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Independence Day 2017

Hey y’all! I hope you had a blessed Independence Day with your loved ones. Ours was pretty low key after our big weekend in Dallas. I’ll blog about that tomorrow.

So our day started in Dallas at our friends’ Dave and Paula’s house. We got ready, packed up, and were on the road by 11am. We got home around 3pm after stopping for lunch and ice cream. After we got home it was back to reality. We unpacked the van, Steven took a final for his summer class, I watched the kids and took care of stuff around the house. After dinner we popped fireworks with the family.

Our family picture turned out pretty good. 4 out of 6 kids are looking and smiling. #winning


We love Paula ❤️


Tom went with us to Dallas. She’s the best! ❤️


Dog pile on Dave. The kids love Dave. ❤️


Heading home 🏡


We hadn’t seen Makenna in over a week so she got a special dog pile too. 💗


Popping fireworks 💥





We put smoke bombs on the back of Brady’s tricycle and it was so funny to watch him ride around with smoke following him.



We are so thankful for our freedom. We are especially thankful to the men and women of our military. Thank you for all that you do!

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Seals Summer Theme Week & Weekend Recap

Last week was the first week of summer so our theme was Summer Fun. The kids enjoyed playing on the slip n’ slide, went to a jumping at iJump, and enjoyed picnics. We also took the quints to their first movie (and Brady too).










Saturday the kids enjoyed some time with loved ones and I cleaned house.








Sunday was church and the kids are super excited that VBS started last night!






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Be blessed,

Michelle

First Movie Date

Yesterday, I, along with some very special friends took Brady and the quints to the movies. This was the quints first movie theater experience so I knew I needed lots of extra hands, and I was right! During the summer our local theater shows $1 movies every Monday and Tuesday. I looked over the list of movies and found three I thought my kids would enjoy. The movie we watched was Trolls. We arrived 40 minutes early because we had a big group and I knew we needed to get there early for seats to ensure we’d be able to all sit together. Thankfully we got a row of seats. And the whole time we were waiting on the movie to start, we went to the restroom 10 times! Once the movie started, we went 10 more times. 🙄 Brady and Brant did great. The girls on the other hand thought it was fun to run up and down the hallway and go potty every 5 minutes.

Gracie kept telling me she wanted to see Trolls and I was like it’s on the screen. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Popcorn was everywhere. But all in all, they did well and had fun.
I’m so thankful I had lots of help.

A very special thank you goes to Tom, Katie, Holly Boo, and Hadley Boo for coming with us. We had a blast at the quint’s first movie date.


Now before I sign off…. I want to share some little tricks that helped me yesterday.

  1. Ziploc bags are a must with big groups. I bought one large popcorn, then I used the ziploc bags to divide the popcorn to all the kids. The best part about buying large popcorn is you get a free refill! #winning
  2. I took the quints’ cups to the movies with me so that made it easy to divide drinks up. And I felt comfortable letting them hold on to their cups without the fear of them spilling their drink everywhere.
  3. Take lots of help!!! I knew I’d have kids that would need to go to the bathroom (I just didn’t expect them to need/want to go so much) so I knew I needed people to stay with the kids in the theater while I took the others to the restroom. I’m so thankful for Tom, Katie, Holly, & Hadley.

Be blessed,
Michelle

Seals Summer Theme Week & Weekend Recap & Father’s Day

So the main story of last week was the stomach virus. 😩 Steven was out of town for the week (and he was sick with the virus too) and I was home with the kids. Unfortunately all six kids ended up getting it before the week was over. In addition, almost every adult that we came into contact with also got the virus. 😣 Thankfully, I never got sick which is such a blessing. I had several people tell me that drinking grape juice will keep you from getting the stomach virus, I tried to get the kids to drink it but they wouldn’t, but I did and I never got sick, so now I’m a believer!!


Bug week was a bust, I just didn’t have the energy to do anything but we did manage to have a big picnic.

