These pictures were taken "mid" de-cluttering. (April) So please excuse the "extra" stuff on the table. Many were donations that had no box!
This is a typical dinner for five boys, 1 girl, and Samson.
They eat dinner early, from 3-4 p.m. Samson chooses to eat early too. He could eat at a more peaceful time later. My 4 helpers will eat later at 5. They prepare a lot of their meals themselves now. No time for that with hungry boys!
(That's Jacob age 9 with the "soul full" eyes.)
The kids are seated (left to right) Samson 18, Pauly 6 (hard to see him), Noah 11, Jacob 9, Moses 9, Lysa 11 standing, Mercy 6 (red dot shirt), Kitty 10 standing, Julius 7.
Julius must be kept away from disrupting others at meal time.
My Mr. Monkey is bored easily and entertains himself badly. :o(
He is quite immature for his age. But some little monkeys just need more time.
Noah was sick, so we let him use the bottle to help him drink more liquids. He normally uses a modified sippie cup. But he does not care for it. Her prefers the bottle. So when he needs extra liquids we let him have what he prefers.
Pauly has a cup and straw here. Julius and Mercy use the adaptive cup. Jacob is still fighting drinking out of anything. We still use the syringe. Moses is using an adaptive sippie cup.
Those are the 20 oz Cali bowls we love.
Julius, Noah, and Pauly eat their side dishes (veggies, bread etc) separate now. We don't keep them on the table. When their bowl is emptied we give them the next item/bowl. Otherwise food mysteriously disappears to the floor! LOL!
Mercy, Noah, Moses and Jacob like their food combined in their bowl. Mercy refuses to eat bread, but if it's mixed into her dinner she eats it. Jacob and Moses hate lumps or chunks of diced foods like veggies- so if they are mixed with smooth foods they will eat them easier. Noah is just kind of lazy about eating, he figures if he empties one bowl- why are we giving him another? LOL! Silly old bear!
This is the view from the end of the table looking out. Again- our dining room is now clutter free, much of what you see is gone!
Hmm looks like the kids put something in the napkin holder?!
The door straight ahead leads out to our 12' x 24' deck. Since the construction (road/sewer) tore up our entire yard and there's no side walk, the kids can play on the deck if it doesn't rain. :o)
These two boys have very tender hearts that are pure with love. We carefully make sure that others know that being mean to them is never an option. If their hearts are hurt- it makes us cry. They don't have a mean bone in their bodies. They just love.
They are now under the watchful eye of big brother Samson.
Samson, Julius, Moses, Jacob and Mercy may argue and fight. But even Samson understands that hurting these two boys is not fair game. And he is very protective of them.
But he most definitely enjoys a good squabble with everyone else, especially Dad!!
Our blessings continue to overflow from our cup, and run like a river. Each child such a precious gift. Each child fearfully and wonderfully created by our Precious Lord and Savior! I just LOVE-LOVE-LOVE and adore these kids!