October 6, 2010

Let me tell you a secret...

Kids

Some people may think Moms are crazy or deserve accolades for running errands with their bus loads
of four three two however many kids.

But for real? (sometimes) I feel like I would go crazy if I spent one more minute in my house with all four kids.

Oft' times it's survival, people.

Kidswalk

Also, there is a beautiful calm over me when all of them are restrained in the car. And I can turn the radio up and say, "I can't hear you. You'll have to tell me when we get home."

and then I take the long way back.


69 comments:

  1. "And I can turn the radio up and say, "I can't hear you. You'll have to tell me when we get home."

    and then I take the long way back."

    bwhahahaha...I thought I was the only one! ;-)

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  2. Oh yes, yes, yes! And if I'm lucky, one or more of them make take a tiny nap!

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  3. lol I love the sitting in the car and taking the long way home part, made me laugh out loud this morning!!!!

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  4. I used to love car rides since the kids were all trained to be totally quiet, now I am oft heard uttering the words "Do I need to pull this car over?!"

    I'm a walking stereotype.

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  5. my kids always seem to be more calm when we are out and about. at home, they fight, don't share and get into mischief.

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  6. Oh, absolutely. I often devise errands just for the solitude of the drive! :)

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  7. LOL! Preach it, girl. Fortunately, my kids are too little to talk... but it won't be long!

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  8. Oh, I love this. I know you're helping so many mamas by being REAL and AUTHENTIC and, well, I just love you for it. :)

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  9. I love this post, it is so very very true.

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  10. I think they behave better after they've had a break from being at home. Come to think of it, I do too!!

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  11. Beautiful Steph. I love your words and photography.

    Also, not sure if I'm a little extra emotional today but I teared up at the first image, thinking about someday taking a photo of Laurel holding hands with her little wee sibling.

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  12. True. Errands much easier than listening to them fight at home (I know, no one else's kids fight, right?).

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  13. Ivy's big brother's sure do adore her. And I can see Gray still loves his coat.

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  14. this? is why i love you.
    my husband can't understand how and why i go out with the kids alone.
    i tell him my house stays cleaner when we aren't there.

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  15. I know I've said it before, but I LOVE your honesty;-)

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  16. I so do this. One of the advantages of my giant van is that much of the squabbling noise is muffled and I can pretend it is not happening.

    In that first picture you can see a glimpse of what your son on the right will look like as a teenager and I think you should be prepared for lots of girls hanging around. ;) Handsome boy(s).

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  17. I feel the same way! Driving is like therapy for me. I love that they are all strapped in and I know where they are and they are safe. Most of the time one or both of them fall asleep and there is momentary peace. I could go for a drive right now :)

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  18. Hahaha -- YES!

    (P.S. Guess who found out yesterday that, like you, after three adorable boys she's now having an adorable little girl?) :D

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  19. Oh my can I relate to this post...I've even just gone on drives with the kids, I call it sight seeing. :) Sometimes we end with a park, some times we just go home again, either way it's a nice little break for mommy. When they were all littler I would drive until they fell asleep then pull over and read a book and soak in all that peace and quiet!

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  20. Totally agree. And love the car restraint thing too. Sometimes I wish I had a car seat just for his bedroom.

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  21. Haha! So true! at one point I had 3 boys ages 3 and under. Car rides to the drive-through coffee shop were my special treat & ticket to sanity and some days! And back then we lived 30 min. to the closest drive-through coffee shop!

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  22. "Also, there is a beautiful calm over me when all of them are restrained in the car. And I can turn the radio up and say, "I can't hear you. You'll have to tell me when we get home."

    LOLOL--and I thought I was the only one who did this!

    "What's that honey? Sorry, you'll have to tell me later...MUCH, MUCH later."

    I have a table full of screaming kids right now. I think a drive might be in order...

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  23. omm- so exactly how I have felt. Sometimes I am just touched out and ready to go for a drive- other times it is a grand idea to drive the 4 blocks to get a soda from the drive through

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  24. I'm totally using that one "You'll have to tell me when we get home" - priceless strategy for my arsenal.

