I met Spuds a few weeks ago, at BlogHer, and was immediately impressed at hearing his story. Rather than mess it all up, I'll let him use his own words. From his Blog's About page:
"After spending 6 years only being home for short amounts of time due to work and travel I found I knew very little about the kids. And thus, had very little experience being the Dad! Six kids aged 17 to the twin 7 year olds.... Four boys and 2 girls... 3 Dogs, 4 Cats, a Turtle, a Guinea Pig (aka "Skinny Pig")... What does ALL of that, plus more, equal up to??? CHAOS!! I walked in that first day and KNEW I was going to have to put on my game face and FAST. These are the tales of my stumbles, trips, tears, triumphs and AMAZING moments...."
Reading Spuds' blog is like hanging out with a good friend, watching an episode of 24, crossed with your favorite sitcom and an episode of Family Guy. But this guy is for real. He has SIX kids, and he's dating a woman with SIX kids. That's the Brady Bunch times two!
In my life, I only know one other man brave enough to take on twelve children. And it has nothing to do with Walton Mountain. It's my own dad. Yep. THE DAD. I love him to pieces, but to this day, I don't know how he did it. Maybe if he'd start a blog, we could all find out together.
But for this weekend, take a few minutes to check out "Blurred Reality." And let me know if you don't come away inspired, amused, or at least a little curious.
I'll leave you with some advice he gave a reader about taking children out for the day:
The first premise is this, “You must return with the same number of children you left with from the house.” And preferably you want to make sure they are the same children you left with, as well. No substitutions!
The second premise you must wrap your head around is, “Lead the children as you would lead water!” I like saying that one because I sound all “Kung Fu Master” when I say it. But it’s true! If you’re on a river in a boat, you have to match your paddling to the currents.