About the author (13 Comments)

Relaxin' at the cottage!

Relaxin’ at the cottage!

Not easy keeping the kids out of these pics!!!!

Not easy keeping the kids out of these pics!!!!

My name is Kelly and yes, I gave birth to 5 children in 6 years and have surfaced to write about it.   My husband and I have a 17 year old daughter named Paulina, a 15 and a half  year old son named Jeremy, a 13 year old son named Jack and 11 year old twins, Gregory and Sabrina.  If you know me, you know that these are not my children’s real names, and that I have chosen aliases for them in an effort to protect their identity.  All of the names above were our second choices for each of our children.

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I was a stay at home mother (although I never just ‘stayed’ at home) for 13 crazy busy years, until August of 2010 when I began teacher’s college.  Now I am busier than ever, raising my kids with my wonderful husband and while we do have a lot of fun, it’s sometimes difficult living life in a perpetual birthday party atmosphere.  With five children so close together in age, we have had to become creative, and disciplined in the way that we manage day to day.

In my free time (haha) I write children’s stories and I try to document our crazy life because I don’t want to forget one second of it!  I have several stories ready to be sent to publishers, and just need to find the time to polish them up and send them off.  A writing  contest inspired me to get started on a blog and to keep writing…I didn’t win.

I enjoy spending time with my family, cottaging, reading and working out.    I’m now teaching grade one at a school not far from where I live.  My eldest daughter and son attend a nearby high school and the rest of the gang attend elementary school down the street.  Hubby works in Toronto and prefers that I do not mention him in my stories.  That’s hard for me, but sometimes I sneak in his name here and there.

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I believe that parenting books are overrated, and that what is right for me, might not be right for someone else.  I think parenting can be lots of fun if you are not always worrying about doing the ‘right’ thing.  I try not to worry obsessively about clutter, or laundry, and focus on spending time with my kids and taking advantage of every opportunity to teach them to be good people.   We are making memories here, after all!

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I once had someone ask me if the kids were all mine, and when I said ‘yes’, they said ‘better you than me’.  My comment to them?  “I AGREE!’

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My personal motto and answer to the comment ‘You’ve got your hands full’ is always, ‘Better full than empty.’

13 Responses to “About the author”

  1. Phil Done Says:

    Hi Kelly!
    Phil Done here. I’m a veteran teacher in CA and author. Katy Lee suggested I contact you. I wrote 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny and the newly-released Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood. I am writing to ask if you would be interested in reviewing Close Encounters. Since you have school aged children, I think you’ll get a kick out of it. You’re welcome to learn more about the book on Amazon or on my website. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you.
    All the best,
    Phil

  2. Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) Says:

    I love the line “and you thought you were busy”! Growing up I was the oldest of 4. It worked out that we were all 18 months apart in age. It was very hard on my Mom. I think it is inspirational that you focus on laughter. There is nothing sweeter than a child’s laugh, and with 5 there must be a lot of giggles in your home. Also, I love how you used your second choice names for your kids in your blog, so creative! Having 2 I tried doing the same thing only I use Big Brother and Little Sister. I look forward to seeing the wonderful tips you have raising 5.

  3. fiveallmine Says:

    Hey thanks Wendy! Honestly, sometimes there is so much giggling in this house that I think I may go completely insane!!But it certainly can be fun at times. Your poor mother! I think it is much harder having babies close together than it is having twins-twins are much easier!!I should post about this sometime!

  4. Yvonne Barber Says:

    Kelly,

    We met at the kids swim lessons, two other friends had met you at other places around town and told me about his site. I wanted to thank you, I appreciate meeting someone else in simlar situation as me. I have had 4 in 5 years. You helped me put things into perspective … you said that things get easier after the youngest turns 4. I am looking forward to that … though every day things get easier and I am enjoying them all. Thanks again!!

  5. fiveallmine Says:

    Hi Yvonne

    Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment! I was thrilled this morning to see it. I am going to check out your site right away.
    Keep enjoying those kids!

  6. Naida Says:

    You are so pretty kelly !!!!

  7. fiveallmine Says:

    Thanks Naida!!!!!!It took about 5000 pictures to get these few good ones. ..trust

  8. Naida Says:

    bhahahaha If my kids are in it….i just let them be in it and show all my friends there silly faces and my friends will say oooooohhhh they are sooo weird then they learn to stay out of my pix!!!

  9. Angela Says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Love your website! How do you keep up especially the workload we have at CSU.
    I’m the one with the back problem..

  10. fiveallmine Says:

    Hey Angela, I know who you are!!!!!I will email you-want to know how the test went?

  11. Debbie K. Says:

    Kelly
    I have been reading all of your blogs and thoroughly enjoying them. They bring back many memories. You have a real knack for seeing and expressing the joy there is in raising a family despite the chaos that goes with it. Have you been successful in getting any stories published?

  12. fiveallmine Says:

    Hi Debbie, I’m so glad that you are enjoying my stories..I haven’t yet gotten anything published but once I am finished school I am going to take time to polish a couple up and submit them.
    Thanks for commenting!

  13. fiveallmine Says:

    Im happy you found my blog too! There is comfort in numbers! You will be fine, and your kids will have so much fun together! I found bringing home my third child was harder than bringing home 4 and 5..I’ll be interested to know what you think.

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