Friday night we let the kids swim in the pool for the first time. They had a blast.






We did have a bug theme picnic Friday night. 😊



Saturday morning Brady had his t-ball party at the splash pad. He wasn’t in the mood to get wet. 🙄 So he just hung out by Steven the whole time. But the party was great and we are so proud of the Rascals; we had a great first year of t-ball. ⚾️




Then we went to my family reunion.

And G fell asleep on Chayce like this.

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Sunday we celebrated the awesome dads in our lives.  The day consisted of church, lunch, Steven writing a paper for grad school, church, and pizza.




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Be blessed,
Michelle

Camping Trip–Day 4

We have finally made it to the last day of our vacation. On Monday we woke up, got dressed, packed up, took a ton of pictures (as you’re about to see), and headed home.

This was the perfect first vacation for our family. My idea of the perfect vacation is going to a beautiful beach. I absolutely love the beach. And originally, we thought about going to the beach, but we knew the kids just wouldn’t be up for it this year. We have to drive pretty much all day to get to a nice beach; we just didn’t want to stress ourselves out with such a long trip in the car. Broken Bow is only 2 hours away and not once did the kids complain about the drive. The lake was so nice and relaxing and it’s nice to know we don’t have to drive 2 days to have a nice, fun, and relaxing vacation. Maybe in a few years the kids will be ready for such a long trip, but until then, we’re perfectly happy vacationing close to home.













 

Here’s some extra “outtake” pictures.




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Be blessed,

Michelle

Camping Trip–Day 3

Sorry for dragging this very short trip out but with all the pictures I am sharing, one post would have been massive. So here we go with Day 3.

Sunday we got up and went to church in Broken Bow. It was raining that morning and rain was in the forecast all day but thankfully after lunch it was clear so we headed out to have some more fun. We took a train ride through the park, road go-carts, and spent some time by the river before the rain made us leave. We were so thankful for the nice weather so we could have some fun out of the cabin.


Ready to go to church and this guy was being a weirdo. 😂
Gosh I sure love him. ❤️


So I was in charge of packing and I did a great job except for the fact I forgot to pack myself any shoes. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet! So I had to wear these old flip flops to church with my dress. 🙈😬😟


My cuties all ready for church. This was their first time in a church other than ours and they did so well.



We had the sweetest conductor for our train ride. He was in awe of the quints and of course big brother too.






Seems like lately in every picture we take that someone has their finger in their nose.
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While on the train, the conductor threw corn and the squirrels and deer came right up to the track to eat.





The kids loved playing in the water at the river.
















Nana and Pop’s with all the grandkids.











Then we road go-carts.


Brant loves to dance.


I know I’ve said this on every post but we really had so much fun! The kids did so good and enjoyed everything we did.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Camping Trip–Part 1

Instead of trying to fit all our vacation into one post, I’m going to break it up so there aren’t so many pictures to go through. This was the quints’ first vacation; before leaving, Steven and I were a little nervous about how they’d handle being away from home for a few days. To our surprise, and it was a nice surprise, they did amazing! All six kids had a blast. We went on this vacation with my mom, stepdad, and my sisters and their families. You’d think having 16 people all under one roof that someone would get on someone’s nerves, but that never happened. We all had a great time. I hope this can become a new family tradition.


Riding in style. 😂
There’s no doubt when you see this sight going down the road, the Seals are on vacation!!!


Our cabin was amazing! So big and spacious, just perfect for 16 people! And the kids LOVED the stairs!


We arrived, unpacked, and hit the road with our four wheelers and golf cart.






And Gage worked out. 💪🏻
Mia makes the best workout buddy.


Then we went out for dinner.
(As you can see, Mia absoluetly adores Gage.)


These cuties were so excited!!!
Just look at those sweet smiles! Makes my heart so happy.


That’s Day 1! Stayed tuned for the rest of our adventures. 😉

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Be blessed,

Michelle