Chel Owens—Guest Blogger

One of the most delightful parts of blogging has been the interesting people I’ve met since I started two and a half years ago. One of those is blogger, writer, and all-around great person, Chel Owens, a devoted wife and mother of SIX boys. (Yes, you read that right!) Chel specializes in writing poetry, short stories, and excellent blog posts that always crack me up with her sparkling wit. You can learn more about her at chelowens.com. Today, I’m pleased to turn over the car keys to my blog to Chel as my first ever guest blogger! Take it away, Chel.

Writer/Blogger Chel Owens
Chel with One of Her Precious Boys
Photo Credit to Edwin Ariel Valladares on Pexels

There’s something sweet and innocent about children. They speak sentiments like, “I love you, Mom. And, I love farting.” They inspire you to protect vital parts when they go in for a tackle hug. And, most of all, they cause you to ask, “When’s the last time you showered?

At least, that’s the ‘sweet’ and ‘innocent’ ’round these parts.

When I gave birth to my children, innocence wasn’t my first faulty assumption. The first was that I would be able to correct any behavior. Unfortunately, this has been proven patently false whenever any of my offspring hears the word, “Balls.”

…Perhaps I should back up a bit. Hello; my name is Chel. I enjoy writing, reading, sleeping, and eating. I don’t get to do much of any of those (besides eating) because I have six children. Specifically, I have six boys.

Our Number One rule, established as soon as we had two male minors, is No Heads, No Necks.

Sometimes I think of engraving a cutesy sign with a list of our house rules and hanging it (artistically) over the holes in the walls. Can’t you picture NO HEADS, NO NECKS in a calligraphy font set in pine? Even if I made such a list, what would follow? At least a couple are not appropriate for public viewing because they involve the #1 physical attribute that makes my children male.

And -oh, boy!- am I constantly commenting on those rules.

But let’s discuss less-pleasant things, like smell. I’m not referring to farting. The volume (both kinds) of human flatulence seems wholly tied to impressing or offending others.

The Smell, however, is real. Frankly, I didn’t notice much of an unnatural odor until we started traipsing in teenage territory -because there comes a time in every young man’s life when we, the affectionate parents, lean down and say, “You need to start washing every day. And, look! This is called deodorant. Here’s how you put it on.”

Tact is not abundant ’round these parts, either.

Come to think of it, nor are pants.

Once in my younger mothering days, the doorbell rang and I couldn’t get to it quickly. My son ran and opened the door …in only his briefs. I came shortly afterward and knew, from the poor salesman’s response, that he did not have children of his own. Stuttering an apology, I pushed the confused child toward his bedroom and repeated what I’d been telling him all morning, “Go get some pants on!”

See what I mean about appropriate rules? Just imagine what Get some pants on would look like hanging near Home, Sweet Home. Maybe it would balance out if we added another of my reprimands: Underwear is not a rug. Yes, when the tighty-whities are not keeping boys semi-decent, they are attempting to do so for the floor.

It’s all about aim, you see. The boys can’t quite make it to the laundry hamper. They can’t quite make it to the shoe bin or the coat rack after school. They can’t quite get wrappers in a garbage. They most definitely can’t get everything where it goes where the bathroom is concerned.

Photo Credit to Monstera on Pexels

Maybe other families don’t have that issue. Here, we’ve determined to paint the remainder of the bathroom walls a certain shade of yellow…

Meanwhile, back at rules and expectations, I might be able to etch one about another standard ’round here: weapons. Only Point a Gun at Someone if He’s Holding a Weapon and Playing The Gun Game. Initially inspired by a naïve No Pointing Guns at People, the rule changed for practical reasons: I learned that a one-year-old will point his toast at something and say, “Pew, pew!” That child needs no others around nor needs exposure to anyone’s shooting in order to turn his toast deadly. Like a newborn rooting for milk, some boys simply love guns.

Before anyone gets up-in-arms about toddler armistice, know that our guns are of the foam dart-shooting variety. We’ve purchased enough plastic firearms to support the Nerf corporation through a Christmas rush.

