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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer is Just Begining!

Well, it's been a minute since I've posted!

Drew got his of course! He is in that for three weeks. I have been busy with some projects around the house. I've painted, finished Emma's room, cleaned part of the garage and played outside. Hoping to finish the basement, take the kids pictures in the park, and finsih cleaning the garage soon.

We spent this past weekend outsi

de. We let the kids play in the pool to cool off. Emma and Parker loved it. They are going to be fish just like Drew. Maddox and Jack cried. I'm sure they will learn to love it too, we've just been a bit under the weather in our house. Grandma Susan and Papa Jack came to visit this weekend too. It's always good to have family over. Hope you all had a wonderful time with your family and friends this weekend and stay cool in the summer heat.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Rough Week....It's Only Monday!

After all the rain I wondered what it would feel like to be back outside. I found it to be a nightmare!

The rain ended and our patio was finished. We got some new patio furniture on Saturday. My sister kept the kiddos for a sleepover and Brian and I went out. We ate at Olive Garden came home and started to assemble some new furniture. Sunday I picked up my cranky kiddos and came home. But not before Drew could face plant into the floor giving himself a bloody nose at my sisters. That was just the beginning!

Brian came home from work and started to cut the grass. Drew helped then decided he would play on the swing set while I put the quads in bed. I went outside to help put the rest of the patio furniture together that we hadn't finished the evening before. I turned to see Drew hanging by one hand on the monkey bars. He fell before I could get to him, landing on his wrist. He cried for quite a while and we decided it was best to take him for x-rays. Finally around 11 P.M. the doctor came and told me he had a buckle fracture. He is currently in a sugar splint. The swelling in his arm was still too much for a cast at that time. He will see the orthopaedic doctor in the morning for a cast. He will have to wear that for 4-6 weeks. Most defintely not how I wanted to start summer break. This means no swimming, short bathtime, no wii, and limited swing set activity. :( At least it's not something that required surgery. We are glad he's ok.

Looking forward to lots of summer evenings outside with the kids and relaxing on the patio.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Busy Bodies!!

The busy bodies continue!! I love hearing those little running feet through the house. We've been so busy I haven't even vacuumed. That's against my OCD code.

Brian and started the week with work and VIRTUS training for Drew's school. It was very informative. We can now spot sexual predators a mile away. It was a requirement for us if we are going to volunteer in his school or go on field trips with him. Tuesday was PT day for Maddox and Parker and work. Wednesday was more work and multiples meeting so I took the kids to that with me. Today we had plastic surgeon for Emma and the boys had a playdate. On top of all that I've tried to play and keep up with everyday house chores. Tomorrow it's off to see farm animals at school. It should be fun. It's going to be nice weather.

We visited the plastic surgeon today for another follow up for Emma's cranial surgery last July. She looks great. Only a few concerns. Neurologically she is doing wonderful. No concerns there. Her eyebrow bones have not held up like they were hoping. During surgery they pulled the bones out and up. They are planning on correcting the bones when she is six. Until then, they want to give her skull a few years to completely heal. Her head will continue to smooth out in the next few years; it's quite bumpy right now. The other concern was with her vision. Her eyes wonder just a tad. If you watch very closely you can see it, I hadn't noticed it until 2 weeks ago. It's so slight in both eyes that he isn't too concerned. We will be seeing the opthamologist in another month. Both eyes adjust very quickly when she looks at something that they think it will correct itself. Will keep you updated on that.

Hoping for nice weather for everyone, it's time for Grey's and bed. This mama is TIRED!

Friday, May 13, 2011

On Like Donkey Kong!

So we've been busy this past week! They kids have been wrestling like crazy. Brian even joined the action. They all love it. It's the best to hear them all laughing and getting a little roughed up. Such good exercise and bad social skills!! Haha, I should start saving bail money now for the teen and college years.

