A Thousand Years.

Lucky number 13 today.  13 years and (almost) nine children.  Could these two have even imagined?!?   Nope.  But they would probably be very excited to know that life was about to pour out more amazing-ness than they could have possibly imagined.  Happy Anniversary FullPlateDad!   I will love you for a thousand more, FullPlateMom

An Unprecedented Amount of Support.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before…

Bruises.

This is a picture-less post.  Apparently, I only exist behind the camera.  And I hardly ever write about myself.  That wasn’t the intended purpose of this blog, so I hardly come up.  I always have a song for the moment though.  So, when there are no photos, there’s music.  My kids laugh at how I…

The Follow Through.

We set some really tough consequences for one of our kids earlier this week.  This doesn’t happen a ton around here.  There are a lot of natural consequences, but sometimes a parent has to step in and impose some too.  One of the boys is experiencing some mom-made consequences over the next two weeks.  A…

It Doesn’t Feel Like A lot to Me.

This is going to sound ridiculous, but there are moments that I don’t feel like I have a lot of kids.  Right now at our house, there are three boys on bicycles outside riding in laps where I can see them, one small girl doing a puzzle quietly, one larger girl practicing her dance routines,…

An Open Letter to the Soccer Moms of the World.

To all the ‘Soccer Moms’ of the world, That’s kind of a misnomer.  You see, you may not only be found on the soccer field.  Some of you are found in dance studios, or on baseball fields or in the waiting room at music lessons.  You’re not every mom, but lately, it feels like it….

I Don’t Do It To Make You Feel Bad.

I was bantering back and forth with friends on Facebook the other day about bikini bodies and how NOT ready all of us are for that kind of weather (apparently, Tori Spelling is very ready for bikini weather and since she is the very person I strive to be, I better get on it…quick).  Several…

I Get One Shot.

Two nights ago, there was a meeting held at our local school to discuss the current district plan for closing the achievement gap between African-American, Latino students and students of lower socioeconomic status and, well, students not of this background.  I came home feeling the same way I usually feel, so resoundingly disconnected from what I might have…

Getting Myself Back.

I was talking to someone who has lived through what we have with Dolly, but with her own son, over the past month.  Her inpatient stay was even longer.  Her initial road was even tougher.  As silly as it sounds, we both think we have a little PTSD from our Cardiac ICU experiences. I came…

The New Normal.

I think I have other posts in the past with this same title.  When you add children like we do, there are a lot of ‘new normals’ to adjust to.  We adjusted to the addition of three children in a very short six month time span.  We adjusted when we learned of the abuse they…

Familial Shorthand

I think that every family, regardless of the number of kids, develops their own language of sorts.  Sociologically speaking, this language is directly derived from the culture within one’s family unit.  Certain colloquialisms become common within nuclear families. This is a fancy way for me to say that here in the FullPlate House, we’ve taken…

Again and again and again.

We will see Cardiology again tomorrow at 3pm.  I have a feeling this is another one of many visits over the next few weeks.  We will be repeating the chest x-ray we had last Monday at the pediatrician’s office to see if some of the fluid that had collected in Dolly’s lungs has resolved.  She…