Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Rain, Rain Go Away"

On Saturday it was really a rainy day. It just kept raining and raining and raining. With Mike out of town the kids and I were a little tired of each other and they really needed to run off some of their pent up energy. So, I let them go outside. We waited until there was a break in the rain and then we all rain out. They loved it! We were able to play outside about 20 minutes then the thunder started up again.

Jakob
Michael listening to the thunder.
Jaileigh's reaction to the thunder.
The boys walking through the puddles
I told them it was time to go inside and take a bath once the thunder started and they all took off running towards the front door. When I got there I found this. I guess they thought that puddle was a bath. If you can't see it, the planter is full of water and the boys are sitting in their own "outdoor tub".
Michael and Anthony
Jaileigh wanted to get in the "tub" too until she found out it included dirt.
Anthony and Jaileigh


Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Sunny Day

Anthony
Jaileigh and Michael with Anthony climbing up the slide and Jakob hiding
Jakob
Anthony
Michael
Jaileigh, Jakob, and Michael
Michael trying to see the dog on the other side of the wall

Our cousin Kelsey surprised us with a visit. She worked her magic on Jaileigh and got her to sleep.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Waiting Patiently . . .

. . . for daddy to come home!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

mudpuddles

I let the babies play outside yesterday. I thought all the water had dried up from our recent rains and wouldn't you know the little buggers found water. I decided that they deserved to have a little fun and I let them play in it. Then we went in and took a bath.



Jaileigh does not like dirty hands! She kept coming over and wiping them on my pants.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rigid Scheduler? HA

This week's Question of The Week at Multiples and More is: (this question is from a couple of weeks ago)


How closely do you follow a schedule for your kids?
We follow a flexible schedule. The kids have good days where they follow the schedule and sometimes they have bad days.

Here is our schedule:
6:00-7:00 am babies wake up on their own
7:00-8:00 am babies get fed breakfast
8:00-10:00 am Playtime
10:00 am snacks
11:00am-1:30pm babies nap
1:00-1:30 pm lunchtime
3:30 pm snacktime
more playtime
5:30 pm dinner
6:00 pm baths
6:30 pm clean up, stories, jammies
7:00 pm bedtime


Now at our house this schedule can vary from baby to baby. Some days certain babies will need more sleep, more food, more attention, etc and I allow them to go off of the schedule. I figure I have 4 babies who are all different. I know there are days when I don't want to get out of my jammies and I just want to have a "bad" day. I like schedules but I do not allow them to be my taskmaster.



How old are your kids now? Have you always followed a rigid schedule?
My babies are 18 months old. At the beginning we followed a pretty rigid schedule. We had to feed the babies every 3 hours around the clock. I had to pump every 2 hours around the clock. We did this for the first 7-9 months before we started letting them skip feedings at night.

Do you think that your schedule is conducive to healthy sleep patterns in your kids?
YES! My kids are very healthy and have always been healthy.

Do people give you a lot of flack for being a strict scheduler? If anything I would probably be given flack for not being a strict scheduler.


Has your routine become more relaxed as your kids have gotten older?
Yes, my routine has become more relaxed. No more 3 hour feedings!

How do you kids react when they are completely off their schedules- and how do you get them back on track? I allow them to get off schedule and we try again the next day. Usually they get themselves back on schedule.

Park Days

With all the wonderful California weather we have been having we decided to take the kiddos on some outings. We went to the Church Pavilion/Softball Field one day and then the park. The babies loved both. Jakob gets the runner award. He ran for over an hour straight. No stopping, just ran, and ran, and ran. They all slept really well those nights! Too bad its raining this week.

Anthony and Jakob playing in the sand.



Michael and Jakob in the swing. None of the kids really liked swinging. They would much rather be running and climbing. The swings lasted about 30 seconds for each baby.
Anthony

Michael

Jaileigh- wearing her brothers jacket
and Jakob
Jakob running
Anthony and Michael
Anthony cheesing it
Anthony and Jaileigh
The "Boys"
Michael
Anthony
Jaileigh checking the ball out
and the Faboulous Foursome playing a little tackle football. Jaileigh did jump on top of the pile.

