I haven't written in a very long time.  Over a year actually.  Because for some reason, on a whim (which is how my entire life is navigated) I decided I didn't want to blog any more.  It just got to where it was feeling like a job - that pays no money - and I was over the whole thing.  But recently I've had several people ask my why I never blog any more or tell me that they would like me to start back, and then I remembered something very important.  Blogging makes me feel like a big deal.  And we can all look at me and tell, occasionally I need some self-esteem boosting, big dealness.  It's just a fact.  That's the kind of thing that happens to you when you have veins and dark circles and snot wiped on your shoulder.  You just want to feel like a big deal for a second.  So here I am, with more stories of childhood antics, recipes, remodel photos, parenting woes and triumphs, craft projects, and a healthy dose of "real life, house full of kids, too many pets, overcommited schedule, what's that smell, all you need is love, it wouldn't hurt to have a little extra money either, it's cereal for dinner night again" reality.  And I'm feeling happy to be back for a while.

    Actually, it's funny, because no matter how long it's been since I stopped blogging, I still think about my life in blog posts.  I think, "that could be a hilarious post" or "I don't want to put those pics on facebook because I want to do a blog about it".  It will take me a while to catch up on some back stories but I'm sure there will be plenty going on in the meantime. For now, I feel like I just need to give you a quick little update list on what's been going on since we last spoke.
(warning - this could get long)
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So I had another baby.  We fondly call him Cootie Baby.  Because that what your sister calls you when she can't exactly say cutie.  And then it sticks.  He'll probably be 17 and I'll still be calling him Cootie Baby. He's wonderful and perfect and quite possibly the best baby in the history of ever.  He rarely ever cries, he has slept all night since he was a month old, and he just goes with the flow no matter what football, cub scout, dance recital, school field trip situation we have going on.  Getting him here was no easy task for me - as I spent a month in and out of the hospital after his birth and ended up on Home Health for a span, but I'm totally fine now and am happy for the trade off of a little bad health for a wonderful baby!

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Not only is he good, but he's super cute too!

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And he looks exactly like his two older brothers!  This is a baby pic collage of all three.  Crazy!!

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Here is some pictorial evidence of how laid back Cootie Baby is.  While is awesome big brother Turnanator fed him a bottle at the school book fair, only 23 other children looked on and petted.

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My very first tiny baby turned 9 recently, which is only one year away from double digits.  So I acted really excited for him then I secretly wailed and gnashed my teeth in anguish over having tiny babies that are turning into big kids. 

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My girl has gotten older, and sassier if you can't tell.  How one little being can be so wonderful and so awful all at the same time is nothing but a mystery to me. This was after her dance recital, and she was feeling like really hot stuff apparently.

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Then she got a big girl haircut.  I took it really well but her daddy got a little misty about the whole thing......

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Less than a week before I had my fourth baby, this pitiful looking thing walked up to our back door.  And we felt bad for it.  And we fed it.  And it never left.  So meet pet #2 Rascal Monkey Foster

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Then to confirm just how nuts I really am - as of last week, we are now the proud owners of Cleo Lucille Kitten Kitten Foster. The free barn cat that is supposed to do nothing but live outside and murder vermin and pests.  So far that's all she's done is circle around our ankles and jump into our vehicles every time the door is open.  I'm not gonna lie - she may not make it long around here if she jumps in Aaron's car many more times.  My girl loves Lucy Kitty Kitty and the boys seem to like Cleo the Killer Cat, but as a complete animal non-lover, I can do nothing but question my judgement as a person at this point.  However, I justify all of this madness by telling myself, "honestly, when there are already 6 needy, dirty, hungry, pooping little dependents around here, what is 7?".  Then I feed the dogs.  And the cat.  And the children.................................................

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I've been trying to save money on groceries lately because for the whole eleven years of my marriage Aaron has been annoyed with me for being terrible with the money.  And because I love him and also have a lot going on, I decided to start the whole freezer meal thing.  I have to say, when I actually do it, it is awesome!  Not too long ago Aaron and I stayed up late to make and freeze 58 twice baked potatoes.  Now it is so handy to just run out there and get what I need for dinner and just pop them in the oven or microwave.  Done it minutes!  Also, they are good in a pinch to put some of my precooked taco meat out of the freezer on and have taco potatoes for supper.  You should try it yourself.  It's quick.  It's easy.  It's delicious.  Ole' (anyone with great freezer meal recipes, please feel free to share!)

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If you think it's hard to enough to find halloween costumes for a plump grown up and big-and-tall grown up, try finding halloween costumes for a pregnant plum grown up and a big-and-tall grown up!!  It aint easy, I'll tell 'ya.  But because sometimes I'm just a creative genius (that's what messy people call themselves), last halloween we were the most awesome Dora and Diego you have ever seen.  But seriously..........Look how cute we are.............

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And last but not least, earlier this year we went to a party and you'll never guess who showed up.....Slash and Axl Rose.  They were amazing...............

    So I've missed y'all.  And I want to hear from y'all again.  And I'm going to do my best to blog regularly.  I will fail, but that's something none of us are surprised by.  Just rest easy knowing that no matter what's going on in your life - we will be here to make you feel better about yourself.

Love you my friends,
Cassie