James had a party yesterday. Kind of an end-of-the-school-year thing. So I had seven or eight boys over what, am I supposed to have an exact count of how many kids I'm responsible for or something? all of whom are 15 - 16 years old. Not including my own two 16 yr old boys and my nearly 12 yr old son.
In addition, Rosie had a couple girls over. So we had my three 13 yr old girls, plus another two. Said girls are all blossoming, and I'm not just talkin' about their personalities. Said girls were all in two piece bathing suits of varying degrees of skin exposure.
Do the math. (10) 15 - 16 yr old boys, + (5) 13 yr old girls. Bathing suits. Pool. Equals.
A lot of playing musical chairs for me.
There were times they were all in together, and I was pretty much right there poolside with an eagle eye. Other times we used the pool by turns. Especially once the sun went down and they decided night swimming sounded like fun. And the hot tub.
Separate but equal, that's my motto.
You watch a movie, you go in the pool. You go play football, you go in the pool. You eat some pizza, you go in the pool.
And on and on like this most of the afternoon and evening.
I'm party pooped.
And I know it's only going to get worse over the next couple of years when the boys are 18 (and 14) and the girls are 15.
Like Mr. Rogers used to say (paraphrased), Won't - you be - my Followers?
A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
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