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  25. That is SO funny and SO true!!! :) I LOVE sealt belts...they make my life easy...even if it's for 3 minutes on the way to Target. :)

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  26. I tell my husband sometimes the most relaxed part of my day is when I get the kids all buckled up in their carseats, close the car doors and then take my time returning the shopping cart to the cart corral. :)

    jenny@mamanash.com

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  27. Hahah! That made me laugh! Glad I'm not the only one who has taken the long way home a few times! :)

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  28. Absolutely! Sometimes I'm grateful that carseats are the law simply for the chance to buckle everyone down and get a few minutes of peace.
    I love Jenny's comment above. I LOVE that short walk to the cart corral, ALL BY MYSELF.
    Thanks for the laugh. I know I (and you) wouldn't have any other life, but it can't hurt to admit that it's not always amazing!

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  29. Awwwww...love this.

    I'm definitely keeping that one in my bag o' tricks whenever my kid(s) is old enough to annoy me.

    =)

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  30. LOL! I would go crazy staring at my walls all day long. We always plan one "outing" each day. Target is the best!

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  31. and all steph's readers said, "amen."

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  32. I totally know what you mean about the car. For real. ;-) I sometimes even sit in the drive for an extra minute or two before I turn off the car and we go back inside.

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  33. must chime in to agree completely. We go somewhere at least once if not twice a day. Now if only the maid would come a and clean while we're gone...

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  34. Some days I have a heck of a time going anywhere with my 1 daughter. I how no idea how I'd do it with more. I guess it would help if she didn't hate the car so much.

    Good for you!

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  35. a mama after my own heart! i didn't know i wasn't alone in doing that! lol

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  36. oh yeah, I take the long way to school everyday just so I can drive around in the car, drinking my coffee with nobody on my lap.

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  37. Bahaha! This is hilarious! And so so true. It reminds me of the Post secret where she said that she straps her kids into their carseats and puts in DVD so she can read a book in peace!

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  38. Yes, yes, but I'm not sharing your secret with my husband. He can go on thinking I'm super mom for "getting so much done" with all the kids. :)

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  39. Guilty! :) Just did this today!

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  40. Long drives are my sanity. The quiet, ah, the quiet. Also? They often fall asleep.

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  41. Your words, so real, and so good.

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  42. SERIOUSLY! Staying in the house is torture.

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  43. So true, but as always, so eloquently said!

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  44. Laughing my butt off! Not that I would EVER want my darling kids to stop talking...;)

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  45. And the personal becomes the universal. :)

    (this one gave me a smile)

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  46. Kids are really very active and very hard to handle especially if they are four... indeed a survival but we are doing it and so far so good, right? We have to admit that whatever hardship we are facing we love our family so much.

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  47. Sometimes, I just load Henry up in the car and drive....to nowhere. Because we tend to get stuck in the house a lot in FL, with the horrendous heat and humidity. God get us to Portland as fast as you can....that was completely off topic, but I couldn't help myself :) Ivy has the best wardrobe of any little lady i've ever seen, by the way. And my last random comment is, you are a phenomenally talented photographer AND writer. Okay, I guess that's it.

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  48. I'm kind of with you on that. Especially when it's an event at church that my husband can't come to.
    "you are here alone? With all your kids? Wow!"

    No, no! I don't deserve that. It was that or be stuck at home pulling my hair out of my head because they won't stop tattling on each other!
    Totally understand!

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  49. SO true, mama! SO true! It's refreshing to get out when we are always in.

    and ps: I do it too with the music. :)

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  50. I love that too. It's even better when the kids demand that we "rock out!" :-)

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  51. This is me at least once a week.

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  52. i just love reading your blog!seriously, i had a good laugh just now.thanx

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  53. I still don't know how you do it but all I know is you do it WELL and that's the important thing. FTR I'd always be taking the long way home.

    BTW Happy Birthing day momma and happy birthday Gray :)

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  54. Wahaha!!! I realized just this week that whenever I go out on an errand and into a store, that I have 160 little fingers wanting to touch every single thing - and that's not counting mine!!! I always have this moment when I have everyone strapped in their seats and I shut the car door and walk around the car to my front door... aaahhhh my moment of peace, just a moment!!! And then I am in my seat and we are off!!!

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  55. As a mom of 4... oh, yes.. I hear you and I get this! :) xo
    Audrey

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  56. As per usual, you spoke the truth...beautifully.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  57. Oh no, our secret's out! I do this now (I have 6), but when I had 4 ages 7 and under I did it daily. Baby would fall asleep, toddler/preschooler would get quiet, oldest would read or just chill. I think we all needed it. :-)

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  58. Oh, yeah, I definitely do this, too! :) It IS such a relief to have them both belted in & safe & turn the music up! :)

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