Meet the Fam: Issy

Isabell, better known as Issy, is our oldest child. We found out I was pregnant with her only a month after our wedding. 

She just finished sixth grade. It was a bit of a challenge because she would rather be making YouTube videos, reading young adult fantasy books, and playing Roblox or Minecraft. (Even more so with distance learning because of COVID-19.) Yes, I said making YouTube videos. She’s certainly not YouTube famous, but she has an acceptable following for a 12-year-old girl from the rural midwest. Her channel is Luna WolfMoonlite. (Shameless plug. Sorry, not sorry.)

Issy’s favorite book series are The Hunger Games and Warrior Cats. She likes Gacha Life and Adopt Me. 

Issy is a little bit quiet, shy, and anxious. The kids go to a very small school where everyone is friends with everyone to an extent, but she has a close circle of a handful of friends. She is also a rather sensitive girl. 

Despite being anxious and shy, Issy is really forward with her hairstyle. She has had purple hair, long hair, super short hair, a side shave, punk hair. You name it, she’s willing to try it, and we try to let the kids do their own thing within reason. 

As many kids are, Issy is very fond of animals. She, her sisters, and their friends rescued a litter of cottontail bunnies who had been kidnapped from the nest by some neighborhood kids. Of course, wild rabbit kits are super difficult to keep alive in captivity, and they all died. Everyone was devastated, and we had a very strong heart-to-heart about never removing kits from the nest and always returning them to the nest if they find out someone else has removed them. (Unfortunately, these kits had been out of the nest for about a week before the girls got them from the other kids – and were only a week or so old when they were removed!) 

Issy (and her late toad, Leopard) showing off that she had grown into my old sweater

Meet the Fam: Jason

Hubby. I thought writing about him would be easier than writing about myself, but I’m not so sure that’s true. Jason is 33. As of this year, he is a journeyman electrician, and I could not be prouder of him. When we started dating, he was in school for an associates degree in graphic communication. He finished that just after we got married. However, that wasn’t the career path he wanted. After working miscellaneous jobs for a few years, he went back to school for art education. Then he switched to software engineering. In the end, we decided that he should follow the family career path. He is now a fourth generation electrician. 

He is very artistically gifted. However, he denies his talent and points to his mom and siblings (who are extremely talented artists). Our kids are also artistic and creative. (Very much unlike their mother. Ha!)

Jason is really skilled with technology too. Oops, I broke my phone screen! He can replace it. He has fixed countless laptops and other devices. When we first got married, he enjoyed building computers. He hasn’t been as involved with those kinds of activities in the last several years, but friends and family still come to him when they have issues with their technology.

In the last few years, he has become a lot more handy around the house. It wasn’t that he couldn’t do it before; he just wasn’t interested in doing that hands-on stuff. But he has started doing the vast majority of our car repairs. (And there are A LOT of them! We have the worst car luck EVER!) We are currently building a fence. He recently fixed our storm door. 

Honestly, Jason just doesn’t give himself enough credit. Anything he puts his mind to, he can do! If only he would put his mind to homesteading, like I would love to do. Ha!

Meet the Fam: Krista

Hello! I’m Krista. I’m a 33-year-old mother of five, and writing about myself is really difficult.

I met my husband, Jason, when we were seniors in high school. However, we didn’t really even become friends until we were freshmen in college, and we started dating the following summer. We got married after dating for only seven months – the weekend before my brother was deployed to Iraq.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which I don’t really make use of. Originally, I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. But just a semester before my degree was finished, I discovered that I wanted to be a nurse. Unfortunately, I was already super pregnant with our third child. I obviously finished my English degree, and I did go back to school for my nursing prerequisites after taking one semester off. By that point, I was already pregnant with our fourth child, and, about the time I would have started nursing school, we found out we were having our fifth. For the last five years, I was a patient care technician at a local hospital.

I like reading, writing, photography, and crocheting. Last summer, I started cycling for fitness. 

As I said, writing about myself is hard, so I will probably end this here. You will figure me out over time, anyway.

Meet the Family: Scene 1, Take 20 (or Something)

Hello, this is Mommy’s Day In, my mom blog! My name is Krista. I am a 33-year-old mother of five. I am a stay-at-home mom with an English degree and a photography business (which is completely neglected and not even really a business anymore). For the past five years, I have been a patient care technician at a local hospital with the end goal of becoming a nurse. But it is hard to figure out what life has in store for me and when… So, for now, I have decided to try to make use of that English degree.

Jason is my husband. He is also 33, and we have been married for 13 years. He spent years trying to decide what he wants to do. He has a degree in graphic communication, and he also went back to school for both art education and software engineering. In the end, we decided he should follow the family career path and become an electrician (fourth generation).

Isabell, our oldest, is 12. Issy is creative, like her father. Recently, painting/modifying Littlest Pet Shop (LPS) toys has been her big hobby of late. She also enjoys making characters on Gacha Life and YouTube-ing.

Gabrielle (Gabby) is our second oldest, at 11. Unlike her big sister, Gabby is super motivated in school. She loves to read, but she is also artistic. She enjoys drawing and painting. Currently, she is loving the Harry Potter

Lucy is our true middle child. She is eight years old (nine in July). We call her our mini-Issy. She is very emotional and dramatic. Currently, this little lady is completely obsessed with (slash addicted to) Adopt Me on Roblox. She has broken countless phone cords playing it while her device is charging. 

Jameson is our first boy. He is seven. He loves Minecraft, Terraria, Roblox, and YouTube (mostly super annoying channels). All he really wanted for Christmas was Nerf guns, so that’s what we got him – a TON of Nerf guns (to share with his little brother). 

Finally, Jude is our youngest, at five (six in July). He is as big as Jameson! (Jameson is small for his age, and Jude is big for his.) Jude likes all the same things as his big brother. He also wants to be an “electrissan” like his daddy. He loves (toy) tools too. When he feels like talking, if no one will listen, he is perfectly happy to talk to himself. This kid literally talks non-stop. Mostly about YouTube and Terraria.

And now on to the pets. And you thought you were done after the five kids. Ha!

Socks is our oldest pet. She is a 15-year-old cat. She was born under my bed when I was a senior in high school, and my mother and I bottle-fed the litter of seven kittens. (My mom still has Socks’s brother, Bon Bon.) 

Mittens is a 7-year-old cat. Her birthday is the same as Jameson’s! She is our crabbiest pet, but she has mellowed out some as she has gotten older. (She has a reputation at the vet because she bit the doctor at her first appointment!)

Belle. Another cat. My sister lived with us for a few months. When she moved out, she left her cat. The kids love her, and she is the only cat who semi-tolerates the dogs.

Ah. The dogs. Dixie is almost three. We got her from the same sister who gave us Belle. After moving out of our house, her dog had puppies. (We thought Socks had cancer, so we wanted to ease the loss for the kids. But Socks didn’t have cancer.) 

A couple years ago, we took Dixie with us to see my family. She was so good with the other dogs that we decided she needed another dog in the house. We adopted Roxie. This dog has some frustrating anxiety issues, but we love her all the same.

And then there are the 30-ish aquatic creatures – 5 African dwarf frogs (to replace Issy’s late toads), 7 corydora catfish, 5 Glofish danios, 5 neon tetras, 5 black neon tetras (apparently, they won’t school together because of they are a different species), 3 mollies, one mystery snail, and one (remaining) ghost shrimp (he may or may not have cannibalized his friends).

And that is our family. Welcome to our blog. I hope you enjoy our crazy lives as much as we do…because we are definitely going to be sharing the insanity with you!