Getting My Sh*t Together

So I was all proud of myself that I made a daily schedule to keep with the kids, thinking they’d be less destructive and, well, obnoxious, if they were busier and tired out. I hadn’t done a thing with it past creation, until yesterday, when Brian asked me, “so when are you going to start that schedule with the kids?” Part of me wanted to tell him to shut up, but a larger part of me knew I needed a kick in the butt to get going! So I bit my tongue, and answered “tomorrow. ” And so I did! I kept the Excel spreadsheet on my laptop so I could reference it throughout the day. The first part of the day consisted of breakfast, getting dressed and getting Easton on the bus. The next half hour was for cleaning up, emptying the dishwasher and starting the laundry. After that, I brought out the dot markers, and printed out some free fall- themed dot pages for the kids. They did some beautiful work! Thank you to The Resourceful Mama!

Next was the dreaded music time. Shockingly the transition was smooth and I brought out the instruments next. (Tip: Keep earplugs in the box too!)

Here’s what we have:

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Clap! Clang! Tap! – 10-Piece Musical Instrument Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005RF5C/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_q6r6zbFBH8KF9

Thankfully music time ended before a migraine began, and it was snack time! I had a special snack planned! Fall Snack Mix! Each kid had one ingredient, and they took turns adding them to the bowl, then they mixed it up. We used Chex Party Mix, mini marshmallows, peanut M&M’s in fall colors and chocolate chips. Another big thanks to The Resourceful Mama for this idea!

Getting to eat the snack was the motivation they needed to finish yesterday’s chore they refused to do, so they cleaned up the backyard in record time to enjoy a bowl of the snack mix they made.

By then it was time to bring the chalk outside to draw on the driveway and play tag with Daddy while we waited for Easton’s bus.

Then it was back inside for homework time for Easton. So I quickly photocopied letter tracing pages for the other 4 and we all sat around the table together. They love homework!

That brought us to lunch, and then quiet time with Easton’s iPad. The kids love watching their big brother play Minecraft!

We had a 3:15pm meet up scheduled to purchase a bookshelf off the Letgo app, so we left early as bc went to a big park that was on the way. It has a great playground, and even a small zoo!

Off to our meeting, where we scored a dollhouse bookshelf for 30 bucks! I think that’s worth a half hour trip!

Then some traffic on the way home, but thank goodness for the tv in the van and the Barbie Spy Squad movie! (Yes, they all love Barbie movies!)

The kids wanted to make paper hearts and decorate them with stickers when we got home. I agreed, feeling optimistic. Big mistake! After the hearts were done, there was sixty minutes of “cleaning up”, tears, yelling, marker on the wall, bits of paper everywhere and a broken pair of scissors.

And one frustrated mama.

It’s clear that the late afternoon/early afternoon time period needs some adjustment. The kids are tired, and not quite cooperative. Any suggestions?

Aside from the latter part of the day, though, I think it went really well! Putting more structure in our day really made a difference for all of us. With a little more tweaking, I think this can really help reduce the destruction and frustration!

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My baby graduated!

Easton is officially moving on to kindergarten! I’m so proud of him! 

He asked if we could have a party, so off to Party City we went for some decorations and party stuff. The menu he selected was pancakes and fruit salad. Love this kid!

It was a big party day for us because at 9am we went to his graduation and school party, and we were back again at 12:05 for the younger kids’ performance and party! Then it was home for our party there with some cousins!



After that, of course, we had to roll down the hill one last time!

All of my babies did a great job this year. We are looking forward to next year!!

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.

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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!

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

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

 

 

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??

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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.

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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 😉

One Year Portrait – a little late!

For those of you in quad withdrawal, I wanted to share the portraits we had taken of them after they turned a year.  Just a quick post – I’ll update with what they are up to soon, I promise!

We took them to Picture People, which took over from Shooting Stars in our local Buy Buy Baby.  I was so disappointed!  I always had great experiences taking Easton to Shooting Stars (and I took him a lot!) and I am not a big fan of Picture People.  But they had this great deal, so I did it.  I had to just choose one photo, which is TOUGH, but really, there were only a couple I liked so it wasn’t too bad.  I did go back and purchase a second one, which you will see below.  *A little note to other moms of little ones – interview photographers and see their work first!  Find one you like that is competent with a group of little ones and stick with them!  The girl we had was so slow, and you have to be fast with one year olds!  She was trying to set each child, and actually expected them to stay while she set the rest!  Are you kidding???

Despite this, we managed to get a good photo of the babies in their birthday outfits, and they are super cute.  No smiles, but they are all looking and not crawling away, so that’s a success in my book!

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(L to R) Hayden Victoria, Brody Wayne, Emerson Renee & Deacon Robert

This is the one I just had to go back and buy – seriously one of the best outtakes I have ever seen!!

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It really just captures the essence of the quads, don’t you think?? 🙂 I just love it – makes me smile because some days, this is just how it is!!  And if you don’t laugh at it, you will cry.

Hope you enjoy the pictures – more to come soon!