Day One is Done.

An Update from the Home Front (as in…our house):  

FPD is still in the air.  He’s got about three hours left before he reaches Shanghai.  He’ll tour there on Saturday and then ride the train to Hangzhou City where he will meet Mighty on Sunday mid-day(ish).  That’s the middle of the night Saturday for me.  

I plan to spend some time in the cold dark night video chatting with my new son.  

I can’t wait.  

Around here, on the home front, we did great.  The kids totally pitched in to help me out.  The bickering was minimal in a way that made me check to make sure no one was feeling ill.  When I finally asked what had sparked this sudden surge of helpfulness, their answer nearly made me cry.  

“We’re helping you to help get our brother home, mom.”  

Wow.  There are no words.  

The only hard part of the day is the sadness from this little bird.  

She spent all morning crying as she got ready for school.  As night fell and she got tired from the day’s activities, she cried again.  Since the day she was placed in our arms, she preferred her daddy. She misses him terribly.  

But, even she said she understood why he needed to go.  

Her new little brother needs a daddy too.

who loves that FPD is loved.  
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On the eve of his leave.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before they are no longer babies.  

He’s nearly ready.  The important documents are packed.  

The less important items were crammed into carry-ons only.  

That’s right.  We managed to make everything fit.  
The ‘Travel Conference Call’ took place with our adoption agency and I’m getting all the vital information ready for the babysitter.  

The FullPlateKid Cheat Sheet.  

I’ll label it with the children’s names and ages so that they can’t claim that they are someone else to avoid the consequences for the trouble they’ve inevitably created.  

Of course, they can still tell the babysitter that brushing our teeth is against our religion.  

Yes, Middle-Middle once tried that.  

And, it worked.  Until I got home.   

FPD is tucking his troublemakers into bed one last time.  At 4:30am, the cab will come to help him begin his journey east.  

who can’t wait to have one more baby to tuck.  

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We’ll post daily updates here, but to follow him in real time, 
make sure to check us out on Instagram.  
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How Do We Do It? Instagramming My Day Away.

You can follow FullPlateMom on Instagram now by clicking on the little logo below.  Here at FullPlateManor any revenue earned from the blog goes to the Full Plate Family Adoption Grant.  We are currently attempting to raise $2000 that will be put into a fund for a child who is waiting to be adopted. Our hope is that by offsetting the cost of adoption, a child who is medically fragile might be able to join their family faster than they otherwise would have.  It should be noted, that the child we donate our little grant to will NOT be joining our family.  We’re paying forward our own blessings by blessing another family.  

I, Full Plate Mom, get a lot of questions about how FPD and I juggle the responsibilities of eight kids.  When I decided to post my day, and the boringness of it, in the form of a ‘How Do We Do It?’ post, I decided to use Instagram to show everyone what a typical day around here is like.  

I wanted to show everyone how we’re just a regular family.  

Well, maybe a little larger, I guess.

Usually, my Mondays are quite boring.  I don’t work on Mondays.  Around here, Mondays are affectionately known as ‘Mama Monday.’  It’s the day that the littlest, non-school age children, get a special day with me to run errands and just hang.  We usually do lunch with FullPlate Mana and Bupa too (my parents).  In fact, we almost always do lunch, because the little peanut pictured below will have it no other way.  

My day started normally.  I am usually woken up by this little princess.  

I am the morning person around here, so while FPD sleeps a little longer, I get everyone ready.  He works on Mondays, so he drives to school.  As soon as everyone is out the door, I begin dealing with the aftermath of the morning tornado.  

Yes, that’s a bottle.  There is a certain girl here who won’t give it up at bedtime.  Don’t judge me.  

This certain girl and I enjoy tidying up and alternately watching Elmo.  She likes to help.  

We have to use multiple Dyson products to get the job done.  

We headed out to our favorite hang out to buy our weekly allotment of TP, air freshener (the boys, they are slightly stinky) and other necessities.  

