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Saturday, January 30, 2016


Happy New Year!  After a mild start to the season, Michigan decided to act like it's January.  And these kids love the snow!

Jenna looks like she is leading a small group!
Lanie, our neighbor, and Jenna snowboarding

Of course, with the season we also had our first round of colds in the house.  Honestly, I can't believe we stayed healthy for as long as we did.  The first few years it felt like we bounced from sickness to sickness.  While this cold was no fun for any of us, it wasn't terrible (well, it looks like it may have been for Lauren).  Still, we are so thankful that we are finally done with the homebound, constant sickness, RSV-worried Winters!  (((((Ah, our little crew is growing up!!!!!)))))
A sick and miserable Lauren
There is really no new news.  Kids are busy.  Life is full.  Everyone is growing leaps and bounds!
Hannah & Tanner doing puzzles
Burrito Boys!

Hannah has a style of her own.
My good friend Shawna has 4 little ones.  When we have play dates, the mayhem can be downright laughable.
Imagine 2 adults with 9 kids; and 8 of those kids are 3 & under.  Yes, you read that right.  Her twin boys are 1.5 years younger than the quads, but they are so big & have caught up in size to Tanner & Tyler!!!  

Making protein balls! 

This is a miracle.  The boys will sit and read books during the entire rest time!!! (they never nap anymore)
6 months ago, they were ripping up all the books (and walls, and trim in room, and carpet...)
Little Boy Maturity is a beautiful thing.

Grandma & Grandpa got us a year-long family Membership to the Children's Museum at Christmas.  Since Andy works often and many times on the weekend, my mom gladly decided to be the second adult on the membership.  We went there this month and had a blast!

Then kids had so much fun, and they are the perfect age to explore and have fun.  Plus, it is easier to keep track of them now versus the darting toddlers they were the last 2 years!
 (Side note: I don't think I made eye-contact with any fellow mommies during play dates these last 3 years because my eyes would always dart around like an over-caffeinated judge in a pinball contest and I would continually murmur, "1234 1234 1234..5 1234..5"). 

What a great place!  We will visit again soon!
The kids are at such a fun age.  I love the cute and clever things they say, and love the little people they are becoming.  I am sure I said I loved every phase prior to now, but really.  I finally feels like it's getting a little "easier".  As in, they play independently on their own now.  They can dress, undress, clean, wash, chatter, pick up, problem solve, and show emerging self control!  They are still very busy, but they are more independent and more delightful every day.

And how are Andy & I?  We are doing good.  We try to go on dates when we can, keep up the communication, and remind ourselves we are in this crazy blessed life together.  

Oh, and one more thing:  
We are going to Mexico this week for a much needed R & R!!!  

Once again, the Grandma's (&Grandpa's) are earning more Heavenly Jewels in their Crowns & have agreed to watch the kiddos while we play.  Oh, what amazing parents we have!!!!!  We will enjoy every single kidless minute really miss our five wonderful children but are doing it for our sanity and marriage.  A sacrifice, really. ;)

So that is that, as January comes to a close.

Hope the year is starting off well for you & your loved ones, and you are all staying healthy!



Thursday, December 31, 2015

So long, 2015!

And just like that, it's a New Year!  It has been a good year, and I am excited to see what 2016 has for us.  Frankly I am too darn tired to write cute, quippy things about the past year or New Year ahead, so let me just stick to what I wanted to accomplish with this blog post:  To show pictures from our last month, maybe share a little of what we did, and wish you a Very Happy New Year!

December, 2015
This is a regular occurrence in our house:  dressing up!

This is a what snuggling in the morning watching TV looks like when we don't have to rush to school or work.
Everyone still fights to sit on Mommy's lap!
This is what 5 kids in a tub look like.  Thankfully this is NOT a normal occurrence.
Too many kids, not enough tub! 

This is the kids' preschool class, as they sang Christmas songs for the parents.
Yes, you counted correctly.  Our kids are 1/3 the class!
Grandma had the kids get in the Christmas spirit by making these cute Christmas Trees with them!
This is L-R: Tyler, Lauren, Hannah & Tanner
This was me getting the kids in the Christmas spirit by making homemade Gingerbread Cookies.  The whole process took the entire day, but it was so much fun & the kids loved making and eating their cookies!
This is how I get my kids to eat vegetables.  Ask them to help prep but NOT eat them.  They are shelling edamame here.  When it's on their plate they barely touch it, but when they shell it they eat it like candy.
Especially when I ask them to NOT eat them.  I can play that game, kiddos! ;)

 These are washcloth puppets made by Grandma & Grandpa Thorson.  So cute!

This is Mimi as a Grandma Angel on the Christmas Eve Church service.  If you look closely, you will see a sweet Tanner perched under that Angel's knees!
This is Christmas morning finding the presents under the tree!

This is Tyler receiving big boy underpants in his stocking.  I decided to potty train the boys the day after Christmas, they were more than ready! (the girls have been potty trained for almost a year now).
Spiderman Squared (a.k.a. Tyler & Tanner)

This is Christmas with family.
We hosted Christmas for both sides of the family this year.
It worked well and was nice to stay put for the day!

Look at that smile when Jenna found money in a card from Grandpa Ted & Mimi!
This is Grandpa Ted, Julia & Anna looking at a calendar with Hannah
Auntie got the kids these amazing magnetic blocks.  Fun for all!

So much joy from a... flashlight!

Jenna picked out this ornament for Grandma all by herself.

Silly Tyler!
Uncle Steve & kiddos
Aunt Cindy & Kayden 

And THESE are two boys who did AMAZING with potty training!  It literally took 3 days and I have not had an accident ever since.  They are truly super!
And what big boys they are!  They no longer rip up books (or walls... or carpet...).
Phew.  Maturity is a wonderful thing!!!

"Mom, I gotta go potty!"


~ Goodbye 2015, hello 2016 ~
Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed New Year!