Never a dull moment…

So Brian and I got away for a couple days for my friend’s wedding, which was awesome.  The hard part was transporting the girls to my parent’s house, which is almost two hours, then going to our hotel one hour back. The next day was a drive back and forth to the salon, the ceremony and finally landing at the lodge for the reception, where we conveniently had a room for the night. The next day we had to drive back out to my parent’s house to pick up the girls, and then the almost two hours home. It was a lot of running around, but worth it for a couple days away to see one of my best friends get married!

You can tell by our happy faces!!

But what do we come home to? Brody has what looks like a swollen, painful lymph node in his armpit and what appears to be a bullseye rash around it. Yep, the next morning his pediatrician confirmed Lyme Disease. That’s a scary thing to hear! Especially hearing he needs 21 days of antibiotics. Luckily he seems no worse for the wear, and hopefully the meds do their job.


As if that isn’t bad enough, the next morning Emerson woke up throughout the night with ear pain, and threw up a couple times in the morning. And she is not the best sick person! Trying to recover as a family from the weekend, unpack, clean up and reorganize, all on crappy sleep, is tough. The kids have been in cuddle mode all week, fighting over positions next to or on me.

Ems was feeling better later that day. I think I found the secret miracle cure for ear pain!! We’ve used drops of olive oil in the ear the last few ear aches we’ve had, and the pain is always gone within a day. Combine that with Ibuprofen, and the kids are up and running around before we know it. Try it! Let me know if it works for you too!

So needless to say we had a low-key 4th of July, and a slow short week. Never a dull moment!!

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!!

Five Times…


With tomorrow being Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about being a mom. We had a bit of a journey creating our family, so I never want to take it for granted. But as much as I try, during the day to day chaos of this life, it’s hard to focus on the positive. 
Every day is a never-ending barrage of “mama!”, “I want” and the ever-popular “why?” I get it all. TIMES FIVE. That’s five times the “is it snack time?”, five times the tears and five times the sheer volume.  I spend a lot of days counting down to bedtime.

Then May rolls around, and the wonderful teachers at preschool help my children shower me with amazing art projects celebrating mommy.  

Then it hits me: I get FIVE TIMES the cards, FIVE TIMES the flowers, but more importantly, FIVE TIMES the love. Five times the hugs and kisses. Five times the cuddles. I listen to five times the giggles, and five times the best belly laughs ever.

And that makes me feel like the luckiest mom ever.

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!!

 

 

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.

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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?