Monday, December 29, 2008


I don't really know why my little heart desired an apron for Christmas but once I got one.....I wanted more. Bought 2 yesterday on clearance. My 2009 Addiction? Maybe....

Some how PBJ is SO MUCH MORE CLASSY while being made with an apron on!

Saturday, December 27, 2008


HERE ARE "MY FAVORITE PEOPLE" AND MY FAVORITE GIFTS In my Favorite Christmas Pictures! With their favorite gifts and me with my favorite gifts. MAKE SENSE? Basically all things below are GIFTS TO ME!


The Gift of JOHN DEERE anything=Awesomeness!The Gift of CHRISTMAS CANDY=Those 5 extra pounds needed before Jan 1

The GIFT of the "I NEED COFFEE" PAJAMAGRAM=The Captain HEARS ME!The Gift of the GOOD OL' RUBIK'S CUBE=Hours of entertainment!
The gift of the "Kiss The Cook" and Santa APRON=The Captain STILL hears me although white with 7 kids isn't the smartest color choice :)The Gift of The knock-off Chanel purse from our NYC trip=ECSTATICITY (is that a word?) from The OLDEST!The gift of the $5 bouncy ball=lots of loud bouncing but guaranteed naps!

Thank you Jesus for all our gifts this CHRISTMAS!

Santa ON A DIME!

I am VERY PROUD of my shopping habits. Some would say I'm cheap I would say frugal-yet super FUN! ( I learned this from my mother-she ALWAYS encouraged me to save a dime and shop clearance racks-thanks mom!) Shopping for a family of 9 for Christmas can be expensive and stressful. I did all my shopping starting in November RIGHT after the Halloween costumes go on clearance. I bought 3 costumes for $9 (70%off) and they were a HUGE HIT! We got Snow White, A Transformer (no, I don't know what this is but knew Wyatt would like it) and A Fireman-Brendans future career so he says!
All 4 kids that didn't have sleeping bags got sleeping bags $8 each at Target the day after Thanksgiving equipped with a cute bag, a flashlight and a water bottle. The girls were OWL themed and the boys BUG themed. ANOTHER HUGE HIT!I also got 2 snow shovels for $5 on BLACK FRIDAY for the little boys and the little girls each got a cabbage patch $10 each at Wally World another BF deal. All other gifts were from the dollar section at target! SOOOO-Including The Oldests Makeup bag full of Clinique makeup and The Captains usual socks/underwear & Myah's ruby red sparkly dancing shoes $8 AND a bunch of candy-Less than $100 for 8 stockings-not bad huh?
I always make a detailed list of EVERYTHING I BUY and keep things fair. I am thankful that Victoria has now been promoted to "ELF" so she can help me with my shopping and keep a secret! This year I bought ALL practical gifts-no junk with a bunch of pieces that will merely be destroyed and/or lost in a matter of minutes with this TRIBE! GO SANTA GO I SAY!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Please don't forget the LAMBERTHS!

Wii Wii! Merry Christmas!

THE CAPTAIN was up bright and early to join us on the WEBCAM for our Christmas scavenger hunt. (I got this idea from the mommy at HIS HANDS HIS FEET)

Santa left a letter saying his elves had come last night to leave one special gift but that he wouldn't be coming down our chimney until The Captain gets home from work.I hope I will be smart enough to figure this out on my own! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


The CAPTAIN is NOT a spontaneous guy! I was just putting my ham pot pie in the oven when there was a knock on the door-6pm-ON CHRISTMAS EVE?? I'm not prepared for company although I DID double my recipe. To my surprise..THE UPS GUY! He delivered a "Pajama Gram". THIS IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE...sometimes our life with the kids is so chaotic I think The Captain doesn't listen or hear me (he probably thinks the same about me). A while ago we were snuggled on the couch watching the romantic FOX NEWS and a commercial for Pajama Grams came on. I said "those are so cute and what an easy gift for a guy to give, all you have to do is go on-line and they package it up real cute and all women LOVE pajamas." HE HEARD ME! I BAWLED LIKE A NEWBORN BABE! (the kids thought I was nuts wondering what was wrong)
Thank YOU LORD for The Captain and for all miracles you have given since the birth of your son. Oh the little things........Merry Christmas to you all!



