Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Making Samoas With Helpers

In celebration of Girl Scout cookie time of year, I decided I would try to make something similar. I found this recipe on pinterest, that awful time-consuming place! I tweeked the recipe A LOT! I wouldn't recommend the recipe unless you add the tweeks in. It turned out good but I have a few things I would do differently next time.


The recipe called for crushed cookies, any kind. I chose graham crackers and oreos. Jake and Annie helping with the food processor and the cookies.


 



Michael decided he wanted to help too. They are breaking the graham crackers and oreos up before putting them in the processor.



Annie eating the middles out of the oreos.




Patting the crust down before we bake it.



Testing the chocolate chips to make sure they are yummy.



Jake licking the spoon




Adding the cocunut. Annie was the only one that stuck with me the whole process.


We added sweetened condensed milk, pecans, caramel pieces, chocolate chips and coconut.


Baked it and before I could take a picture, it had been tested.
Delicious and very fattening!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Playing On The Jumper

The kids always ask if they can play on the water jumper. This is the jumper they got for their 3rd birthday. Finally, we decided to see if it would it in the house. It did! See, this is why we don't buy furniture! I posted a video of this day too. Now Annie can get up and down the slide alone. She looks like a little monkey doing it. The rest of the kids are really scary to watch now. They have no fear and flip and jump and dive down the slide now. I don't think I dare post a video of what they do now.






Michael helping Annie up.





Playing On The Jumper at OneTrueMedia.com

The is about 6.5 min long so be prepared.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Building Trains

With Mikes work he gets reward points. Around Christmas time he was able to turn his reward points in and get this really cool train table for the kids. It has taken us this long to put it together. Today was one of the days when nothing was making the kids happy. They were fighting and cranky, and whiny and just plain unhappy. I decided it was time to put the table together. Together, the kids and I, drug the HEAVY box in from the garage and put the table together.

So excited!



Annie holding up part of the drawer so I could put the rollers on it.



Jake and Jaileigh helping. They were my biggest and most reliable helpers. The others helped in between playing with other toys.



Putting the drawer together.



The table minus the drawer.


Anthony the fireman.


All done!



Jake claimed the crane.



Anthony claimed the gas station.



Jaileigh putting together the tracks.



Annie "helping". She is cutting a couple of incisors so likes to chew on things.



 Michael hoarding the trains. He has since claimed the helicopter and airplane as his.


Jaileigh working on her tracks still.



Anthony




Annie


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sticker and Puzzle Fun

I have a big basket full of puzzles downstairs and a big stack of them upstairs. My kids love puzzles. Upstairs, when they wake up from naps early they will sit and put them together. The puzzles are really easy for them so I threw all the pieces together and make them sort and find the pieces to the puzzle they are putting together.

Jaileigh


Michael and Annie kept trading places. She would do puzzles then get down, he would take her seat and do puzzles then get down, she would come back. I didn't get a picture of her doing puzzles, just Michael.



Anthony



Amazingly, Jake has the most patience with puzzles. Mike jokes all the time and says he has ADD because he has so much energy. I think he just has a lot of energy!



Annie climbed on the counter and was playing hide and seek with herself.



Peek-A-Boo!


We later did stickers. The kids LOVE these but I don't! They get all over everything and are so hard to get off. They each have a little notebook and are able to stick their stickers wherever they want in their notebook.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Smile For Grandpa!

Grandpa Pops gave each of the kids a Book of Mormon for Christmas. They were so excited to go to church so they could bring their book.


This is what my picture looked like until . . .


I told them to smile for Grandpa.


I even got Jake to smile in this one.



I thought this one was cute too.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hugs, Hugs, and More Hugs

Even though last week was a short week, holiday on Monday, it was such an exhausting week that seemed to last forever. I think I had appointments for something or other every day except Friday. I was so excited for Friday because it was the end to a long week, and we got to play with our friends and relax. The new game for the evening was, hugs!





Jaileigh tackeling poor Andrew







After a long napless day, full of fun and friends, the crew fell asleep in ten minutes flat.
If you look closely at this picture you may see something pretty silly, other than the fact that there are 5 little bodies in it.


Annie is wearing her bike helmet. That stubborn little girl would NOT let me take it off!

I did finally get it off her and she was in a deeper sleep.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Loma Linda Visit

I really should be in bed but I am so excited about this post. Anthony had a doctor appointment today with a plastic surgeon at Loma Linda. He has a little dermoid cyst above his right eyebrow and his opthamologist really wants it taken care of. We went in today for a consult.

I checked in and they sent me to another office to update my insurance. The lady that helped us was so friendly. She helped me over to her office, chatted, played with the kids, helped me back to plastic surgery. While we were talking I found out she used to work for Dr Jacobsen, my infertility doctor. She still does his insurance stuff for him. Anyway, she came back over and asked if she could take a picture. For some reason I don't like people taking pictures of my kids but since she worked for Jacobsen I let her. I snapped a picture at the same time.
Michael, Jakob, Jaileigh, Anthony and Annie


After a long 20 minute wait we were finally showed back to a room. Michael and Jakob were playing memory in the window sill and Anthony was playing on the ipad. 



 
You can kind of see the cyst in this picture. He does have to have the cyst removed. It has actually made a dent in the bone so the doctor advised us to remove it. Surgery is scheduled in February. It will be a quick outpatient surgery but because of his health history {being a 28 week multiple in the NICU for 2 months} the surgery will be done at Loma Linda Childrens Hospital.


Michael and Jake



Jaileigh



Annie


After the doctor appointment we went upstairs to see Dr Jacobsen and Dr Corselli in the infertility clinic. They haven't seen the quads since they were little and they were shocked to see baby Annie! Dr. Corselli and I had another conversation about how I got 4 non-identical babies from a 2 embryo transfer. She has a couple of good ideas of what may have happened.  

Dr Corselli and the gang.



We drove over to the Childrens Hospital next. I thought I would take a picture of how we travel these days. Annie is in the stroller and I have Jake push her (with my help). He is my runner so giving him an assignment keeps him in place. The other three hold hands and we all walk together.



We were going to visit the MFM (my high risk OB office) but it was lunch time and the kids were pretty tired so we went straight to the NICU. We were so lucky to see our primaries! So many of them were working. I talk to the kids about the girls who took care of them when they were born so they recognized the nurses names.

Lindy was Anthony's special nurse. He gave her the biggest hug when he saw her.



Jakob ran over to Jessica when he saw her. Those two have a special bond!



Sharon rotated with all the babies but I think Jaileigh was her favorite. She loved to dress her up! Tabitha was Michael's. I remember having to beg her to primary for me.


 Annie, Mommy, Tabitha/Jaileigh, Lindy/Michael, Anthony, Jake/Jess, Sharon



It was so fun to make the rounds today! I loved it. It brought back so many memories. I'm glad those days are in the past but what good memories I have too!