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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Masterpieces

Ever since I was a child, there is just something I LOVE about picking out, creating, and carving a pumpkin masterpiece for Halloween.  When Jenna was the kids' age, I remember teaching her the magic of pumpkin carving:

My sweet Jenna at age 2!  My does time fly.  
Who do you think looks the most like her?


Fast-forward four years & four more kids later: Sometimes I can be a little ambitious, but there was NO WAY I was going to do pumpkin carving with four toddlers.  Instead, I decided to get out the paints and enjoy decorating our pumpkins we got at the local Farmstand last week.

Tanner dabs paint onto his pumpkin but truth be told, art is not his thing.
Tyler created a beautiful masterpiece and didn't want to stop!
Hannah was very methodical and took this activity very seriously.
Jenna was so sweet & encouraging to all the kids!
Ta-Da!  Four one-of-a-kind pumpkins!
 Jenna was a big help as always, and then later on she got the chance to carve her own pumpkin.  For the first time ever, Jenna drew & carved her face BY HERSELF!!!!!  She had a blast and was so proud of herself.  Of course, she used those safety pumpkin carving knives, and the kids and I helped scrape and deal with the guts.



Ta-Da!  Good pumpkin, Jenna :)  Afterwards, she decided it needed a little paint, too.

My friend and fellow quad-mom Amber actually just posted a blog yesterday about her crew decorating their pumpkins, and she also had them do stickers.  This morning, inspired by that post, I thought what the heck- so we grabbed the dried & colorful pumpkins off the porch and decided to add just a tad more decorations to them:  the kids had a BLAST!

Tyler is showing me the glue on his finger- he is saying, "Icky."

Ta-Da!  Five completely decorated pumpkin masterpieces.

What types of things do you enjoy this time of year?

Hugs!

Becky

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Farmstand Fun, Dirt & more!


The leaves on the trees are brilliant colors, nights & mornings are crisp and pumpkin donuts & apple cider are all the crave right now- yes, it must be Fall!  I loaded up the kids the other day with grandma & grandpa and we went to Heidi's, our local Farmstand.  This time of year, not only is it fun to pick out pumpkins there, but also to play in the dried corn, visit animals, go on hay rides, venture into the "corn maize", and slide down a huge tube to name a few.  We had a blast!
My crew!  Lauren, Hannah, Jenna, Tyler & Tanner watch ducks with grandpa 
I love Tyler's expression- he wanted so badly to get in the pen & be part of the 5 goat-kids instead of just a plain ol' 5 kids!
Lauren wants to get a little closer to the pony
Grandpa watches as the quads go vertical! 
"Why hello, horse.  My name is Tyler and you say 'neigh'."
I just love Jenna's sense of style!  She ALWAYS dresses herself and has her own flair!
Grandma, as always, can juggle my crew like a pro!
Tyler popping a squat
Lauren picking out the perfect pumpkin
Tanner jumping in the dried corn- the coolest play spot e.v.e.r!
I think our house needs a few corn boxes, too :)
 
Giant Tube Slide- my attempt to go down with all 5 kids was laughable!





In other news, we FINALLY received the building permit to start the addition!  That has brought lots of much anticipated movement on our house recently and I am so excited that progress is being made even if that means a lot of dirt these days!

So, what the heck are we doing?  Glad you asked.  Essentially, we are adding another bedroom & a little more living space.  But additionally, we had our kitchen renovated (Hallelujah!), are getting vinyl siding on the house (so long, woodpeckers), and getting a deck with rungs that are to code (no more cirque-de-sole children through spindles, which is heart stopping!).  The concrete guys poured the walls this past week and I am told it all goes much faster from here.  Hope so!!!  I am trying to be patient, but oh my goodness will the reclaimed space, additional bedroom & return to (kinda) normal be SOOOOO nice!

The new space, viewed from the current dining room.  It will be 2 levels of 14'x17' space

Side view of the renovation site.
I can't wait to show the "After" pictures!
And oh, we also started Potty Training Lauren.  This process is taking longer than I expected (I think I set my expectations waaaay too high with that 3-day potty training method that all the moms say work.  Well, with 3 other toddlers the same age & into EVERYTHING the moment mommy turns her back or goes into said bathroom with Lauren, it just ain't gonna happen like that.  But every some days we make a little progress.  So that's something.
And that's all I have to say about that.
(sigh)

Our fantastic, awesome, lovely neighbors (The Schmidts) took it upon themselves to help pick out Halloween costumes for our kids this year.  Now, how did they know that I had NO IDEA what I was going to do???  They are amazing.  So I will end with these cute pictures of the kids in their adorable outfits because of course, we had to try them on & then go show the Schmidts!

Tanner the Dinosaur, Hannah, Jenna & Lauren the princesses, and Superman Tyler
We are ready to go, Halloween!
That's our Fall in a (few) snapshots, how about you?

Hugs!

Becky

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5 Little Monkeys

Currently there are guys busy working on our house.  I LOVE that our house renovation is in full swing, but it sure is very chaotic in here at the moment!  Vinyl siding is being hung, walls are being built for the bedroom downstairs, countertops & the sink are being installed in our kitchen right now... I mean, it is HOPPIN' here!

I am very happy we decided to stay here instead of move & I love how it looks so far, despite the crazy atmosphere.  Funny, this morning I took the quads to Costco for a nice little "break" and to keep them out of trouble with all this going on.  Shopping with four busy little people is no picnic, but you do what you gotta do!


And how did it get to be almost October already?  Jenna is really liking First grade, and the quads are full-fledged busy little monkeys.  Let me just re-iterate how thankful I am that we are going to be gaining more space in our house.  With the house under construction, most toys have been temporarily boxed up and everything has been whittled down to one room.  Good grief these kids are literally climbing the walls some days!  More space will be such a relief to us all!




The gate is worthless at this point, but I vainly try to keep it up as a visual reminder of what the limits need to be right now.  Don't you know that a million times a day as soon as mommy turns her back they are hurdling themselves into the "no-no" zone.  Sigh.
At least they are always very eager to help out!  

The bedtime situation has been a joke lately.  Everyone climbs out of their cribs at liberty, and even the cribs with mattresses dropped to the floor they climb in & out like crazy.  Last week I tried an experiment:  I pushed all cribs together in an "If you can't beat em', join em'" kind of thought.

Well, it was the best playground ever!!!

The cribs have now been pushed back to the walls.  Every crib mattress that can be on the floor is (there are 2), every crib that can hold a sheet on top during nap time has one (there are 3), and there are (4) children that will definitely be transitioning to big kid beds as soon as that bedroom is done!
"It's time for bed, said mama..."
Ha.
Yes, we do indeed have 5 little monkeys.  In the photo above Jenna was having so much fun playing on the jungle gym beds with the kids, but outside she has been loving to swing on the ropes that Andy has suspended in our trees (he started Oak Meadow Tree Service two years ago).  Andy had her harnessed in this past weekend, and she gleefully swung 60 feet in the air.  I think I know who will be working with daddy in a few years!

Yes, that is a very happy monkey girl Jenna (safely) swinging in our trees.


Just hanging around!

Hugs!

Becky