Sorry for the lack of updates. My computer is currently in the shop for 2 weeks, last time that really meant a month. I am lucky enough to have a junker PC still hanging around. It does take me quadruple the time to post but at least I have it. Also, Mike is in New York for 16 days so keep us in your prayers that we will survive- or that I will survive these wild children!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award


I would like to thank Kim King for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. She is one of my fellow quad mammas. Check out her beautiful family at her blog - The King Squad

THE RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award and insert a link to their blog.

2. Pass on the award to 5 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are great!

3. Contact the other bloggers and let them know they have been chosen for this award.

4. Say 7 things about yourself.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award:
1. SweetnSourMoments
2. The Krazy K's
3.The Stokes Clan
4. Sunny Happenings
5. Luke and Bobbi

Now for 7 things about me.

1. I hate tomatoes, always have, always will.
2. I graduated with a BS in Biology, yes I am a science nerd.
3. I love to read.
4. I love candy.
5. I don't have a dishwasher and I hate it!
6. I don't miss work at all!
7. I have 4 beautiful, happy, healthy babies that I love with all of my being!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Words we say: hi hi hi, bye, stuck, box, spoon, bowl, daddy, mommy, vroom vroom (car), baaa, moooo, oink, fish lips, neigh, cluck, quack, BALL, shoe, sock, book, num-num, bunny nose (motion), bite, jacket, toes, bonk bonk, mike, cracker, meow, roar, me, apple, uh oh, ssshhhhh, yucky, tickle tickle, hot, thank you, lemon, rock, bubbles

sign language for: more, all done, puppy, eat


Body parts we point to: head, noggin, hair, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, teeth, tongue, hand, feet, toes, knees, belly, bottom

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to all!


Michael and Jaileigh smooching.
Jakob




Also a Happy Anniversary to my parents. They met on Valentines day a LONG LONG time ago and were married 6 months later. WOW! Happy Day of LOVE!





I just updated my blogger and I really don't know how to use it yet so you get this crazy post with no picture labels. Sorry. Hopefully next time will be better!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Rocking Chair

I have a rocking chair that I absolutely LOVE. It was given to us by Mikes brother and sister in law when the babies were born. It is the best purchase ever! Now it is dirty. I clean it but it keeps getting dirty. The babies love to sit in it too. They also love to wipe their dirty hands and faces on it. It is a well loved chair! I have spent so many hours, countless hours, in this rocking chair and it still rocks the same as it did when we first got it. I love holding and rocking my babies. I love it and I am going to miss it when they don't want to be rocked anymore. One day though, like in the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, my babies will come home and rock me in it. I consider myself so blessed to have four babies to rock and that I have the time to rock them. I have been blessed to be able to stay home with my babies and to love on them all day long. What a blessed life I have!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Toy At Our House

For the quads first birthday we bought them the Eezy Peezy Ball Pit. This was suggested to us by several other quad mommas. When we got it we were living in a tiny house and didn't have room for it. Now that we moved I was ready to put it up. So, 6 months after their birthday they finally get to enjoy their present. They LOVE it! I thought it was going to be HUGE but it really isn't. I put it together originally thinking that I was going to leave it outside but it was so much smaller than I thought that it now has a permanent spot in our living/playroom. I would recommend this toy to everyone. It is awesome. My babies play on it everyday, several times a day.
Now for the picture overload. They were having so much fun on it I just kept taking pictures and couldn't stop.


Jakob and Jaileigh.

The babies rarely go down the slide. They usually walk up it. They think its the ladder : )
Michael showing us how much he loves it.


Jaileigh in the ball toss basket reading her books. See it's multifunctional. It has its own reading room.




Jakob, Jaileigh, Anthony, and Michael. What you can't really see is that Jaileigh is hitting Anthony on the head with a ball. I think that's the reason for the "look" he is giving the camera.

Michael



Anthony


Jaileigh, Anthony, and Michael. The blue thing is a "hoop" of some sort. The babies throw the balls in and they come out the bottom.



Jakob, Anthony, Jaileigh, and Michael. Yes, Jaileigh and Michael are wrestling. This happens quite often. For some reason they like to tackle each other and Jaileigh loves it just as much as the boys.

Michael the Monkey. He is climbing here. I haven't had one fall yet. They do some crazy stuff on this toy. I think I'm going to have to keep them away from the circus. They all think they are trapeze artists.


Jakob, Michael, Jaileigh, and Anthony. Love Michaels funny face.

Jake getting ready to climb

Anthony, Jakob, and Jaileigh