Although daddy-The Captain will not be home to celebrate with us until Friday & we miss him like crazy....We are thankful-thankful we have a daddy, a healthy daddy, a daddy who will eventually be home to celebrate with us God willing. A daddy who is not in Iraq, or in a hospital bed or already in heaven. I know women and children in all 3 of these circumstances this Christmas. But.... WE ARE MOST THANKFUL FOR OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. NO matter what happens-HE will always be there for us. Being without our earthly dad this Christmas is no big deal in comparison to being without our Lord and Savior.

"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty!" 2 Corinthians 6:18

Dear Captain,

You and my 7 kids are the best gifts EVER! I want to thank you for joining me on our lifes journey together. Who would have thought 5 years ago we would have 7 kids? God is so cool-He knew the whole time-He's got a great sense of humor! I really miss you and am anxiously awaiting the feel of your strong arms around me. I just want you and the world to know-you are it, the love of my life, my partner and best friend! We can do anything together with God's help especially after having 4 babies at once, anything else has to be a breeze right? I know you probably really miss the kids-especially when you see other families traveling together on Christmas. Your job has to be hard being away from them and your home every other week. I appreciate you, I appreciate the wonderful provider you are for our family! Your children adore you and so does their mommy! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


For any of you who wonder how much food a family of 9 goes through in a week, here you go. This photo DOES NOT include the 7 gallons of juice and 7 gallons of milk NOR THE CHRISTMAS HAM, I HAD TO SEARCH FOR. When you live in the BOONIES, there are only SO MANY CHOICES when it comes to shopping-we have 2.....Wally World and a small grocery store. Wally World was OUT OF HAMS!!!! Thank God I found one of the 3 remaining at the other store HALLELUJAH!

How do I shop with The Captain gone? Usually I don't but I hired a babysitter for 5 of the littles while the 6th came with me to push the ALWAYS NEEDED second cart!
THESE KIDS EAT CONSTANTLY or what seems constantly. Here's another weak moment of mine where I gave them cereal bars at 8:45 pm for some sanity while cleaning the kitchen. They proceeded to eat cereal bars while spinning in circles on their rears-all after their freshly put on jammies were STRIPPED OFF AGAIN-these kids just hate being dressed. I will try to wrangle them to make sure they don't freeze to death in their sleep!

Sweet dreams! We are going to sleep hoping to wake up to lots of the white stuff! Blessings to you all! Captain/Daddy we miss you. Mommy's really tired after having to sleep with Bit But in his single bed last night. My body aches. We love you! Wish you were here!

Monday, December 22, 2008

God's Timing=My Sanity!

Many things have restored my sanity today-obviously God is the ULTIMATE RESTORER :)!

My My-my little dolly requesting I take a photo of her "doing the splits" was the start of my restoration- priceless.Cristi (my person) and Maren REALLY were the main contributors to the return from my PTTD (post traumatic trip disorder) which I was suffering from last night. The main ingredient in this cure was ADULT CONVERSATION! Cristi & Maren drove over 2 hours total to come and visit me-it meant so much ladies-My heart thanks you! Ingredient #2 DONUT HOLES! Since my kids were babies, Each time Cristi visits, she bestows the gift of the donut hole on them. See, we don't have a donut shop anywhere close so this is a HUGE blessing for the kids. NOTE TO THE DONUT HOLE LADY..NEXT TIME BRING MORE DONUT HOLES :)
We were also blessed with ANOTHER, YES ANOTHER visit from Santa! Cristi's son Jordan with his red bath robe, work gloves, Cristi's black shoes and his beard (taped on with scotch tape) made our whole house smile! AND he brought presents for all...even me!! We thank you Jordan!
All the kids with Santa and special guest-Miss Jenna-Maren's girl!

Getting mail makes me happy! Getting pictures and cards from those that God has blessed us with as friends and family is pure beauty! Our Christmas "wall of fame" has grown tremendously over the past week. The most exciting part is seeing the addition of the children God has gifted to our family and friends this year! Also, those who have joined our family through marriage-looking at this wall just plain makes my entire body SMILE!
The last thing to restore my sanity is THE WEB CAM!! Thank you Lord for THE WEB CAM where The Captain can see us and us him to keep us all sane!