Easter Festivities

I woke up this morning so grateful for Jesus' sacrifice on that cross and the price he paid for our sins. And I'm so grateful He chose to bless us with four happy, healthy babies and has stayed faithful to providing for our every need as we raise our instant family.

Feeling a little better this morning, the husband and I were in the kitchen fixing breakfast by 8:30am as the babies start rustling around and waking up. Fortunately they ate tons of waffles—they haven't been eating very well at all for the past week—even if it was hard for a couple of the cuties to wake up!

We surprised them with their Easter baskets in the play room after breakfast. They got cute little bunny bags full of goodies—a book and toy truck for Harrison, flower headbands and wands for the girls, plus rabbit ears, Smarties candy, carrot-shaped chalk and new art smocks from Ikea!

I also had some stick-on mustaches in one of their baskets, so of course we had to try those out! They lasted about 10 seconds.

Now the babies are down for naps and I've got a bag packed and ready and their outfits laid out so we can change them when they wake up then load the car and head for Grandma and Grandad's house! We'll have their first Easter egg hunt over there in the grassy green front yard followed by Easter dinner with my three other siblings and their spouses and kids. I haven't been with all my brothers and sisters since several years ago, my younger brother just moved back to the Dallas area after a couple years living in California, so we're looking forward to a sibling reunion this afternoon.

Hope you and yours are celebrating the reason for the season and remembering Him on this special day. Happy Easter!
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This Week...

This week has been fairly busy with a few family outings, doctor appointments and several deadlines for work for me, and the quads have been sick to top it all off. So the blog had to take a backseat for a wee bit. This morning, however, my nanny happily agreed to come 30 minutes early (at 7am) and help me start tackling the endless mounds of clean laundry that needed folding and I was able to make a quick run to Kroger for more children's Benadryl. We wrapped up the quad's breakfast, had laundry folded, dishes started, more laundry in the wash, vacuuming done, linens changed and more by 9:30am. By the time the babies went down for naps just before 1pm, I felt much more caught up on things. My deadlines for work have been met and my cleaning list for the day is already complete. Not often I feel so efficient! Of course now I'm tired and getting a headache and I've already been fighting a cold or something, undoubtedly courtesy of my sickly crew.

It doesn't hurt that the photo above has been my view each morning as soon as I open my eyes in bed. I love the super green landscape of trees and creek bed behind our house, especially because our home has windows facing out there in just about every room. It's a beautiful view and I feel like I'm in a tree house in our second-story bedroom since I can see all the branches and tree tops!

This week, I've pulled out my crock pot and have been making some slow cooker meals to cut myself a break in the kitchen. Last weekend, I simmered this delicious balsamic pot roast all day and it was a smashing success for all six of us! Tonight's dinner is nearly finished cooking in the crock pot and is this Asian glazed chicken, another recipe from the Six Sisters' Stuff website I'm loving!

We've also had donuts for breakfast twice this week. Don't judge.

I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Target several days ago and found some more super cute stuff in the dollar bins they keep at the front of the store. Hello adorable sunglasses for the quads, Easter "carrot chalk" for this weekend, goodies to fill up an Easter bag I gave to our nanny this morning (along with a pretty Starbucks cup!) and, outside of the dollar section, a pair of cute and comfy Champion workout capri pants for me. There's nothing wrong with stylish fitness motivation.

To change things up and keep our routine from getting stale, as well as to get the kids out for just a few minutes since they tend to go a little stir crazy when they're sick, I loaded us all up in the suburban for drive-thru errands (pharmacy, gas, Sonic for a coke and ice, ATM, dry cleaners, etc.). 

Here's how I get them out of the car when I'm by myself!

I also did a PB&J lunch one day in the play room, picnic style. They loved it!

The quads have been pickier eaters than normal while sick, can't blame 'em since they probably can't taste as much as too much drainage has left them with little appetite. Trystan refused to eat her carrots at dinner one night, but had no problem occupying herself by making little carrot towers. Win some, lose some...

I really hope they turn the bend on this cold or whatever it is they caught last weekend and soon! I want them to enjoy their first-ever Easter egg hunts! At least Kailey's lip is looking much better and will be healed in a few more days. No more trips to the ER or Urgent Care so far this week, so I chalk that up to a success!

On Wednesday, my sweet parents spent the whole day and night (plus the night on Tuesday) helping me keep my head above water. Laundry and dishes have stacked up all week because I've been dashing from one kid to the next wiping noses, comforting them on my shoulder (often two at a time), rocking them to sleep at length at night, waking up four or more times at night when each one wakes up crying or in a coughing fit, soothing many a baby in my bed in the wee hours when rocking just won't do, doling out Benadryl and Infant Advil all day and so on. It was great to have some extra hands and, despite the exhausting daily efforts, I was ready to get out of the house and so were the kids. So off to Ikea we went! Our first trip for momma, babies and grandma.

