Monday, August 30, 2010

10 Surprising Facts About Me

This weeks question of the week at Multiples and More is really just a blog prompt. I am supposed to list 10 surprising facts about myself. I am really struggling with this one. I am not generally a surprising person. The most shocking thing about me is that I have quadruplets. That should be pretty obvious after the title of the blog, so let's see what else I can come up with.

1. I have no hand/eye coordination at all. The only sports I have ever done well in were swimming and soccer. Anything that involves me hitting or throwing a ball-- embarrassing. When I was little I played little league baseball (a co-ed team) for 3 years. In my third year I hit a double. This was my first actual hit in my little league baseball career. The entire team signed the ball and gave it to me. I believe I still have it somewhere. That was my last season. I retired on top of my game.

2. Right now there are worms in my refrigerator. The more you know me, the more surprising that fact is. I hate icky, creepy-crawly type things. Really, really hate them. On Sunday Rod and Will went fishing and bought night crawlers to use as bait. They had some left when they got home and we discovered that Will Jr likes to eat them. I first put them in the back corner so that I couldn't see them, but then got paranoid that the lid would come off and I wouldn't know, so I moved them back to the front of the shelf. Eww...

3. Lately I have really started loving to bake. No idea where this came from, but I love to find muffin or cake or cookie recipes and try them. Unfortunately, I currently weigh more than I ever have in my entire life (when I didn't have 4 additional people in me) and this is not really helping to shed those extra pounds.

4. I occasionally suffer from insomnia. I can usually fall asleep, but an hour or two later I wake up and can not fall back asleep. This is incredibly frustrating. Lying awake staring at the ceiling, trying desperately to fall asleep, knowing that the kids are waking up in a few hours makes me crazy.

5. I have gotten ear infections my whole life. I didn't get tubes put in as a child, I had my first tube put in at 26 yrs old. I still have a tube in my left ear. Will has lousy ears also. He has had three sets of tubes and had his adenoids removed. I have no one to blame but myself for handing down those genes.

6. I hate ketchup. I know every other American loves it, but the look of it and even the smell of it kind of grosses me out.

7. I failed my driving test 3 times before I finally got my license. I'm still not a great driver. The difference is that now I'm usually driving around the most precious cargo imaginable. Because of this, I have been told that I drive like an old lady. I hate to drive in the dark or bad weather or if I don't know where I'm going. I always leave a ton of space between me and the car in front. In spite of my lack of skills, or because of my intense worry, I have never driven in an accident with another car.

8. I did back into our garage door when I was first pregnant with the quads. Oops!

9. I get absurdly happy whenever I see a trait of mine in any of my kids (well, except for Will's bad ears.) I think it is just already so unbelievable that God gave me these children-- to see evidence that they actually came from me is too exciting! I especially love when others point out similarities.

10. I adore my husband dearly, but he knows that given the chance with Hugh Jackman, I'm taking it!

Wow! That was tough. Who knew I was so painfully boring? I could barely come up with ten facts and none of them are particularly surprising. Oh well, boring and happy works for me!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Backyard Baseball

Like all parents, Rod and I have dreams for our children's futures. Rod's childhood dream for himself was to play catcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, this dream was not realized. The next best thing for him would be for his son to play for the Reds. Therefore, Rod is happy with the kids' love for playing backyard baseball. The game is quite simple. Will and I take turns pitching and batting. The babies are all-time fielders. There are no bases or anything. The pitcher throws to the batter. If the batter hits the ball, the babies run and get the ball, then return it to the pitcher. Simple, but fun. We have played this the last several days.
Will taking a turn at bat

Will is tall and left-handed.
Rod is convinced this means he will be a pitcher
(for the Reds, of course)
Drew fielding a ball

Running it back
(the kids wanted to play, but refused to put down their bubbles)

Paige chases one down

Julia gets a ball

Here it is!

Drew had to take a break from all the excitement

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Will's First Day of School

Today was Will's big day-- His first day of kindergarten! Last night he told me he was a little nervous about starting school, but you couldn't tell this morning. He is in the afternoon class, so he didn't leave until 12:15. From about 9:30 on, he asked every fifteen minutes if it was time to go yet. Will ready to go-- his eyes are very sensitive to sun
I have a huge collection of pictures of him squinting!

