Saturday, April 10, 2010

ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I am SO excited about joining in again this year for the 4th Annual Ultimate Blog Party 2010 over @ 5 Minutes For Mom.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you are a new visitor, then welcome! If you are a returning visitor, then welcome back!


So, now its time to introduce you to my crew. And a large one we are......

Me and Chris (with Connor)
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I'm Crystal. I started this blog back in 2008 just for fun really. I put some of my poems on it, then posted a few of my thoughts. I didn't really get serious about blogging until January 2009. I still don't post as much as I'd like or as much as others do, but I try. I've opened up my life to the world. All I ask for is simple respect back. Now, about me: I am a home schooling (unschooling), non vaxing, non circumcising, non CIO, co sleeping mommy of 7. I have strong beliefs and I will defend them with all I have. I try to stay away from political and religious topics, as they cause lots of friction. However, if an open-minded person asks, I will discuss them. I am a full-time college student studying accounting. I found my home in Louisiana and it truly is the only place I'll call home. I am a football loving woman who will discuss it with you, who will watch games on Sundays and Mondays and who will yell at the TV louder than a man. Naturally, this fact about myself is a huge hit with my husband, as he doesn't have the nagging "Another game?" wife. My team is the New Orleans Saints and was before this season -- I am not, nor will never be a bandwagon fan. They pluck my nerves. I even put myself into pre-labor during the NFC championship (piece of advice -- do not jump out of a chair screaming when you are 35 weeks pregnant!). Enough about me.....

My association with my husband began 21 years ago when we were 10 years old. It was not a pretty sight. You see, he has this sometimes cocky attitude that existed even back then. He decided to inform me on the bus that he was god and that I should worship him. I decided against that idea, and let him know with a nice punch in the face. Love hurts, I guess. Seven years later we began dating. We still have our ups and downs, but then again, who doesn't? We were engaged a little more than a month after we started dating, had our first child 2 years after we started dating and finally got married when she was 10 months old. Yes, we went backwards......

Now, I have 7 children.
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Before you begin wondering, yes all 7 are OURS. It's rare these days, but we are one of the rare ones.

Our oldest, Tina, will be 12 next month. She 100% has the teenage attitude. It drives me insane. Remember back when you were a pre-teen/teen and your mom would say "I hope you have 10 just like you!"? Well, that curse works!!! Tina is a home schooled 5th/6th grader. I home schooled her in Kindergarten and began home schooling 1st grade. Then I got a job and could not afford day care for 2 kids so I had to put her in public school. They never tested her, just stuck her back in Kindergarten. Then she went into 1st grade the next year. I got fed up with the school system, or apparent lack thereof, and pulled her back out. She has been home schooled ever since.

Next is Carly. She will be 8 this fall. She is named after 3 wonderful women -- my Nanny, my maternal grandmother and hubby's maternal grandmother. She is a home schooled 1st grader. She has never attended public school and says she never wants to.

Next are my first set of twins. Yes, I said first set. They are Caitie and Charlee (short for Charlotte). They were a huge shock. They will be 5 in the fall. Right now they are home schooled as "pre schoolers".

Then comes my second set of twins, Cheyenne and Courtney. They will be 3 in the fall. They are complete opposites. Blonde hair vs brunette; chunky vs skinny; pale vs tan.......

Now, before I move on, yes you have read this correctly. I have written about my 6 beautiful girls.

My last child just turned 6 weeks. He is a mama's boy 150%. His name is Connor and he has been my little troublemaker from the start.

So, there you have who I usually write about in some aspect. You all know I cannot have a boring life when I have a husband and 7 kids ranging from 12 to 6 weeks running around........

I, at one time, participated in several weekly blog events such as Thursday Thirteen, Aloha Friday, Question Of The Week, etc. I have gotten out of that due to my busy life, but plan to return to them soon.

For my new visitors, here are a couple of my favorite blogs I have written:

Those are all about the birth of 5 of my 7 children. Tina's will be written next month and Carly's in September.

I have a few ways you can follow me.

Comments are welcomed on any post. I read all comments and visit all visitor's blogs.

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There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year's Ultimate Blog Party. I am still narrowing my choices down and will have them posted before the 16th!

17 comments:

TheChattyMom said...

Stopping by from the UBP. And looking forward to making my way through the rest of your blog. Please stop by for a visit :)

I am Harriet said...

Hi there Crystal.
I'm stopping by the via the Blog Party to say hello.
This is so much fun!

Have a great Saturday!
http://harrietandfriends.com/

Jenny said...

オッス! Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

Have a great weekend and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!

さようなら!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

You punched him? LOL! I like you.

I'm visiting from UBP! Hope you can drop by my Party!!

The Sunshine Crew said...

Popped by as part of UBP. Nice blog! Adorable family! Wow, you must be busy! We are busy here and only have two sons.
Have a fun time bloggy hopping!

Cassie said...

I am already a follower of yours but I just wanted to stop by and say hey! Happy Partying!

About Taiyon's Image said...

Hi,

Stopping by from the UBP event. You have a very cool blog. I am now a follower. :)

I would love for you to come over to my blog's party to celebrate on how to score on hi-end fashion on a low budget.

See you there - http://taiyonsimage.blogspot.com

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

All I can say is WOW - 7 kids would wear me out! Good for you!

Stopping by from UBP and I'm so pleased to have found you! I love the idea behind your blog. I'm going to scroll back up and follow!

If you get a minute, stop by for my Blog Party and Gift for UBP ($125.00 value).

Susan
www.BlackberryJamCafe.blogspot.com

Kirstin said...

Hi! Just stopping by from the UBP. What a cute family you have!

Melinda said...

You are one busy momma! Two sets of twins! Cute kids though - and what a blessing!

Christina said...

I'm not new here, but loved reading that. :)
xoxo

One 2 Try said...

Visiting from UPB 2010. Rita @ One 2 Try.

InspiredGifts.com said...

Hi there! Nice to meet you. I'm new to the party myself. I enjoyed reading some of your blogs.

I hope you can stop by our blog: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com
Inspiredgifts.com is a mom owned newly launched site.

Have a beautiful day
Rebecca

LittleTechGirl said...

Hey Crystal! Thanks for stopping by my site. Your family is beautiful. 7 kids?? WOW!! Now everytime I think about how busy my 2 sets keep me I will think about you and feel better. LOL!!

It is a blessing isn't it?

Take care,

Kris

lv said...

Cute blog. I'm just stopping by from the UBP party.

KIM said...

Stopping by from the UBP, and I thought I had lots of girls I only have 4 and we are thinking about trying for that boy one more time. Love your blog check mine out http://4girlsandcounting.blogspot.com/

Cher said...

Saying Hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!
Visit my party post
I also have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!
My Current Giveaways