Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hudson and growth hormones

 Hudson has been taking growth hormones for about 7 months. In the 9-ish months between the top and bottom pictures, he has grown tremendously! He has gained about 4lbs and has grown about 4 inches!! We are so thankful they are helping our buddy!








Monday, September 8, 2014

Momagenda

  People often ask me how I stay organized with 5 kids. To which I'd say I am semi-organized.  Really it comes down to discipline. You can have all the resources and tools, but unless you determine to use them, who really cares? You'll often see me shoving, er ushering, my kids through the doors on Sunday. Anna Kate has the most spastic hair, so it will often be a hot mess. There may be some mac n cheese stuck to a shoe and Smith will most definitely have some spit up somewhere. I have long since let the perfectionism go. Probably left it around kid #3. However, I do have somethings that may be helpful to pass along. We have 5 kids ages 7 months to 7 years, so we are bound to have stuff. The key to keeping me sane, is that all of their stuff must have a spot and that spot must not me in the living room, kitchen, or dining area. I purge stuff a few times a year. The saying, "Less is more", rings very true in our family. Structure your day. Whether its TV time, play time, school time, or rest time, structure your day. At times I have rebelled against structure, mainly because of pride and the mentality that I can do it all on my own. Nah, the brain is overloaded. Everyone functions better with structure. It provides security and safety. Not rigidity, just structure.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Beach

We took our first family vacation to Navarre Beach this year and it was a great trip. Hudson did send me into a panic attack when he started vomiting on the way down, but thankfully whatever he had stayed with him and only lasted 12-24hrs. We also went with Ronnie's parents and it was super helpful to have them there to keep an eye on all of our munchkins! So let's recap in photos:

The first experience


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Being a " Yes" mom

I used to be fun I think. Now, to make this Parrott ship run, I've noticed myself becoming more structured and less carefree as the years go on. It's not necessarily a bad thing. Organization, structure and discipline are all good things that should be encouraged. There are 7 of us and if we didn't have the above mentioned, I'd be flat out crazy. :) Lately, I've been doing my best to say, "yes" when my kids get a random whim, within reason. It has paid multiple dividends and has been fun for all of us. So here are a few things we have done in our " yes" category:
Painted marshmallows with food coloring and milk
video
Ronnie tried to get Jack's tooth out with string and a golf swing. It didn't work.


Indoor camping


Staying up past bedtime 

Playing in the rain

Throwing things :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Drama Queen

Believe it or not, when I was in high school I played two sports. The first was softball and I played at second base. The second was cheerleading and I was the captain during my senior year. Blah blah blah, people say cheer isn't a sport, but I beg to differ. I remember one basketball game in particular we were playing a rival and the score was neck and neck. The opposing team had a player that kept making dirty moves and getting away with them. Our school was fired up, we were all cheering, and on the inside, I was plotting. After our team won, the crowd went crazy and tons of people ran onto the court. I'm not sure what came over me, but I found that 6ft something guy, walked up to him, and shoved him down to the floor. I think the only reason he fell down was out of pure shock that this obnoxious cheerleader just took him out. I told him he was a turd and walked away. real mature, huh?  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cereal

Someone tried rice cereal for the first time this week. I just wanted to see what Smith would think before we dive in in a couple weeks. I can't believe it's almost that time ago. He was just too cute!






Friday, June 6, 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Anna Kate is our little Mama...
     She loves helping others. It's in her nature that God designed. She genuinely loves to help and then loves to get the praise of a job well done. At this point, I'm thinking words of affirmation is her love language.  She loves to leave notes on Ronnie and I's mirrors. She is so thoughtful. This is obviously God's grace, because at age 3 I thought we were going to throw down :). I remember calling a mentor of mine and asking for advice and thinking Lord help me. She said just wait... around age 4 things will change. Sure enough, things did change.  Of course, she has her moments, we all do. She's got a little sass and its kind of cute...for now.
    However, I am loving this season with her because she is so fun. It's fantastic having a girly girl in the midst of all these crazy boys! She loves ballet, music, and all "cute" animals. I can already see the hand of God taking root in her and I'm so thankful.  We pray Anna Kate has a tender heart for Jesus and others.