Photo Credit to cottonbro on Pexels

Not all of the boys share an affection for weaponry, naturally, but all share a heightened level of physical interaction. In short, they fight. This means poking, pushing, slugging, slapping, shoving, wrestling, spanking, tickling, kicking, tripping, chasing, and sitting on. I told you: heads and necks. Even the toddler giggles and dives into the flailing mess of near-fratricide on the living room floor.

When not bent on imitating the Blue-Footed Booby, the boys are often bent over a computer keyboard or game controller. During their daily allotment of screen time, it’s Minecraft, Minecraft, and more Minecraft. We even have a rule for Minecraft: No killing sentient creatures. I started this after one son continually spawned Villagers over a pit of lava. If you’re gonna kill, son, it needs to be for virtual steaks or gunpowder.

Maybe there’s some merit to the sign idea after all. We recently moved to a house with more land and more trees -some of them pine. After we realize my dream to build an army-style obstacle course, there’s sure to be scraps left over.

Now, all that’s left is that calligraphy font…

Do YOU have a wood engraver?

©2021 Chel Owens

123 thoughts on “Chel Owens—Guest Blogger

  1. Oh, this takes me back to the days when I had my two sons at home. Two was definitely enough, and I don’t know how Chel manages with six! All too soon they find partners and leave home, and so Chel… enjoy them while you can.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 8:08 am

      She is a glutton for punishment, or she and her husband will beat the odds one of these days. I’m reminded of the old adage, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.😊

      I’m just having a little fun as I’m sure Chel is proud of all her boys.

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    2. Don’t worry, Stevie, I’m ‘enjoying’ all I can! That’s much like standing in the path of a hurricane and being told to feel the wind in my face, yes? 😀

      Which probably also describes that ‘how I do it’ part as well! I don’t!

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  2. What fun and at least later on there is the slightly older stage where the porch is full of piles of huge huge trainers and when they go off out with their mates the house is left filled with the smell of overstrong aftershave.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 8:11 am

      I thought you were going with laundry, Janet. When our son would return from college, he always came bearing gifts—a mountain of laundry.🤣

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    2. You’re right! Why do they own so many shoes and why can’t they put them in a fumigated closet?

      My brother had an entire, lined-up collection of body sprays!

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  3. One brave woman to have 6 boys. Sounds like you have lots of fun at your house!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 8:13 am

      Can you imagine? I know my mom garnered a lot of sympathy, and she had only four boys. I’m betting there isn’t a lot of downtime in their house, though Chel still finds a way to write somehow.

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      1. A classmate of mine had 3 older brothers and one younger brother. When his mom had their 6th child, it was a girl. I asked him, “What are they calling the baby?” He said, “They are calling it, quits!” I always thought that was so funny. My mom had three boys and me. But since I was the oldest, I helped her with the younger ones and it wasn´t too much work.

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    2. ‘Fun’ is sometimes a questionable synonym. 😀 Thanks, Darlene!

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  4. This must be why my mother said when I brought my first (and only) child home from the hospital, “Thank goodness you had a girl.” 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 8:15 am

      I don’t know…sometimes, I think boys might be easier to raise than girls—at least in certain times of their lives. Either way, we love them.

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      1. That’s true! Either way, we love them.

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    2. …or why I get so many pitying looks and odd questions like, “Is THAT your son?”

      (It’s not my son at that point, by the way; it’s Dad’s son.)

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      1. Yes, my parents also liked to play the he’s-your-son game. 🙂

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  5. A parent can always take solace in knowing that your offspring may very well have some of their own. The, you can sit back with a Cheshire Cat grin, and say, ‘I coulda told ya that would happen if ya sat still long enough to listen’. Nice narrative, by the way.

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    1. I can’t tell you how many fingers I cross that they’ll have their own families. 😀 My mother gave us each The Mother’s Curse, to that effect.

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    2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 10:51 am

      Part of the reason I retired was to start looking after myself better, Steve. I want to be around to enjoy all those grandchildren. Our son just got engaged over Thanksgiving, so we’re getting one step closer.😊

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      1. It’ll happen, Pete. We have two children, a son in DC area, 8 hours drive from us in western NY (yes, I’m an unofficial Bill’s Mafia guy…I haven’t smashed a table yet) and a daughter in Portland, OR. He’s married with 5 yr old twins and she single. We haven’t seen the twins in person for awhile because of COVID concerns. And we’re no spring chickens. Hopefully, that’ll happen soon. Yes, above all, take care of yourself. Stay physically and mentally active, but you know that. That grandparent day will happen before you know it. Have a great weekend, and ……..,,GO, BILLS!

