Friday, July 13, 2012

Living the Dream

I have to remind myself many times every day that I am living the dream!  This wild, crazy madness is it - the dream!  It is so important to keep in perspective how this is what I want and if life were any other way it would not be complete.  It is hard to remember when I am doing the 8th load of laundry for the day or getting told "no" for the 10th time.

Living the dream is something we have said in my family for many years when referring to everything about motherhood, including but not limited to, being preggo, getting pooped or thrown up on, packing everyone for vacation, making dinner, listening to a kindergardener sound out "on" and similar words for the 5000th time, potty training, having an 8 year old that still wets the bed every night, ect.  This summer feels like a time that I need to REMEMBER more than ever to take time to enjoy the dream I'm living.  In fact, I should start a list of "mothering moments" that will help me remember this time in my life.  I am afraid it is going to slip through my fingers and I will have forgotten it all because it is SO crazy around here.  I can't even begin to explain how crazy it is.  I really like order, cleanliness, and structure and we are missing all of those key ingredients in our house right now, but there is a lot of joy, laughter and happy kids.  Personally I feel like five kids on summer vacation has taken me to my capacity.

Tonight I added John's picture to our piano.  Josh said, "that is quite the line-up, the dream team."  That is right - living the dream.

I pulled some pictures of our crazy lives from Josh's phone. . .

Ali loves to be in the bassinet.  She likes to "pretend" she is a baby.  
The problem is when she climbs in the bassinet when Johnny is sleeping in there.  

Josh tucks the kids into bed at night.  He usually takes a little nap too.  
Most often he lays with Andy, but it is hard to get a good picture on the bottom bunk.

This picture captures just a tiny bit of Ali's spunky personality.
She is a tornado on legs!

Caleb loves nothing more than to snuggle with Johnny.  
It always looks like Johnny is giving Caleb a big hug the way Caleb holds him.

We "cleaned the kitchen sink" at Angies.

The kids insisted on taking pictures on the four wheelers at Renegade Sports.
As if we don't make a big enough scene everywhere we go.  
When I take everyone to the store with me I feel like a mother duck with her ducklings following behind.  

Josh and I love live theater and in order to get to the Bandito show at Pickleville Playhouse this year I took Cara to the 5:00 show and Josh took Caleb to the 8:00 show so that we could tag team tending.
This picture is Caleb with Bandito.

Caleb sang as part of a primary choir at Stake Conference.  
Josh took the kids without me because it was right after I had Johnny.

The boys enjoyed a treat at summer fest.  I am an outing mom.
I just can't stay home all the time so even with five little ones I try to get out every day.
I'm not sure if it helps me to be sane or insane. 

Baths are necessary every night in the summer! 
Andy hated to get his hair washed until a month or two ago when I showed him what I meant when I said close your eyes.  Apparently he understand what what close your eyes meant. He is okay with the shampoo now.

Ali being her silly self at the park. 

Cara being the cute poser that she is.

Shortly after Johnny was born Josh and his sister April took Caleb and Cara and their cousin Ethen to the Hill Air Force Air Show while my mom had Andy and Ali so that I could have some piece and quite at home with baby Johnny.

They loved the show but it was a little loud for Caleb. 

Ali is giving up napping in her crib, darn!
But napping on the stairs - no problem. 

Josh was in charge of a fundraising effort for the Cache Childrens Justice Center in conjunction with the Logan Film Festival.  They designed and sold skateboard decks.  

Ali loves to pull cute little faces. 

Kids love marble works, but they are more of a building job for parents than they are for kids. 


Kar said...

I needed this post. This is what I always dreamed about - being a stay-at-home mom. But am I appreciating it? Not enough.

Cathie said...

You are living the dream! Those are some super cute kids Carrie! The hieght difference on Caleb, Cara, and Andy is crazy!! If you feel like it has pushed you to the limit I am affraid of what is in store for me...

Heather said...

love this post! Last night our life was so crazy. It was "normal" situation with dinner and 5 kids. There were 7 things going on at the same time. Every one needing to talk. Littles needing help with eating. Someone crying. Zucchini cooking. It seemed like madness. But yes... we are so blessed and this is the dream! That is such a good perspective. I need to remember that every moment!

Julie Beck talked about this idea in her most recent r.s. auxiliary training. It was about Adam and Eve and what their "Dream" was.

Thanks for sharing your perspective!

The Ravsten's said...

Living the dream is right. You'll only have this time once and then you'll have plenty of time to clean and organize.

Proud of yoU! Keep up the great work of living the dream.

Iva Owen said...

Christie always said you are "living the dream." when you are puking pregnant and your kitchen is unswept. That always shocks me when I walk in and your kitchen was not swept, didn't happen very often. You are a great mom Carrie. Love mom