Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our New Housekeeper

What??? Your house isn't cleaned by a Power Ranger?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pinewood Derby!

Tonight was Will's Cub Scout pack's Pinewood Derby. For anyone who doesn't know, in the pwd, boys make and decorate cars out of blocks of wood and they are raced down a simple track. It is a big deal-- the highlight of the year for Cub Scouts!

The track at the race tonight

Will had a great time planning and cutting and painting his car with Rod. We have been counting down to the derby for weeks now. His car did well in the races. He came in 5th out of 17 Tigers (the youngest cub scout rank.) I was a bit worried that he would be disappointed he didn't win, but he had so much fun watching all of the races and cheering for his friends, that he wasn't sad at all. He had a great night!

Will and his car

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oklahoma with Singletons

The other weekend, my nephew Evan was in his high school's production of Oklahoma! He was the male lead, Curly. Rod and I made plans to go on Sunday afternoon and arranged for my sister to watch the kids. As we were getting ready to leave, Julia asked if she could come with us. Rod said no and she accepted that. I kept thinking about it, though. We had already agreed that we couldn't take all 5 kids. Trying to keep four 3yo sitting still and quiet through a 2 hour play is just not always possible. We didn't want our kids to disturb everyone. While taking all of them may be too much, taking Will and one little one was certainly manageable. Since Julia had asked (and is our most likely to sit quietly), she and Will came along with us.

First of all, I have to say that Evan was wonderful! I knew that he could sing, but I was really impressed by how good he was. I may be biased, but I think that anyone there would tell you that he was the best singer and actor there. We are so proud of him!

The entire experience though, was a bit surreal. Rod and I try to split up the kids frequently and spend quality time with just one or two. What made this day different was that Rod and I both were out with only two kids. Typically, one parent would be home with the other kids, but not today. This was a real glimpse at what might have been if our second pregnancy had been a singleton.

Every single thing was different down to us driving around in a normal vehicle. Two adults and two kids fit in a mid-size sedan with no problem. No full size van for us. We went out to lunch before the show. We walked in and asked for a table for four and one was ready in just a few minutes. No waiting for a table or tables large enough to seat seven. We were able to chat and color with the kids while we waited for our food. No strangers stopped by to ask about our children or their conception. Lunch for four isn't as expensive. Play tickets for four aren't as expensive. During the play, Julia got a bit bored and squirmy. I was able to pull her into my lap and she behaved the rest of the time. Can't fit four kids in my lap.

Evan with Julia and Will

After the play, we went home. The kids were all so excited to see each other again! Everyone was laughing and hugging. You would think they hadn't seen each other in weeks! We played for a bit, had dinner and then let the kids play in the bath tub for a while. After everyone was tucked in that night, Rod and I talked about it and agreed. Having two singletons would have definitely been easier, but it would not have been nearly as much fun!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Big Boy Bunk Bed

Yep. It's time for big kid beds. For Drew, this not only means a new bed it means a new room. The quads have shared a room since they came home from the hospital. We are finally splitting them into "the boys' room" and "the girls' room." In the boys' room, we went with a bunk bed (Mommy lost this battle.) Tonight was the first night it was ready and both boys were going to sleep in it.
All of the kids were excited to explore the bed.
They call the top bunk 'upstairs' and the bottom 'downstairs.'
Drew all tucked in and ready to sleep.
(we discovered the side rail we bought doesn't fit the bed. Hence, the pillow on the floor.)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Our Party Girls

This weekend we went to a 6th birthday party for Rod's best friend's daughter. My husband has known Shawn very nearly his entire life. They grew up on the same street, went to school together and were even roommates in college. They were each Best Man when the other got married. Shawn's family and Rod's family are super-close. Almost family. We thought that it was safe to take our children to Shawn's house. We were wrong.

The kids were all playing together down in the basement. Shawn's parents, Mike and Margie, were down there with them, so I felt safe to sneak upstairs for a minute to visit with some friends. When lunch was being served, the kids came up and, with a twinkle in his eye, Mike told the girls to show me their new glasses. The girls chimed, "Little girls should use little glasses." Then proudly held up shot glasses full of water!!

They loved drinking from the shot glasses.
(never mind that I had to fill them about 20 times during lunch!)

Izzie was so pleased with her special little glass.

Heaven help us when these girls learn what most people drink out of the 'little glasses'!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm Back

Wow. What happened? January was a pretty crummy month for us. We had a lot of illness. Thankfully nothing too serious, but even minor sickness takes a long time to makes its way through seven of us. After everyone was finally healthy, I was just in a blogging funk. I didn't feel like I had anything to post and kept putting off writing anything. Then when I finally sat down to post something, I learned that my camera and my computer are no longer speaking. I'm not sure what exactly caused the falling out, but I am not able to upload any pictures (other than cell phone pics) right now. Oh well, I'm just going to do what I can and get back to (somewhat) regular posts.
So what have we done between ear infections, bronchitis, allergies, asthma flair-ups and stomach bugs?
Will finished his basketball season. He had a great time this season and improved quite a bit. I'm so proud of how hard he works!
We hung out at home A LOT and went a little stir crazy. Here is Izzie one day when she was obsessed with giving 'thumbs up.' (yeah, the *crazy eyes* kind of scare me too!)
But hands down the saddest part of January was the very sudden and unexpected death of Rod's grandfather, Peepaw. He was the last of our grandparents and always treated me like his own granddaughter. He was such a loving man and was happy right up until his death. I feel bad just adding him to the end of a post rather than giving him his own, but frankly his death is just too sad to talk about much. We love him and miss him terribly.
This picture was actually taken the night before he died. He really enjoyed his life.
Peepaw (1923-2012)
So, hopefully I will figure out the problem with my camera and get some pictures posted and get back to blogging about our life. Even through our lousy January, these kids kept me laughing with their funny antics.
Thank God for my blessings!