When Your Baby Turns Five

I don’t know how it happened, but yes, Easton is FIVE YEARS OLD!!!  My sweet baby, whose infant photos pop up on my Facebook all the time, is five.  When he turned four, he was still a little child.  Granted he was a huge little child, but he still was my baby.  Now, he’s five.  It’s like a game-changer.  Five is a grown-up boy.  Well, in some ways.  Thank goodness he still loves his mommy and loves to cuddle with me and is quite attached.  Thank goodness for that!


He was eligible for kindergarten, but would have just made the cutoff by a matter of weeks.  After discussing the issue with his preschool teachers and many other parents, we decided to give him another year of preschool.  Academically I think he’s ready, but emotionally and maturity-wise, I think it will be good for him to grow a bit more.  So he will now be attending the preschool at our high school that the hs students teach.  It’s a wonderful place and I’m excited for them to start!  Unfortunately it starts later while the students are learning to be teachers, but it will be well worth the wait.

So Easton…what can I say?  He’s the leader of the pack around here.  He teaches his brothers and sisters all the ways to break the rules and drive mommy insane.  At other times, he is the most amazing big brother, and will patiently help them with a toy or read a magazine with them.  It’s all about the highs and lows.

He visited the pediatrician for his five-year-old well visit, and is once again off the charts for height, at 3’11”.  Although right now he measures 4 feet on our giant ruler!!  He also weighs in pounds what his height is in inches (if you followed that!) so he’s 47″ and weighs 47lbs, which is around the 75th percentile.  The doctor says he’s perfect, and I agree!

Easton still loves Star Wars, but Lego tops everything.  At night we watch Lego videos, including Lego Pokémon, Lego Jurassic World and just LEGO.  LEGO LEGO LEGO!!  His second favorite obsession is dinosaurs, so we also watch a lot of Dino Dan on YouTube and NickJr.  Easton likes to run around with Daddy and play “Wampa” and look for slugs outside, but he also loves to sit at the table and color or draw pictures.  He’s turning into a  good artist, and loves hanging up his pictures in the kitchen!  His favorite thing to draw are “Werewalkers” (AT-AT Walkers for all you Star Wars fans).  He’s also a big fan of rainbows and the color pink lately, which I’m ok with.  You gotta be comfortable in your masculinity to love pink and rainbows lol!!  Easton also loves to borrow my phone!  He’s a silly goofball and he makes me laugh every day.

Easton had requested “decorations and balloons” for his birthday, so we hung up some Happy Birthday signs and blew up a bunch of balloons for the living room.  They love balloons!

The next thing he wanted to do was go out to breakfast.  So our whole gang went out to Perkin’s with Grammy & Pappy for a yummy meal.  Then we had a chill morning playing and at naptime Easton and I went out to Toys R Us for birthday shopping!


Easton got his crown and balloon, and picked out five presents (plus one for good luck – I have a hard time saying no to him!) for his birthday, which included Lego Star Wars, Lego Ultra Agents, Lego Halloween stickers, Lego Star Wars watch, a Hot Wheels fire truck and Shopkins.

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Then we hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for milkshakes.  Of course, Easton only wanted a few sips, so I guess I HAD to finish his also!


Last, we went to Shoprite to pick out a birthday cake.  E surprisingly chose a fruit tart!  Later on, we had a dinner of chicken, noodles and carrots that E (also surprisingly) chose.  Then Aunt Holly, Madison and Jackson came over for cake and presents.

And, of course we measured and marked him on the giant ruler!!


Daddy also brought home one more present later on…


I’d say our amazing boy had an amazing day!!



How To Turn Three

We had a fun day planned to celebrate the quads birthday!  I started with blowing up a bunch of balloons for when they came down in the morning.  Surprise #1!

Next up was a special breakfast made by Daddy – birthday pancakes!!!

After that, Aunt Holly stopped by to show them a frog that she had found!  So we had some excitement there and then put him in a nice home in the backyard.

Next the kids opened their special birthday cards from Grandma and Grandpa.

After that we ventured out to Walmart to surprise the kids with bikes, but they didn’t have the four that we wanted, so the kids got new helmets and were none the wiser lol!