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      2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 4:04 pm

        We’re actually driving to Portland in a few days to spend Christmas with family.

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  6. what a wonderful post, full of humor and love. We had three boys, and much of this rings true. I’m sure in 20 years you are going to have amazing family get-togethers!

    and I agree, it seems like boys are naturally inclined to shoot things, even if they were never exposed to such an activity…

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    1. Thanks, Jim! I’m holding out for when it’s grandkids. Maybe I’ll get a girl, then, and gift her a Nerf gun. 😀

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      1. Nerf and Legos – no childhood is complete without them…

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    2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 10:57 am

      There is a preponderance of males in our family too, Jim. Just what the world needs—more Springers. I’m not sure which is more impressive—your consecutive days of blogging or Chel’s prowess at giving birth to boys. You both might end up in the Guinness Book of World Records yet.

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      1. my blogging habit is only a couple of hours a day; her six boys are 24/7…

        no comparison!

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      2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 2:54 pm

        Right! I feel like I’ve lost all right to complain. 😎

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  7. A fun post, Chel. Thanks for the introduction, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 2:59 pm

      You two have a somewhat similar sense of humor. Here I am doing my part, bringing the world together.😊 Feels like a sappy holiday song on the way.😎

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      1. Could be a version of Fiddler on the Roof.

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      2. Bloggers Roasting on an Open Fire?

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  8. Loved this post. There were five of us back in the day. Three were boys who, yes, loved to fart. I have memories of trying to catch lamps when things got physical between them. Chelsea, you are a brave woman.

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    1. What *is* it with the farting??? Thanks for the encouragement! 😀

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    2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 3:03 pm

      No one has mentioned guys’ propensity for whipping it out in nature and taking a leak when duty calls or “sword fighting” while two male friends decide to pee simultaneously. Perhaps I shouldn’t be giving out all our mature secrets. 🤣

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      1. Believe me my brothers did it all and some worse.

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      2. Haven’t heard of sword-fighting although I’ve heard a few other stories…

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  9. Oh hilarious! Reality with a lot of love written in for good measure, Chel.
    6 boys is quite the dynamic! It did give me a bit more insight into a troubling situation I encountered years ago: each week, 2 brothers would use our bathroom after I’d given them their back-to-back guitar lessons…yeah…more mess than I ever thought possible cuz you know, I had 2 girls and 1 boy…
    Thankfully, about the time I was going to approach the Mother (after the third time around) they decided to quit lessons…
    But man!!!!!
    And Pete, how did it feel going down memory lane via another family’s pack of boys?!
    😉

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    1. My aunt has a sign over her toilet about how they aim to please, so please aim! Even men have told me there’s times that hitting it where they’re supposed to doesn’t quite happen.

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      1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 3:10 pm

        Maybe there’s a new business out there for those who want to practice target practice.😄

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    2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 3:07 pm

      It felt strangely satisfying, Laura, especially since I’m not the one in charge.😂 I remember that same feeling in the grocery store when watching a couple of kids misbehave. I was used to settling disputes but not away from school. “It’s not my responsibility” is such a relief.

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  10. I can certainly see why Chel needs such a highly developed sense of humour!!!

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    1. I run a tight shipwreck! 😉

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    2. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 3:08 pm

      These are the kind of bloggers I bond with—those with major life challenges.😉

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  11. What an adventure! Chel – you are storing up so many wonderful memories that will come back to you in the years ahead. Thank you for the introduction, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 4:10 pm

      Maybe we’ll someday read Chel’s memoir/advice book about raising a family of boys. I would buy that book because I’m sure there will be no shortage of good stories.

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    2. Thank you, Rebecca! These stories are certainly funnier as they become the years behind!

