My kids eat vegetables. Definitely have never regretted starting out our family with the notion that vegetables come with every meal. We don’t do the easy-peasy “kid snacks” or “kid food” in our house. Every kid eats what the adults eat. Each kid has something they don’t like. Elias and Kia hate tomatoes. They get a pass on those. But you’re not allowed to “not like” everything that doesn’t taste or look fun. That doesn’t fly here. The saying goes “if you want to poop, then eat your vegetables.” That’s just us. #familylife#bigfamily#largefamily#eatyourveggies#familytable#healthylifestyle#healthykids#eatwhatsgoodforyou#momlife#sixkids
My kids have been infatuated with the crazy The Lorax movie based off the Dr. Suess book. While watching it for the 7,658 time this morning, I heard this quote. What a great statement!
I love the morning nap because it’s my time to relax in a semi-quiet house and enjoy a cup of black tea. Sometimes I tell myself “I should have exercised” or “I could have put a meal plan together” or what ever “other thing” that might have made me productive. It’s part of how I maintain sanity with six children. If it’s twenty minutes or an hour, it’s a time where I can put my feet up and breathe. It’s everything #momlife#momtime#largefamily#sixkids#naptime#putmyfeetup#relaxtime#happytime
I've been home for 3 days, and ya'll, momming is hard work! .
Take me back to blissful waterfalls and some good ole peace and quiet!
Maybe I'll kick back later to a movie with my 1756 loads of laundry to fold. That's relaxing too, right? 🤷♀️ #happysundayyall#laundryfordays#wailuafalls
I know this picture will probably gross out a few of you but it’s too cute not to share with you. My Ella Joy is the bravest girl I have ever known! She befriended this millipede while we were on vacation in July and she lovingly named it Penelopede.
Fam Saturday day! We stocked up at our local farmers market @makekefarmers and hit up a Truck Expo 🚒🚎🚜event @kapoleicommons The kids got to see all the cool trucks and it was free. I'm all about the free activities! .
Then food trucks. Those were not free...but the Acai Bowl 🍓🍌🍇was worth it. Always a Target stop and then Petco. We don't even have a 🐕🐱, so I tagged along to make sure it stayed that way. .
Free fun is the best, eh?! .
P.S. sales are pretty great too. 20% off site wide @beautycounter with code LOVE.🤩 Stay tuned for what I need to stock up on!
You wouldn’t think that six kids (ages 1-14) would be SO EXCITED to have their almost 95 year old Great Grandma over, but boy were they!! It helps that Great Grandma Binder is the absolute sweetest lady in the world☺️
I've been quiet on social media lately for a couple reasons. One of the reasons is because if I overdue things after having a baby I can get really down, and so knowing my limits I've learned the warning signs that I need to slow down, and what to let go of in the special days after having a baby. Knowing my limits and honoring them makes such a difference in my post partum experience!
BUT...... There's another reason I've been quiet.
It's because most my pictures lately look like this, and are on my camera phone. Being a perfectionist, and always having posted "perfect" pictures taken with perfect, controlled lighting on my dslr had made me feeling like I can't post anything "less" here. ...
This has had me thinking a lot lately about authenticity and purpose. "Perfect" is one of my favorite words, as in, " Perfect is close enough." But the thing is that perfection is so elusive. Not only that, but it is subject to individual interpretation. For example, this might not be an instagram perfect picture, but to my mama heart, it's a framer!
I've decided maybe I can stop striving as hard as I have been for perfection. Instead, maybe I can still be an encouragement to you all with a little more vulnerable authenticity, and purpose. I don't know how it will go, my instinct is always to return to trying to perfect and fine tune details. What do you think? Would you like more real life moments like this?
Staying in LOVE is better than FALLING in love.
*** I had just finished rounds, in the nursing home I worked at.
Living on cloud 9 as a newly wed. (Married for less than a year.) My charge nurse caught me off guard when she said, “Oh, I’d never want to be a newlywed again.” Confused to why she’d make such a statement, I chimed in, “I think it’s the greatest thing ever. I don’t ever want to stop being a newlywed.” Replying like a wiser woman would to a clueless child, “ it’s fun, but the learning and growing together...oh, that’s hard.”
Her words never left me.
I promised myself right then, I’d do everything possible to never out grow the “newlywed phase.” But darn it, time sure gets you. Life and experiences, creep up on you. the celebrations and the heart ache. School, kids, moves, work and many more moves.
Well, that spins underneath you. And before you know it, you’re engulfed in an undertow of survival.
Treading water, trying to keep your head up. Using all the strength you have to keep up.
When the waters settle, finally catching your breath, you look up to see- in all that work, just how far from home you are.
You could start all over if you wanted to. Home could easily be wherever you swim to.
Do you swim home, or to a new Island?
That’s is how marriage goes. Everyday is a choice.
A choice to fall in love again, and to be someone they can fall in love with.
To dig deep, dusting off the youthful hearts, who fell madly in love with each other.
The ones crazy enough to start a life together and even create life together.
So Dig deep, don’t stop looking until you find it. Look at pictures, read letters, journals, cards, or simply sit back and let yourself fall deep into memory lane, it’s good to recall and smile.
Because it’s easy to forget in the trenches.
And when you both choose to remember. Letting yourself become a little more like those young people before. That is when you learn, STAYING IN LOVE, FAR SURPASSES FALLING IN LOVE.
It becomes a team effort, where you know you’re safe. You know each other’s heart, and you’ll care for it as if it was the most delicate, beautiful flower.
So do it, chose to stay in love.
6 today! Happy Birthday to our little boy, Julian.- he takes joy and happiness with him wherever he goes. Congratulations and Happy Birthday also to @lizthomas74 the world's best mother. *
#teamthomas ❤️ #myfoursons 💙 #sixkids#happybirthday
Hung out with my hooligans this afternoon. Scroll to the last one, Ruby kept saying, very excitedly, “Mooooomm, it’s my dirlfran!!” And you know when we walked away, she was shouting, “BYEEEE, FRAAAAAAN!!!”
#diy play silks.
Swipe through to see what you’ll need and how to dye your own play silks.
1. Make sure to pre-wash your silks in a baby detergent or in a very mild detergent. I hand washed my silk scarves with Young Living’s Laundry detergent.
2. (Most important step) After pre-washing, soak the silks in hot water and vinegar for about an hour. This ensures that the dye adheres to the silk fibers.
3. After the silk has soaked up just about all the dye use the pinchers (that’s what we call it) to get the silk out of the dye bath. Rinse with cool water, until the water runs clear, and hang to dry.
You can read more about this process on the blog kaleyann.com. I l❤️ve her blog and her directions were super helpful to me!
When I’m talking to a new mama or a mama with little babes, she’ll almost always ask me the famous question: does it get easier or does it keep getting harder? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. It’s a combination of both. Every season of life comes with its challenges and that’s true for everyone! The beauty of all my children can be summed up in this picture. My third child putting my sixth child to sleep for his morning nap. Yes it’s hard but in some respects it’s easier. My hands are freed from “doing everything” now but my management skills are tested every single day. It is hard. But it is easy too. And it’s definitely precious #bigfamily ❤️ #sixkids#brothersandsisters#momlife#mybighelpers#bigsister#babybrother#morningnaptime