Wow~ The last few weeks have been an absolute whirl wind! I thought having 4 kids was a lot of work, but SIX kids - now they can give me a run for my money! Now that I finally have a chance to sit down and catch my breath, I thought I'd give you all an update :)
July 17th we got our two week vacation with my step-kids, Alexa and JJ. My niece and nephew came down from NJ to spend the summer with us. So my household consisted of two 10 year old girls, 6 and 7 year old boys, plus Jadon - 22 mos, and Angelina - 6mos. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun!! I don't know how people manage with that many kids on a permanent basis though! I'm sure with anything, you end up finding a routine and a system that works for your family, and we did make do for the time I had all of them. I will tell you though, the saying is true - A full house makes a full heart!
We jam packed the time we had with lots of trips to the beach and the pool, visits to the park, family movie nights, and lots of laughs! The kids made a lot of great memories with their "favorite cousins" and we were all sad to see them head back to NJ.
Now its back to reality. I'm sitting here enjoying the last moments of my "mini-vacation" , smiling while I listen to my kids playing together in the other room, and dreading getting up for work tomorrow!
Being a working mom has its perks though. Sure I miss my kids like crazy when I'm not with them -- But I know they are in good hands! (My husband works nights, so the kids stay with him during the day while I am at work) And I must say, I truly enjoy my "quiet time" in the mornings while I drive to work and sip my coffee (I say sip, but I should say "wear", since I do end up wearing some of it most days!) And a little "adult" conversation is always nice (not having to count to three to get your point across!) Not to mention a few hours with no diaper duty!! But nothing beats the smile on my sons face when he comes running up to greet me after a long days work! :)