They behaved like angels and did great the entire trip—until the very, very end when Logan emphatically announced she'd had enough and would have no more and screamed all the way home right into Grandad's arms. Poor little baby. But prior to that, the crew enjoyed looking at the giant store full of interesting things and also exploring the children's area, where I spied a train table inspiration that Harrison absolutely needs to have at home! 

We even ate lunch there (though I have to say I wasn't impressed with the food at the cafe) and shopped a little more afterward. I think we were at Ikea for over three hours! I picked up a table runner for my dining room, 49 cent kitchen scrub brushes, place mats for the kids and both my mom and I picked up these adorable fabric food sets ($.799 each!) for them to enjoy in their play room. They have been a hit!

After Ikea, we brought the babies home, changed everyone's diapers and put them down for a much-needed (delayed) nap. Then LD went with me to the orthopedic doctor I'm seeing where I thought I'd be getting injections in my knees. I have advanced arthritis in both my knees and have been dealing with increasing pain in them all day, every day. It's really starting to affect my ability to do things, ugh! But before the doctor treats them with injections, he wants to be sure I have not torn the meniscus in my knees and so I'll be going for an MRI next week first.

In the meantime—while I slowly continue my journey back to health—the husband said I've been bitten with the spring cleaning bug because I've been relentlessly cleaning out closets, bedrooms, outgrown clothes and dusting the heck out of anything within arm's reach. But I've not been going at it alone. My little cleaning helper, Logan, isn't afraid to get down and dirty with momma! She tackled the kitchen floor....

...and then relaxed with her siblings later over a Baby Einstein DVD in their play room. I love my fab four!

Kailey also has an obsession with not only jeans but also shoes, and it doesn't matter what size they are!

And to kick off the weekend with a smile on all our faces, a longtime beloved blog reader surprised the kiddos with a box of brand new board books that arrived just moments ago—thank you Bernice!!!! I can't wait to dig into those pages and read them to the quads! They've already developed a sincere love of books and reading and will spend hours in their play room thumbing through the pages and "reading" to each other, babbling out their own stories to the pictures or sharing books on their laps. It's so sweet.

Hope you have a hoppy weekend :)
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{Quad Squad} Fat Lips & Easter Egg Baths

This was not our first trip to the ER (this was), and it's not our first major accident at home. But it was the first one that came with loads of blood and had me panicking for a split second. Kailey fell in the kitchen while balancing on a window ledge and caught her chin on the edge of the quad table. Her top teeth went nearly all the way through her bottom lip and she hit hard enough the skin outside her lip split open. Ick! I felt so bad for my sweet baby girl but not even 10 minutes later she was laughing and running around the house acting like nothing had happened, aside from voluntarily holding a frozen teether in her mouth and licking her lip every two seconds.

The other three kids, meanwhile, were not amused and screaming bloody murder, the food I had just put on the stove was starting to burn from being forgotten and our two dogs were on the patio barking incessantly at the back door from all the commotion. I really just wanted to cry. (Thankfully things weren't as bad as the shit-filled day from a few weeks ago!!) So the husband whisked Kailey off to Urgent Care where they glued part of her lip, and I salvaged what I could of dinner and fed my remaining three babies, cleaned them up, cleaned up all the food, fed the dogs, dressed the kids for bed, put away leftovers, cleaned up the kitchen, ignored the giant pile of dishes in the sink and mopped up all the sweat on my face. As soon as Kailey got home I scooped her up and gave her some serious cuddle time, or as much as she would have anyway! She wanted to walk around the house and carry her squeeze pouch with her (she had a couple for her dinner, poor thing) and then I got her dressed to join her siblings for bed time. It was nearly 10pm, so waaay past their usual 8pm pillow deadline, but thankfully everyone had calmed down and happily went to sleep.

I think I knocked out three glasses of wine, two TV programs—which I watched without moving a muscle, I was so tired!—and a warm shower before I was able to calm down and go to sleep. Sometimes my stress levels just get to a point that I have to physically and mentally reel myself back in and bring it down notch by notch before I am good to go again. (In case you missed it, here's the post about how I deal with our busy life day in and day out!)

The kids slept wonderfully most of the night, except for Kailey waking up twice and I rocked her at midnight and the husband rocked her at 2am. Unfortunately this morning wasn't so peaceful....

I took Logan with me to run errands since she was the loudest of the group and left the other three with our wonderful nanny. She had even brought me a Coke to kickstart my morning (an occasional habit of mine!) because I had told her to come at 8 instead of 7:30 since it'd been a long night. She knocked out that looming pile of dishes in the sink, folded laundry and helped me with my cleaning list for the day. What a trooper!

Logan and I got our errands done and picked up Dickey's Barbecue for lunch since I had a coupon, and the babies gobbled it down. Note to self: turkey and honey ham for the win. Then they had a bubble Easter egg bath, which was also a hit! Next was naps, which went very well, so things are looking up.

i have taught the babies to sit on their towels
until it is their turn to get diapered and dressed!
To cap off the week, here's an adorbs photo of me and my four muchkins out in the front yard on a nice sunny day, pre-split lips and tantrums...

Hope your weekend is of to a great (or at least better) start!
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