Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PSA: Reading this blog post will forever change your life....Trust me!!

It is true.
It is reality.
The weirdest stuff happens to us!

I am telling you....this will FOREVER change your outlook on shopping for clothes.

So the other night, Dan and I headed to a local sports retailer.  We were looking for a few gift ideas for the kids and Dan suggested going to this particular store.  (I don't want to name the store, because it really wasn't their fault this "special occasion" occurred while we were shopping there.)

We made our way around, browsing at this and that.  Dan can get side tracked very easily by all the "manly" stuff in this store while I on the other hand prefer to look at what we need and head to Hobby Lobby.

Now, we all know men are one of God's "unique" creations, right?  Well, my husband is no different. I believe he saw some tight running pants on a shapely mannequin and thought that somehow my mom of 7 body would look just as good in these tight running pants.  At first, I blew him off.  I am working hard on not putting myself down so I kept my internal comments to myself and said something like, "oh, I don't think they make those in my size."  Then, I thought a little bit more.  Ok, maybe if I bought some tight running pants I would be inspired to run (after my foot gets fixed today.)

So we proceed to the tight running pants section.  Those bad boys are TIGHT looking.  I couldn't bring myself to try on a pair and I am SO glad I didn't.

Anyways, we are looking at a pair of pants and I told him to take them off the hanger so I could see what the waist looked like.  (i.e.  would the waist band make it around my waist or suffocate me?)

There Dan is....super super pumped that he may have actually convinced his wife to buy a tight pair of pants...and it happens.

I am looking and looking...trying to examine how to get myself out of the tight pant purchase when it happened.

"Dan, is that poop?  Dan!!!  Is that poop inside the pants?  DAN!!!! THERE IS POOP INSIDE THE PANTS!!!"

I am not kidding.  A full streak of poop was located inside the pants.  (I told you this would change your life!)

So we put them back hanging over the rack.  Then I thought about it and decided that no one else should have to see that so I turned them into the manager.  He didn't believe me.  He thought we were joking.  Until we opened up the pants and showed him the streak!!!

I KNOW!!!!!

So wrong on SO many levels.  Clearly someone tried them on without underwear on.  I will let you imagine the endless possibilities of how the poops got in the pants.

The manager was FREAKED out.  Honestly, to me, I thought it was hilarious.  I was just so glad I didn't try them on!!!

You better believe me that from now on I will be looking in any pair of pants I purchase.  I will probably only buy pants that look like they have never been tried on before.

The moral of this blog is.....LOOK INSIDE ANY PAIR OF PANTS YOU EVER EVER EVER TRY ON!!!!!  Oh, and please wear underwear when trying on clothes.

In case you were wondering...I did end up getting a pair of tight pants.  I have yet to try them on to see if they will even fit.  I can tell you this....they don't have poop in them!

End. of. Story!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Some Random Facts about The Wilke Family!

I thought I would share some random Wilke Family Facts with you today.  
 I took our Christmas card photos on Sunday.  I probably took 500 pictures.
 I know we all usually only put the perfect Christmas card pictures on the cards.....
 but the reality is that I have 490 pictures that won't see the Christmas card!
 Someone is usually not looking or someone has eyes closed or someone is pouting (uh huh Griffin)
 Once in a while you find a gem.  Once in a while everyone is looking and all of there eyes are OPEN!
I took the pictures on Sunday and ordered the cards on Monday and they are getting put in envelopes and addressed today.  Yahoo!

...and now my random facts:

*We go through 10 gallons of milk in a week.

*We eat our chicken eggs a couple of times a week now! (we are getting about a dozen a day!)

*Dan is way smart.  Technology smart.  Last night I was sitting next to him on the couch and he was online reading manuals for techy stuff.  He is really good at what he does.  He can't remember the children's birthdays, but he has manuals memorized!

*Molly has tried contacts 2 times.  She can't get them in her eyes.  We will try again for the 3rd year in a row.  She says she can do it this time because she wears mascara.  Ok then.

*Sadie is super smart.  Beyond her years I think.  She wants to be a doctor.  She is learning French just for the heck of it.  Dan and I told her if she becomes fluent in French we will take her to Paris.  Let's pray it takes her years to become fluent!

*Abbie was bumped up a level in ballet about a month ago.  The teachers noticed her and moved her up a level.  She is at a way better level now that is challenging her.  She also has come out of her shell more in the class and is even talking to the other girls.  She sure does love her ballet.