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  12. From someone with 6 kids albeit 4 girls and 2 boys…I concur with much of your fun and realistic post…sigh…However, I wouldn’t change a thing well maybe the aiming part and leaving the seat up…Happy Holidays Pete and Chel 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 4:15 pm

      I knew you had a larger family, but I didn’t realize you had that many kids. My mom used to love to tell the story about people lamenting that she had no girls and how sad that was. Mom would just smile and say, “I love my boys.”

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      1. And I’m sure she did, Pete…Yes, and grandkids now as you know who are growing fast but so far no signs of great-grandchildren…Oh, dear…it will happen one day I am sure they just all seem more career focussed at the moment 🙂 x

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    2. Carol, you are my inspiration and my hope for the future!

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      1. Oh wow!…I should have inspired you to say enough after two..no…seriously jokes aside I think a large family is a wonderful thing and amazingly they all turn out with different personalities…Enjoy! xx

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      2. (One of my sons asked me how many kids I could handle. I told him, “Two.”)

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  13. Wonderful! And very relatable!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 7:06 pm

      Thanks for checking in Manitoba Mom. We used to live in North Dakota, and I have plenty of happy memories of your winters. It was a pretty ideal place for a kid to grow up.

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      1. I have many happy memories of winters too – and some not-so-happy, lol!

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    2. Thank you -though I hope it’s not *too* relatable!

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      1. I don’t think there’s anything I didn’t relate to – and I only have two of them! 😆 We all really need that calligraphy sign with realistic house rules.

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  14. wonderful, honest, from the heart, and hilarious! bravo –

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    1. petespringerauthor December 17, 2021 — 7:26 pm

      A sense of humor has to be a necessity when you have six boys. I can only imagine the food bill.

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  15. Being the first time you have handed your blogging keys to another, you certainly picked an expert driver. There is so much common ground here that it seems near impossible someone would not see a part of their own childhood or parenting reflected in the words. Add to that a rapier wit and I can see why Chel is so highly regarded as a writer. I absolutely enjoyed this!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 18, 2021 — 8:01 am

      Isn’t Chel great, Brad? I told her to bring my blog home by ten, or the multipack children’s underwear that I would send her is staying with me.

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    2. Thanks, Brad. You are too kind -way too kind. I chalk that ‘wit’ up to a survivalist desperation lately. 😀

      You’re correct about our common ground. I asked Pete what I could write about and he knew just the subject!

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  16. Pete’s right about your sense of humor, Chelsea, and you need one of those with six boys. You always crack me up. I can relate to the “pew, pew” and the “Minecraft, Minecraft, Minecraft.” I’ve tried to learn that game (to be a cool grammy), but I think adults need a Doctorate to play that thing. Great choice for a guest post, Pete. Wishing you both a wonderful holiday season. ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor December 18, 2021 — 12:30 pm

      Who knew that toast could be such a dangerous weapon? As Chel points out, this comes with the package of being a boy. When I taught PE in school, the most popular activities with the boys involved contact. Their eyes would light up at the mere mention of dodgeball.

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      1. LOL. They have a lot of physical warrior energy. And I love dodgeball! Ha ha. 🙂

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    2. Why; thank you, Diana. I enjoy your sense of humor as well! I’ll admit I’ve played Minecraft but I’ll also admit I lose interest long before they all do.

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      1. I seem to run into trees and off cliffs. My grandson gets annoyed at my lack of competence. 🙂

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  17. Hi Pete, it is lovely to see Chel guest featured here. I do enjoy her blog and her posts over at Carrot Ranch. I have two sons and that is more than enough for me. Six is way out of my league. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 18, 2021 — 12:36 pm

      I’ve been a fan of Chel’s since I met her in the blogosphere. I have to imagine her household is a bit like herding cats. So many of her experiences with her boys ring true for me as a teacher.

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    2. Hi, Robbie! Two sons was ridiculously difficult, so I added four more. It’s much easier now…

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      1. I am one of four girls, Chel, so I do believe that some things are actually easier with more children. Both my sons have chronic health conditions and have had 31 operations between them. A third was not a practical idea for us although Terence would have liked another.

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      2. That is so hard! I know you’ve mentioned challenges but was not aware they had needed that many surgeries. I’m sorry.

