morning if I don't go into labor by then.

Since my last post 3 weeks ago, I finished the little red baby pants and made a little red sweater to go with them.  I realized that I have an abundance of short sleeved onsies, and needed something to keep little guys arms warm. 

Leah has changed her mind and no longer wants a knit butterfly, but a knit Canadian Goose.  Really?  A goose?  Okay...

We have done no school for a couple weeks due to illness and because we all keep thinking that the baby will arrive any minute now.  But after my Dr appt yesterday, I realize that we just might have several more days.  So, probably still no school, but my goal for today is to tidy up and organize the school room.  Somehow the table in there is stacked with board games, craft clutter, books and other random stuff.  A little organizing always makes me feel better!

I also may go to the grocery store today.  My kitchen broom is annoying me.  It is very soft bristled, and the bristles are saggy and uneven and warped.  I suppose the broom is about a year and a half old now and gets used nearly every day.  Anyone know how long a broom is supposed to last?

Well, that's all for now folks.  We'll have a new baby by the end of the week!

OH!  Prayer request:  I find myself whining/complaining a lot lately.  I need an attitude makeover and a whole lot more gratefulness.  This discomfort is so very temporary and for such a good cause.  There are Christians being tortured in Chinese prisons right now, and I'm whining about achey hips.  Shame on me.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

January 2nd.  I don't quite know what to do first.  I normally make a New Years Resolution or two, but this time I can't quite come up with one that I think I can actually manage.  I have a couple of goals for the children, but nothing really for me.  Just have a baby, teach school, try and lose some weight by next Christmas.

I am knitting obsessively of late.  Little red baby pants this time.  I promised to start knitting something for Leah, but she's not impressed with any of my cute clothing ideas, and wants a butterfly.  So, I'm searching Ravelry for butterfly patterns that a) she likes, and b) I can actually understand the directions.

A couple of us have mild colds this week as well.  It seems that every time we take time off of school, we get sick and my well laid plans for accomplishing things spirals down the drain. Oh well. 

January promises to be a busy month for us.  Every weekend is a flurry of activity in the kitchen as Michael rips out or replaces a cabinet or two. My birthday is in a couple weeks, then a baby shower, then a baby.  Throw in a couple family member birthdays, illness, and just plain tired.

I think this year will mostly just be survival.  I will try to be content with all things. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Obsessive Baby Kntting

Well, it's Christmas Eve.  I've completed the Swaddle Sack and the matching hat, and I've started a set of little baby mittens.  One is done, and cast on for the second.  After that, I'm not sure what I'll work on.  I wanted a pair of baby pants, but haven't found a pattern I like yet.

I need to sit down a lot lately.  And I can't sit without getting itchy fingers.  Must. Knit. Something.

Oh well.  Christmas gifts are finally done.  The largest project was Hannah's and she completed it this afternoon.  Can't tell you what it is yet, but it is for Olivia and Josiah jointly.  A work of art, to be treasured for years.

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Getting ready...

Not a lot of new things have happened since my last post.  Most of my time is taken up with school, household stuff, and getting ready for Christmas and baby.

To that end, I seem to be making a lot of lists.  One for projects I want to complete in Dec, another for January, a list for what to take to the hospital, even a list for stocking my bathroom supplies.

My other obsession right now is knitting.  I am working on a Swaddle Sack for baby right now.  I have about 5 more inches of boring knit and purl rows.  The interesting cable stuff is already done.  But I commit to finishing this before I start another thing.  A couple of hats for baby (at least 1) and a pair or knit pants for baby.

Then I plan to start knitting a tunic for Leah's birthday.