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Christmas Vomit 2012

      Each year at around this time we have the same issue. The kids want to decorate the Christmas tree. By themselves.  The final outcome being not too dissimilar to the Christmas Fairy knocking back the mulled wine a little too ent...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 13, 2012

Doppelgangers

      When our family was much smaller and a new baby arrived we would examine our newest addition’s face to see which parent they most resembled. As the family grew, it soon changed from trying to identify which parent the new b...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 10, 2012

The flip side

      Isobel is 16 days old today and despite the joy of welcoming a new baby into the family there have been quite a few instances of experiencing the not-so-great flip side of life. I should have known it when, a couple of hours afte...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 7, 2012

Our weekend

    This weekend was a good one but went far too quickly, as good weekends have a habit of doing. Stephanie came over to meet her youngest sister for the first time.  She declared Isobel as being adorable, a sentiment I agree with entirely...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 3, 2012

All twelve children

  A photo of all twelve children taken earlier today. From left to right: Oliver, Joseph, Steph holding Libby, Sid, Caitlin holding Isobel, Paddy, Harry, Anna, Ben and Eddie (sitting on floor)...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 1, 2012

‘What have you done?!’

    As we approached dinner time we realised that Paddy (5), Oliver (3) and Joseph (2) hadn’t been seen for a while.  As we know from experience, this could not be a good sign. We called them down and down they came. ‘Oliver, w...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 29, 2012

Isobel is one week old!

      Our 12th child celebrates turning a week old today. We already cannot imagine life without her. What a beautiful, precious blessing she is. We are very lucky. Happy one week birthday, Isobel! x...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 28, 2012

Sullivan Baby 12 is here! Introducing Isobel…

    Well, here she is! Isobel Maria Sullivan, born on November 21st 2012 at 13:47 and weighing 8lbs 8oz arrived a little earlier than expected last week. Last Monday I posted what I thought would be our last pregnancy diary update until Bab...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 26, 2012

Cute baby feet

    We’ve taken a couple of days to settle in and snuggle down with our new baby. To thank you for your patience, here is a pair of cute little baby feet to marvel over. The rest will be unveiled tomorrow. Be warned. It’s going...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 25, 2012

Sunday Mugshot Line-up – Whodunnit?

  As I was changing the twins’ nappies in the front room the silence which came from the kitchen was deafening.  Not least because I knew that three little boys were in there. Using the parental formula of: 3 (little boys < 5 years ol...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 11, 2012

A tale of (only) two children

    In 1997 Stephanie  and Ben tried to convince me they had chicken pox. Well, Ben claimed he hadn’t actually drawn on himself as Steph was the one with the spots.  He was looking forward to Steph getting into trouble whilst he obv...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 4, 2012

I want one of these…

    Well, I want two actually please. Baby mops.  One for each twin. And floors to die for.  ...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 2, 2012

He has a business plan. He’s determined. He’s seven.

    Eddie was still a toddler when he earned himself the nickname ‘Farmboy’.  He has a natural affinity with animals – a real Dr Doolittle connection and a serious sense of responsibility.  He has loved learning about gr...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 26, 2012

Have you ever had a negative reaction to positive pregnancy news?

    We were sent a message over on the Larger Family Life Facebook page yesterday from someone who had received a negative reaction to what they considered was happy pregnancy news.  They asked whether bad reactions were something we had e...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 25, 2012

Libby and Anna’s 1st Birthday – A quick round-up

    The day started early as usual, not because the twins had any extra excitement with it being their first birthday but because they (or to be more specific, Anna) has an aversion to sleeping in past 5am. A couple of hours later we were a...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 23, 2012

He’s a dedicated follower of fashion. Is yours?

    Imagine what the world would be like if toddlers chose what their parents wore instead of it being the other way around?  Whilst my initial thoughts are that it would be some kind of fashion disaster I remind myself of clothing deemed...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 22, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Libby and Anna!

    I can’t believe it’s a whole year since these two beautiful girls were born. Happy 1st Birthday to you both!                      ...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 18, 2012

What happens when mum goes on strike?

    We all know the feeling don’t we?  That ‘if-I-have-to-pick-one-more-thing-off-the-floor’ maddening one where we wonder how many more times we can possibly repeat ourselves before they listen. One mum from Canada decid...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 11, 2012

My evening cuppa moment

    I am finding it ironic really, that I am writing this post late in the evening when the younger children are finally in bed.  And the time the children are finally in bed after a long, loud day is the time we put the kettle on and have...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 10, 2012

Floating, flying cats?

      This is Nala, one of our three cats. And here she is again.  This time she is joined by Fat Stanley, one of our other cats.     As you can see, our cats have an amazing ability to float and fly through the sky.  ...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 10, 2012


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