SixBlindKids – Blended Families, The Brady Bunch, And Retirement With 6 Special Needs Kids

– [Mom] Here we go. – Yeah, it’s 7:30 in the morning and you dragged me out of bed because– – [Mom] We need to go get
our senior citizen discount over there at the Bob Evans. – We’ve never done that before. (laughs) – [Mom] The buses come and go so early this year, it’s awesome. And they changed all the routines so both Jesse and the other bus that has Abi and Bethany on it, they
go at the same exact time. So it’s very cool and– – And you came to me last
night and you did say, “Hey” — – [Mom] Well, I was gonna go. – Do you wanna be senior
citizens and go to Bob Evans? – [Mom] Yeah, really. Well in–
– And get our discount? – [Mom] I have to drop
off a little present to the vet this morning. – You mean one of those little bags– – [Mom] One of those little
bags to get tested, yeah, to make sure that he’s parasite free. We’ve had a hard time
getting rid of the worms with Arnie but, you know,
all puppies have worms but he’s just been a little
bit of a tough customer. – He doesn’t look like a puppy anymore. – [Mom] No. Well, he is, he’s just 17, 17 weeks I guess. So we’re gonna go to Bob Evans, have our breakfast and then go to work. – After we drop off our little bag of surprises to the vet.
– Our little present. It’s awesome. Up and at ’em.
– Yeah. – [Mom] What the heck
happened to my Bob Evans. It shut down. Well, that’s how long since
we’ve gone out to breakfast. I’m so sad. What happened to Bob Evans? – [Dad] Hope he’s okay. – [Mom] Now what are we gonna do? – We gotta find a Denny’s or gotta find some breakfast place that
we can have breakfast. – [Mom] Where did all
the retired people go? – I don’t know. Maybe they don’t live here anymore. – [Mom] Oh my gosh, honey, that’s scary. Maybe we should just go to
Starbucks and call it a day. I mean, that’s where all
the young people are. – Yeah, right. – [Mom] Maybe we don’t wanna. Maybe they aren’t any more old people. – Well, there are old people. – [Mom] I know, that’s not nice to say. – We can’t say old people. – [Mom] Okay, well, you’ll
have to edit that out then. – Okay. – [Mom] But, can you say
it if you’re one of ’em? Can you say it if you’re old? – What does it mean to be old? I mean, isn’t that the status of the mind? – [Mom] It actually is. – Our kids keep us pretty young ’cause we gotta jump. We’ve gotta stay. We have to stay at least– – We don’t have a choice.
– Somewhat hip. – [Mom] Is that what we are? Are we– – I say, nobody knows what hip means. – [Mom] We have to get
up with the language. – I know you were talking
about “The Brady Bunch”, does anybody today? In the comments below–
– It’s on HGTV. – In the comments below if you’re a person in your 20s or 30s, do you know about the Brady Bunch? – [Mom] They watch HGTV. – Well, I don’t know who watches HGTV
– The girls do. – and who watches “Brady
Bunch” particularly. Because do they watch reruns, TV Land, do you watch on Netflix or on Amazon, do they watch these 50
year-old, 60 year-old programs? – [Mom] “The Brady
Bunch” kids are our age. – Right, we know them
’cause we grew up with them and they’re our age but
the young people today, who are on YouTube, do they even know who
“The Brady Bunch” is? I don’t know.
