I woke up today and thought we needed to get out of the house. I hadn’t seen either of the boys yet but I knew we needed to be out. Luckily it is the first Monday of the month which means that it’s free admission day to Leu Gardens because the Orlando public library is doing story time. So I sent my dear friend Staci a text asking if she would like to join our crazy for the morning and she agreed to. If we are going for full disclosure here I admit that I had no intention of actually going to listen to story time, we have done that before and it’s not all that great- It’s a huge room so the boys have a hard time seeing/hearing and overall I just haven’t ever been a fan, I just wanted a mostly fenced in area in which the boys could run.

So we loaded up, stopped by Dunkin Donuts to stock up on sugar and caffeine and headed to the gardens. I should have known that it was going to be a stellar morning when Charlie was using the corner of his shirt as a make-shift blankie and sucking his thumb on the way there (the thumb is the ultimate “I want sleep” indicator); however, I ignored the neon flashing sign and we trudged on. Charlie cried and fussed for a good portion of the morning out of sheer indecision and tiredness- the kid had no idea what he wanted or didn’t want, to ride in the stroller, to walk, to be held etc. And Jay left his “glistening ears” (what he calls his listening ears) at home or in the car or something so we were in rare form.

Regardless of all of that, we did have a really great time. We picnicked with donuts, got some of our energy out and Jay got filthy dirty when he “tripped” and rolled around the hill (ie purposefully fell while running down the hill). However, I certainly am looking forward to the being able to use the new (currently waiting for it to arrive) stroller. It has two seats and two buckles so I can strap both of my crazies in at one time and just push the singing (I mean screaming) children places without pushing one and trying to wrangle the other on top of my ever growing belly. Oh and did I mention that I am super grateful for sweet friends who will chase your kids down when they start running straight for the lake without warning? If I didn’t well I meant to; those kind of friends are the best ;)

Here’s our troop of doughnut-eating boys (the lone girl between the two of us was at school)- four pictured (ages 6, 3.5, 2.5 and 1.5), another not pictured (5 months old) was in the stroller and the last one in my tummy still baking. I know it’s a lot but they are wild and fun never the less.

our troop

Jay Bird




Happy Monday to you, hope your day was a walk in the park ;)

summer fun

We had some good friends over the other day to splash around in the front yard.  I searched for our sprinkler in the morning before they came over without success and realized when they were here that the kiddie pool needed a good scrub and the top ring wouldn’t stay blown up; however, none of these things mattered to the littles.  I can’t count the number of times they took running jumps into the pool (top ring deflated and all) and I am pretty sure that they enjoyed using the hose way more than they would have enjoyed the sprinkler.  It was a great morning with wonderful company and I hope we can do it again soon!

Eli’s faces are so funny; I think I did something wrong here in his opinion!

the running starts

Jay followed suit

this splash got my camera pretty good… and not the waterproof camera either

Staci’s oldest, Brock

water tables are meant to be sat in, right?

all four kiddos- Charlie was napping and baby Forman #4 doesn’t arrive until December ;)

Eli trying to get control of the three other crazy kids

udderly fantastic day…

Yesterday Staci and her herd came by the house, yes in the middle of the torrential down pour, to make cow costumes with us. Why you ask?  So we could all head to chick-fil-a today for Cow Appreciation Day and get free meals.  No, there is not a limit to what stay-at-home Momma’s on a budget will do for entertainment and free food.  Free meals were received, moo-ing noises were made and good times were had!  Honestly it was udderly fantastic and so worth it :)

Here’s some photos of our group.  It took a lot of coordinating to get 7 kids and 3 adults (Mandy, a friend of ours, and her three kiddos joined us too) dressed and fed but it was worth it and I think that the kids had a good time.  Heck, who am I kidding I had a good time…

moo-ve over here comes one cute cow!
"Not too sure about this Mom..." Honestly though, he did great and didn't even rip off his spots or udders until after lunch- yea Jay!! He even loved the big dressed up cow and mooed everytime he saw it :)
this Momma and her adorable calf
his tail!
Sophie- Staci's middle cow
cow smiles
mooing for the camera
three little cows, by the way Brock (Staci's oldest cow) is on the far left
the 9 of us- Mandy's youngest is less than a month old and opted not to be in the photo
Staci and most of her herd- Brock on the right, Eli on the left