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  18. This is hilarious! Chel definitely has a great sense of humor. Thank you for sharing her wit with your followers, Pete! Merry Christmas!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 18, 2021 — 3:59 pm

      She’s got my sarcastic humor—it’s probably why we hit it off. Happy holidays, Jan! You’re killing it with your latest book.

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  19. You almost make being the mom of six boys sound like fun! I hope your husband is an angel.

    Nice to meet you, Chel!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 18, 2021 — 6:42 pm

      Haha! A born saleswoman!

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    2. Hi, Jacqui! There is always laughter in the tears. And the six boys were the sainted husband’s idea. 😀

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  20. Your first guest blogger hit it home, Pete! Love the humor and the topic of Chel’s piece, even though I don’t have any children. After reading, I’m glad I only have responsibilities and “fun” of the furry kind. 🙂

    The Blue-footed boobies were a nice touch. Awesome birds – we had them diving all around our sailboat in the Galápagos Islands.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 19, 2021 — 9:21 am

      Look at you—hanging out with Blue-footed boobies. Such is the life of world travelers. I’ve only seen pictures of them. Animals present their own set of challenges. We’re also dog lovers. I was trying to remember if there was ever a time when we didn’t have a dog, and I can’t think of one (either as a kid or an adult). They make the best company and are always glad to see us—unlike teenagers.🤣

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    2. Believe me, Liesbet, my Life Plan was to tour the country with several dogs. Some days, I’m not sure things are that different…

      (That one lesson on Boobies from my college years comes to mind every. time. my boys start fighting.)

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  21. “I love you, Mom. And, I love farting.” 🤣🤣 I’m starting to enjoy this delightful stage right now with Charlotte 😭😂

    One of the things I consider a blessing in my life is my inability to smell.. I’m not sure why I can’t but it’s just never been existent… My whole life I never cared to smell like everyone else but I never realized what a Godsend it was until I had Charlotte.. Lol watching my husband gag at horrendously stinky poopy diapers while I benefited from my “disability” has brought me more joy than I ever thought possible 🤣🤣

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    1. petespringerauthor December 19, 2021 — 5:03 pm

      The double whammy of puking while changing a smelly diaper is one experience every parent should live through once. We took our first cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York when our son was an infant. My wonderful mother-in-law let me drive her car to the airport while she, my wife, and our son rode along. We got stuck in traffic and ran late, in danger of missing our flight. Right before we got to the airport, our son barfed all over the place in his car seat. My mother-in-law was left with the mess to clean up. Never once did she complain about that, which speaks to the kind of person she was.

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      1. Aw man, you lucked out there!!!

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    2. I use my smell so much in baking, but could definitely benefit from not having it during the diaper years!! 😀

      I am also sure the boy who loves farting as much as his mother is older than Charlotte. 🤦‍♀️

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  22. Yes, You’ve picked a winner with your first-ever guest blogger, Pete. One thing I know about boys is that they are very physical, pushing, shoving, wrestling. I see the twinkle in Chel’s eyes–and the resilient in her words. She is definitely up to the task!.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 22, 2021 — 11:57 pm

      Isn’t she great? Practically every boy I ever taught liked contact. On rainy days when the kids couldn’t go out, I’d break out some of my games. It was a favorite with the boys who found a way to make Twister a contact sport.😊

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    2. Aw, shucks. I sure hope in resilient. Most days I suspect ‘resilient’ might actually be spelled ‘c-r-a-z-y.’

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  23. What a wonderful sense of humor you have, Chel. And believe me, I’m sure a sense of humor is what keeps you sane (or at least semi-sane) at times. My son, a good child but not an easy one, has three boys, 12 and under. He is getting everything he deserves (no, whoops, I didn’t just say that). Let me just say, I believe in Karma. Ha. Truly he’s an amazing dad and his three sons are as active and sweet and ornery and funny and maddening as he is. But SIX of that? Ye gads. I wish you luck, and I’m so grateful to Pete for introduction you to us.

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    1. Ha ha ha… my mother gave me The Mother’s Curse. I’m still surprised I haven’t had a daughter because of how many times she cast it.

      Six isn’t so bad in that moment when they’re all sleeping.