– I don’t know. – They do renovation
projects, though, right? – [Mom] They do, yeah. – Like we just did – [Mom] They were actually
a very cool family for the 60s and 70s when they were on TV and–
– They were. – [Mom] We wouldn’t have dreamt of missing “The Brady Bunch”. It was very cutting edge
with that blended family. – Yeah. – [Mom] And I read an
article the other day ‘ where they never did talk
about the Mom’s family and what had happened to her husband. – Interesting. – [Mom] They wanted her to be divorced but it was too much of
a controversial topic. – At the time. – [Mom] At the time, it
wasn’t even that long ago. – Interesting. – [Mom] Very interesting, right? – Now it’s so inclusive and acceptable and desirable for families to have, to be multi-cultural, multi-diverse, just. (background noise drowns out speaker) – [Mom] Well the blended
families where the– – It’s blended family but. I know, but today’s blended families are, there’s so much with
adoption and foster care and with special needs, people
caring for family members and other family members and
we have that and we have that. A lot of families do. – [Mom] Well, it is the
50-year anniversary, I believe, of “The Brady Bunch”. And that’s why they’re doing all this with the renovation on
the house and everything. So it’s very interesting to
see the blast from the past. – So we have a little clip
from our German video. – [Mom] Oh yeah. – From our German TV show. And so I’ll show it here. – [Mom] Yeah, yeah! – So people can see it. Maybe we’ll play a little bit
of “The Brady Bunch” theme. – [Narrator] Papa Joe, Mama
Karen, Hannah aus Korea, Obed aus Ghana, David aus
China, Jesse aus Korea, Abi aus India, and Bethany aus Thailand. – [Mom] The woman who
came up with that idea, she was fairly young, the
German reporter who did that. – It was cute. – [Mom] Yeah, it was kinda cute. – So here’s our family and a
little “Brady Bunch” montage. – [Mom] Oh my goodness. And it goes with the
whole renovation thing that we’re kinda into. I watch HGTV every night,
that’s just kind of my hobby and I really enjoy it. And so who doesn’t love a
little “Property Brothers” mixed with “Brady Bunch” once in a while. – When I come up and
you are watching HGTV, it reminds of all the
work that I have to do. (laughs) So it’s not calming and
relaxing to me, at all. I don’t mind people
watching for island bargains or beachfront bargains on
HGTV on “House Hunters”. – Some of those serious
renos give me stress too. Don’t worry about it because I can only take
just so much of that. And I start to get, I start to get a little anxiety myself. – All they do is they
rack up those numbers about how much stuff costs. – [Mom] Oh my goodness. And it’s not real.
– And in our area it’s– – [Mom] There’s no way you can do– – In our area it’s five times that much. – [Mom] Oh my gosh. And we laugh at the cost. If you could do things
for the amount of money that they show you on television you’d be good to go.
– You’d be able to do it. – [Mom] You’d be able to do it but forget about it. – Oh, here’s a rotted subfloor, that’s gonna cost you $800. Are you kidding me? That’s gonna be 12,000.
– You’d barely get the lumber for that and it’s very discouraging because around here you
can’t even hardly get anybody to do the work. They don’t even want the
job, they’re so busy. – And that’s good. A lot of people are out working– – [Mom] It is good that
everybody is working. And I think the real estate
market isn’t completely back yet and so people are doing
a lot more renovations. And they so– – Good for Home Depot, good for Lowes– – [Mom] It’s good. It’s good for everybody. – Good for Harbor Freight, good for people that cater to do it yourselfers. And there are a lot of people out there. And I tell you what? We found out with that
project with Jesse’s reno that you buy some good tools. And I used some tools
that we’ve had 20 years. But, I got to buy some new tools and it made the job go much, much better. – [Mom] I think you have to
have at least one new tool to do anything, that’s what motivates you. You’re not interested unless
there’s something in it for you and if you get a new gizmo then. – New gizmos are good. You need a reason to buy them.
– ‘Cause it’s fun. – [Mom] Right. – And then you get to use
’em and then more ideas come because– – [Mom] So here we are. I just wanted a little breakfast and now we’re stuck in
Beltway traffic with the– – We’re going to Denny’s. – Where’s?
– So it’s at the next exit. – [Mom] Oh my gosh, this is
turning into an ordeal, honey. – Yeah, I know. – [Mom] A bigger ordeal. Are we gonna be able to get
home in time to do our work? – Yeah, of course. This took us an extra 10 minutes. We’re good. – [Mom] I never have to deal with traffic. – Hannah and Daddy do it every day. So speaking of that, are we ever gonna be empty nesters? – [Mom] No. Are you just now figuring that out? – No. A lot of people ask that
question of what we would do if we were empty-nesters.
