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Aug 2, 2011

Seeing Double

I’m so sorry about the laundry pics yesterday. We shouldn’t be airing our dirty laundry in front of you…


I also felt like it was a bit misleading, but it worked, my kids and I folded socks for about three hours this afternoon! Of course I did most of the folding while they watched a movie. That’s a typical sock party at our house. I had to run a couple of errands and when I came back, the Drama Queen had put in a new movie…with SUBTITLES! I just don’t see how you can fold socks and read the words on the screen at the same time although each and every one of them agreed that it was possible.


We have a rule at our house that once you get to middle school, you have your laundry banished to the basement laundry room. In theory, I don’t have to wash any of their things anymore. Sadly, life doesn’t always work out the way it’s supposed to. Teach is really stealthy about sneaking in her work clothes and an outfit here or there. She knows the perfect amount to toss in without getting in trouble. The Dog Walker and I have an arrangement. He carries all my baskets and I still wash quite a few of his things. I think I get the best end of that deal.

So besides two laundry rooms in our house, we have several other things doubled. We have two pianos, two microwaves in our kitchen,

double ovens,

two completely separate kitchen sinks,

two cooking surfaces (the second one having a built in grill/griddle system. Two furnaces, two air conditioners, two family rooms (no, I don’t live in a mansion…) but we wanted a big house because as I told you before, we had always planned on a big family.



We chose a stock plan from the builder when we built our house, but we were able to make quite a few changes to tailor it to our needs. One thing we absolutely insisted on was two dishwashers. That’s why we ended up with two sinks in the kitchen. Each dishwasher had to drain to a different sink. Even with two dishwashers, it’s difficult to keep on top of the dirty dishes. Most days I run four loads of dishes and at least four or five loads of laundry.

During the summer I’ve been watching my grandsons while Bossy and Gamer are at work. That means 13 of us for lunch! I don’t mind cooking for dinner, but I don’t like to prepare full meals twice a day. It’s generally cold cereal for breakfast (except on the weekends when my sweetie does most of the cooking).

For lunch it’s usually leftovers, sandwiches (requiring more than an entire loaf of bread), something simple like Spaghettios (6 cans!) or soup. We cook most of our meals from scratch since prepared foods can be SOO expensive. The three big freezers make keeping extra meat and frozen veggies easy.

I’m not really a very good cook, but I have a few things that I have developed over the years that the kids like. Some of those, like Parmesan Chicken and Tuna Casserole I’ve shared on our Food for Thought Fridays. I also plan leftovers on purpose. If I need white rice for stir-fry, I fill the rice cooker to 10 cups and then use what’s left for a casserole or rice pudding. That cuts a little time from food prep.
There you have it, now you know all my secrets for taking care of a big family. OK, maybe not all my secrets. But if I told you everything, you might never want to come back…

10 comments:

Marci said...

I think I see 4.5 gallons of milk in the fridge. I'm curious now--how long does that much milk last? And is there more behind it that I can't see?

Also, before yesterday I probably would've cried reading that you have two pianos (I've been wanting one for like 4 years now) but I've finally got a nice weighted keyboard on it's way to me, so I was able to be incredibly happy for you and your two pianos!

Marci

Sara Bell said...

My goodness gracious! You do seem to have it all down to an art! I read Kurt and Brenda Warner's book recently thinking it'd be something like this, but they are filthy rich and have nannies so it's not nearly this impressive.

Mom of 12 said...

I'm not in the habit of commenting on my own posts, but I couldn't resist answering Marci's question about the milk. Yesterday I went to the store and bought 8 gallons of milk. We generally go through somewhere between 10 and 12 gallons/week in the summer. A little more with the grandkids here. Normally I wouldn't even look at the half gallons, but Smiths had a deal where you get your milk free if you buy cereal and that was all they had left. Also, on the piano thing...my sweetie promised to buy me a piano when I finished my MA degree (in 1988). We decided on the electronic piano, but I was really disappointed with the feel and the sound so about 5 years ago he bought me the used piano for a couple hundred bucks. Other than the fact that it has a broken hammer, I love the way it feels on my fingers. Sadly, I don't get much time to play...at least not without a kid on my lap.
Sandy

Mercy D'souza said...

I'm always impressed by moms who can handle large families. I know I can't, which is why we stopped at 3. It takes a certain braveness to raise so many at a time without losing your sanity.

Miss Marine said...

I do daycare, so I have my own 2 teenagers plus 5 toddlers, and I really hate it when people say "I don't know how you do it." So instead I'll say, "You're awesome!" Really, that pile of laundry was not so big considering...

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I can see why you would need to double up on things!

GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

WOW That is insane!!!! I thought I had it bad.... Not really I know I have it easy. Oh, but my fridge does look like that. We have 2 fridge/freezer combos and 1 chest freezer... We have had double ovens in the past. Sounds to me like you are an amazing woman!! :)

Ahava & Amara Life Foundation said...

We have 6 children so I wish I had 2 washers & dryers, I don't even have 1. Having a large family is a lot of work, but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world.

LeAnn said...

Wow, that was awesome; I loved seeing how you are doing with a large family. I have a friend that has 14 children, 5 are adopted and I marvel at all of the things she does. They take up a whole large pew at church and the older kids keep the younger children quiet. It is amazing. I admire you for having such an wonderful family. I have six children and 30 grandchildren an 1 great grandchild; so we have some big events; but I don't know how I would have handled more than six.
Blessings to you!

Controlling My Chaos said...

I can't even imagine. Wow.

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