The kids came with us to the bus stop

Getting on the bus-- once again blinded by the sun

The kids were very impressed with the big school bus

Coming Home!!
He said that he had a good day and that he really liked his teacher. He told me that he has new friends, but doesn't remember any of their names yet. Too funny! I'm so happy that it looks like it is going to be a good year.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Family Photo Shoot

I am ashamed to admit it, but until today, we had never had professional pictures taken of out family. The kids? Many times, but never all seven of us. For months now I have been trying to change this. I at one point even had a session scheduled with a local photographer, but she had to cancel when her babysitter cancelled. Then we had weather issues for a while. Finally, I decided to delay the outdoor portraits I had in mind and just book a session at a local portrait studio.

We had a crazy morning getting everyone fed, dressed and out the door on time, but it seemed to be working. We were on time and everyone was in a good mood and ready. We unload and go to check in at the studio. This was my first sign it was not going to go smoothly. They did not have our reservation in the books. We have used this studio several times and they have always been very kind to us and our kids. They told us that they would work us in, but that we would need to wait a while. The waiting room was crowded and crazy, so we decided to take the kids out to the van and let them watch a movie. About 30 minutes later, they came and got us.

We went in wanting a good family portrait, individuals of each of the kids and a good group shot of the five kids. We got the family portrait first and it was okay. Paige was feeling a little timid, so we kept her in my lap to help comfort her, otherwise the kids were pretty cooperative. Not for long. Things quickly went downhill. Paige would go completely limp and lie on the floor. Izzie would squirm around and roll on the floor. We gave up hope of a group shot of the kids. We tried to get individual shots of the kids. The boys and Julia were great, but we just did the best we could with Izzie and Paige.

Handsome Man Will

Wild Child Izzie

Pretty Julia-- this picture is much cuter cropped
I really wish I knew how to do things with my pictures

Stud Muffin Drew

Princess Paige- we finally managed to get a smile out of her!

The crew

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Our Newest Addition

For weeks before Will's birthday, people would ask him what he wanted. He always answered with, "A frog, a turtle and a dolphin we can ride."

Well, I am just a bit creeped out by frogs (hence Herbert Menninger's brief stay with us.) And while I liked the idea of riding a dolphin, there were logistical problems we simply couldn't overcome. Therefore, we loaded up the crew today and went shopping for turtle supplies. After spending an insane amount of money (I will spare you the shock of an exact number), we came home with a fabulous new friend for Will.

When I asked Will what he planned to name him he had an immediate reply, "Will Jr."

But, of course.

Little Will Jr.
Will Sr. with Will Jr.

My sweet little guy is very sensitive. He said we would need to be extra nice to Stella (our dog) for a little while so she wouldn't be jealous over having a new pet in the house. I sometimes worry about how hard it can be being an older brother to quadruplets. Will never fails to remind me that he is learning some very valuable lessons and becoming more sensitive because of his unusual role. I'm so proud of my little man.

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Gotta be the Shoes!

My sister-in-law Laura went through their playroom the other day and gathered up some toys for my crew that her kids had outgrown. She brought over several different things, but the clear winners have to be the plastic high heel shoes. She brought four pair and the quads love them!!

Here are some supermodels working the runway
Drew (with no shorts-- nice touch) in pink shoes with a clear top
Paige in purple heels (one is missing its bow)
And Julia (in Drew's shorts) wearing gold heels with pink fuzzy tops

And don't forgot model Izzie!
Here she comes sporting bright pink heels with a light pink fuzzy top
Doesn't she look "fierce"?

I worry about how much the kids love these shoes. I see some expensive years when they are old enough to really shop for high heels. (although I may try to keep Drew out of them then...)

This is just a close-up of Julia I took today.
Love her little crooked grin, so I had to include it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Will's Birthday Weekend

On Sunday August 8th, my big boy Will turned FIVE years old! I am still in shock. He had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, we made his birthday cake. He insisted he wanted an army cake. I couldn't find one at our local bakery, so I was just going to make cupcakes. He said cupcakes aren't for birthdays-- he needed "a square cake." Alright, a square cake it is.

Will really liked helping-- or at least licking the bowl!