– No. We are gonna take care of these children, children, young adults, actually now. I say children. But, we’re gonna be taking care of them for as long as we possibly can. They’re our kids, this is our family and we’re not giving up the role. I mean, this is our life, this is what keeps us going every day. – And it was a decision. And we knew that as we started
adopting kids with needs. We know that. Whether or not they’re going to be be able to be independent. You know when they’re– – [Mom] We don’t always
know that ahead of time. – You don’t know ahead
of time but once you– – [Mom] You usually don’t
know that until they’re home, when you have to sign waivers
when you adopt a child that you understand that, just like when you give birth to a child, you don’t know what might happen. We really didn’t know
with Hannah or Jesse, we had a better idea
with Abi and, of course, with Obed, we knew. Now, even with Obed though,
we didn’t know everything. They didn’t, the social workers, and even the birth family
didn’t know everything that was wrong but you could, obviously, it was gonna be pretty extreme. And it’s all good because
they are who they are and we just take it a day at a time. And if we have to have someone
live in our house with us. – That’s fine. – [Mom] At some point, that would probably be the first transition. – We’re gonna talk about what
happens when we die some day. – [Mom] Well don’t talk about that now because we’re in bumper
to bumper traffic together that makes me nervous,
it gives me a twitch. So let’s not talk about that. – We’re gonna talk about that. We’re gonna talk about
that in another video. There’s some planning under way. – [Mom] Right. – Some things we’re working on. There’re big things that have to happen. – [Mom] And it’s constantly
evolving and changing with circumstances and the needs of the kids.
– But, for today. But, to me, the idea of, we go by all these 55
plus, 62 plus communities of people playing golf and playing– – [Mom] Yeah, we’re not gonna live there. – All their backgammon games
and clubs, stuff like that, and that’s– – [Mom] It’s not for us. – Not for us. Nothing wrong with that
for a lot of people. Some people set their hearts
when they’re 20 years old. They go into the workplace, “I’m gonna retire when
I’m 50 or 55 or whatever “and live a life of a retiree “as early as possible.” And I don’t think a retiree’s life was something that we. – No it doesn’t–
– We always knew it’s something that we were– – [Mom] It doesn’t appeal
to either one of us. I mean, we’re both very hard workers and we get a lot of
satisfaction out of doing work. – Yeah we do.
– Actual work and being productive and all that. So we have a good time doing that. – Again, nothing wrong
with people that retire and can go to Starbucks every
day or do whatever their life. When people talk about
living your best life now, your best life is your best life. You get to pick. You get to decide, individually, what you and your spouse and family want to do. And, in our case, part of that process is we wanted a large family, we didn’t start until late in the day, well, late in our process. Here we are. We started adopting Hannah, talked about us adopting when we were. – [Mom] We were 40. – We were 40. – [Mom] We had Joel
right before I turned 30. And we spent the next 10 years going through all the infertility
treatments and everything. And as people typically do. It was a long process. And Obed and Bethany
came, we were almost 50, when Obed and Bethany joined our family. So it’s been a process. And, it’s a good one. – Okay, let’s go find Denny’s. – [Mom] Let’s do that. (melancholic classic music) – [Dad] Hi, what do you have there? – I have, I have a sample. (laughs) – [Dad] So we finished with
our breakfast at Denny’s, it was very good. – Do you have your wallet?
– And the coffee was great. – ‘Cause we’re gonna have to pay them. We’re gonna have to give
this to them and pay them. – [Dad] Okay, so we’re gonna go to the, to the doctor’s office here for, to the vet and drop off the goodies. – What a racket. You take my dog’s poop and charge me $40? – [Dad] $40. – (laughs) I mean. – [Dad] And you have to
trust ’em, whether or not– – And then they’re gonna charge – [Dad] They’re telling you, “No, no but you need another $100 “for medicine.”
– And they’re gonna charge me $100 for the meds because of (laughs). – [Dad] Right, “No, not enough.” (laughs) A never-ending, hoop-jumping cycle. – I think, initially, I think pets are more
expensive than children. – [Dad] Yeah. – In the long run it’s not true. – [Dad] Yeah, right. (bright music)
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  1. SixBlindKids says:

    Guys! This is so much fun!! We are enjoying hearing about your favorite shows and learning for the first time just how many of you are "old souls' at heart! I guess that is why we love you all so much! ? Btw…Arnie is FINALLY in the clear! As always, thanks for watching!! ??❤❤❤

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