Thursday, May 30, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

#7 with Bo the class pet they each take turns bringing home for the weekend.  There is a journal that each child adds to about Bo's weekend at their house.  It has been such a great enrichment her teacher does for the children.  She has loved reading everyone's entry and adding her own.

We have started a family tradition of building and launching a rocket on National or State Holidays.  Our inaugural launch was Memorial Day but wind conditions were not favorable.  We went ahead and launched hoping for the best and it was FUN!  Searching for the Rocket was even fun, but we still have not found it.  We all just know that as soon as fall comes we will see our parachute hanging up in some tree that was there all along just hidden by all the greenery during Spring and Summer!  Next launch on 4th of July!

To keep life interesting (because life with 9 kids is so dull), when Pete and I go on a date and have to leave our name while we wait for a table, instead of using his name we are now giving the name Tripplehorn, just so we can hear them call "Tripplehorn party of two"


#8 graduates from high school on the the 8th of June and leaves for Marine Corp Boot Camp on the 17th of June.  When I shared this on Instagram  I said "He can hardly wait and I can hardly breathe"...yes, that about sums it up.  A friend of mine with young adult children posted on facebook today that parenting a teenager/young adult is sometimes like watching a scary movie and yelling at the screen "Don't go into the basement, don't go into the basement" knowing they can't hear you.  It really isn't as bad as that, but I certainly identified with the humor/reality behind the statement.  
This is all getting very real, and despite my worries I am REALLY very proud of him.
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Monday, May 27, 2013


Re-inventing Mother

So embarrassed about this. Yes, we had a toilet sitting in our back yard on Saturday.  You see, #9 decided to see what would happen if he flushed an entire roll of toilet paper.  It got stuck, and as it turns out - it was stuck inside the toilet which once outside became very dirty, very quickly (very muddy day).  I was completely grossed out, but after 9 kids you just roll with this kind of shenanigans.   Once was all said and done, the old toilet cracked and had to be replaced.  My poor husband traveled home for the weekend and was met with this situation - which I feel terrible about but he was rolling with it too so it was all okay in the end.

Here is the guilty party safely watching from the sidelines while he continued to battle that high fever that lasts 5 days.  The excuse of being very young, and very sick sure kept him from catching a lot of grief.

Sunday was a beautiful day, with lots of good food.  We smoked brisket, had fresh corn on the cob and an amazing salad.  #9 woke up fever free and helped with meal preparations.  
Does one ever outgrow the fun of shucking corn?  I think not!

We have the best field behind our house where Indian Paintbrush flowers bloom.  #6 was determined to find any signs of reptiles since our local paper issued warnings about snakes coming out in the warmer weather.  So yes, that is not a warning to my boys but an invitation!

We've had lots of fun with the water hose this weekend too.  I had to edit this photo, that I accidentally posted on Instagram and Facebook before realizing that someone's swim trunks had fallen too low.  I love picmonkey for their easy editing features - because I love this shot and didn't want to lose it.

Our Sunday meal was ended by an arm wrestling competition - which I have no idea how that got started.  My excuse is this, I have 8 boys - arm wrestling happens A LOT!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Letting the Kids Help with Breakfast~

I love to cook, but when I get in that cooking zone it is easy for me to shoo the kids away.  Knowing this about myself we developed designated meals that the kids take turns helping with.    
They love cooking with me and showing off to their siblings what they've made.  
They soak up all the compliments that come in from what they've prepared.

 Letting the kids cook with me when they are younger has produced some older boys with very good skills in the kitchen.  This has paid off  is spades on nights that I'm playing taxi driver, the older boys can totally knock out a great dinner in a pinch!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, over at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Roses from our garden.  
I think they are so beautiful and have enjoyed bringing in fresh cut roses to place on our table.  We plan to add 2 rose bushes a year, we have 1 pink and 1 yellow so far.  The pink is because I love pink and the yellow is for my Dad.  He passed away when I was 17 and loved yellow roses.  He would have loved his grandchildren so much too, I ache sometimes when my thoughts linger on that.


We have (despite the illness running through the little ones) had some really happy days lately.  I think the warm air and lots of sunshine has just been a balm to each one of us.  We have also enjoyed lots of long talks about Summer plans, our older kids future plans, and all our plans for next school year.  We seem to all be bubbling with expectation for things to come, and the discussions that brew out of that are making us all very happy.

I shared this on Instagram so the photo quality isn't the best since it is from my phone.  This past weekend #9 was getting help from #6 with making shapes, words and letters out of pretzels.  When I went to capture the moment, we were photo bombed by the death match taking place between #2 and #5 - (in our house with 8 boys and most of them teenagers, wrestling and horsing around takes place a lot).  I learn to tune most of it out, so I was vaguely aware of the commotion taking place in the kitchen with us - the photo bomb cracked us all up!

