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…
After cleaning up one large pile of dook, we raced back here.
To get this crew…
FPD picked up Giggles.
Then the homework begins.
On Mondays, the little girls dance.
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.
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!!!