Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Inside the Circus: Part Two

I promised an update and here you have it.  The eleven ring circus.  The sister wives and brother husbands.  Home of the twin cousins.  We're the house with 4 cars in the driveway and a giant bounce house in the backyard.  Anyone is welcome to stop by but try to avoid trash days for obvious reasons.

We have gotten pretty good at being a blended family.  One mom is in charge of grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking (me) while the other is in charge of laundry organizing, washing, and folding (mandy).  Neither task is easy or enjoyable but much less overwhelming when you only have to head up one of them.   The kitchen and laundry room have good days and bad days.  All children eat everyday and all members of both families have clean clothes everyday.  What more can you ask for? 

Some days it looks like this:

And some days it looks like this:

For the curious, we have groceries down to an every two week art.  Our bi-weekly Costco trips consist of 36 chicken breast, 15 dozen eggs, 7 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread, and 2 giant carts full of various snacks and frozen fish.  The dishwasher runs twice a day IF we use paper plates.  The older kids take Mayzie's dairy allergy very seriously and Mayzie does not.  The kid will eat anything in sight weather it's edible or not.  So hide your apple cores, contruction paper, tiny rocks, and chewed gum.  It all goes down the same.

The kids seem to really be pulling their weight around here also.  Even though it's not in the ways we had planned.  For example, Holly has taught Melrose how to read.  No one saw that coming.  They play school everyday and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that we all found out Holly gives her a "pre-test" every Monday and a final test every Friday.  Mel can now read, add, subtract and is currently working on multiplication with her teacher, Miss Cobb.  I have also witnessed Mayzie washing Stella's hair in the bath and Stella feeding Minnie Jo.  Again, not planned but also not shocking.

I have nothing negative to report.  Just tons of funny crap.  I laugh every day when I think about these kids.  As high maintenance as they all tend to be, they are even more funny.  We have nightly dance parties that bring out the actress in Melrose, the teacher in Holly, and the inner puppy in Marlow.  In fact, Beans is often our house pet and she LOVES to be scratched behind the ears.  We are swimming in little girls around here and I'm not going to know what to do with myself when it goes back to me and my only child during the day.  Thankfully we are 2 short weeks from summer vacation where we move our dance party to grandma and grandpa's backyard! 

I believe the only downfall that could come of this is that our kids will miss each other terribly when they are no longer in a 24/7 earshot of each other. 


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