Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Nine} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Mount Washmore and The Battle with Chocolate Donuts

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This post is sponsored by Resolve and Burst Media. Lauuuuuundry. Blerg. You know my battle with Mount Washmore in the past. You know laundry is not my favorite. So long as it’s in a laundry basket SOMEWHERE in my house, I’m okay. It’s when it’s on the floor, because some lazy schlep, er, darling child [...]

Labors of Love

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I went upstairs to straighten beds and tidy up a bit while the olders are at school and the youngers were otherwise occupied. I ventured into my son’s’ room and saw the softness of his comforter, the sunken-in center of my oldest’s feather-soft pillow where his head had just rested earlier this morning. I couldn’t [...]

Big Families Laundry Jenga – When Folded Laundry Towers Over Your Kids

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This is what happens when one mom-of-many gets a little too carried away in the ignoring laundry department. Oy! Shockingly, yes, the following pictures depict is the actual amount of laundry that was done by me, Lisa Douglas, yesterday during the day/evening/night. By sundown, after doing four loads of darks and one large load of [...]

Mom vs. The Kids – The Laundry Battle

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My newest post from my “Things That Make Mom Go Batshit” series. The kids’ I.O.D. illness has gotten substantially worse. I had to brace myself last night when fumbling through the last-minute laundry basket to sort clothing out. (Side *mom’s mental* note: Yes, I totally said “last-minute laundry basket.” I mean, what the hell, kids? [...]

Whirlpool Duet Washer Dryer Review and The Adventures of Mount Washmore

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I’ve written many (many) times here about my adventures in Mount Washmore, and my kindergarten ways to tackle it. Moving here to San Antonio was simply a God-send in so many ways. And one of those ways was deciding to sell our old washer and dryer and taking the plunge in purchasing a shiny new [...]

Top 10 Ways to Get Grounded (Take Note, Children)

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Top 10 Ways to Get Groundedby Lisa “Sick-of-It” Douglas Make your mother repeat everything she says at least twice. She really loves repeating herself over and over.  When she threatens to “Black Bag” your room because it’s continually messy, go ahead, keep leaving your dirty laundry on the floor. She loves washing three-day-old crusty underwear [...]

The Toilet Paper Analogy (and Why You Need It In Your Life)

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Are you the Toilet Paper Changer™ in your house, like I am? It drives me crazy, to no end, to plop my busy mom ass down on the seat, with haste, only to realize that you’re out of paper, and stuck. There are times, though, that I’ve found someone did me the honor of changing [...]

Partner-in-Grime™ Wanted

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Photo Credit: hellojenuine Help Wanted! Need able-bodied person or persons to help sweep, mop, do dishes, laundry, and pick-up after six kids in a small(ish) five-bedroom Army base home. Must not mind boogers or poopie diapers, sibling rivalry, flying utensils, and be willing to scrub toilets and mop up pee. (Damn boys!) Pay commensurate with [...]

Leaking Orifices and the Laundry Pile of Doom™

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I love nature, being outside (despite my ding-dang allergies), breathing fresh air, wind, and all that other crunchy-granola-hippie-type of crap. But every-so-often, sometimes nature’s a friggin’ bitch, man. You remember my mentioning how we were welcomed home by PukeGate2011 revisited, right? Not but two days later, Baby Dude starts, too. Which made no sense to [...]

Life is Supposed to be This Big

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We ordered seven large pizzas Saturday night for dinner. I’m not sure what we were thinking when we did it. We had an excellent coupon, and a gift card. We knew we didn’t have anything planned to feed that many, and so, with three sleeping over added to the six we already had (yes, nine [...]

Another Day of “Did That Just Happen?” “Did I Just Say That?” “Can I Haz A Nap Now?”

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Words actually said by me: “Baby, DON’T DRINK THE SYRUP!” Something I actually did yesterday: I nailed blankets to the wall, covering my front and back doors. What the crap? Strange places I found peanut butter this week: On my entertainment center Smeared onto the toilet wand Unbelievable as that sounds, yes, I did in [...]

One, Two, Four.. What?

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It’s Day One of hubby being out of town, Day Two of my attempt at a sleep makeover, and Day Four of no fitness/running/working out whatsoever due to leg injury. If a zombie had milk-producing boobs and did endless amounts of laundry, that’d be me. Hubs will be gone until the day before the SuperBowl, [...]

Our Laundry Routine

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I’ve spoken about Mount Washmore before, and the sheer enormity of it with having a huge family, but I haven’t really spoken about our detergent choices. You see, being a green-preferable family, we have certain detergent needs. While we want them to be all-natural, they have to be able to clean our clothes, too. My [...]

The Newest Illness Taking Over the Household

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It’s incurable, I think. So say the doctors, anyway. I’m besides myself. I’m doing my best to cope, but my ten-year-old has it uber-bad. I don’t know when it started, but I know that it’s consuming me with grief. No treatment for it, either. They call it Inside-Out Disorder. I.O.D. for short. There’s no entry [...]

Emotional

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It’s 10:22pm. I’m tired with a chronic headache that has lasted almost a week, thanks to an eye ulcer and infection. Today has been a largely full day of chasing kids, breaking up fights, laundry spilling out of the laundry room because it towers too high, school pick-ups and drop-offs, breastfeeding marathons with a cranky [...]

Death by Laundry, Film at 11

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It’s been such a nice holiday weekend chocked-full of sunshine, relaxing, summer barbecue-esque cuisine, paired with giggles from free-from-school children frolicking in reckless summer abandon, with parents enjoying their time (semi) sleeping in. (The babies are up in the mornings, just not as early.) But despite the fun we’ve had, I’ve ignored the laundry for [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere, Part 2

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My super-squirrel-y ninja-sleep skills are busy at work again, young Padawans. This time, after a trip to the ever-addictive Starbucks did my young sleepmeisters fall out, hard. First, my Baby Dude, who was originally laid upon the pillow on the couch. After a couple stretches, he ended up like this:   (I think my laundry [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 6 – Friday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 5 – Thursday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 3 – Tuesday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 1 – Sunday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

Freedumb

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I’m feeling ashamed this morning. Lately it’s been such a whirlwind of activity in which I barely have time to stuff food in my mouth, let alone to breathe without multitasking something or someone around here. And I’ve been rebelling against it, often angry and moody, brooding about the house like a heartbroken teenager. Moments [...]

Baby Dude Thinks He’s Helping But….

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After helping me empty the dryer, climbing on the laundry basket to play with the dryer balls ISN’T helping me, dude. Just sayin’… (Although, Baby Dude, I’m sure you think it’s loads of fun. Ha! Get it?) Yeah, you got it. (I decided to post something light-hearted and funny today, but we could really use [...]

To Do Tuesday Week 45

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If this is your first time reading and you’re wondering what To-Do Tuesday is all about, click to check out the first post to find out more. Sound the alarms! It’s here! It’s Christmas week! Are you ready? Are you!? If you’re not, be sure to put your Christmas chores AT. THE. TOP. it’s only [...]

To Do Tuesday Week 44

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If this is your first time reading and you’re wondering what To-Do Tuesday is all about, click to check out the first post to find out more. This is my first FULL officially official week back, so it’s back to business. {sniff} Hard to come to the realization that Christmas is a mere couple weeks [...]

First Trip to Disney

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This obviously wasn’t my first trip to Disney. Before the Mom Bloggers Mixer, I’d been twice before, both as a child. My husband was told he went as a baby but, of course, he doesn’t remember going, so, in essence, this was his “first”time, as well as five of our six children (Baby Dude went [...]