I survived 4 kids and VBS!!!

When you are used to only having one child day to day, having 4 children can be a huge wake up call.

Every summer we take my niece and nephew (who live in Houston) for a week! We also have my niece ( along with her mom and dad) living with us till their house is built!

So,

1 niece + 1 niece + 1 nephew + 1 son= a very full and loud house!

Don’t forget the four adults here too!!!!!

Add in VBS (vacation bible school!) and we had a super busy, fun and loud week!

Let’d do a recap shall we? (these are all taken with my lovely iphone, so sorry for some crappy photos!)

Upon arrival each child received a bucket filled with fun goodies for the week. Including these lovely balls that you blow up and bounce… what was I thinking?

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Another goodie in their buckets were individual puzzles. Each child got a fun puzzle to put together and take apart as many times as they wanted! They each did their puzzles once…

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First Saturday Hubby and I took the kids to CiCi’s Pizza and then to Dave and Busters. I will say taking four kids out in public is easier when you have two of each and your husband is with you. Divide and conquer!!!

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How in the world do you expect four kids to behave in Target? Get two buggies with attached seats! One parent take one and the other parent take the other! Score!

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4 kids + VBS for a week= WORN OUT KIDS BY FRIDAY!!!! You would think…

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Miss L and her famous look when you ask for a picture! Ain’t she the cutest?!?!?

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Of course you can have ice cream after dinner! I mean who could say no to those faces?!?!?

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Summer bike rides are perfect with these kids!

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When staying with Lelli ( that is me to them) and Unc ( Hubs) of course you get donuts during VBS week!! Two of them rarely get them ever!!!!! Shhh, don’t tell their mom!

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On days we did not feel like dragging four kids, four towels and a bag of toys to the pool, we played on the slip and slide! Old school fav!

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Another treat they had in their buckets were these popsicle holders I got from Adabelle’s boutique . The kids loved that their hands did not freeze!!! Plus, they loved their names on them!

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When staying the week, they are allowed to crash whenever and wherever they want…

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Firehouse subs for lunch one day! I had several people staring at me like, ” WOW, she has four kids all by herself!” Thankfully, every single one of them behaves for us and stayed in their chair until it was time to go. They all talked together and were very friendly.

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Time for more arts and crafts! Yep, I plan crafts for the kids to do each time they are here. This year they did sun catchers and a Fathers Day craft!

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The night before we had to take two home, we finally went swimming!

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Last day of VBS included bounce houses for two of them and big huge blow up slides for the other two! Then eating lunch and hitting the road to travel to Houston with 4 kids by myself! Thankfully they all ended up passing out for almost 2 hours! Then we spend two days at my moms and then two of the kids and I headed back to Dallas!

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Every year at VBS I take a photo that is similar to this. Just to show how many children are impacted each year! This year, we had over 1,800 K-4th graders in this room! These kids also raised over $37,000 for new wells to be built in Ghana, Africa!

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Time to start planning next years activities and bucket ideas for each kid!

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Summer Bucket List

Today officially marks the 1st day of Summer! And, can I just tell you I did not even intentionally set this blog post up for today! I just thought it would be fun to share our bucket list today and then noticed it was the first day of Summer!

Funny how things work out!

I recently sat P down and asked him for some things he would like to do this Summer. Here is the list we came up with!

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  1. Make fresh lemonade
  2. Go swimming
  3. Find new parks to explore
  4. Go see Finding Dory
  5. Eat lots of watermelon
  6. Make a fort
  7. Have a water balloon fight
  8. Go see The BFG ( coming out July 1, 2016!!)
  9. Night time bowling in the backyard
  10. Make s’mores
  11. Play in the rain
  12. Eat a snow cone
  13. Watch fireworks
  14. Make cookies
  15. Go to the beach
  16. Play tic tac toe
  17. Go on a weekend trip
  18. Paint on a canvas
  19. Read fun books
  20. Go have cupcakes at Smallcakes
  21. Have a family day out somewhere fun

Right now this is our list. I am sure we will add more and hopefully be able to check all these off our list this Summer!