*Kenadie is our easy going child.  First to offer to help or say "hi" to you.  She is also our messiest child.  Borderline hoarder.  She rooms with Sadie, our cleanest child.  One side of the room is spotless and one side of the room looks like a tornado destroyed it.

*Gavin is all boy.  He has such a sweet heart but can loose it over the littlest things.  (i.e. spelling words)  He was the quarterback in football and rocked it.  Basketball is starting for him now.  He may be short but he has some moves!

*Lanie can't take a bad picture.  She spends most of her day dancing and performing to songs.

*Griffin rules the house.  Every single one of us bends over backwards to keep that child happy.  He is definitely that baby of the family and knows it!

*If I could get one thing for Christmas it would be a year supply of paper plates.

*I spend 3/4 of my day in the kitchen.  No lie.  I craft in the kitchen, I clean the kitchen, I cook, I bake, I talk on the phone....I love my kitchen!

*We run our dishwasher at least 3 times a day.

*The kids are responsible for folding and putting away all of the laundry.  I take care of all the hanging laundry.  Their drawers are a mess, but it's one less thing we have to do!

*Dan and I will be married 15 years in May.  We met when we were 14 and 15.  He is my best friend.  We work well together and love each other still!

*I have 13 nieces and nephews.  I love each one of them dearly and am so proud of all of them.  We were a way better aunt and uncle to them before we had kids of our own.  I miss seeing them and being with them.

*I am the youngest of 5 kids and Dan is the oldest of 2 kids.  We always knew we wanted to have a big family.  God blessed us with 7 physical children of our own and we would love to adopt or foster care in the near future.  We are praying and being patient and waiting on God's timing.  

*We can't wait until 8:00 when the kids go to bed most nights!  Then we both sit on the couch and fall asleep after we finish up the late night chores.  We don't lead very exciting lives!

*Dan doesn't like going to parties and hates being social.  I don't mind being social ;)  He will sit in the van with the kids and wait for me to finish up a conversation.  He has been known to go to movies alone.  (especially since his movie date friend moved away)

*Our kids are always hungry.  Except for last night.  I made 30 eggs, hash browns and sausage for dinner and let them have seconds and thirds.  They were actually FULL!!!  Dan and I didn't get to eat, but they did !

* Our floor is always dirty.  ALWAYS.  I don't even care anymore.  I do vacuum it and try to keep the hairballs away...but if it's sticky, I am good with that!

There you have it.  Some random Wilke Facts.  Oh, and while writing this blog Sir Griffs has pulled me away 4 times to tend to his demands.  And we wonder why he cries when he doesn't get his way!

Happy Thursday to you all!  I am off to work on December 3rd's TV segment!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

We purposefully didn't feed them lunch....

