Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A New Christmas Tradition?

So, I know that I have been a terrible blogger lately. I have no idea how so much time passed without a post, but I will catch up. I just had to post a cute picture of my crew. Tonight "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was on television. It started at eight o'clock which is usually the quads' bedtime, but I thought that we could bend that a little bit to let them watch one of my favorite Christmas movies. After baths and jammies, everybody cuddled up on the couch to watch.

Izzie, Julia, Will, Drew and Paige
(I didn't seat them, but I love when they are in birth order)
(well, the quads-- Will likes to be in the middle)

They were excited about the show and thought that the Grinch's dog, Max, was funny, but they lost interest after about 20 minutes. They kid of wandered around and played for the last ten minutes. Oh, well. It may not have been as great as I had hoped, but I bet by next year they'll watch the whole show. Maybe they'll even take away the sweet message of the story.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tessa's Wedding!!

Fair warning up front-- This post contains a ton of pictures. Sorry, but I want to remember everything about this fun and special event for our family. You're just lucky my camera was in some weird mode for most of the ceremony (the pictures were just blurs) and then my battery died very early in the reception.

This weekend my baby sister got married. Tessa is the youngest of eight kids. She is ten years younger than I. I am aware that she is also 23 years old and in her last year of grad school. She now is a married woman, but none of this can change that fact that she is the baby. I can not believe that our little baby is all grown up. Crazy.

Tessa married Ray. They met in college at the University of Louisville. Ray is a very nice guy. He is funny and bright, but most of all, he really seems to care for and love Tessa. They have been dating for several years and my family really likes him-- especially the kids. Will has already been calling him Uncle Ray (though he says Ray's full name is Ray Fred Uncle... don't ask). For a couple of weeks now, he has been telling people, "Aunt Tessa is marrying Uncle Ray." Sounds like some weird Kentucky inbreeding. Oh well.

About a month ago at Tessa's wedding shower
My Mom and all six of her daughters
(Tessa, Me, Sara, Cathy)
(Karen (7 mos pregnant), Mom, Joanna (8 mos pregnant))

Rod with Drew and Izzie at the rehearsal dinner


Tessa with her God-Daughter Paige

Ray giving a toast

My sister Karen, her son Malcolm and husband Brian

My sister Cathy and her husband Brian

The happy couple
Ray and Tessa

The Big Day!!
Karen(now 8 mos pregnant) and Baby Hayes are ready to go

Aunts Sara and Cathy helping get the little girls dressed

Izzie loving the big mirror

Tessa's Mother-in-Law helping fix her veil

Mom talking with Tessa before heading out to the church

Tessa and the Priest

The Bridal Party
Karen, Tessa, Sara
Paige, Alex, Kate, Izzie, Julia

The Bride and Bridesmaids

Unfortunately, a couple of people fiddled with my camera around this point and I was not able to get any pictures of the girls coming down the aisle. It was darling. They did come down the aisle. Just not necessarily together. Izzie ran laughing down the aisle. Alex walked it nicely, smiling like a pro. Julia kind of danced down swinging her bouquet. Paige walked slowly and steadily. Holding her bouquet out and giving each person she passed a serious stare. Kate didn't come down at all. Oh well, five flower girls under five years old... Tessa said she was okay with whatever happened. It was cute.

Drew loved the girls' bouquets.

Uncle Brian let Will help videotape

I read the second reading.
When I went back to the pew, Drew clapped and yelled, "Yay, Mommy!"

Tessa and Ray and their attendants

The Happy Couple
(I know that they look 12 & 13, but I swear they are of legal age)

My parents, their children and spouses and grandchildren

Paige after the ceremony

Izzie playing in the leaves


Tessa and Ray in front of the statue of St. Francis of Assisi

Julia getting settled in at the reception

Daddy with Julia and Izzie

My big brothers
Tom and Joe

Aunt Cathy dancing with Julia and Drew

Uncle Tom with Paige and Izzie

Izzie (and all the others) tore that dance floor up!!

It was a wonderful weekend!
We are so happy for Tessa and Ray and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our New Little Baby

Well, okay, she may not actually be ours, but on Monday, October 25th, my sister had her third baby girl! Little Eleanor Grace was born at a perfect 7lbs 7oz. She is absolutely beautiful.

My sister called me on Sunday and told me she was in labor. I told the kids that the baby in Aunt Joanna's belly was going to come out. They stared at me like those words meant nothing. Then I told them that they were going to get a new cousin. They started laughing and clapping, yelling, "Yay! New cousin!" The next morning when I woke them up, I told them that Aunt Joanna had a little girl named Ellie. They all immediately started talking about Baby Ellie. They wanted to go see her right away.

We didn't go see her that day, but I got to visit her the next day. Then on Monday November 1st, we all went over to visit. The babies wanted to see her. I had to remind them to give her a little space and just kiss her on top of the head. They all wanted to crowd around and kiss her face.