Do you have a Summer Bucket List? What are some of your favorite Summer activities?!?

Makeup: Do you wear it?!

I do and I don’t.

I am not a huge fan of wearing makeup. I have always felt like it can be too much and it is not showing who you really are.

I also am not a fan of the way it makes my face feel. Like it is covered in a layer of chemicals. Granted, I know there is makeup out there that is supposed to be the best of the best, no harsh chemicals. Then again, those are the ones that are so expensive I would not even touch the stuff to begin with!

For the most part when I do wear makeup, being most of the time when I go out with my husband or we are going somewhere nice, I have always worn Covergirl brand. I usually do the foundation/base, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, blush and lipgloss.

Then times changed and I learned even how to contour. Still didn’t see a need for all those layers, but it was fine to learn a new way and try it out.

Here recently, I had not purchased any restock on makeup. I honestly did not and do not see the point. I like my face without the layers. I like the way my face feels fresh and clean without all of the makeup on there.

I try explaining this to my awesome husband as well, but sometimes he just wants me to wear it, so I do.

Since I had refused to purchase any makeup lately he took me and bought me makeup.

  1. When it comes to spending money on myself, I already have a hard time with that.
  2. MAKE UP CAN BE EXPENSIVE!!!!

I am used to buying my Covergirl makeup. He told me he wanted me to buy decent makeup, so he took me to Sephora. I struggled. I mean come on! Foundation $50????? For real?  Also, names of makeup can be a little weird. Blush called Orgasm….. um, 9 year old son who is standing next to me please cover your ears! Of course Hubs laughs, but me, well I have already been uncomfortable since we walked in, why not make it a little more?!?!?!

I ended up with foundation, blush ( got a free lipgloss with this one! SCORE!) , mascara and lipstick ( which I have never worn before!). I already have eyeliner, but don’t wear it much.

Ok, so this first picture is myself, sans makeup.

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Ok, this 2nd one is a little base and some mascara.

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This one has base, mascara, blush and lipstick.

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This one is the full get up.

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You can see the different ones. My favorite is without. Hubs loves the one with makeup but no eyeliner. He thinks it is too much.

Do you wear makeup? What are your favorite brands? Or do you, like me, enjoy being natural-makeup free?!?

Please let me know in the comments below.

16 days

It has been 16 days since my last post.

That is according to my stats log.

Trust me, I have wanted to post. I even have some blog topics I want to sit down and blog about.

Life has just been crazy and it is about to get crazier.

Tomorrow, my sister and her twins ( L and N) come in to visit. However, my sister will leave Saturday morning and the twins are staying here for a full week! Did I mention my sister in law, brother in law and niece are also living with us at the moment. Yeah full house!

We have VBS starting next week and I will be taking and handling the four kids. This should be fun but I am already exhausted thinking about everything I have planned for the week.

I need a nap.

Summer is in full force. We have been to the pool already several times. Had our first summer library trip. The kids ( my son P and my niece K) started a reading log to turn in for prizes during the summer.

P is also on a new thing this summer. We started a list of things he has to do every day before he is allowed any electronic time. Needless to say, he was not happy about it when we discussed it. I have noticed though he has done a great job with it and has spent more time reading and playing outdoors than on his ipad! Which is what this mom was hoping for!

I have some new post coming soon. It is just hard to sit down and actually type them up. I only have the one computer and it is not always easy to sit at the desk and write when we have a house full of people and the computer is in the living room.

Stay tuned though, I promise I will get back to writing for those few followers.

Upcoming blog post to be on the look out for:

  • Makeup: Do you wear it?
  • Summer Bucket List
  • I Don’t Vote ( like ever)
  • I survived 4 kids and VBS

Which one do you think will be the most interesting one to read?