Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Do You See a Resemblance?

So I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago I went out to California with my parents and sisters to see out extended family. While we were out there, my father got a box of mementos from his sister Jane. Their mother died years ago and Jane had finished going through the last of Grandma's things and had a box of things she thought Daddy might want. Included in the box was the picture below. Yes, take it in and enjoy all of that seventies awesomeness! This is my parents and siblings when I was the youngest. As soon as I saw it, I thought that I saw a resemblance to one of the quads. I have shown it to several people since and been met with mixed replies. So I am asking all of you-- Do you think I (the little baby in the middle) look like one of my kids?

The Kluthe Family circa 1978/79

back row: Cathy, Daddy, Mom and Sara

front row: Tom, Me and Joe

For comparison purposes, here are pictures of the quads around the same age.





I have never thought that any of my children look very much like me, and I get so excited when people think that they see some resemblance. It is somehow just further confirmation that these kids are mine and came from me! I know that it sounds weird and vain, but I love the idea of one or two of my traits being passed on to the kiddos.

So let me know in the comments, do you think that any of the quads look like me? Which one? If you don't think that any do, that's okay. I can take it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Visit to the Dentist

Will was due for a dental appointment and I decided that it was time for the quads to begin seeing the dentist as well. I know that some people begin taking their kids much younger, but we first took Will at three and figured we would just stick with that. I was able to get all five in at the same time, so Rod went into work late so that he could go with us and the whole family headed out together.

The girls playing in the waiting room

Paige and Izzie

Julia and Paige

Drew reading books with Daddy

Will went first (he has been several times before, so he knows the drill) and he set such a good example or the little ones. Actually, he is so sweet! Yesterday I told him that we were all going to the dentist and he said that maybe we should call him "the Tooth Fairy" instead of the dentist to make sure the babies wouldn't be scared. Isn't he such a good big brother?

I had talked about this appointment with everyone and the quads were excited about seeing "the tooth doctor." Still, I wasn't sure what to expect. Everyone was wonderful!! No crying, no fussing, everyone sat nicely and let Dr. Haas examine and clean their teeth. At the end of the appointment, one of the hygienists came and thanked me for bringing them in. She said they made her day-- Well, she made mine!

Will getting examined

Drew getting settled in the big boy exam chair!

Getting his teeth checked like such a big boy!!

Izzie letting him have a look

Julia getting ready

Opening wide!

Paige helped the hygienist get everything ready

then sat back for her exam

Everyone got a good report! Nice, clean teeth. My favorite part? The dentist assured me that Drew's teeth which stick out from his finger sucking are not necessarily permanent. He said that the baby teeth move, but the adult teeth are not always affected. Hopefully we can get him to stop sucking that finger in the next couple of years before the adult teeth come in. We are so grateful for the wonderful staff at our dentist's office. I hope this always remains a simple exam we can check off with no drama!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fun Summer Weekend!

Yes, I know that we are still, technically, a month away from summer, but it felt like summer this weekend. Here a just a few pictures from our fun weekend!

I found Paige giving Izzie a ride on the little kids' tea cart

It was hot enough Saturday afternoon to break out the kiddie pool!

Will went to a rollerskating birthday party!

He had fun and eventually even let go of the wall ;)

A fun weekend and we are looking forward to a summer full of fun!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weekend in California

I was born in Anaheim, CA. When I was very young, my family moved to Kentucky, but most of my extended family is still in California. This past weekend, my cousin, Craig, got married, so I went out with my parents and my sisters Cathy and Joanna (and Joanna brought her 6 mo old, Ellie.) That's right. Just me. No kids, not even Rod. It was a strange, but lovely break.

A brief bit about our actual flights. First of all, I have to say Ellie was amazing!! Seriously, she never cried on a plane and barely fussed. She was happy and pleasant or sleeping. An absolute angel!!

Also, on our way there and back, we had a layover at Dallas/Ft Worth. On our way out, Friday morning, as we were sitting at our gate for our connecting flight, we could see a crowd gathering. Then, we heard cheers. There was a second floor balcony over our gate and an entire flight of soldiers were returning. They walked to the end of the hallway and fell into rows. There had to have been 150 or more. Down on our level, the crowds were waving flags and cheering, some holding handmade signs. Then they began to play "God Bless America" over the speakers. It was an incredibly moving moment and I'm glad that we were there for it.