#4 is gainfully employed - Hip! Hip! Hooray!
He has been anxious to earn some $$ and was really happy to get hired at a local Ice Cream/Hamburger Joint.  #2 works there as well so we feel very good about #4 working there.
Welcome to the real world baby~

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link at Small Things to share your photo with the rest of us! ~
I have two projects that I still hope to complete but got stuck in the instructions so they have been set aside while I work on a very simple Guernsey from Debbie Bliss's book 'How To Knit'.  The project has been slow going as we have been involved in a new play "Drowsy Chaperone", baseball, end of year activities and events, banquets, and a very sick kiddo last week which has led into a very sick kiddo this morning.
All 3 of my youngest have UFO knitting projects in the works - I'll get there though, slowly but surely.
I'm using Knit Picks Comfy Worsted Yarn in colorway Bison.  I purchased this for a steal with their Bag of Yarn Deal last year. I'm not seeing that offered as much since they've updated the website, I hope they bring it back next Fall.
I am reading Anthony Esolen's 'Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination Of Your Child".  This came recommended through LMLD, which I've come to appreciate for giving good solid advice and wisdom.  The book has been so profound, it really resonates with me but is also one that I sometimes have to reread passages in order to fully understand just what Prof Esolen is driving at.  He has a very G.K. Chesterton for  modern times feel to his writing, I'm so very glad to have been introduced.

In other news, #9 has come down with that same high fever #8 had last week.  Hopefully, the bronchitis part of that illness will not be shared.  He woke up in the night and got his little lantern.  He came to my bedside and said in the sweetest voice, whispering "Mama, I'm scwared', "I don't fweel so well, and it makes me vewry, vewry scared".  I felt his head and whew he was burning up.  I hope it passes quickly and at least now I know what we are dealing with thanks to #8 for getting it first.

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Monday, May 20, 2013


My gifts! 
We took a few photos the other day.  I have some fabulous out-takes that I would LOVE to share but son #2 who was being particularly funny has not given permission for facebook or the blog so I have to wait to share them here.  This is one of the favorites from that session. (It is next to impossible to get them all smiling)
I plan to do a few more sessions before #2 leaves for Marine Corp boot camp.

On the feast of Pentecost we enjoyed Pentecost Bean Soup
(which is really 15 bean soup, and I dubbed it 12 Bean of the Spirit Soup for our Feast Day)
It is a simple recipe of:
*soak your beans in water over night
*discard water
*place beans and fresh water (enough to cover beans) in the crock pot with left over ham you enjoyed earlier in the week.
*Start cooking before you leave for Mass
*Enjoy for dinner on the Feast of Pentecost

Cornbread, which I did a cheat on this year.  Imagine getting in the middle of preparation only to discover that you do not have enough buttermilk and there is no other milk in the house.
7-Up to the rescue 
(thanks to #8 being sick last week and having a surplus of 7-Up in the house)
The 7-Up did not change the flavor but that was the lightest cornbread ever - I will be using it again!
*Recipe at bottom of post*

!Fruit of the Spirit Cobbler!
1 stick butter melted in 9 x 13 pan
1 stick butter melted on stovetop (or in microwave)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple in juice
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pour that 2nd stick of melted butter over top
Bake in 325 degree oven about 30 minutes.

We then took a bike ride, family walk at our local park and enjoyed a very fun Sunday.
We were especially thankful to have Linus feeling better after being very sick all week!

2 sticks butter melted
 (I melt these in my 9 x 13 inch pan so that the pan gets really hot before pouring in the completed batter - makes for a crispy outer crust on the cornbread)
4 eggs (for best results use room temperature eggs)
2 cups flour
2 cups cornmeal
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk

I mix all ingredients except the melted butter in my mixer, then add melted butter.  If batter is still too stiff I add a splash of buttermilk until it is the consistency of pancake batter.
Pour into hot ,greased 9 x 13 pan and place in 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
Serve with fresh butter!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Get Well Soon

One of the hard things about being the 8th child is that Mom knows a thing or two about when you are sick and when you are 'crying wolf'.  #8 has had a year of 'crying wolf' and I have had a year of being a Mean Mom in that regard.  Usually, kids get wise to the fact that Mom won't fall for it and finally give up the whole 'crying wolf' escapade 
(unless your #2, who is Tom Sawyer and got dubbed a frequent flyer by the nurse at school one year).  
So, on Tuesday after school when #8 asked me to take his temperature I did the usual routine of feeling his head and declaring him well.
He was not well though.
When I went to check on each of the kids one more time before bed I could tell something was wrong.  I knelt down to feel his forehead and he was burning up and his breathing was off.  I took his temperature and discovered he was very hot with a fever, he was given some medicine, some 7 up and tucked back in again.  He slept soundly, I hoped it was just a slight bug.  
He woke up the next morning a little chipper but still running a fever, so no school.
 At 11:30 he ate some broth, and crackers for lunch but his cough (which he had all week) was getting worse and within the span of 30 minutes his temp was climbing fast and he was throwing up with coughing.  There was also now the complaint of stomach pains (could be from such hard coughing though).  When a cool bath still didn't bring his fever down and the situation going downhill fast this Mama who rarely steps foot through her pediatrician's office called them for the soonest appointment they had available.
(Grandma brought by a new book and stuffed animal to match)
Bronchitis was the official diagnosis but I saw this type of illness only one time before in #1 and it was pneumonia.  We are heading back in to the Dr this morning to check my little guy out.  
Mean mommy has been completely replaced by Worried Mommy.

