Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Blog Location!

I have been having trouble with BlogSpot lately and decided to move sites.

Our new boring blog can be located here:


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A few funnies...

... to me at least.


At the Gorilla Capital Christmas dinner.
Pudge's coworker: So, when are you due?
Me: In about two weeks.
Pudge's coworker: Geez, I feel like you've been saying that for 5 years.


This morning.

Me to the boys: Guys, I'm sorry I'm such a psycho.

Constantine: That's awight. I am Superman.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy 5 Years!

Quite the whirlwind these last five years have been. Really the last six when we first met. It's safe to say that I am excited to see what the next five years will bring us!

THEN 2008
THEN 2009
THEN 2010

THEN 2011

THEN 2012

NOW 2013
... I also see this as documenting my awesome weight gain ...
... All for a good cause I say...
Thanks for being our photographer these last couple of years, Pudge!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

5 Minute Makeover

Happy Halloween from Larry, Curly, and Moe. Nuk! Nuk! Nuk!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Table for 12 ++

Recently, my dad was looking for a new home for the old Knoell family dinner table.
I gladly offered our home. Who wouldn't want a little (well, ridiculously huge) piece of history stored in their home?
It actually fits quite well. Like it was meant to be.
I hid from my mom underneath this table one time... I was 32 years old at the time. It's a funny story. Ask me sometime.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Just Because

Alison and Joseph

Monday, September 30, 2013

#11 is Getting Hitched!

...and we can hardly believe it!

We are all so excited to celebrate their big day.
It has been ten years since the last time all my siblings and all their kids were together. Ten years! As a matter of fact, one of my sister-in-laws has never even met my kids. Makes me sad but I guess that is the reality of a big family.
So, cheers to Gus and Kaylene for getting my 2 parents, 11 children, 8 spouses, 32 grandchildren, and 2 in utero grand children all together! I can hardly stand the wait!

Monday, September 23, 2013


Constantine (trying to fix his broken truck): "What da hell, dis not wook!"
Pudge and Maisie quickly shoot a shocked look at each other.
Maisie (in a stern whisper) to Pudge: "Where the hell did he learn that?!"
Pudge raises one eyebrow and gives Maisie the stare of death.
Ah, hell...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Diapers, Beer, and Cigarettes

Understandably, my reading material has drastically changed these days from just a short three years ago. Before you would find on my nightstand (if I even had one) an alarm clock, a People magazine, and most likely a bag of Skittles/Nerds/Smarties. Now you will find an alarm clock, a bottle of Tums, and books entitled: What to Expect When You're Expecting, Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, and The Strong Willed Child. And the most recent to join the group Toilet Training in Less Than a Day.

I feel like I have become the person I rolled my eyes at when I was single. I remember thinking how ridiculous my friends sounded when all they talked about were babies, kids, pregnancy, delivery, nursing, potty training, pre-school, cloth diapers, etc. BORING! I'd jump at the chance to get away from this conversation to have a drink and a smoke instead.

But, alas, I understand now... these topics have become important to me too. And I still like beer and cigarettes.

But back to topic...

Constantine has absolutely no interest in the toilet... and nor do I for him. And with another one coming in less than 5 months I actually wouldn't mind having four in diapers. Call me crazy but I guess I figure changing diapers would be less stressful than teaching and monitoring a toddler's toilet use. Yep, Mother of the Year over here.
However, factor in all the obvious benefits of being potty trained I do realize that I need to get with the program.
I am just as stubborn as Constantine.... so, please wish us luck!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Spring Additions

So, this is extremely belated but I wanted to introduce some babies to you who were born into the Knoell and Klocek family this past Spring.
My husband's sister Bridget and her husband John had their fourth baby boy on 2/18/13. Samuel Isaac Vultaggio. His older brothers are Jack, Benny, and Dominic.

My sister Clara and her husband Zac had a beautiful baby girl on 3/3/13. Alison Mary Wilk. She has a proud older sister, Rose.

My brother John and his wife Drea had a little girl on 3/26/13. Immaculae Dee Knoell. She has four older brothers: Ezra, Sebastian, Jovian, and Malachi.

... and 4 more babies are coming in October, January, and February...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Glimpse

Constantine at 8 weeks old.
Constantine at 3 years old.

Hmm, not much has changed.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 + 1 = A Group

Boy or girl who will it be?
Our new one is coming in early January!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

#1 is 3!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Constantine!