OK, here are 2 week's worth of reader's questions...
How do you get "picked" to go on these cool trips/tours like the Campbells tour? Does the company call you and offer to have you come to their location, or do you call them and beg them to let you come tour their facility so that you can get a break from the kids??? Also, who pays for these trips?
LOL, I've never called anyone and begged. Companies find me. I'm guessing it's because of the amount of traffic I get. The smart companies are figuring out that mom blogs are a great way to spread the word. Speaking of, I still have more to tell about my Campbell's trip. And I've got some giveaways too! I'll keep you posted.
we are planning on going to FL for spring break. We have one day to spend in Orlando. I have 3 kids (16, 13, and 11). Can't decide on a day at Disney or SeaWorld. If we go to Disney, which park would be the best in your opinion? We've never been there and my kids LOVE roller coasters. Let me know what you think, please! Thanks!
I'm no Orlando expert, but if you told my kids they could spend one day at some Orlando park, half would say, "Discovery Cove" and the other half would say, "Magic Kingdom"! I've heard Universal has a lot of roller coasters and attractions for older kids. I've never been there myself though. I'm sure my readers will have some good advice for you!
okay now, where are the pictures that you promised to show off?! you gave us one to see, but then never mentioned them again.
OK, I just have no idea what pictures you're talking about. Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?
Now that you finished the book and have so much free time and all! Is there a potential third book in the works at some point, or are you just focusing on getting the first two out?
Right now, I'm waiting to hear from my editor to see how much the manuscript stinks. Then it's time to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. After that, well, I'm not sure. I have an idea for a book that I really, really want to write. We'll see, I guess...
You SOOOO need to find a way to get a Duff cake for your launch party. And I so want to invite myself along -- and not just to see a cake in person.
Well, anyone who is in the vicinity of Chicago, mark your calendars for April 4th. Save the date for my book launch party. Details to be announced!
do you find yourself having to limit TV a lot with your kids, especially the younger ones? My 4 yr old would stay glued to the thing all day long if I let her!
Heck no! I encourage them to watch TV. Unfortunately, they're usually too busy goofing off, destroying the house and experimenting with soap, diaper wipes and household appliances to watch TV. ;)
do you get hate mail or hateful/ridiculous comments ? Probably not too many, but if you get some, I bet some actually pretty funny. Maybe future blog material???
Oh yeah, I get plenty of hate mail. I generally ignore/delete it. Once I responded to a piece of hate mail I got and I received a whole bucket of hate mail for responding to it! Generally it comes from people who think they know everything about me and my life from reading the little snippets I share here and it's ignorant so I just ignore it.
I'm thinking you sleep like a rock most nights! I hope that is the case!
Nope, not exactly.
does your family have/had any pets?
We've had a dog, a newt, fish, snails, hermit crabs, and frogs, but right now we have nothing and I'm good with that!
I just thought of this: someday, when our kids are older and our houses are quiet, we'll have plenty of time to call our friends. And I bet we'll miss the messes a little.
Yeah, you go with that. Let me know if it works.
How have you allocated chilodren to bedrooms? I note from previous posts that you have a 4 bedroom house, and that Savannah and Lexington share a room. From your recent 'bedrom cleaning' post it looks like perhaps Jackson and Clayton share a room? Does Austin have his own room? When Brooklyn isn't sleeping with you, where does she sleep? My husband and I are weighing up adding an extra bedroom to our house or having kids share a room.
I'll be doing a video blog about this soon, but yeah, Savannah & Lexi share, Clay & Jax share, Aj has his own and all Brooklyn's stuff is in my room.
Will your book be available on the Kindle on Amazon?
I have no idea!
Is there plans for an audio version of your book that you know of? I have no idea! You'd think I'd have a clue about this stuff, huh?
I thought the plan was to release the book around Mother's Day? Yep! April 1st is around Mother's Day. It gives husband's plenty of time to shop for it! ;)
is that a picture of its a small world ride in WDW?
Yep, be thankful I didn't put the video on my blog! "It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small, small world...."
I won't ask for your opinion on recent events since you've been quite clear you don't blog about outside news, and I respect that. But say, what would have been your reaction had you been expecting...say...triplets? (Assuming you weren't on fertility drugs and the chances to naturally conceive more than triplets are very slim).
Triplets the first time around would've been ok. Surprising and scary, but ok. Triplets after having 5 kids would've probably sent me over the edge. And yes, I think the single woman who had 8 through fertility treatments after already having 6 is clearly not thinking straight. I can't fathom her life.
I have to admit I do love texting! I normally spell things out and my almost 12 year old is good about it too! Now when I twitter and I have too much to say I will use "2" in place of two, to or too!
OK, I will admit that I use shortcuts occasionally when I Twitter because Twitter only allows you very few characters to get your point across.
My biggest nailbiting words are LOSE and LOOSE. It drives me batty when someone writes, "I need to loose weight." I could scream and I see it at least once a day when reading blogs online. In fact, I've seen it VERY recently...that's all I'm going to say....
Oh no, please don't tell me I messed up that one! PLEASE!
Why is it that I have to imagine Milwaukee looking like the set from Laverne & Shirley? Totally can't bring myself to think of it as up-to-date! Bottles going by on a conveyor belt, a glove on top of one of them...
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated. We're gonna do it!
Okay that's funny - your room looks 99% identical to the room I got at the Hyatt across from Woodfield for our reunion. But the question is....did your honor bar have one of those handy dandy "intimacy kit" thingies that upon first glance looked like a tin of Altoids?
Ummm, no. LOL! Knowing me though, I would've thought they WERE Altoids! That would've made for some funny blog material though!
Oh...and my name is Adrienne, and my son's name is Jalen, not Jaden...but close enough.
I'm so sorry Adrienne! I'm TERRIBLE with names. I've always been awful at remembering names. Your son, Jalen is adorable!
You've stated several times that you only planned on having a couple children and ended up with a litter :) I'm a mama who has always wanted a litter and have ended up with only a couple. I want more and am interested in adoption by haven't felt God calling us in that direction yet. But I digress. I know it's different for every person/couple but I'm curious how you and/or Joe decided whether or not to have another and another? And how you two knew your family was complete?
Good question. After our 4th was born, we decided we were done. God had other plans though. Hmmm, I dunno. I guess we just thought 6 was a good number and probably couldn't handle or afford any more. The DVT I got while pregnant with my 6th didn't exactly make me want more either.
Who is Oata in this story?
Sorry about that. I didn't even realize I'd written Oata. "Oata" is what the kids call Brooklyn. I don't even know how it started, but they've called her "Oata", "Oat","Oatlin" for over a year. If you call Brooklyn by her real name, she'll look at you and say, "My name is Oata." I have no idea. Nicknames are unavoidable.
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