Then we went to ToysRUs to continue our birthday celebration.  The kids got balloons, crowns, and each got to use their $3 coupon to pick out a toy.  What do they pick out?  “Shooter guns!”  All four of them…and of course, the big boys aren’t to be left out, so Easton and Brian got nerf guns also.

Then at home it was an all-out war!!  Good thing we bought the helmets!

After the war (which Brian claims he won), it was quiet time with the stickers that Grammy & Pappy bought them.


Next, it was exciting to measure them and mark their 3-year-old height on our giant ruler!

For dinner with was special “3” pizza!


Our marathon day concluded with some birthday ice cream from Polar Cub!


And that’s how you do it, folks!!  Thank you for bearing with my picture-heavy post!!



The Quads are 3 Years Old!

I can’t believe we’ve survived another year. They are getting so big! The quads’ birthday was August 21st, but we went on a vacation (more about that later) and I’m trying to catch up!! So it’s been a busy year, but it gets better the older they get. Granted, we are doing potty training now with the little ones, so that’s it’s own challenge, but I wouldn’t go back in time. Not for a minute. The kids are all so different, with their own personalities and quirks, but they really are all great kids and we always get compliments on how well-behaved they are when we are out and about. That’s the best thing I could hear!!!

Brody is the class clown of the group.  He’s funny, sweet, cuddly and a flirt!  He’s   inches tall (75th percentile) and weighs   lbs (50th percentile).  He’s meeting all of his developmental milestones.  Brody loves to be like his big brother and will follow him around and copy him.  He really is so much like him, too.  I see so many similarities in looks and personality every day.  Brody makes me laugh so much, and gives the best hugs!!  Brody loves doing anything Easton is doing, but his favorite thing is dressing up like a superhero and fighting bad guys (like Daddy).

Hayden is our fashion plate, as you can tell.  She loves dressing up!  She is our second tallest, at   inches (75th percentile) and weighs  lbs (percentile).  She is such a sweetie pie, but also has that girl attitude!!  She loves cuddling with her Pappy, but most of all, she loves dancing!!  Any time there’s music on you can bet her foot will start tapping or her shoulders start bouncing.  She’s got some moves!!  Hayden is an adventurous eater, and loves most veggies and even will eat wasabi peas and other spicy foods!

Emerson is the tallest, and weighs the most!  She is  inches tall (95th percentile) and weighs lb (75th percentile).  Em is so smart.  She remembers everything you say and will use it appropriately later on.  She puts things together that we are so surprised to hear, like how did she know that??  It’s amazing.  She’s definitely an indoor girl, and prefers not to be outside, but inside playing or at church with Grammy.  She can be quite a handful, throwing tantrums when she doesn’t get her way!!  Emerson often has her blankie or a substitute around, with her thumb in her mouth while watching tv or when she’s tired.  She’s a silly girl who makes crazy faces and looks to get a laugh from everyone!

Deacon is our shortest, at  inches tall (50th percentile), and weighs lbs (50th percentile).  Perfectly average!  He is so cute, but he can be a little devil!!  He will completely ignore you when you tell him not to do something, or he will turn and give you a little smile while he continues to do it.  Deacon is talking so much more now; school was really great for him!  He has the best laugh and loves to play with his brothers and cuddle with his daddy.  Deacon has surfer dude looks, and mommy refuses to cut off his hair!!  Deacon loves tractors above all…driving them or watching videos of them!

Easton is my big guy, who’s just about to turn 5!!   Although he’s eligible for kindergarten, we’ve opted to keep him in preschool for another year so he will be older in his grade.  According to the charts, Easton is the average height of a 6 1/2 year old, and often gets mistaken for older than he is.  But he is still my first baby!  He is a silly goofball, hamming it up for the camera in his signature arms crossed, smirking pose.  He also loves to take burst shot selfies on my camera.  Easton is enjoying his siblings more and more, but loves to get them to do bad things.  Apparently that’s funny.  He’s still mommy’s boy, and I live for our cuddle times, which thankfully, still happen often.  E loves drawing and coloring, building with Legos and playing with cars.

