It's time to answer more questions from my readers. I still have quite a few questions left, so I will continue this series and call it "Smockity Talks" from here on out.
The first two questions today come from my real life friend, Jerri. (Hi, Jerri!)
With all of your children how do you find the opportunity to have some togetherness time with your hubby?
We now have a built in babysitter because our oldest is almost 15, so we can and do occasionally go out for some time together. There was a period of time, though, when we either had to hire a babysitter or make do with family time. Even though I enjoy alone time with my husband I believe it is possible to have a loving, close relationship with him while going months, or even years, at a time without "dates".
When we had only young children and couldn't afford a babysitter, we took our alone time where and when we could get it. We have let the kids watch a dvd while we talked at the kitchen table, or waited until their bedtime (which has always been 8:30) so we could enjoy a movie alone together. We definitely had to be creative!
Also, How do you complete your knitting projects with kids around?
I keep my knitting, smocking, or other handwork in a bag that stays in the van. Whenever I find myself waiting at a doctor appointment or a homeschool gym day, I pull it out and work on it a little bit at a time.
Next, from Cheryl at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama:
What's the biggest change to your body after almost 8 kids?
I'm not sure if the changes in my body are due to having seven children so much as they are because of being 43, but there is some, shall we say "sagging", which from what I see on magazines headlines in the grocery store checkout line is rather common. I will say that I am often told I look much younger than 43. I am in good health and always manage to lose my pregnancy weight, although it usually takes a full year to slim back down to my normal size.
How often do you forget/mix up your kids' names?
It depends. I hardly ever call my son by any other name than his. With the six girls? All bets are off. And for a few months after I've had a new baby, whenever someone asks me the baby's name, I may have to pause and mentally count to seven.
When/Why did you start blogging? I tell the entire riveting story in "How It All Began".
From Milehimama at Mama Says:
I have a question from one big family to another: toothbrushes. The bane of my existence. IF I can actually get 7 different toothbrushes so that they don't get mixed up... someone is always missing one or forgetting or dropping it on the bathroom floor and then it's stepped on...
Seriously, I've resorted to buying a bushel of extras at the dollar store.
How do you keep your toothbrushes in line (not talking about storage - the USAGE is where it falls apart, LOL!)
This is the part where I get all cranky and tell y'all the only thing I hate worse than toothbrushes is SOCKS! I won't go off on socks today, though. I will keep my angst confined to toothbrushes for this post.
I really don't have any good answer for this one because we deal with the exact same things you mentioned in your question! I tell at least one child per week, "Just go use mine!"
If anyone has a solution for this one, please jump in!
This concludes this edition of Smockity Talks. Please, tune in again for more questions and answers.