This is where our perfectly planned day went off the rails.  While we were waiting in line, the very friendly Health Office Attendant at the school called.  This boy…

had barfed.  
So, we drove here.  
Then we came home where Full Plate Mana and Bupa were kind enough to come and visit us since there would be no lunch out, and a certain girl would have been crushed had she not had her promised visit.  

When we got home though, we found one very geriatric beagle had crapped ALL OVER the Living Room.  I’ll spare you the photo of it and instead show you one very, very ashamed elderly dog.  
Idiot dog.    

 After cleaning up one large pile of dook, we raced back here.  

To get this crew…

FPD picked up Giggles.

Then the homework begins.  

And music practice…

 On Mondays, the little girls dance.  

While FPD takes a couple of boys, minus one barfer, to soccer practice.  

This was waiting for me when I got home.  I have nothing to do, ever, with the making of the meals.  
I do have quite a bit to do with the clean up.

 I have a helper.  Always.  She enjoys a little play time, as do the rest of the kiddos, because TV is not allowed during the week.  

Well, unless you’re a barfer.  

After that, there’s laundry, and showers, and clothes that are chosen for the next day.  And, my day ends much like it began.  
With this funny face.  

On any given day, it’s not exhausting.  A barfer throws a wrench into the works, but we manage it somehow.  

I guess it never quite goes as planned, so, I guess, there is no ‘typical’ day around here.  

I guess there are only atypical days?  We’re okay with that though, because we’re not exactly your typical family.  

who is learning to embrace the unknown.  

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How Do We Do It? A New Series. And, a Couple of Housekeeping Notes.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be starting a series on how FPD and I do certain everyday things with a large family.  People always seem totally astounded by how we live our daily lives.  I’m not insulted by this, but it will be fun to show you all.  We explained how we ‘do’ Disney World every year HERE. We plan to do it again in January.  My parents are coming along again, but not my brother or sister this year.  Bummer.  We are all hands on deck when we hit the road.  I have to say, when it comes to vacations, it helps to have the extra hands.  When it comes to the day to day though, we manage.  Athletics can get tricky, but all our kids play sports, which really makes some people wonder, so my first post will be about how we manage the sports schedules and we chose the sports we did.

You may also notice how the layout of the blog changed.  I finally tipped over the edge and will be doing more sponsored posts.  Those used to be dirty words around these parts, but our little FullPlate grant fund is getting really close to our $2000 goal.  We can’t wait to attach that to a waiting child with medical needs.  We can’t wait to watch that child find their forever family.  All money raised from any sponsored posts will go to that fund.  The layout may change even more in the coming days.  It’s cleaner and easier to navigate now.  Thanks for understanding.

I get a lot of emails asking why I have no comments or I moderate comments so strictly.  I’ve actually turned them off now.  While we’re using this blog as a teaching tool for people interested in adopting and people who just wonder about large families, it’s also a keepsake for our kids.  I archive it monthly.  Imagine if someone came into your home, opened your child’s baby book and scrawled hateful things in it.  Occasionally, people write comments that aren’t very nice.  I delete them, not because I don’t value their opinion, or read the comment, (well, sometimes I don’t), but I choose not to document episodes of insanity here.  People can feel free to be hateful elsewhere.  It’s their right.  Go for it.  Just don’t go for it here.  I’ll turn comments on for certain posts, but overall, I’m just going to leave well enough alone.

I will also begin watermarking my photos.  There are all kinds of concerns about content stealing, and while writing doesn’t provide any income for our family, I sure don’t want my children’s faces splashed all over some site I haven’t approved.  Please don’t take photos from this blog without contacting me first, even if they are watermarked. Again, thanks for understanding.

We’re changing it up around here, in more ways than one, and change is so exciting!!!

who feels a little techy using words like ‘navigate’ in regards to this site.  Too bad she’s not actually techy at all.  She has wonderful people who are though!
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