Friday, March 23, 2012

Are these kids all yours?

If only I had a dollar for every time I'd heard that statement!!  Having a "large" family of five kiddos it somewhat odd in the military community.  Most have two or three at the most.  We get out of the truck and it looks like a clown car, they just keep coming and coming. 

Life is hectic with having a military spouse.  He's gone more than he's home.  I haven't been home in five years because my family is all on the east coast and we're stationed on the west coast.  That's one of the reasons we purchased this fifth wheel.  So I could travel and see the country and let the kids play with cousins that they hardly ever see. 

So that's the other live in a fifth wheel?  All the time?  Yep.  Right now we're stationary because hubby has been in one spot.  He's starting his workups for his deployment in 2014 so he'll be in and out.  The kids and I are packing up for the summer to escape the heat and heading north.  Next summer will be our big trip across country.  I can't wait.  TL  and I have been talking about trying to do Alaska in the summer of 2015.  He'll be turning 16, not able to drive and pull the fifth wheel but alot of help to me.

I love when people ask if these are all my children.  Except at the commissary, our version of a grocery store.  I mean really, who would ever bring extra kids to the grocery store?  lol

Homeschooling has provided us the opportunity to explore the world we've traveled in.  In the past ten years, we've moved five times.  Virginia to Japan, to California, back to Japan, to Washington state, and back to California.  Its the only constant that they have.  It also allows us to take time off when daddy is home.  We stay up late since dad usually works 12-15 hours days and get up late.  Once when we were in Japan, the boat pulled in for two days in the middle of the week and was going to be gone again for two months after being gone for three.  All those poor kids had to go to school, but not us.  We take off when it snows (well, okay it doesn't snow in California, but it did in Japan and Washington).  We love it!

Pop over to Kelly's Korner and visit some other "large" families!


  1. Love that you guys get to take off and be with Dad. That's one of the reasons we started homeschooling way back when. My husband worked all manner of different shifts and on weekends.

    Sounds like you have some exciting plans for traveling! Hope it all works out that you can explore and visit with family.

  2. Love the fact that homeschooling allows us to take vacations at different times of the year instead of during the busy summer months.

  3. I enjoyed reading about your family! We are also a military family, and I have noticed the total opposite... everyone we know has lots of kids! Most of the other military families we know (or see at the Commissary!) have at least 4 or 5! We always say we feel SO outcast because we have one son... We never seem to fit in!
    Isn't it interesting?
    You family is precious! Enjoy your travels!


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