Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

We made it to church...all 10 of us!

This morning we all made it to church...and only 35 minutes late! Besides the art and science of getting all 8 children ready to leave the house (Albert did most of the work this morning) and the labor of packing all the kids plus their required gear into two vehicles, it's an ordeal just to drop them off at thier respective Sunday School classrooms so that we can attend the service. First, we have to take the twins to the "walkers" class and fish through the diaper bag so that we can leave them with their sippy cups, diapers and wipes. Then we have to drop of Brice and go through the whole fishing routine again to come up with a size 5 diaper plus some wipes. Of course it isn't possilbe to just drop off the whole bag with anyone b/c there are so many different kids whose gear we store then what would we have for Sydney during the service? With all the babies squared away in place we then have to sign in Brandon, Jackson and Emanuel to their classes and wait for Drew to decide whether he wants to go to the Jr. high class or attend the service with us. By the time we have dropped of everyone, and we head to the sanctuary, carrying with us a long string of "pick-up" badges (basically a claim ticket to reclaim your little angel at the end of church) the musical portion of the service has long since ended and the pastor is indeed half way through the sermon.
As soon as the sermon ends (way too soon for all effort we've now put into just getting into the pew) I duck and dive past people I know who might want to stop and chat. Yes, it seems rude, but these folks only have a kid or two to retreive from Sunday School. They can afford to stop and gab for a moment. If I stop and talk, my kids might be in class until they're 40 by the time I get to the last one.I go get the twins first, as they are the toughest for me to leave in the first place. I don't want them to become frightened as they see all the other babies get picked up and wonder where I am. When I get to the door of the nursery, I see Isaiah is a mess of tears and snot. Darn. He hates to be away from me. I knew I should have just kept him with us. The teachers explain that he fell out of a chair some time ago and has been crying ever since. He stopped his tears breifly to participate in a a rousing rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" but immediately returned to crying upon completion of the song. Alexandria had a blast they tell me. I grab my babies and thier stuff and head out to get Brice. As I get to the door of his class, I see the shadow of a little guy throwing water all over himself and the classroom. Instantly, I know its him. And I am right. I collect my little boy who now has wet jeans and move on to get Brandon, Jackson and Manny. Each time I get one, another kid wanders back into the class to mingle with friends, so collecting them all and keeping them all in tow takes some time. Finally with all kids accounted for we proceed to the doors of the church. About half way there, I discover Brice missing. Oh Joy. He turns up by the water fountain.
By the time we get all the kids loaded back in the cars, Albert and I are exhausted. Our favorite "Church of the Living Room" seems like a good plan.
We still have a family trip to make to WalMart and we've debated taking the kids out to lunch. Walmart takes forever. The twins are starting to melt down and Brice lays out in the floor telling us how tired he is. We quickly scrap the lunch plans and opt instead for the $1 menu at McDonalds. I bring the babies home while Al runs
through the drive through. Thirty minutes later...naptime for all.
Last night I promised a story about Jackson and his career choices.
When Sydney was sick, I was listening to her chest every couple of hours to make sure they were still clear. Jackson was very interested and wanted to play with the stethoscope that i had. Not wanting my only stethoscope to get broken or lost, I told him that he could have one if he was a doctor. Still interested, he asked what he needed to do to become a doctor and we had a great discussion about education and the schooling he would need to practice medicine. He was super excited and kept telling me how he couldn't wait to be a doctor. This was a switch from the previous three months where he has insisted he's going to be a world famous chef. A short while later, he approached me again and asked "Mom? Should I be a doctor...or an elf?
Because elf's make really great toys!"
So, he's currently weighing his options between a chef, a doctor, or an elf!


Shannon said...

Oh - Ang!! I am glad to see that all of you are well enough to get out of the house! Yeah for you!!! How cute is Brice! For the past few months Ethan has said that he wants to be Rachel Ray. He will stop everything that he is doing when she is on TV. He even talks back to her - "why are you heating it up that way?" "I don't live onions, what else can I use??" We need to get the two of them together - They would have great fun!

BoufMom9 said...

First I have to say to appropriate that Ethan wants to be rachel Ray as henry wants to marry her! LOL
Now, to Ang...LOL You described my Sunday to a T! (well, minus the husband and the extra 2 little ones) But still, I was laughing as you described that they wander back into the classrooms and how one is missing in the end. darn if that doesn't happen EVERY SINGLE Sunday! LOL
BTW TOO cute about wanting to be an elf!

Randy, Tonya, Jayden, Marisol & Flynn said...

ha ha, I love reading your stories, you really should write a book, I could read your blog all day. You need one of those classroom ropes for field trips so you can attach a child to it as you go from room to room LOL. Love that he is now weighing his options of being an elf or a doctor, that is just too cute.

Lynn said...

Two more makes a lotta difference, huh? I have 6 so we all used to fit in the van, etc. Oh I remember those days of taking the crew everywhere. I only lost one once... :o)
My hubby, on the other hand, lost several. One on a trip to the mountains after letting another one get nailed by a tobagon (I give, can't spell it) that made him fly out of his boots, socks and all. Yeah, fun times. Now they're all leaving the nest! :o(

nana said...

So my beautiful daughter - I enjoyed your video of the twins, Syd and Fice. I noticed that the girls were dressed so cute! Then, I took a good look at Isaiah - may I please have him, please. I promise I will put SHOES on him and he won't ever have to wear his brothers' OVERSIZED clothes!

Love you bunches, and will talk with you later today!

The Corradetti Clan said...

Ang, Your are my hero!!! I dont know how you do it. I cant even manager to get the twins to church. I hate it. I have not been to a service since they came out of the infant seats. Jackson I love the career choice!

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