The goose is getting fat

We've had all sorts of surgeries going on in the last couple months and we've definitely been feeling it. You know what I'm saying? Just that heavy feeling that comes with an irregular routine. I probably wouldn't notice it much, but kids need structure in a big way and when you change that up, everything feels off. So when everyone was finally feeling up to moving around again, I loaded the kids up to go on a wild goose chase. Literally. My parents have beautiful property that's essentially a refuge for animals everywhere. Yearly, they get every animal from moose to porcupine. I can't blame them. I mean if I were a member of the animal kingdom, my parents property would be my first pick for a retirement home.  I grew up with just about every bird known to man. Peacocks, parrots, you name it. :) Recently, my Dad found two domesticated African geese out by one of his ponds. 
Naturally, my kids were delighted when they found out Papa had geese, so we had to go hunt for geese. And we didn't have to go far. In fact, they followed us around and the kids were in heaven. 
When I was little, our roosters would chase me and on a field trip I got charged by geese. They smell fear on me, so of course, they tried to chase me every time I turned around. The kids thought it was hilarious. So a lot of pictures turned out blurry because I was getting goose chased. But oh well, fun memories. 
Besides, it's not everyday that geese want to join your family pictures. 
Plus it kinda fits for Christmas. Geese getting fat and all that. I doubt we'll eat these guys though, we'll stick with these tasty peppermint cookies that my brother-in-law made. 
Poor Madelyn just got her tonsils out. :( She was a good sport about the cold. 
I can't even tell you how happy these kids make me. Our lives would be nothing without them.
Adding Penelope and Clementine to our family has only added to our happiness. Life is good and God is good. 
Merry Christmas friends! Hope your season is the merriest. 



Shirt Pretty in Peplum//fabric old similar here and here
Sometimes I load all the kids up to go run errands and I get them out of the car only to realize that at least one of my kids doesn't have shoes on. I look at said child and sigh. Because it is oh so nice to be needed, but sometimes couldn't they need me just a little less. Just long enough to put their own shoes on? Oh well. Such is the conundrum of motherhood. 
And sure, sometimes it's frustrating to know that your child has no shoes on and you're bound to get looks. But someday these same kids will put on their own shoes and walk out of the house and I won't know exactly where they're going. And no doubt I'll feel old and lonely. So for now, if I forget to check their toes before we drive away, I'll smile and think about how nice it is to be needed.  All the time. Because someday they won't need me in quite the same way or at quite the same level. Blessed is the mama who is always needed.


Squad Goals. Star Wars edition.

One day I woke up and realized that I've created almost enough children to fill up the entire cast of Star Wars. I feel like I've arrived or something. ;)

But in all seriousness. Well I mean as serious as I'm gonna get in a post about Star Wars, my young padawon's decided last year that they all wanted to be Star Wars characters and who am I to say, "I've got a bad feeling about this." Bahahaha! Just can't help myself.
 These scruffy little nerf herders literally stopped traffic while we took pictures. Mostly dudes stopping to say "That's so awesome!" We had to kinda hustle through because we were attracting nerds like we were at Comic Con. It was getting awkward.
Plus these baby ewoks could only take so much. Clementine was having none of this nonsense. 
You've all seen Rey and Leia before, but let me introduce to the wonder of store bought/semi homemade costumes. The greatest. :) I've linked to everything. (Not sponsored or affiliated or anything.)
We've got a little Yoda who would much rather have been Rapunzel, but she's 2 so according to Ezra, she's not allowed to have an opinion yet. 

And of course, Ezra/Darth Vader whose mask strap snapped, so he had to resort to holding it up instead. The force could have come in really handy for that one.
And what's a star wars family themed costume extravaganza with some ewoks?

I just bought bear suits on amazon and then cut up a brown t-shirt and cut little ear holes. So much easier than sewing with fur...which I did attempt, but gave up because I decided it was more important that my children get fed than have a completely homemade ewok costume. #priorities

And that's it. Our little Star Wars Squad. "Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him." ...I dunno, it just felt like the appropriate time to throw out a Ben Kenobi quote. Happy Halloween all!
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