Surviving Five

A humorous & heartwarming look at life with five small children


Ohio, US
April 22
Surviving Five
Bio I am a 30 year old stay at home mom to five young children (ages 7, 6, 4, 3 and 2) as well as a noncustodial stepmother to three teens (ages 19, 18 and 15)


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SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 12:31PM

Surviving 5 Kids and a Blog Post

I’m very sorry to inform you that there will be no blog today. I tried, I really did, but sometimes by the end of the day I sit down to write and my brain falls asleep before my eyes do. Not that I can really blame it.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 8:26AM

Surviving 5 Kids and Back to School

For some reason, the question I am most often asked as a mother of five (besides Hey lady is this your kid running naked though my yard?) is “Do you home school your kids?†I suppose people are curious because so many large families do chose to/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 5:19PM

Surviving 5 Kids and the Zoo

With crispy fall mornings becoming more frequent, I looked back over our summer vacation with a sense of incompletion. Our three months of warmth flew by filled with activities, appointments, and agendas yet nothing really stood out as a memorable experience. Having a family full… Read full post »

This weekend my husband, Brian, and I went to Columbus Zoo, which involved a seven-hour round-trip journey that marked our first long car ride with all five of our children in tow. Before this trip the longest my crew had ever been confined to a car was the hour-long ride/… Read full post »
AUGUST 25, 2011 12:09PM

Surviving 5 Kids and a Pool

Swimming in a pool is a rare and coveted treat for my household. Periodically, I ponder the idea of getting our own pool but a few things have stopped me: (1) they cost money and time, of which we have neither—if the state of our fish tank is indicative of… Read full post »
AUGUST 22, 2011 2:56PM

Surviving the Audition

As a teenager and young adult my entire world revolved around the theater. It was my passion, my talent, and my career goal at one time. I only spent about four years involved in the performing arts, but that was enough for me to realize that performing just felt rightRead full post »
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AUGUST 18, 2011 8:16AM

Surviving Brian and High Cholesterol

Recently my husband, Brian, was diagnosed with high cholesterol—so high, in fact, that the doctor said that he has the cholesterol of a man twice his age. The news was upsetting to me but not surprising; Brian’s eating habits are horrendous and he’s a smoker. Under the circumstances, I’m just/… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2011 8:35AM

Surviving 5 Kids and the Beach

Nothing says summer like a day at the beach. After living in Florida for many years, the rocky patches of sand around the lakes of Ohio do not quite meet my definition of “beach,†but I’ve learned to make due with what is available. Plus, the kids don’t know any… Read full post »

At the risk of losing my membership to the “Large Family Club,†I must admit that I am not especially religious. I wish I could claim that the Lord led me to be fruitful and multiply like my more notable large family counterparts, but in reality my plentiful offspring are… Read full post »
AUGUST 8, 2011 8:14AM

Surviving Brileigh and The Song

Today my 6-year-old daughter Brileigh approached me with a request that I write down a song she created. I’m not entirely certain why she needed me to write it down considering that she already had it memorized (since, essentially she was making it up off the top of her head) never mind t/… Read full post »
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AUGUST 4, 2011 2:08PM

Surviving 5 Kids and Football

Around this time last year I signed up my 6-year-old son, Tony, for his first year of tackle football. I gripped the pen and hesitated before submitting the papers and forking over a painful amount of money. It felt as if I was sending my boy away to boot camp or/… Read full post »
After a particularly frenzied week, my husband and I decided that we needed a relaxing activity to soothe our fried nerves, reunite our family from the pulls of multiple activities and exercise our poor stir-crazy dog, Ozzy. A simple Sunday afternoon walk in the park seemed to fit the bill; what… Read full post »
The asphalt is beginning to steam, pools are opening up, lawn mowers are chugging to life—summer is finally here! When I was a kid, the anticipation of summer vacation was almost as excruciating as the countdown to Christmas. I couldn’t wait for end-to-end days of playing outside, running through/… Read full post »
Mornings at our house seldom run like a well-oiled machine, but some have a higher chaos factor than others, and this morning ranked about a 9 on a 10-point scale. I try to account for unexpected events when I plan my day, but sometimes, despite my best efforts, the clock gets/… Read full post »
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JULY 21, 2011 7:45AM

Surviving 5 Kids and a Social Life

Four years and two children ago, I was fortunate enough to move into a neighborhood saturated with stay-at-home moms like myself. As my family grew to freak show proportions, so too did the houses around me grow fuller. Once our children became old enough to venture outside, they quickly formed a/… Read full post »
** I recently came across a forgotten old blogging attempt of mine, written back in 2007 when we "only" had three children and one on the way. It was pretty fun to read this glimpse into the past; two toddlers and an infant (ages; 3,2 and 6 months at the time)Read full post »
JULY 15, 2011 9:09AM

Survival Moments...

Fighting over a shoe is understandable and even good practice for future sales at Bloomys, but the fact that they are fighting over a Croc makes me realize how much I've failed to teach them.

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JULY 14, 2011 7:44AM

Surviving Eight

Including me and my husband, there are seven of us living under one roof. We fill up every seat in our enormous SUV, we use up every inch of our dining room table at dinner, and the lengthy line for the bathroom keeps everyone doing the pee-pee dance in the mornings./… Read full post »
JULY 12, 2011 10:36AM

Survival Moments...

Despite his urgent reminders, Tony's Earth Day project slipped under the sofa cushions of my mind for two whole weeks, leading me to wake up at 5am on the day it was due. Before my fine motors skills were even awake, I had to pre-assemble a pile of garbage into something…

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** I recently came across a forgotten old blogging attempt of mine, written back in 2007 when we "only" had three children and one on the way. It was pretty fun to read this glimpse into the past; two toddlers and an infant (ages; 3,2 and 6 months at the time)Read full post »
JULY 8, 2011 8:03AM

Survival Moments...

At this rate my kids are on the fast track to developing high cholesterol by the age of five. The thing that I don't get-- there is more than one bite mark. Which means that they took a bite, tasted it, and went back for more?

JULY 7, 2011 8:01AM

Surviving 5 Kids and Germs

Please be advised, the content of this post is not for those with weak stomachs, germaphobia, hypochondria, or those who are generally uptight about the grosser side of life. If terms such as "booger," "poop," or "snot" offend you, then I suggest you sit this one out. You should also probably/… Read full post »
The Fourth of July is a joyful American holiday as families all across our great nation come together for food, fireworks, and fun in celebration of our freedom and in appreciation of our forefathers and the current members of the military who made it possible. But as beautiful as the holiday’s/… Read full post »
JUNE 30, 2011 11:19AM

Surviving 5 Kids and Mommy Brain

As a mother of five small children, only one of my body parts has taken more abuse than my shredded abdominal muscles: my mind. The hormonal fluctuations that accompany each pregnancy, the sleep deprivation, the constant inane background chatter; it’s enough to sap the sanity from even the most evoRead full post »
JUNE 28, 2011 8:18AM

Survival Moments...

When speaking to a three-year-old, "Make sure you wear your rain boots" is not nearly specific enough.