September 25, 2008

Self-Sufficiency is a Beautiful Thing

Some people ask, "How do you do it with five kids?" "Do you ever have time to breathe?" "Aren't you constantly doing things for the kids?"

The truth of the matter is that it gets somewhat easier as the numbers increase and the big ones get older.

Case in point: One rainy Saturday, Anna Marie (almost 12) and Kathleen (10) decided that the unfinished basement could be vastly improved. While their amazingly dutiful parents were upstairs folding laundry or -more likely- putting together a year's worth of homeschool lesson plans, the industrious Leone girls busied themselves building a basement swing for their younger siblings--one big enough for all three little Leones to ride at once.

While we might have wondered why it was so quiet for that hour or so, far be it from experienced parents to interrupt blissful solitude with needless inquiry.

Disclaimer: Industrious energy in basement building projects does not necessarily predict industrious zeal in school work.


Barb said...

Wow, cool! How about finishing out a whole jungle gym down there?!

Jessica said...

My first two kids overwhelmed me. I didn't understand how people could have more! Now that we have had eight I assure new moms it is easier in many ways with more. :)