Thursday, March 29, 2012

We Sing the Songs,,,

...That Make the Whole World Sing! Ah, yes. A loving nod to Barry Manilow. Who doesn't love Barry?
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I love to sing. I sing all the time. I sing all sorts of songs, rock, country, standards, songs I make up about the kids... I sing all of them. The kids have definitely caught my love of music and sing a lot- with me and on their own. Lately, I have enjoyed several musical moments I want to remember.
-- Like I said, I often make up songs and put the kids names in them. I often sing "B-I-N-G-O" with different words. I sing, "There was a mommy had a baby, and (insert kid's name here) was his/her name-o." It works perfectly because each of my girls' names is five letters long and each of the boys' is four, but with a 'W' (which takes up two spaces.) I've sung this song for years now, so the kids know it. The other day, I found Julia singing it with her own spin on it. Julia is an unapologetic Daddy's girl. She absolutely adores him and makes it known. She was singing, "There was a Julia had a father and Daddy was his name-o!" I had to help her with the letters, but she learned to add, "D-A-D-D-Y" really quickly. Needless to say, Rod melted.
-- At Christmas, the girls were given dolls that came with miniature red wagons. They like the dolls, but they love the wagons. They love to pull things around the house and the yard in them. The other morning, I found Izzie sitting in one, with her sisters pulling her around the house. She sat in the wagon holding a toy microphone and singing her heart out. It was a little one woman parade and it was abolutely adorable.
--Will and I were in the car listening to the radio when "I Love Rock N Roll" came on. I (of course) began singing along. Will asked what the song was and I told him that it was one of my favorite songs when I was about his age. He thought that was neat and by the end was singing along with me. Later that day, I found him playing on his own and singing "I Love Rock N Roll." It was a proud moment.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Today was a big day for us! We took the kids to see the Cincinnati Children's Theatre's presentation of Rapunzel. Will has been to several plays and we took Julia to see her cousin in his high school play, but for most of the kids, this was their first play. I'm happy to say that they did a great job!

I love going to see plays and musicals and always dreamed of sharing them with my kids. I have wanted to take everyone to see something for a while, but was nervous about how they would do. I was looking for something kid-friendly that would hold their interest. A few weeks ago, I saw that this play was being put on and that tickets were still available. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity. I talked it up to the kids- explaining that the actors would be singing and telling the story on stage and we would sit still and quiet in the audience and watch. I even went ahead and bought some Rapunzel dresses for the girls to wear and outfitted Drew in his dragon costume (I was sad to hear that Will is now too cool to wear costumes :-(). We brought my mother-in-law along for an extra set of hands, and we were ready to go!

Everyone getting settled in before the show started.
(yes, they were as excited as they look!)
Grandma, Julia, Izzie, Paige, Drew, Will and Rod
They play was cute and funny. It was also quick-moving and fairly short (right around an hour.) It was the perfect starter-play! The entire family has a great time and I can't wait to go to more shows!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cell Phone Photo Dump

Here are some pictures taken on my cell phone on the last couple of weeks.

I made some summer dresses for the girls.
Izzie tried hers on, and Drew tried on Paige's.

On our way to a doctor's appointment, Julia was sitting in the car reading.
She looked so grown up I had to take a picture.
Then she sat in the big examination chair,
and I was reminded that she's still a little peanut. :-)
About a week and a half ago, Paige woke up with a swollen eye.
The Dr. wasn't certain what it was, but a combination of antibiotics
and antihistamines cleared it up after a few days.
Aaahhh... How I love going to the doctor every few days!;-)
Until it cleared up, Mommy's sunglasses kept her looking cool!
The weather has been beautiful. We've enjoyed some park time.
Julia and her cousin Kate
Drew went fishing with Daddy for the first time.
And I got to get away to Indianapolis to enjoy lunch with a few other quad-moms!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Adenoids, Out!

Julia gas always suffered from some allergy symptoms. Constantly runny nose, mouth breathing, snoring... Just recently the doctor checked her adenoids and found them quite enlarged. Today we had them removed.

Julia loved her 'special hospital outfit.'
She was also excited about her mask!
While we waited for surgery, Julia played at an interactive wall where her shadow moved projected images. She had so much fun, but watching her run, jump, laugh and scream made it hard to believe that she was about to have surgery.
Daddy had to help her get the high ones.
The surgery went well. We were able to take her home shortly after she came out. Poor Miss Julia had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia. She couldn't quite shake the fog and it left her confused and grouchy.
Children's hospital has cool race car wheelchairs they use to take the kids out.
Julia was still not amused.
Ready to go home, still in a grumpy daze.
Out cold before we made it out of the parking lot.
She slept a long time and was in a much better mood when she finally woke up.
Even though this was a short, out-patient, 'minor surgery,' I am very glad that it is over. I have learned that there is no such thing as a 'minor surgery' when it is your child. General anesthesia is always scary and I'm so glad that this is over. I hope that this helps her and relieves many of her symptoms.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Finally! A Snow Day!

Our weather this winter has been incredibly mild. While I don't like the years where we have tons of snow and ice, it just doesn't feel like winter without at least one or two snowfalls. We hadn't had any snow all year, but we finally got a little bit yesterday. It wasn't much, but it was snow. My sister-in-law Laura and niece Taylor invited us over to go sledding.
Taylor giving Laura, Izzie and Paige a push.
Unfortunately, the sun was melting the snow faster than we could sled,
but we still had fun playing outside.
The girls on the tire swing.
Paige climbing the swing set.
Drew on the glider.