 This past weekend has been a weekend of ups and downs.  Highs and lows.  Good and Bad.  This is the deal.  I try to be as real as I can possibly be on this blog of mine.  Are there things I choose not to blog about?  Yes, there are.  I thought I was pretty open and honest with all of you.  I know that we might look like we have it all together.  We don't.  I know it might look like our kids are super awesome and well behaved all the time.  They aren't.  There are struggles and reality issues going on here at the farmstead just like every home.  I was surprised this past weekend when someone said some negative things about my blog and how I blog.  Hurtful things.  I am not trying to get any of you guys to like me by doing this....I honestly just want to share with you the joys and struggles of raising a large family who have way too many chickens and dirty laundry and hair balls all over our house.  (we have 6 girls, a dog, and 3 cats....we have hairballs!)  With that being said.... I wasn't going to share our horrible day yesterday. However, after thinking about it and praying about it, I am gonna give you a piece of 100% Wilke reality.  Brace yourself.  Ok, I am sure by now you all see this adorable picture of the kids above, right?  Everyone is smiling and looking pretty cute, right?  You may be thinking, "wow, they have it all together...and look at the matching pajamas...they really have it all together."  Not. So. Much.  Enter our morning from yesterday.  We got up super early because one kid had to play handbells at the 8:00 church service.  We scrambled to get out of the house.  Kids were crying, parents were yelling, dishes were left dirty as we rushed out.  We got there late but on time enough for her to not be kicked out of the handbell choir.  Some of the kids sat nicely through church...others pouted and moaned and groaned.  Dan had to leave church right after the offering because he had gotten a call about needing to do something for work.  He was supposed to take the kids home while I taught Sunday school...and now they were staying with me.  Kids were pouting and slouching down in the pews with arms crossed.  I gave them my death "look."  Meaning...pull it together and act "normal."  I had stopped at Speedway before church to buy my Sunday School kids some miniature donuts for a treat.  That was a mistake.  You would have thought I was the worst mother ever because I wouldn't open up the donuts for my Sunday School kids and let my kids have them!!  Church ends and we make our way to Sunday School.  Ok, I got this.  All of my kids are going to go into their age appropriate rooms super nicely so I can go teach the love of Jesus to other girls and boys.  Again...not. so. much.  There were full out screams and wails.  I could hear Griffs screaming from the lower level all the way in my classroom upstairs with the door closed.  He did finally calm down and participate.  After Sunday school ended the chaos began.  Kids were interrupting me while talking to fellow parents, kids were whining and complaining about food, kids were being disrespectful and rude, kids were flat out talking back to me.  I. Was. DONE.  I tried to compose myself.  After all, I had just listened to a dear friend speak at my mom's group and was focusing on this : "Let your gentleness be evident to all."  I have been repeating this Bible verse all week.  Be gentle...Let them see your gentleness, Susan.  I wasn't very gentle on that car ride.  Then I went to pick up the oldest from a sleepover and she made us all sit in the van for almost 15 minutes because "she wasn't ready to leave yet."  This is how I handled the situation.  We came home.  I made them all sit on the couch.  (except Griffin...he stomped off to his room and I didn't have the energy to fight with his 3 year old self.)  I firmly explained to the kids that our number one job in life is to share the love of Jesus with others.  Here I was trying to teach Sunday School and mass chaos was forming all around me.  If you know me, you know that my kids are constantly hungry or eating or asking for a snack.  It drives me crazy.  So I took food away from them.  I sent them to their rooms and didn't feed them lunch.  I am sure they are scarred for life now.  Dan came home from his service call.  You better believe he had already received a phone call from me about how bad the morning was.  He went up to their rooms and laid the law down with the kids.  We had a pretty peaceful lunch together as our children were confined to their rooms not eating lunch.  Bad parents?  Maybe.  Tough love?  Maybe.  We have gotten more chill with expecting respect and we were both done with it.  Time to regroup, refocus, and retrain.  We did eventually let them out of their rooms.  We did not  allow them to eat until dinner.  You better believe each kid had two huge servings of spaghetti last night!  I guess maybe it is hard to understand if you aren't living here doing the day to day living....but that is a real glimpse of reality from yesterday.  Every. Ugly. Second of it.
What was really really hard about yesterday was that we had a super great family day on Saturday.  We started off by going to the moving wall with the kids and talking to some veterans from the Vietnam War.  It was eye opening to listen to their stories.  After that, we came home and all 9 of us worked together for hours and hours.  We had our biggest Oak tree fall a few weeks ago and it needed to be cleaned up.  We raked, moved brush, carried logs, and had so much fun doing it together.  The kids were SO excited.  Our oldest even said she was having fun.  At one particular time, Gavin ran up to me and said, "Mommy, I have an idea...let's do this for other families and then they can pay us money to use for groceries."  (I told you all they do is think about food!)  He was sure people would hire our family to cut trees up for them!  His excitement was overflowing.  It was a day I will never forget.  The strength and teamwork that came from our family that day was powerful.  

 Aside from the good and bad from the weekend life still moves on.  I finished my segment last Thursday on DIY hostess gifts and have started working on the crafts for the December 3rd segment of DIY holiday decor.
 I also made this buffalo chicken dip.  I am not a fan of spicy things...but this stuff is addicting!  This is the unhealthy recipe that I did:

  1. 2 cans of cooked shredded chicken (I get my cans at Costco or Sams)
  2. 2 blocks of cream cheese-cut up into chunks
  3. 1 package of dry hidden valley ranch dip
  4. 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  5. 1 small bottle of Red Hot's Buffalo Sauce
I put it all in the crock pot on low and stirred it every now and then.  We used tortilla chips but you could use celery or carrots or whatever else you wanted!  

 I apologize if somehow I have portrayed our life to be something different than the ugly reality it is.  At the end of the day, we have a deep love for each other and for our kids.  We just want the best for them, but we are sinners.  That is why I am so very thankful for grace!  I am so thankful that God has blessed each of us with our own "reality."  Isn't it awesome how different we all are?  How different all of our lives our?  But, yet, we all have so much in common, don't we?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Well, it's about time!

