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