With 7 children in the house any day can be crazy. Add in a spring soccer game for the older 3 and things get even more insane.
Don’t mind my old stained furniture, I refuse to buy new as long as I have kids staining them, peeing on them, puking on them, I just won’t.
My day starts the night before. With 7 kids I have to be prepared for the morning. This day we had our very first soccer games of the spring season. This means all three big kids needed to have their uniforms, cleats, socks, shin guards, and water bottles found and on the sofa ready to be put to use in the morning. I also found clothing or all 4 babies, packed the diaper bag, and got the camera ready to go.
Up and At-Em
7:45 am- Our day was supposed to start at 7am at the latest. Alarms went off at 6:30. The baby woke up at 7:30. Instead of getting up, I comforted him and we all fell back asleep. At 7:45 my husband woke up, looked at the clock and yelled “Gage’s Game!!!!” You see, Gage’s game started at 8:30, that means he has to be there by 8 so he can warm up. Now we are lucky to live 4 blocks from the soccer fields, but still, we are it cutting close. We get the kids downstairs and race like mad men to get everyone ready.
7:58 am- After dragging my very sleepy child out of bed and all of us working together we have Gage dressed, cleats, shin guards, and water bottle. Brent gets him in the van and heads to the fields to try to make it so he isn’t the very last one arriving. In the mean time, at the house, I have the twins bring the triplets down so I can start changing and dressing them. While I get them ready, the twins are getting themselves ready. By 8:15 I have all of us ready to go. Brent has dropped Gage off at the fields with the coach, who also used to be his school principal, so he can bring the van back to pick us all up.
8:20 am- Brent is back after waiting for the coach to show up. It turns out that he wasn’t the last one to arrive, instead he was the first. We all load up, get the giant wagon in the van, blankets, tum tums (Perceval’s stuffed dog), snacks, sippy cups. We head out and get there right as the team is walking on the field.
Soccer Game Number 1
8:30 Gage’s game kicks off. We are unloading the kids from the van, trying to watch the game, and realizing I didn’t bring a chair for me. G started out in goal and he really did great. I was so proud of him actually stopping a few balls and knowing just what to do. This is his third season playing, so I know he knows, but since they started later than many I proud of how well they do. Once he got switched out and was put on offense he was really doing an amazing job and almost got a couple goals.
9:45 am- Gage’s game is over and they won! The final score was 4-1, they all did an amazing job. Our first game may be over but our time at the soccer fields is no where near over. Since no one was really able to eat more than a granola bar before leaving the house, I decide to head to McDonald’s and grab breakfast for us all. As I head to the van I realize Olivia is wearing black jean shorts. You can’t play soccer in jean shorts, so she heads off with me to go change her shorts.
10:00 am- I am in the line to get food with Olivia having appropriate clothing on. The line is huge. I don’t know why I expected anything different at 10 am on a Saturday. The line moved fairly quickly and we headed back to the fields.
10:15 am- Pull up to the fields and get the twins to eat quickly while heading to their game practice. The were able to eat and have a minute to digest before their coaches showed up, thankfully. Right as they head over to warm up it starts to sprinkle. Nothing too serious but enough to be uncomfortable.
Soccer Game Number 2 Begins
11:00am- As they practice and we all get set up to watch the game, it starts to rain harder, and harder. The ref was late coming to the field so they ended up starting 25 minutes late. 25 minutes of us, with 4 kids under 2 and a 7 year old getting rained on. Luckily our Wonderfold Wagon has a cover, but it wasn’t the rain cover, it was just the normal shade cover. It really didn’t do too much, but it helped.
11:40 am- I took the kids to the car. It was raining so hard and the temperature dropped. Brent was wearing Finnegan with a blanket over and tucked all around him so he would stay dry and warm. However, the triplets’ fingers were getting very cold and it was time to get them warmed up. Once I got them all in the van and the heat turned on they all three fell asleep. I did my best to watch the game through the rainy windows. At one point Olivia got hurt and was shivering so the coach had us bring her a sweatshirt, not great for the first game of the year. Poor Finnegan was screaming and ended up getting sick all over himself so we had car snuggle time.
12:45 pm- The twins game is over. They lost 1-2, but they played a great game. The first half of the game they were ahead. The other team had some great plays in the second half and ended up taking the game. Everyone was shivering when they were finished. So we turned the heat on full blast and headed home.
Cold, Wet, and Sleepy
1:00pm- We are all home after 5 hours of rushing and dripping cold. We changed the triplets to fresh, dry pajamas and sent off to nap time after a quick lunch. The rest of us changed into dry clothes and cuddled under blankets trying to warm up. Sadly Brent didn’t get to spend much time warming up, he had raised garden bed orders to fill.
2:30 pm- I finally came out to help Brent get build the raised beds once the sun came out. Horrible weather during the soccer game and clear blue skies once we are home. Building them alone doesn’t take too long, but when you have help you can get them done in no time.
3:30pm- The babies are up from nap time and running in the back yard like crazy. Now we build raised beds and watch babies. Not the easiest thing to do, but way better than when there was no fence.
5:00 pm- Once we had around 9 built I headed into the house to start dinner while he cleaned up his mess. We like to have pizza on Friday nights but with an hour and a half long soccer practice it makes dinner hard. I hate trying to make something when we are all rushing around. Since we were all home with nowhere to go I decided to make pizza.
Each of the kids like different types of pizza so I like to make individual pizzas for each of the big kids. For Brent, the triplets, and myself, I make a half sheet pan. Brent prefers pepperoni and sausage and I like sausage and mushroom so we split it in half. The triplets will eat just about anything so it works out well for us.
- 1 package or 2 1/2 tablespoons yeast
- 2 cups warm water ( around 95 degrees)
- 6 cups All purpose flour
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl or stand mixer combine warm water and yeast. Allow to set for a minute or two to let it get bubbly.
- Add in salt, stirring well.
- while mixing on low speed slowly add in flour.
- Once flour is combined add in olive oil.
- At this point you have to pay attention to know if you need more liquid or flour. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl, if it is sticky slowly sprinkle in more flour. If the dough is crumbly and no amount of mixing will get it to come together, add a bit more water. This can be quiet the process until you figure out what works well for you. This can change with temperature and humidity.
- Knead for 3-4 minutes on low.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and rest for 15 minutes.
- Heat oven to 350.
- Stretch pizzas into desired sizes and shapes and top.
- Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is turning slightly brown.
- Cool and enjoy!
7:30 pm- We have eaten dinner and the babies are getting sleepy. Once we clean everyone up we send the triplets up for bed time. The big kids and us adults all snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie. Once we finish that I send the bigs up to grab their blankets and we let them sleep downstairs. I don’t let them do it very often, but after a long cold day, I am more than happy to let them celebrate their games with sneaking snacks and movies after bedtime.
Whew! That was a long and crazy day.
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