You have mostly all ingredients there that some people would say never to put in compost piles. Pine needles are full of resin and break down VERY slowly. They are not good in compost piles, because they slow everything down. Citrus peels are also oily and somewhat resistant to breaking down and are acidic. I do put them in my compost pile, but only in small amounts, mixed in with other stuff.
When you say "leaves and pine needles," what kind of leaves? Are you talking about fallen autumn leaves from deciduous trees? Those are Carbon rich, "browns." (Please check out the greens/browns thread in this Composting forum: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... =35&t=9089
Along with your fall leaves, to get the compost pile working, you need a bunch of "greens." (Nitrogen rich, soft/ moist stuff) Where's all your kitchen scraps? With six kids to feed, one would think there would be a ton of kitchen scraps. Keep a bucket in your kitchen with a tight fitting lid and put all your kitchen scraps in it - anything left over from cooking, onion peels, potato and carrot peels etc etc plus all the plate scrapings. If you are a coffee drinker, be sure to put all your used coffee grounds in the scrap bucket - very nitrogen rich, very "green" despite the color. If you are having trouble getting enough greens (hard to imagine with a big family to cook for) you can go by Starbucks or any place that serves coffee and collect grounds from them. When the bucket is starting to get full or stinky when you open the lid, dump it on the compost pile and cover it with a good layer of the fall leaves.
All the weeds you pull from the garden go on your compost pile and are greens.
You haven't told us where you are located. Is it spring where you are?
Compost piles work better when they are bigger. You want some kind of cage to keep everything contained and help you be able to pile it deeper.