The aftermath
That evening his best friend Zach came over to spend the night! Will was so excited! This was the first time he had had someone spend the night. We got a babysitter for the quads and took the big boys out to dinner. Then we went and played miniature golf. The miniature golf course we went to was attached to a laser tag place. There was an observation area where we could watch people playing laser tag. The boys started talking about wanting to play, but I was completely shocked when they actually did! They played two games with Rod. He said they were a bit nervous in the beginning, but then got in to it and shot some people!

On the golf course

The next day we held his party. It was pretty small, mostly family and Zach. Of course, my family is big enough that even just family is a pretty big party. It was unbearably hot, so we broke out the sprinklers and the slip-n-slides. Everyone had a great time!

Will's birthday cake
No laughing-- it made him happy
(in case you're wondering, that is ground up graham crackers on the cake.
He said the soldiers needed to be fighting in the sand.
It was the best I could come up with for sand.)
Will blowing out the candles

Will's favorite presents were his Spiderman scooter

And his telescope. We have looked at the stars every night since.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Snack Time

The quads got a special treat the other day. They got their afternoon snack in their snack cups and were able to carry them around the playroom! Well, in other houses that may not have been considered a treat, but in this house-- food does not leave the kitchen! I hadn't gotten much cleaning done while they napped, and I really needed to mop under the table. This way, I got my cleaning done and the babies thought they got a great treat!

I sent them into the playroom and started cleaning. When I went to check on them, this is what I found.

They had all sat on their couches inside their play castle! They were so cute eating together in their little house, that I had to get a picture. Of course, as soon as Julia heard my camera turn on, the little ham stood up and said, "Cheese!" She's kind of blocking the other girls, but they are all in there. They had a girls' side and a boy's side. Too cute!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Gang

For their upcoming birthday, we got the quads little quads! Actually, we got three new girlie quads and handed Will's down to Drew. We gave them to them early so they could enjoy them for as much summer as possible. We took the crew out to try them out the other day and it was exciting to say the least.

My little biker gang

Paige is "Hell on Wheels"
She can not steer at all, but takes off and doesn't slow down!

Yes, Drew is confident enough in his masculinity to drive a pink bike

Will takes one last spin on his old bike

Izzie had to take an important phone call

Monday, August 2, 2010

Herbert Menninger

Rod was taking out the garbage the other night, when he spotted something in the landscaping. Actually, it was three things, but fortunately he only brought in one. He caught a frog! I am not a huge fan of creepy things, but he said, "Just think how excited Will will be when he sees him tomorrow morning!" How could I say no to that? We got an old glass vase and rubber banded some mesh across the top. Rod got some grass and mulch to put in there.

The frog sat on the kitchen counter in his new little home all night and frankly, I forgot about him. The next morning, I was herding the kids downstairs and I heard Will yell. He came running to me, holding the vase. "Look Mom!! It's a frog!" He ran upstairs to show Rod who was still getting ready for work. When the two of them came down a few minutes later, Rod said that he had told Will that he could keep the frog and look at him for a day, but that we needed to let him go tonight. Will was fine with that (at the moment.) I asked what he wanted to call him, and he immediately said, "Herbert Menninger!" I had no idea where he had heard of that, but okay, the frog was Herbert.

Herbert Menninger

God love him, poor Herbert had a heck of a day. Will carried that vase all around with and even knocked it over a few times. So I made a rule, that we needed to find a place for Herbert to stay. He took him up to his bedroom and stayed up there to play for a while. When I went up to check on Will, he was trying to catch Herbert! He said he had taken him out to pet him, but then he got away. Oh my.

We did catch poor Herbert, but I didn't think he and Will should be left alone together. We kept the vase in the kitchen for the rest of the day. Will was so adorable! He came and read to Herbert. He sang songs to Herbert. I tried to gently remind him several times throughout the day that we were not keeping Herbert. It clearly went in one ear and out the other. When Rod got home that night, Will told him that Herbert was his best friend and that they were brothers now. When Rod told him that it was time to let Herbert go back to his frog family, the tears started. It was heart breaking and Rod and I even talked about keeping him, but we don't know what kind of frog he is or what kind of care he needs. We told Will we had to let him go, but Will's birthday is coming up and I'm afraid I know what we'll be getting him.

Will with Herbert

Daddy helping Will release him

Letting him go at the edge of our property