(Me, the Duke, Joanna)

We flew into Santa Ana.

The John Wayne International Airport

Our first evening there, we met up with my father's four siblings and two of my cousins for dinner.

(John, Jane, Daddy, Mary and Carol)

My father with all of his siblings

(Daddy, Mom, Cathy, Joanna and little Ellie in her stroller)

The next morning we got up early (our bodies were still 3hrs ahead) and headed to Newport Beach. It was cold and windy, but nice to get out and put our feet in the sand.

Even though it was early and freezing, the surfers were out

Little Ellie's first time on the beach!

She loved it!!

Joanna, Ellie and me in the ocean.

(Sorry about the faces, it was really cold and windy)

Then we stopped for lunch at MexiCasa. This is a little Mexican place where my parents spent a lot of time while they were dating and in the early years of their marriage. Delicious food! Trust me when I say that it is hard to find Mexican like this in Kentucky.

Ellie thought the menu looked good enough to eat!

My parents under the sign for "their" restaurant.

That afternoon was the wedding. It was lovely and so great to get to see so much family. We all had a good time and Ellie was wonderful again! I'm telling you, this girl was the best traveler ever!

Joanna with our cousin Anna

My cousin Nathan, Cathy and cousin Bob

Cousin Sue, Me, Cathy and Anna

Joanna with Ellie- she put her in the sling, went out to the dance floor, started dancing and Ellie promptly fell asleep. I'm telling you, best baby ever!!!

My Aunt Jane with her boyfriend Bruce and my parents.

All of the cousins!

We had a great weekend! It was lovely to see family that we don't get to see often enough, get to at least be at the beach and get to relax. It was so nice to not change a single diaper all weekend, eat while the food was still hot and linger in bed in the morning. At the same time, I missed my family and was very ready to come back.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

T-Ball Time

This weekend we had Will's first T-Ball game. He has been excited for this since we signed up for T-Ball two months ago. It actually went really well. Mommy of course took tons of pictures, so please humor me.

#8 in your programs, #1 in your hearts!

(the jersey numbers were given out at random, but his is perfect! His birthday is 8/8)

(love the pose!)

Will was ready to go!

The quads were ready to watch

Sitting in the dugout getting ready for the game to start

The cutest cheering squad ever!

Will in the field

Will's first at-bat

He got to first base!!

Then made it home to score a run!!

(of course, he insisted on sliding even though there was no reason...)

Then everybody slapped hands at the end.

Then the kids got to run around on a giant field of dirt!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Kids Club

I had planned to blog about something else tonight, but I had to write about this. Today, the weather was really nice, so we played outside all afternoon. I witnessed what is probably my favorite moment with my kids yet. Drew, Izzie and Julia were sitting at a round table under the deck. Will asked, "Hey! Can I join the club?" They scooted over and made room for him. Then he called Paige over and said, "Come sit down and join the Kids Club!"

To start the Kids Club, Will had all of the kids pile their hands in the middle of the table. Then Will said,

"I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and pray that we will be

brothers and sisters, forever. Amen"
Then he had them all throw their hands in the air and yell, "Brothers and Sisters!"

I ran up and grabbed my camera. I casually mentioned that maybe they should end Kids Club the same way. I wish I had thought to switch to video and record it, but at least I got a picture. I want to remember how sweet my kids are and how much they love being brothers and sisters.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

The Luckiest Mommy in the World

(even though this is the best picture we could get. Seriously, we took like 11. This is the best...)

(Julia, Paige, Me, Drew, Will and Izzie)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dinner With the Family

This weekend, my nephew Max got his First Communion. After the mass, my family went out to dinner together to celebrate. We're a pretty big crew, so we needed two tables to fit everyone. Max was sitting at a different table and I didn't get a single picture of the guest of honor (or Will who wanted to sit with his cousins.) Sorry Max, but we love you and are so proud of you!

We had a nice evening. It is definitely getting a bit easier to take the crew out as they get a little older. I got some cute pictures of our family.

My Mom and her youngest grandchild, Little Nora (4 mos)

My sister Joanna and her youngest daughter, Ellie (6 mos.)

My sister Sara with Julia and Izzie

Julia with my brother Joe

Joe with Drew

Paige and Me