The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are answering reader questions again!
Here are a few questions I have gotten recently:
Well, you will just have to look for the announcements and see for yourselves. Seek and ye shall find.
Oh, did I make "announcements" plural? Hmmm...
- We are thinking of getting a couple of dairy goats. How much work are they ?
So far we are STILL waiting for one of our dairy goats to give birth so we can begin milking. The first due date we got from the former owner turned out to be wrong, and she contacted us with the adjusted due date, which was 2 days ago!
Right now they aren't much trouble at all. We had to "goat proof" their pasture before they arrived, and now we feed them twice a day and go out to stare at their rear ends several times to see if we can see any sign of kids coming soon.
After the kids come, we plan to let them stay with the moms for the first month or so to make sure they are good and strong. After that, we will separate the kids at night and milk the does first thing in the morning before turning them in together again.
Stay tuned for reports of how much work that is.
- How many outside activities do your children participate in?
Like many large families choose due to logistical challenges, we have strictly limited our outside activities in the past to things we can do together. Examples include roller skating with our homeschool group each month, field trips with our homeschool group, visiting Dinosaur Valley  as a family, Bible Bowl challenges , church activities, etc.
However, I recently developed a severe case of "Mom has lost all her senses", and I let my children talk me into allowing them to sign up for one activity each: soccer or gymnastics.
If you can count, you may be laughing your head off right about now at how many, many trips I am making to the gym and various soccer fields around town.
I was even lame-brained enough to sign my 4 YEAR OLD up for gymnastics, upon my 16yo's insistence, since she is the coach. Unfortunately, the 16yo is already at the gym working when I have to drag the 4yo from her nap, dress her, pony tail her hair, and convince her AGAIN how fun it will be once she GETS IN THE STINKIN' VAN AND BUCKLES HER CAR SEAT.
I believe we are due for another break from organized sports after this season. (Smockity wipes brow.)
What are your thoughts on large families participating in organized sports?
Remember to check out what questions the rest of my 4 Moms team is answering. Maybe they chose one of yours!