May 31, 2011

The sun! It... it... it works! *gasp*

You know, the next time someone asks me why I want to have "so many kids", *yawn, oh please* I'm simply going to look at them with a straight face and tell them...

child labor.

Yup, that's the only reason why, child labor.

Just to see how they react. I think it would be a fun experiment.

But seriously, my children love "special work".

Cause throwing the word "special" in front of anything for the kids suddenly makes it more appealing for them. Well, unless its food they don't like. I have yet to get them to eat "special asparagus".

But anyway, you know what I mean, right? Not the "clean your room and pick up your toys" kind of work. But the jobs that are unique, the jobs that as parents, it's often easier just to do ourselves than have our children help.

All the kids got in a fight over who got to clean the sliding glass door the other day. They like to spray stuff. Still, half a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels later, I had a nice, sparkly clean door.

We're trying to train them well.

They love to help wash the dishes.  *gasp*

The love to help me do laundry. *the horror*

And they love to help outside. *fainting dead away... now*

Yup, I'm all about child labor, it's good for the soul.

A couple weeks ago we actually had a day or two of sunshine.

*shocking* I know! I had my doubts too.

And yet somehow, the sun managed to remember those of us living in the frozen tundra of Freeze-your-royal-rastifarian-ne-ne-off-ville.

So we put the basement on hold and decided it was time to do something with our poor, neglected garden space.

Especially our strawberries. Dang crab grass.

Hubby managed to get these blocks, (they might not be pretty, but they were free) and we decided to make some "boxes" for the strawberries away from the fence.

We couldn't have kept the kids from helping even if we wanted to. 

Especially this little one.

We tried and tried to get her to stop, we were worried about her toes, but she just wouldn't listen.

Stubborn, that's what she is.

Not that I have ANY idea where she gets THAT trait from... really!

*clearing throat* Totally clueless.

But she obviously gets her muscles from me.

I speak only truth my friends.

It's amazing what a little hard work and a little sunshine to can for a person. Everyone was in such a good mood after we were done.

Well, we finally got our strawberries moved this weekend! YEA!

And now the kids are totally excited to plant the garden!

No really, I promise they are.

I think she was just upset cause she had to use a little spoon instead of the big shovel. She has an identity crisis. She thinks she's She-Ra.

And like I said before, she can be pretty stubborn.

12 super cool people speak:

joy said...

Serene, you are so funny!! You must believe in something, I stopped having kids at 4. I was thinking about it the wrong way apparently. I was thinking about the labor I was going to have to go through to get them here. You amaze me!! And your husband is so cute playing with them on the trampoline.

Cherie said...

Family is what it's ALL about!! I had 5 kids but now wish I would have had more!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVe these pictures because families working together - OH MYYYYY such great memories!! That little one carrying that paver to her Dad is soooo darling!

Strawberries are looking good!

Amy said...

Ah, you make me laugh!

That is a fantastic idea, calling certain chores "special." I'll have to remember that one.

Saimi said...

I'm with you sista, it's all about child labor!!

Sara Lyn said...

Looks like such a fun day!

Sue said...

What a great family project. I like your child labor!


Mama Smith said...

The SECRET is OUT, now! Child labor...awe...all you "8" children...helped me live like a "queen"...(smile)

M-Cat said...

Great pictures that show a happy family! And really, if you're kids aren't working their just getting into trouble.

ldsjaneite said...

My dad often told others we 8 were for Child Labor. And with the many newspaper routes, telephone book deliveries, or volunteering us to the ward(s) to help move, mow, or rake leaves, well.... :-) We certainly had a blast though! Looks like your family is, too.

Larsen said...

catching up on my favorite do you manage to blog it all and have five kids??? IT"S BEYOND ME!

Anonymous said...

LOL - the kids are adorable. I know exactly what you're saying. Mine love special projects that make them feel all grown up. Only wish I could get it to last more than about three times, after that they're ready for the next level up. Good luck with your strawberries.... yum!

Susan Case said...

Great post on MMB. And you have a beautiful family. The sun works! great the way children express themselves. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll visit me sometime at Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents. I'm LDS.

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