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Fun Hair for Girls: How to Get Spirals with Rag Curlers

By | June 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Here in the United States it will be time again to celebrate the birth of our country on the 4th of July, with fireworks, food, fellowship, and crazy streamers and hats, beads, the wearing of red, white, and blue (the colors of our flag) - and our girls love to have happy hair as well!  *laugh* Our oldest daughter currently loves to do her own and all the sisters for some special occasions, birthdays, holidays, [...]

Large Family Camping (2014) – It’s Very Do-Able!

By | June 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Camping season is here once again! *cheer!* And we're all over it with our large group! Have you desired to camp with young children, or with a larger group but just haven't quite taken the plunge yet? *chuckle* *smile* I invite you to catch a vision for how it can be done, nicely we think, through our photo tour and by hearing how we camp as a team for five days with 11 people... *smile* [...]

Family Audio books – With an On-Going List of Recommendations!

By | June 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Are you setting out this summer on any adventures that involve long car rides or air plane travel? Have no fear for occupying children's time! And for great listening together as a family, laughing together, learning together - enjoying listening to a book together.  In our opinion this is such an excellent occupation of travel time, home time, or a gift idea for any occasion, so I thought I would share a list of audio [...]

Summer Schedule 2015 – (for nine children: ages 16, 15, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4 & 4)

By | June 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I have consistently received requests from readers to see my current schedule for our family of 11. *smile*   And I'm so happy to oblige!  So I now have a topic in our home page "Topics" list where I will post our new schedules as I create them for the beginning of each school year in the fall, and one for the summer of that year.  So here is our upcoming Summer 1015 schedule plan if [...]

Mom Tips – For the Car: Organization & Preparedness

By | June 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Are you entering in to a season of more travel in your vehicle as the weather gets nicer? Here are some mom tips from me on how you might do so more comfortably and safely.  *smile* What are "Mom Tips"? ~ I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  [...]

Scheduling: What To Do With Summer?

By | June 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Summer begins in June here in Washington and most parents are probably thinking ahead to it with eager anticipation. *smile* It's tempting and common for parents to approach this glorious season with these thoughts, "It's summer!  *woo-hoo!*  Let's throw all structure to the wind and wing-it for 3 months!"  But I personally have found - over and over again - that ultimately the wing-it plan was not very much fun at all. Especially if one [...]

Making Sweatshirt Capes!

By | May 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Summer is nearly here and our boys love to fly around outside playing the hero! Strong, victorious and mighty!  *smile*  I saw this idea for making capes on a boy at a local park near our house and thought it was brilliant!  I purchased used sweatshirts from Value Village for our boys and turned the sweatshirts into capes. There is no sewing involved and it was very simple. I only needed a pair of scissors [...]

Garage Sale How-to’s – Organized & on Purpose!

By | May 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I have had a new question coming from our readers around the world!  *smile*  People have been asking how to have a hugely successful garage sale! But wait - why should we pursue de-cluttering our homes and expend the energy to put on a garage sale? Well, if you choose to de-clutter your home you’ll have more space for the children to play in, more space for homeschooling, more space for relaxation, more space for [...]

PODCAST: “Large Families Living in Small Houses”, with Tom & Keri Lamar of A Happy Home Media

By | May 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Bob and I were honored recently to be invited by Tom & Keri Lamar (homeschooling parents of 8), of A Happy Home Media, to do an interview together with them via podcast about how our family of 11 lives in an 1,100 square foot house. *smile* We had such a fun time as we laughed together, related together, shared great information and just generally brought mutual encouragement and vision. I hope you enjoy listening to [...]

Large Family House Cleaning – Getting it Done, & When To Do The Big Jobs

By | May 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

When I had a college roommate we would have a cleaning day where we got into our sweats, put on some upbeat swing dancing music and danced and sang our way through the whole house in one blow!  I enjoyed this plan this for many years.  In the next season of life, after I married Bob and we had our first 2 children, I had a cleaning time for about 30 minutes a day where [...]