A Visit To The African Safari with Our Own Little Animals

Posted in General on October 14th, 2010 by Renae — 6 Comments

 A Visit To The African Safari with Our Own Little Animals

So, we got this great deal on tickets to the African Safari.  First things first – if you haven’t already done so, you really, really should check out Groupon.  It’s a great place to get discount tickets to places all around the city.  It’s free to join Groupon and you won’t regret it.  Moving on.  Back to the African Safari.Everyone is interested!

The kids all had a Friday off from school so we decided to use our great tickets on that day and go on a family trip.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve taken the family to the African Safari and we haven’t been since the twins were born at all.  We got up early, packed up the car, and loaded up the kids with books, toys, and a few movies for the DVD player.  The trip wasn’t that bad, all things considered (um, that would be 6 children).

Micah "feeding" the llamaInstead of jumping right into the drive-through safari, we decided to go to the zoo-like area first.  The older boys especially loved all of the exotic animals.  We watch a lot of shows on Animal Planet so they were familiar with many of them – but watching something on television isn’t the same as seeing it in real life.  The little kids were extremely impressed with all of the animals – not one went unnoticed.  The babies showed just how unafraid they were by feeding the animals – from a distance and through a gate.

To finish out our little trip, we piled back into the car minus the car seats for the drive through the safari.  Now, we’ve Joshua & Joseph looking at catsbeen through the safari before so I knew what to expect but somehow, this trip was different.  Maybe I’m just older now or just didn’t quite remember what to expect but I think I was the one not prepared for the trip.  We bought mountains of carrots and bags of feed and the kids let the animals get tons of slob all over the outside of the car.  They really enjoyed holding carrots for those gigantic animals!  Me?  Well, I was quite another story.

That's one BIG Bird!I don’t know what happened, people.  I really don’t.  A giraffe stuck it’s long, long tongue through the window and I just lost it.  That tongue was long, slimy, and just generally disgusting.  After 6 kids, you can probably imagine just how much I can put up with.  Noise? Yep. Poop? Of course. Various other items coming out of various body orifices. You know it.  But that tongue?  Nope – couldn’t do it!  It seemed to be coming at me from no where – a long slimy thing that wouldn’t get out of my window.  It was absolutely awful.

I’m sure you can understand.

But the kids had a blast.

~Renae
  Mom to 6, wife to 1, sister to 3, daughter to 2, friend to many (hopefully!)

Is It Too Late To Get A Hug?

Posted in Children, Parenting on September 30th, 2010 by Renae — Be the first to comment!

Is It Too Late To Get A Hug?

Many of you who read my blog here know that I have a few children, six to be exact. My oldest is 15 years old now. My babies are 2 year old twins. The others are 4, 5, and 12 years old. Now, my babies love to snuggle. They love to hug and to give and get kisses. Even my 12 year old will be affectionate when he wants to be.

Call me sentimental but I miss the hugs and kisses I used to get from my oldest. My son grew up very loving. He is an awesome boy. He is going to make someone a fantastic boyfriend and then husband one day.

In the meantime, I miss the hugs and kisses I used to get from him. I miss how he used to love laying his head in my lap as we watched television. I miss how he used to come in my bedroom and snuggle between me and his dad at night. It was his favorite place in the world to be. Now, his favorite place in the world to be is at band camp or baseball practice or anywhere other than home.

Yes, I’ve got plenty of other children still giving me the affection I love from them. Yes, I’ve got plenty of years ahead with my babies, if the Lord says so.

Call me sentimental but I miss the hugs and kisses I used to get from my oldest son.

~Renae
   Mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend

I Want To Talk To Grown-Ups!

Posted in General on September 21st, 2010 by Renae — Be the first to comment!

Hi there!  Welcome to my world!

What world is that, you say?  Well, I’m so glad you’ve asked!  Let me tell you…

In my world, I’ve been a wife for 14 years, with the same guy for 16 years and counting. Hopefully, we have many more years together to come.

Silly SaraiIn my world, I’ve been a mother for 15 years.  We have 6 children: Kennyth, 15 years old; Joseph, 12 years old; Sarai, 5 years old, Elijah, 4 years old; and Joshua and Micah, our 2 year old twins.

In my world, I’ve been a work-at-home mother for 11 years.  I love being here for our children but I have to tell ya, sometimes I just want to talk to grown-ups.

If you are a work-at-home mom or dad, a stay-at-home mom or dad, or just someone for whom cElijah the Cool Dudehildren take up a majority of your life, welcome to my world.

If you wake up wondering if you had a shower yesterday, or to the sound of fighting children, or spend your day cleaning up poopy diapers and staving off fights, welcome to my world.

I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve decided that the time has come to talk to some grown-ups.  People who know what I’m going through. People who understand the complexities of loving the air out of your children while wishing you were on a warm beach, sipping a nice cold fruit drink with a thick book in your hands.

Hey you – you out there.  Welcome to my world!

I want to talk to grown-ups now.  Don’t you?

~Renae
  Mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend