2013. This year flew by, just like all the other ones. We are currently in the last stages of yet another remodel (because who doesn’t love living up to their ankles in dust?) This adds one more to the number of major remodels Courtney and I have done together. This time we added about seven feet to the back of the dining room (yeah, whatever you are thinking right now I‘ve probably already heard it), changed the location of the dining room door, fixed/repainted the siding. Replaced the windows along the back of the house, tore out the old unusable chimney and put in a 1916 wood burning cook stove (it’s as cool as it sounds), and are finally finishing the utility room- complete with cabinets for all of our junk. YEAH! However crazy you think we are, we are happy with the results and feel like it will make our home work better for us. We love living in my Grandma and Grandpa’s house and like to think that they sometimes look down at us and are happy with what we’ve accomplished. I’m sure they get a few good chuckles out of our efforts. For those of you who didn’t know, my Grandma never saw the inside of the house again after she left, but I was thinking about her the other day and felt as though she was happy we are here. I know we are!
Courtney and I are keeping busy doing whatever we do. I’m not sure what it is that I do all the time, but it feels pretty busy! Courtney and Grandma and Grandpa Jones have gotten the girls involved in the whole show lambs project, which is something I know mostly nothing about (the girls are quick to remind me of that!). The past few years the girls showed lambs at the state fair along with our local county fair, and have had a lot of fun. It is fun to watch Courtney get in there with the girls- I have to say that I kind of saw the writing on the wall, but we are the proud owners of a (very) small sheep operation. Our little four legged friends currently reside at Grandma and Grandpa’s house but the goal is to get them here sometime very soon. I guess we need a fence? I told Courtney we should call it “Neverwood Farms”- because I said I ‘never would’ do it. Yeah, I know. I’ll just go ahead and add that to my list with all of the other things I said I’d never do. (Along with the ever popular “My kids will never act like that” and “My car/car seats will never look like that”. Been there, done that.) Now I’ll go ahead and add owning sheep/taking pictures of sheep behinds/taking sheep vacations to the list. Awesome.
So, lets see. . . life with five children. I was doing some reading the other day and was informed that being fourteen and female is a disorder that is actually recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. Physical symptoms of the “fourteen and female syndrome” are said to include slumping in chairs, rolling the eyes, and standing with arms folded across the chest. Behavioral symptoms include crying, trying on lip gloss, crying, trying on clothes, and crying. After reading the in’s and out’s of this serious condition, I’m afraid we are seeing some of the early signs in several (four?) of our children. We remain hopeful that we can get through the next ten (!!!!!) years as pain free as possible. My research explained that some professors spend whole days talking about this condition in their Introduction to Psychiatry classes, so it is obviously very serious in nature. Wish us luck please. Prayers in our behalf are always appreciated. We are considering the possibility of obtaining honorary doctorates of Psychiatry when we are through. Heaven knows we will have earned it.
I can’t believe it but Sam is almost 2 ½! He is so much fun! Although he can frequently be sighted in his favorite uniform of a pink dress, camouflage pants, and high heels- he is ALL boy! He is obsessed with tools, and we have to keep an eye out when he finds a hammer. He received his own little tool set for his birthday and can usually be found next to his daddy with a measuring tape or little drill in hand. That makes his dad pretty happy! This fall Courtney was up on the roof shingling and looked up to see Sam walking across the roof to him, blanket in one hand and a snack in the other. It took three times of getting him off the roof that day before his dad realized he better not leave the ladder up. (Can I just mention that I was not home that day and kind of had a mini-heart attack when I heard the story. But yes, I’ll just go ahead and tack that onto my list of things our kids would “never do“.) All’s well that ends well, right? Samuel doesn’t say much but has a large repertoire of grunts that he uses to communicate. He started speech therapy last month, and is starting to verbalize a bit more. He is very busy, but a happy-go-lucky kid and we love having a little man around the house.
And so, another year has passed and the kids inform me it is only nine “sleeps” ‘til Christmas. We have yet to put up our tree (that’s on the list tonight!) and as usual, things are not quite how we had planned. Nevertheless, we are happy and have everything we need. We can still laugh at all of our imperfections and “I-never-thought-I’d-do-that” moments. And to top it all off, Courtney wanted me to mention that he looks smokin’ hot in our picture this year. What more could we want? We hope this coming year brings peace, love, and laughter your way. We wish you the very merriest of moments this Christmas season!