Aunt Beth getting a cuddle from sweet little Ellie.
I love the way newborns just snuggle right into your chest!
When we first got there, Ellie was still sleeping in her car seat (which we had passed on from the quads) from her one week pediatrician appointment (she got a clean bill of health!). Julia wanted to sit with her for a while.
This picture reminded me of an old one we have...
Little Julia coming home from the hospital for the first time at 15 days old. She was half of Ellie's size at the time and now she looks enormous next to a newborn!

Will really wanted a chance to hold her (yes, he is wearing his Halloween costume again. He has worn it quite a bit...) Ellie, Will and Alex.

It was a little strange for me. Joanna and I have been pregnant together twice (Will is 4 mos older than Alex and Kate is 4 mos older than the quads.) This was the first time that she was pregnant with out me. I know that I have been extraordinarily blessed with my five healthy and amazing children, but it is difficult to think that I may be finished with that stage of my life. Am I really never going to be pregnant again? Will I never give birth again? Well, at least I have a lot of sisters to keep having babies. If I don't get another of my own, I sure can enjoy my nieces and nephews.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Family Movie Time

We hadn't watched a movie as a family since the quads came along. We have watched some kids' videos, but never a feature length film. Well, this weekend everything aligned for the perfect opportunity. Rod had Saturday off. Drew started running a fever, so we couldn't really go anywhere and he just wanted to lie around. Finally, we bought Toy Story 3. We figured this was the perfect time to watch a movie together.

Since the quads go to bed pretty early, we watched it in the afternoon right before dinner. Will had seen Toy Story 1 & 2, so he was really excited to see the new one. The quads had never seen any of the Toy Story movies, but we have toys of some of the characters, so they know Buzz and Woody.

Will (seriously, that boy is never fully clothed...)
Izzie (holding Buzz Lightyear) and Paige sit with Mommy under the Toy Story blanket

Drew and Julia cuddle up with Daddy

The kids surprised us. They did a great job! Paige is our kid who is the least interested in tv in general. A couple of times, she wandered off and played for a while, but she played nicely and let everyone else continue watching. One time Izzie got up and played with her, but again, they didn't disturb anyone. Other than that, everybody sat quietly and watched the entire movie. If you haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet, you should. It was as cute and funny as both of the others, and had a sweet and touching back story. This movie is definitely one that will be broken out again on future family movie times.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Good Update for Izzie

I've mentioned Izzie's duplicated kidney before. Luckily, everything seems to be cleared up, but she still needs an annual ultrasound to check that everything is going well. This morning we went in for her ultrasound. I thought back to her first appointment for her kidneys. She was three weeks old and barely four pounds!! Today I took in a 26 month old, twenty-five pound big girl. She was soooo good. She waltzed right in there and charmed everyone she met. "Hello" and "thank you" were chirped to every person we walked past. When it came time for the test, she was a perfect little angel. The technician put in a Dora video and Izzie climbed right on the bed, lay down and watched her show happily. While the technician is not allowed to give us a full report, she did say that if she did not know Izzie's history, she would never guess that the kidney had ever been operated on!

sweet little Izzie getting her ultrasound

she was even really good when she had to lie on her belly

As I reflect on her kidney issues, I also want to say how happy I am with her scar. You can barely see it unless you are really looking for it. Rod and I joke that we were hoping for at least a bit of a scar-- just enough to keep her out of bikinis in her teenage years;o)

Izzie's belly. yeah, she's wearing a fire hat. you know, just because...
you really can't see her scar at all.

even in a closer shot it is hard to see...

there it is. Not bad at all!

when the others saw me taking Izzie's picture, they wanted in too!
Julia, Drew, Paige and Izzie
(I had just taken their hair clips out for nap time, so disregard the wild hair)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

The Lachmann Crew had a wonderful Halloween! We had a bunch of family over. Rod's sister and brother-in-law and their four kids. Aunt Connie and Uncle Mark. My sister, Sara, and my father. We made dinner and everyone came over to eat before it was time for the main event-- Trick-or-Treating!!

Will loves to dress up and have an excuse to run around like crazy and the quads are getting to such a fun age. They loved their costumes and had fun going to the neighbors' houses. We practiced saying, "Trick-or-Treat" and "Thank you." They needed to be reminded a few times, but they did a great job. We brought the choo-choo along, but they wanted to walk most of the time.

Our Trick-or-Treaters!!
Drew, Izzie, Ana, Paige, Will and Julia

The guys stayed behind to play games and hand out candy.
Evan and Mark


Will was a pro

Grandpa helping Paige out

Our neighbor Jane was excited to see the crew!

When we got back, Izzie had a great time handing out candy with Will and Ana.

The kids had a great Halloween.
They loved their costumes so much, that they insisted on wearing them
(or at least part of them), the next day...

Paige playing today

(She's getting so rotten--she said, "No more pictures, Mommy.")
It is times like this that make me look forward to the toddler years. Sometimes I feel sad that the quads are not babies anymore, but things like Halloween remind me how much fun this age is! We are already looking forward to next Halloween.