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THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 14



Feel free to grab the button and email the answers to the following questions to join The Society!

Picture of the Week:
The Week in Review: My toddler’s enthusiasm at something actually baking in the oven was unprecedented. She has a thing for banana bread, apparently. And I have a thing for her.  And banana bread. And pumpkin bread. All breads, really. It wouldn’t be fair to leave any out.

The next special family being inducted into this institute society is Julie @ Blessed with Five. (Due to personal reasons, Julie had to make her blog by invitation only for the time being. If you’d like to read it, please email her jujusbrood@yahoo.com )

Julie colored outside of the lines with her submission to this little club! So, we’re shaking things up a bit and breaking format.  (I like to live on the edge).  Once, you read the following , I know you’ll want to rush over and share some comment love with Julie, because she makes my family look normal.  Almost.


For the sake of time, I am going to simply bullet the reasons I think our family is THAT family too:

 

§       People always STARE at our family . . . any place we go. I guess two adults, one teenage daughter and four boys under the age of six is not very common in our area.

§       When all seven of us arrive at our table in a restaurant the people seated around the table we are taken to seem to scowl. A
fter the scowl our family is watched with EAGLE eyes . . .  I am certain people are on pins and needles waiting for the first child to make an outburst.

§       No matter where we go, someone has to pee or poo!

§       The UPS and FEDEX guys know us well enough to recognize us when we are at the gas station or in a store.

§       We tend to run late, a lot!

§       We are the ones that tie up checkout lanes at Wal-Mart! Yes, we are the people that purchase three cart loads of groceries EVERY time we shop. Our register receipt is THREE miles long!

§       I know the call nurse, reception attendant and the pediatrician on a first name basis.

§       The poison control center sent me an EMERGENCY packet because I had contacted them so many times. “Children’s toothpaste is not poisonous, but may cause diarrhea!”

§       When my children are on the driveway to play our yard looks as if it is a “yard sale!” People have actually stopped and walked up to see. My hubs think the boys have too many riding toys! Hmmmmm

§       I am the neighbor you hear asking her children if they want to be paralyzed. We have an in ground swimming pool . . . there are stairs leading into the pool on the shallow end . . . for some reason my boys insist on jumping close to those stairs. After many bouts of instructing and then telling them not to jump near the stairs, I finally deduced it might be easier to give them an example. So, I had one of the boys lay on the pool deck and not move a muscle. I explained that if they jumped in and hit one of the steps just right they could become paralyzed and that meant they could not move – they would have to lay day in and day out. The boys seemed to “get it” after that demonstration. During my “demonstration and talk” with the boys our neighbor from next door came over laughing and said, “You sound like I would have when my kids were little. That question probably would have come out of my mouth too!

§       We are the family that has a portable “Johnny” sitting on our driveway. (for the construction guys only!)

§       We are the family that has a huge garbage dumpster on the driveway as well. (construction)

§       If you come to the door you will feel as if you are being ganged up on by THAT family because every child and dog will be at the door to see who you are.

§       Three of our boys thought it would be fun to have a “PEE Fight in the bathroom one day! Mommy found “it” and was not at all impressed!

 

My list could go on and on . . . but I think you might just agree . . . we are DEFINITELY a THAT FAMILY too!

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 6



THAT family photo of the week:


The Week in Review: School starts tomorrow, so I finished up some last minute shopping with three kids in tow. That is always a treat. My son has been working out feverishly on the Wii Fit, that was bought so the adults in the family could get into shape.  On his last weigh in, it said he was malnourished.  I long for the Wii Fit to say I’m malnourished.

And now, I’m excited to introduce you to Cathy of Mommy Motivation. She’s joined our popular club with this post, a 5-in-1 THAT family moment.


1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

Mommy Motivation ‘cause I thought I was going to change the world into better mommies one at a time. Hmm.  I’m thinking I might change my blog name to better reflect my purpose.  Something like: Me!  It’s all about ME!

 

2.    How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for – let me check my counter – I don’t know these things.  I can’t even remember my age without calculating back from my year of birth, which is === .   Ha!  You didn’t really think I would…<
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3.    How would you define THAT family?

Oh my goodness I used to think it was the white trash.  Now that I got me some of that, I’m starting to think it is about honesty and humor.  And I don’t know about honesty or humor… but I’ll just stand around and watch y’all. K?

 

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family? I am!?  What?!?  You mean my PERFECT family?  That was before I had children.  Man I was smart and pretty darned good at most things.  Did I mention I now have three? 