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      1. Little angels…when sleeping. 🙂

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    2. petespringerauthor December 24, 2021 — 12:33 am

      We’re so looking forward to that day when we have grandchildren to fuss over and to watch our son being a dad. We just rendezvoused in Portland after a long drive and will spend the holidays with him and his fiancee.

      My joke is, please let me live long enough to see my son’s children make fun of him. He’s a fantastic young man, but he does need a little payback from when he thought we were clueless.

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      1. Payback is such fun, in all the best ways, of course. 🙂

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  24. And I thought having TWO brothers was rough, lol. The good thing about boys is the even keel they normally operate on, unlike teenage girls with their fluctuating hormones- oiy!

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    1. If, by “even keel,” you refer to surly, then yes!

      I am with you there, Jacquie; I actually dreaded having a daughter because I was such a ‘fun’ teenager. 😉

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      1. petespringerauthor December 24, 2021 — 2:10 pm

        I loved teaching girls—until about 6th grade. My colleague and friend, Linda, was one of the best 6th-grade teachers I ever saw. I do think having been a 6th-grade girl herself at one point gave her a more relatable perspective to the girls—much like I could relate better to the girls.

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  25. Delightful interview! Hats off to Chel for raising six boys with love and humor, and also pants and deodorant. 😀

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    1. 😀 A teacher who’s taught four of mine joked that she, at least, appreciates my ensuring they remember deodorant.

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      1. That is so funny! In my gazillion years of teaching preschool, I haven’t had to talk with parents about deodorant. Other things, of course…😅

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    2. petespringerauthor December 26, 2021 — 7:12 pm

      Love, humor, pants, and deodorant—some of the necessities to raising boys.

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  26. This is some hilarious insight to boy-raising, lol. Just think Chel, one day you may have 6 daughter-in-laws. 🙂 Fun post Pete! 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor December 27, 2021 — 6:47 pm

      Good point, Debby! Soon, Chel can have a hold herd running around there with a gaggle of youngsters. isn’t it great how we’ve figured out your life, Chel? 🤣

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      1. It is great! How many grandchildren are you giving me?

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      2. Lol, true dat Pete! 🙂

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    2. I often stare at my boys and wonder who will be crazy enough to fall in love with them. Thank heavens they will try to impress whoever they like when they’re older! 😉

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      1. Lol, so much to look forward to. 🙂

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  27. That definitely sounds like a household with six boys. I grew up in one of those, only I had three sisters as well. 😅 I think we could have done with some of those rules.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 26, 2022 — 8:40 am

      One of my favorite families to teach had six kids. I taught four of them. Their parents were outstanding people who always made each child feel special by promoting their individual interests.

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      1. What a lovely family. 🙂

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    2. Oh my goodness, Norah! How did you survive?

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      1. With difficulty! 🙂

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  28. I’m so thankful to be introduced to so many incredible people on here. I know this was written is 2021 but I’m looking forward to hitting up Chel’s blog as well ❤️

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    1. petespringerauthor January 30, 2022 — 8:21 am

      This is how we connect with others. One of the bits of blogging wisdom that was passed down to me is that we should always take the time to respond to anyone who leaves a comment on our blog. It’s one of the best ways to get to know new people. Chel is great with a sharp wit. Being the youngest of four boys, People used to say dumb things to my mom, like, “Oh, it’s too bad you didn’t have any girls.”

      Mom would just smile and say, “I love my four boys.”

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      1. I was unsuccessful at following her blog I’m not sure where the follow button is but I’ll figure it out. I am a mom with just one boy and I wouldn’t change it for the world, if I was blessed with three or four I would feel the same way. 🥰

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      2. petespringerauthor January 30, 2022 — 11:15 am

        It looks like it’s on the right side part way down. You may have to sign up by email.

        We’re pretty excited because our son is recently engaged. They aren’t getting married until June of 2023, so it’s not happening right away.

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      3. That IS exciting!!! Congratulations on the new DIL!! And thanks bunches for the tip!

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    2. Hi, LaShell! You’re so nice. It’s nice to meet you, too!

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    3. I’ll look into the “Follow” problem. I usually look people up through the reader because WordPress has so many problems!

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