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!

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