Family Sized Blender: The Beginning

September 22, 2011

Strap in for Jason’s ongoing story. Once a tech obsessed writer/photographer/speaker, he thought he had it all under control – until his family grew six sizes. Now he’s trying to fuse everyone together into a single family. This is Family Sized Blender.

How in the hell are we supposed to do all this?

We’ve got six kids, three moms, two houses and a logistics problem that even a good air traffic control would have a tough time figuring it out.

The challenge over the next few months, blend together one family out of what looks like chaos – on paper at least. In the process, we’ll consolidate those two homes into one in time for school, then move again when our new space is ready at the end of November. All that while navigating the challenges of ex-wives, former boyfriends and the rigmarole that comes when trying to raise smart, charming well adjusted children (good luck!).

I’ve read a lot of mommy and dad blogs in my time, but haven’t come across one that addresses the same speed bumps we face each day. There are big family blogs. There are blended family blogs. What I haven’t seen is a lot of first hand advice on what to do with a group of kids that hang together all the time – until one daughter is moms, one son is at another moms and another son is having access time with dad. We’re doing our best to prep a pair of kids who are with you part of the time for the fact that another group of kids are about to move into their space full time.

This is the space Family Sized Blender occupies. It’s a scrapes and all story of the pitfalls, pratfalls and pride we experience as a fragmented group coming together as one team, one family, one (long, long) day at a time.

Jason also blogs about making better memories with your point-and-shoot camera. Check out Frame One on Facebook (we’re giving away a free camera!).

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    KP September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    It is really confusing when posts from different authors on this blog show up in my reader. Could you perhaps mark more clearly when one of the new authors is posting? Otherwise everything seems out of context and I have no idea whose story I’m reading.

    Kat September 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I agree with KP, I’ve found the new system with several different authors quite confusing. I also keep missing posts since they show up in different places on the homepage (sometimes only as a title). Fortunately I find them if I access everything via the archives. Maybe I’m a bit slow, I need big flashing neon signs to tell me which posts are new :)

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