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.

A Big City Adventure

I’m so happy to share Laurie Berkner’s newest music video, “Umbrella”. The reason I’m so excited about it is because my kids are in it!! Enjoy!!!

We had a fun and interesting trip to NYC to participate in this video! From greatly underestimating the commute into the city, to a screw-up with the parking garage, to navigating Chelsea Market with 5 kids, to being unprepared with the proper clothing colors…it was certainly a learning experience for these non-stage parents.




Overall, the kids had fun and we enjoyed our adventure! I think we’d do it again! Big thanks to Michelle Puskas and Take Flight Dance Center for including us in this fun, thanks to the crew at the YouTube Studios in NYC, and thanks to Laurie Berkner for letting us be a part of this and being so sweet to my children. We are all now fans for life!

Also, check out the rest of her videos on YouTube, and go buy her new album, Superhero!!

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!!