So that’s a wrap on the latest update.  I will post more about their birthday celebration, and our vacation.  Life is crazy!

I am amazing.


Sometimes I just need to tell myself that.  Tonight, as I finished out another long day of being a mom on my own (Brian was working late, don’t worry!!) I was coming upstairs and it just hit me.  I’m definitely stronger than I think and more capable.  I’m not the best or most perfect mom (far from it), but I’m doing a pretty good job, and it’s about time I believe that.  I just found a mantra repeating in my head as I went about my business this evening…

I am amazing because I did not completely lose my temper when the kids weren’t following directions.

I am amazing because I took the time to pet my outside kitties.

I am amazing because I remembered to start the dishwasher after loading it.

I am amazing because I gave my doggies a treat before saying goodnight to them.

I am amazing because I took the garbage out.

I am amazing because I did my exercises before I got ready for bed.

I am amazing because I am writing this blog post. 🙂

It’s the little things for me.  I am taking little steps to get through my days, and learning to celebrate accomplishing all the little tasks that add up to the big ones.

One more:  I am awesome because I am going in to comfort my crying boys instead of yell at them.

So take the time to think about it…why are you amazing?


Can you believe they are 2 1/2 years old???

Ok so OBVIOUSLY I’m stellar on keeping up with New Year’s Resolutions.  I promised more regular posting, and have literally posted NOTHING.  Well, hopefully you will appreciate this then.  Always keep ’em wanting more, right??


So last month I took the quads to their 2 1/2 year doctor’s appointment.  Big brother Easton wanted to come too, so off we went.  This was a milestone – I took them all by myself!  We were in the midst (well, hopefully the tail end) of a stomach bug here in the Fee house, and Brian was down for the count, so it was all me.  Luckily, they all were really good listeners and held hands to walk from the van to the door to the doctor’s office.  Yay for progress!  Our pediatrician and the nurse expressed how impressed they were with how well-behaved the kids were.  Woohoo!!  They said they see a lot of bad behavior there so I’m patting myself on the back for doing something right!  The kids amused themselves with books, puzzle and snacks, and were really good there.  Thank goodness!

So here we go with what each of my lovebugs have been up to:

My girls are long and lean, with Emerson being the tallest of the bunch.  She is in the 90th percentile for height.  Emerson thankfully is off the seizure medication since September, and has had no issues!  Plus an added bonus was her behavior got so much better once we tapered off the med.  While on it, she cried a lot and was so high maintenance.  Once she was off, she became so much more happy, humorous and pleasant.  She was also more coordinated, although still a bit clumsy like her mom.  Emerson loves cudding and sitting with her favorite adults, and still enjoys reading books.  She makes funny faces and loves singing songs.  Emerson has a blanky attached to her most of the time, and is a thumb-sucker still.  Em is so smart and picks up on things so quickly.  It only takes one time of explaining something to her for her to remember it, and apply it appropriately later on.  She surprises me on a daily basis with her smarts!

Hayden is our sweetie pie.  She is a good sleeper, great eater and most of the time is pretty easy.  She has gotten a bit spoiled by getting her way a lot (don’t look at me!!!) so at times she can be pretty demanding and challenging if she doesn’t get her way, but overall she’s great.  She will go off in the playroom and amuse herself for a while, with or without her siblings.  Hayden is definitely Easton’s favorite because she can take his rough play!!  Hayden’s favorite, though, is pretty much any man, even strangers!  It seems like every where we go she finds a man to follow around and babble to, and will stay in his arms forever, just telling him where she wants him to take her.  A true princess! Brian’s a bit worried, but hopefully we can teach her about strangers when she’s a bit older😉 Hayden loves to dance, and will tap her foot or bust a move to any beat, but especially loves 80s beats!  Hayden gives great hugs and is a big girl sleeping in a big girl bed now🙂

Deacon is our shortest munchkin but he is solid!  And I remember I used to say that he didn’t have an evil bone in his body.  He was always the victim.  Well, not anymore!!!  He has quickly become my biggest pain!  He will purposely defy us with a smile on his face.  As cute as he is, when he tells me “no” with that smirk, it drives me crazy!!!  I wanted him to stand up for himself, but he went off the deep end lol.  When he’s not pushing buttons, though, he is an absolutely adorable, precious little boy.  He has amazing hair, still, that women would kill for, and lashes to match.  He’s got this button nose and sweet little mouth…we keep saying we are going to send out his pictures to be a model.  When he’s tired (like when Brody wakes him up) he is  the best cuddler and loves his grandmas.  Deacon has been the slowest to develop language, but is making steady progress.  Deacon has a great giggle and is fearless in the water when we take them swimming at the Y.  He’s definitely a wanderer, so we have to watch when he is outside!  He loves fixing things with Pappy and will follow him around all day “helping”.