Lots of rest, and a younger brother who is 'sympathy sick' eager to get the same perks.
Perks like Ginger ale, crackers, jello and gifts from Grandma.

Thankfully, my kids don't get sick very often but when they do they seem to follow our family motto:

Go Big or Go Home

*update - he woke up this morning fever free (finally) but Friday night was running 104.7.  Today is his last day of the antibiotics and I have a cautious faith that we are actually 'all better'.  I'm in wait and see mode, he is in great spirits and feeling fit as a fiddle today - so I really do hope he is in the clear*

Thursday, May 16, 2013

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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I took this photo a few weeks ago, and if it wasn't pouring rain today I would share how it is full of bright red strawberries, much to our delight!

They are all home right now.
All 9 under one roof, but only for a short month.
Who knows when I can have this day to day time with all of them again.
I am soaking up each and every moment of their presence.
#2 graduates in a few weeks and then is off to the Marine Corp.
#1 is only home for the Summer.
They make me very, very happy.

#7 and her cousin received their First Holy Communion at the same service.
What a special day!  
We had taken soo many photos and the kids were so 'done' with taking anymore but had gotten used to all our directions on how to stand, how to hold your head, don't make that face etc..etc.. 
 So when we said "Look at each other" it cracked us up because they both held their heads still and tried to just look at each other with only their eyes, worried that if they turned their heads we would all start fussing at them to hold still.

#9 has been taking Piano for several months and has the most patient piano teacher ever!
He loves it, he plays it all the time and picks out tunes on his Grandparents piano too or any piano he comes across for that matter.
We feel very fortunate that he and #7 can take lessons
(she was also at the recital, more on her in another post)

He had to practice his bow at the last lesson, and did a fine job!
"The bow is sooo important!" he kept telling me.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Take Joy

When my 6th son was born, a Dr. told me that there should be no more babies.
It was dangerous.
We accepted this, moved on and enjoyed our 6 pack of boys.
God knew better, and after much prayer and consulting with wonderful Dr.'s we found out in December of 2003 that a new baby was coming.  A Christmas gift to be sure.
She was born in the hot humid days of August - but I truly didn't feel the heat.
She was here, this much prayed for lucky #7 baby.  
Her father named her, and we all marveled at her.
I see God's gift in giving me my heart's desire with so many things - but she received her First Holy Communion on my birthday...this prayed for baby, the long anticipated daughter, this gift.
I feel God whisper to my heart 'See, I hear your prayers'
She is all spunk, joy, and bravado rolled into one.

She is loved so completely by her older brothers. 
 Her two younger brothers keep it real though - they are not so mesmerized by her being a girl.  
She is just their bossy big sister.
Keeps her a little less spoiled, God is good.

This photo captures her little personality so well.
I have a younger sister, that I always admired growing up.  
She also lit up a room with her spunky, lively spirit.
My daughter has many of those same qualities - God is good.

I prayed before the relics of St. Therese' the Little Flower that if she would intercede for me to have a daughter, I would be sure to remember her within my daughter's name.  I prayed this while pregnant with #5 before we knew if he was a boy or girl.  I knew the dye was cast for that baby, but I also knew there would be more babies.  When #6 was also a boy, we rejoiced over him and I filed that prayer before the relics away in my heart.  
I was content and all was well.
I remembered my prayer the day they told me "It's a girl".
She knows her story from my heart, and now I watch as her story unfolds.
God is good. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Starting Over

Hi there!  
This is Kathy, formerly of 9 Peas in a Pod.  I never, ever planned to start yet another blog.  I am truly embarrassed to be in the position of starting over again.  I found out, that almost ALL my photos had geotags attached, in addition to the connections between Instagram, Facebook, and Blogger - I had WAY too much information out there about my family as well as maps to right where we live, go to church, play at the park.  It frightened me, it was a wake up call.  
In order to restore safety, I had to wipe out my old Google Account and remove the Geotag from my phone, camera etc..  I am NOT tech savy so I'm sure it could have been done in a better fashion, but I just didn't know how.  So, here I am starting over again without the mapping option attached to every photo.
I never intended to disappear from the online world, I just needed to revamp our privacy.

Our kids will now be referred to as their birth order, they already do this on their own.
Ex:  "Mom, this is #2 calling, can you get me #4 on the phone"

So, here we go again!

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