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?

 

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 😉