 

5.    Where can we find your blog?

To REALLY learn how to be a good mommy, stop by Mommy Motivation.  www.tibbles.net/blog  and read my thoughts on sahm’s!

 

Oh, I have to go pee now.

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 4

THAT family photo of the week:


We thought my parent’s pool would make a lovely setting for some pictures.  Too bad we didn’t think about our toddler getting in the water and soaking her matching outfit! 

The Week in Review: I’m pretty sure my latest visit to Wal Mart will be mentioned in the Employee Handbook, Ch. 2 on Unruly Guests.  And we started swim lessons, all of us.  In a moment of insanity, I signed up to take a Mommy & Me class with the toddler.  After 2 lessons in frigid water, I’ve been rethinking the need to learn to swim, after all. 

And now, I’d like to introduce you to Heather of Wanting What You Have.  She submitted this post as her entrance into this prestigious, ahem, society! 

 1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog)


My blog, Want What You Have, is about frugal, simple, more meaningful

living. I write about getting organized, saving money, and simplifying

your life, so you can have more time to enjoy the things that really

matter – God, and family. 


2.    How long have you been blogging?


I started blogging in October, 2006, while on bed rest during my second

pregnancy. I needed something to occupy my mind, because I was worried

that I would die of boredom before the baby arrived.


3.    How would you define THAT family?


I think THAT family is every family, though most people don’t like to

admit it. Every family goes through crazy, hectic times when life feels

out of control. It’s normal.


4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?


I think it dawned on me the day my house was so messy, and I was so

exhausted from chasing after my youngest, that I swept all of the kids’

junk into a big pile with my broom, and then left the pile sit in the

middle of the living room floor for three days. I knew that I would be

horribly embarrassed if anyone came to the door and saw the kids fishing

through “the pile” for their Legos, but I DIDN’T CARE! 


5.    Where can we find your blog?


http://blog.wantingwhatyouhave.com/

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 3

I’ve had some THAT family moments this week: Let’s see, the toddler only took off her diaper in public once (that’s major progress); my son is wearing a quarter on a string around his neck, “it’s called a necklace, mom!”; and the big water bucket at the community pool that I was standing under, pulled half my bathing suit down when it dumped gallons and gallons of water on me. 

Yep, we’re still in the club.

I’d like to introduce you to Suzie who is going Up the Hill Backwards.  I met Suzie in my first months of blogging and knew we were from the same family tree. She submitted this post, “Little Mr. Manners” as proof.

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):My name is Suzie Im a blogacholic. My blog Up The Hill Backwards could have been a nice little blog about horses and rainbows but instead I gotta hold of it and made it the little trouble maker its become.  Im so ashamed.

The reason I blog is that Living in 1000 square foot apt with two kids, a hubby, a dog, and two imaginary cats named Fred have robbed me of my sanity. I blog because I am quite insane now and need an outlet for my crazies.

2. How long have you blogging? IN 2012 it will be 5 years.

3. How would you define THAT family? You now it when you see it. 

4. When did you discover you were a part of THAT family? When my son stripped naked at my work and ran around with his arms outstretched singing Im a Little Tea pot (at least it was him and not me though).

5. Where can we find your blog?

http://upthehillbackwards2.blogspot.com/

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THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 2


We just returned from a fabulous week of Family Camp. We made our mark as THAT family, believe me. I’ll share the highlights later.

This week, I’d like to welcome the Zimmer Zoo to the Society! She submitted this post, Maggie’s First Hospital Visit, as her THAT family moment. And I can see why. I understand my friend. Really, I do.

1.What’s your blog about? My blog is about my life with 3.5 year old twins, a 10 month old baby, my husband, and everything that goes on around me. (I tend to leave my work life out of it though…) I initially started it as a way to write things down because I’m terrible at keeping a journal updated, but I’ve found that it’s pretty therapeutic.


2. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for exactly a month now!

3. How would you define THAT family?

THAT family is the one who always has SOMETHING going on (usually bad/funny). The one that everyone around town knows about and can tell at least one story about. The one where when you walk into church you get “those” looks from everyone else.

4. When did you become a part of THAT family?

Depends…I’m pretty sure that I was part of THAT family growing up on a farm in Vermont in a family of 4 kids (especially when my parents were THE first to get a divorce in our town…)  …now, just having twins plus a younger singleton makes us THAT family around town. (I’m sure it’s more than that…but it’s too much to write about in a reply email ;) )

5. Where can we find your blogging home? 

Zimmer Zoo


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