Brian and I spent two days at the West Baden Resort and Spa in French Lick, Indiana this past week. He won an award through work so we spent Wednesday in a couples massage, napping, dinning, at the awards ceremony and the casino. Brian tried out the blackjack table. He didn't do too bad! I think he really liked it. I won a little on the slots. I have to say it was a late night....we haven't been out that late in long time. I'm thinking since Drew was a few months old...that's like three years!! Thursday we woke up early and came home. Such a bad habbit when you have kids.

Today I took the squad to the zoo. Yes, just me. All by myself. No help. Usually people don't seem to bug me with their comments; however, today some guy had the guts to tell me I brought the zoo to the zoo. I replied to his comment with "Your mom forgot to leave you in your cage."
A lady who was also standing there gauking at me applauded and told me how beautiful my children were. It made me feel much better.

A lot of people ask "How do you do it?" There's really not much to it. Everyone gets everything at the same time. Diapers, lunch, snack, sippy, etc. If I didn't do it this way, I'd be doing the same task all day. Yes, I'm busy but you learn to adjust. I don't sit while the babies are awake. We play, do laundry, go on walks, do dishes, they help with a lot. The squad loves to sweep, mop, and vacuum. They play together most of the time so I am able to do other things like scrub bathrooms and pay bills. Most of the time during nap I play Wii with Drew. It's his one on one time. I've always been a firm believer in getting the kids out and about for a change of pace and to let them experience life outside of our house(except during rsv season). I think it also allows them to learn how to act in public. Sometimes it's tough with Drew when his listening ears malfunction but we've been pretty successful with all the places we've been. I will admit it's a lot of work, but well worth it!

This has been quite the post. I better save some for the next time.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Work in Progress.

The basement is almost half finished and the patio will be poured this week! It's been a bit hard...we can't play in the basement and we can't play in the backyard. :( We have been taking walks and my sister Stacy and I took the kids on a long bike ride a few days ago. They love biking. Thank goodness. Brian and I love riding, although we've been so busy lately it's been hard to find time.

We've had to make multiple calls to "Nama" as Emma calls her. All five kids love to talk on my phone. It's great! Nama is pretty good at telling who is who while she's talking. I love that the kids have a well rounded vocabulary for 17 months old (14 adjusted). Brian was cracking up at Emma this past week. She was babbling and at the end of her sentence was "Emma". She obviously was telling him something about her or that she wanted something!

Can you believe there are only 3 weeks until summer break? I feel like the weather isn't warm enough for summer break yet. I'm super excited and scared at the same time. What if we don't get to play outside much? I want to get out of the house but yet I feel like there is so much to do here. Here I go again, freaking out!!

Well, time to go find some work to do....I always have work!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mommies!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Daddy Put Me to Work!

Our spa getaway is approaching. I need it mentally, but Brian needs it phisically. Poor guy! He's cut the grass, worked on the basement, ripped out our rotted deck, and worked full time at work. No breaks allowed in this house. He's had some help at least. Drew has been a great supervisor in all of Brian's late evening projects. Drew loves to help. He drove the tractor with Brian while they cut the grass. While Brian trimmed the yard, Drew counted branches on a fruit tree in our yard. Last night while Brian ripped out the deck Drew made sure the wood pile for the bonfire got bigger and that his swing set was still in great climbing condition. Drew slept well last night!!

Maddox, Parker, Emma and Jack are doing well. They've learned how to throw themselves to the ground and have a humungous temper tantrum. Parker's biting phase seems to have ended. Jack has learned to kick a soccer ball around the house. Maddox is talking up a storm. He told me last "boo-boo". He had fallen and gotten a boo-boo. Emma must think she's getting a cell phone soon. She likes to take my phone and say namma (grandma). She and grandma have some good conversations. She's such a girl.

Drew is doing great. We ordered his school supplies for preschool this coming fall. He got to pick out his own green backpack. It was nice, I spent less on the ordering website than I would've at the store and it already had everything he needed. If your school has a code to log in with I highly recommend it. It's

We will post pics of our projects in progress in another post. I want to wait for before and after pictures.