I am still here.  The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind for me.  I had a really really bad week.  Like super bad....just not pleasant to be around.  This week has been much better.  Some sad things have happened for sure...it seems daily lately.  I am really trying to see the goodness in all things good and bad.  The key word is "trying."  

Anyways, we may or may not have carved pumpkins in November.  We didn't get to it before the 31st and I was really hoping the kids would be ok with that.  We had a few really warm days in the beginning of November (in the 70's).  The kids came home from school one day and were begging to carve pumpkins.  It was so nice outside that is was the perfect situation...you guys carve outside and make the mess outside!  Yahoo!  Wanna know something else really awesome...?  This was the 1st year I didn't have to help!!!!  They actually carved all 7 pumpkins 100% by themselves.  From prep to clean up I wasn't involved.  I took some pictures and squashed a few outbreaks between kids...but other than that...it was all them!  

 I am airing on Fox 6 Real Milwaukee THIS Thursday for DIY hostess gifts....here is a sneak peak!
 G-dog had his last football game two Saturday's ago.  It was FREEZING cold AND raining.  It was horrible.  Dan was on ballet duty that day which left me to football spectating.  My toes were freezing and I couldn't feel them.  About 3/4 of the way through the game when I couldn't feel my toes and was soaking wet I yelled to Gavin "Hey buddy, I am going to go start the car for you so it will be nice and warm for you when you are done."  Boom.... I got to go warm up while warming up the car for him.  See what I did there?!?!?!   Well, that freezing cold football game gave me a horrible sinus infection and Pink eye at the same time.  That knocked me out for a few days!
 We went trick or treating with some friends.  Um.  Yeah.  We got a lot of candy.  Don't worry...Dan is eating most of the Recess Peanut butter cups and snicker bars for them!    (FYI...all costumes came from goodwill this year at 50% off!!)  SCORE!~!

 Even though my dear friend is miles and miles and states away, she knew I needed a pick me up last week.  I was shocked to get some flowers to brighten my day.  Dan didn't even notice I had flowers sitting right next to the sink until 4 days later.  That is Dan for you!
 I hosted two private sessions this past weekend.  One birthday party and one mom's group.  What a blast we had!  I simply cannot believe the creativeness everyone has!!  Even the one's that say " I am not crafty" leave with amazing works of art!!

 Our oldest sang in church this past Sunday with another student.  They sounded so beautiful together.  It truly was music to my ears!
 The kids set up a restaurant for Dan and myself on Sunday.  They wanted to give us a "break." They set up the kitchen and lit candles.  A few of them got dressed up because they were the waitresses.  It was really super sweet.  We had a menu of items to choose from : hot sandwich, eggs, bacon, carrots, pickles, broccoli, chips, salsa, milk, chocolate milk or water.  It was perfect.  They really are such sweet kids.
 I found these sink drains at Marshalls on clearance for $2.00.  Why, yes, we will take a pig and a chicken sink drain!!  It might make the hours I spend at the kitchen sink each day a little more enjoyable.
 After almost a year and a half of foot pain, I went back to a foot doctor today.  I AM going to get rid of this foot pain once and for all!  I am praying this specialist will help me get back to being pain free and able to put pressure on my foot again!  Super nice group of ladies working there and a really good doctor.  I am pretty sure I found my long lost sister there today (we had so many similarities....can you see them?) ;)  We had a fun time and it made the visit enjoyable.  I'll be back in 2 weeks ladies....brace yourselves.
 Oops.....another sneaksy peaksy of Thursday's segment.  These are the best things EVER!!

 And this picture pretty much sums up our life.  Kids constantly eating in the kitchen.  Crafting supplies everywhere.  One kid picking his nose.  Dirty dishes in the sink.  Lights left on in all rooms. This is when I have to remind myself on how incredibly blessed I am.  Focus on the good and not the negative.  See the goodness in all situations.  Like I said, I am a work in progress.

And just to keep things super real  ( I am an open book and hide nothing) I totally just forgot to pick my daughter up from basketball practice.  Sure did.  I was only 15 minutes late, but I 100% forgot about her and needing to pick her up.  All of the other kids are sound asleep in bed and I am blogging away....and then it happens.  I look at the clock on the computer and see it is 9:07.  It took me a second to realize I needed to pick her up at 9:00 and remember I had to even pick her up.  Yup....that is real life here on the farmstead!