Brody is the heaviest, though not quite the tallest.  He’s built like a football player, but has the arm of a baseball pitcher!  Brody is a clown, always laughing and being silly.  Though he does have his moments, he is generally a happy, sweet boy who loves to cuddle.  I won’t complain about that!!  The kid is like Houdini, though, and has broken through every child proof fence, gate and blockade we’ve installed!  It only takes a matter of time for him to figure something out, so we always have to have a backup ready.  It’s amazing!  He loves playing with his big brother Easton, and will do anything Easton does.  Brody has great language, and has so many facial expressions.  His smile truly lights up his whole face and his belly laugh is impossible not to laugh at!  His newest catch phrase is “I doin nuffin'”whenever you ask him what he’s doing or if you check in on him.  That usually means he is doing something wrong!!  But he can be very helpful also, gathering everyone’s shoes and jackets when it’s time to go somewhere.

Big Bro Easton is thankfully out of the “threenager” stage.  Not that we still don’t have our moments, but overall he’s become such a sweet, caring, loving, smart funny boy.  He is engaging with his siblings more and more, and telling them he loves them, which is so sweet to see.  Easton goes to school three mornings per week, and is learning to write.  He loves going (most of the time) and has made some good friends there.  Easton is super tall and thin…way off the charts for height and dropping in percentile for weight.  Go figure, right?  His current favorite thing (obsession, really) is Star Wars.  He builds TIE fighters, pretends there’s Imperial Walkers outside and plays Star Wars with Daddy.  We’re definitely a Star Wars family.

So, lately, we’ve either been super busy or super sick.  We’ve had a few stomach bugs and a couple colds, and as you can probably guess, things just get passed around and around the house.  It’s hard to fight!!  When we aren’t quarantined, we like to get the kids outside, to the Y (so Mommy and Daddy can exercise!) and our most favorite places, Walmart and Costco usually once a week.  We’re excited for the warmer weather to come, to be able to get outside and burn some energy off.


Also big news is that the quads started school!!!  Right now they go Monday-Thursday from 12:05-2:15pm.  There goes naptime, but it’s been great for them.  Hopefully we will adjust to the lack of nap, and the night waking/terrors and daytime crankiness with go away!  But by then, we will switch to the morning session, so then naptime will hopefully come right back.  They all seem to have a lot of fun at school and are learning so many things!!  Aside from a few tears, they all are adjusting well to this milestone.  I’m so proud of them!  And happy for some one-on-one time with Easton.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this update…hopefully you’ll hear from us again soon😉

Summer Fun

The past few months have been crazy, fun and exhausting.  We all get cabin fever, but getting out takes such effort, that it’s not something I want to do every day!  We joined our local YMCA so that helps for Mommy and Daddy to get some exercise while the kids hang out in the Kidz Korner.  They also have a great kids wading pool that they love!  But most of our time is spent at home.  This is just going to be a heavy picture post, giving a little peek into our everyday life, and it’s ups and downs!


Emerson and Brody, in a rare moment of playing together happily


Emerson snuggling with Mommy after some pool time


The kids trying their best to put me over the edge!


Emerson can be so sweet


Brody the Music Man


Easton had a blast at Monster Jam


Easton and Daddy with his favorite monster truck


Deacon loves the water


Easton doesn’t want to pose for me


What’s that face Brody?




Silly Hayden


We love our little pool!


Deacon knows how to relax


Watching for the Peapod truck with Pappy

I hope you are all having a great summer so far… I’m sure ours will be flying by, and before we know it we will be celebrating their birthdays!