Random Thoughts From the Zoo


9 kids, a few frogs, 4 birds, 2 dogs and a partridge in a pear tree. Or something like that. Follow along with a crazy runner mom, her equally crazy husband, and a fabulous herd of kids from 13yrs to newborn. Life is never boring with nine kids...

What has having a big family taught you about motherhood?

What tips do you have for meal planning?

How do you get your children involved with chores? Please share what age these tips are appropriate for.

What's one of the worst messes your child has made? Please share a link to a photo if you have one.


We've done flour, powdered sugar, food coloring, chocolate syrup...all sorts of fabulous mess. But one of the most memorable was Sharpie. Everywhere. Never figured out how she even found a Sharpie, but at 2 1/2 my daughter was feeling very artistic and in less than five minutes somehow drew on the kitchen island, the banister, walls in the dining room, hallway and her bedroom, and for her true masterpiece-the dog. Yep, our sweet patient dog.
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