Tuesday, November 21, 2017

One of Those Photos

This might be one of those pictures that we have our kids re-create in adulthood...
Such is life at our house right now.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hold Her

I wish I had more of a frame of reference for being the mother of four.  I wish I brought to my role the perspective of having been on of four siblings... or even one of two or three siblings, but I don't.

That being said, I wonder what Addallee's perspective is going to be as the fourth child with three siblings less than four years older than she is.  Her siblings love her and I get asked upwards of 50 times a day by one of the older children if they can hold her.  In fact, that is all Caroline will say, "Hold her! Hold her!" as she sits down on the couch and meticulously puts a burp cloth on her shoulder the same way I do when I hold Addallee.


Sunday, November 19, 2017


My football team did not win yesterday... but my crew looked absolutely adorable for the game.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Oldest and Youngest

Special times with my oldest and youngest after the twins have gone to bed.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Lunch

Yesterday we all went to Hubby's school for the family Thanksgiving lunch.  It was Addallee's first trip to Hubby's school and we had a lot of fun and a great meal.

I wore Addallee for the entire time at school... and Tracey insisted on wearing her baby doll, which was pretty adorable.

Howard bonded with some redheaded middle school boys.

Caroline was spoiled by some of the kids' favorite baby-sitters.

And we even got a family picture complete with Tracey riding a bear mascot.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All Four

With Tracey, she got a few baths in the sink, and then we almost always bathed her with us in the shower.

With the twins, they got about six weeks worth of baths in the sink... and they they were bathed in the shower.

Addallee had two baths in the sink, one shower... and then last night, we just gave her a bath with the three older kids (very carefully) and it worked really well.  The water was the perfect temp, the kids were so excited to have her in the tub, we washed her and rinsed her, and she was in and out in three minutes with no tears.

This might be our new way to bathe her.

Monday, November 13, 2017

I Have To.

I saw this picture a few days ago... and given that today is my first day with all four kids by myself with no other adults, this seems like a really good mantra to keep in mind this week.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

10 On The 10th

10 Pictures from the 10th of November

Decaf nonfat peppermint mocha to start my Friday and enjoy the Holiday season 

Addallee came with me for all my outings -- teaching a Bradley class and then parent/teacher conferences at Tracey, Howard, and Caroline's school

Very few leaves left on the trees these days

Seeing some of the works Tracey is doing in her classroom this year.

Yes, the Bridge is finally open, and I drove across it for the first time on my way home

Driving across the new bridge

Zipped into Target with Addallee before we went home to check out what they had in the Christmas section.

Caroline helping with "Lee Lee"... one of her favorite things to do

While I taught class and attended conferences, Memaw, Peepaw, Daddy, Lloyd, and the three big kids all went to chop down our Christmas tree.  Hubby later told me that he forgot winter hats... and diapers and he'd like me to come with next time.  :-D

Daddy and Peepaw

Sunset from our front yard

 Picture with Memaw and Peepaw after bathtime... they left Saturday morning so these were some good bye snuggles until their next visit.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

First Memory Verse

For probably that past six weeks, Tracey and the twins have been working on learning their first memory verse -- a short Bible verse, with the citation along with some hand motions to aid in remembering.  This week my mother-in-law filmed the kids and me while we were saying it together.  I'm really proud of how well they're doing, and I think they're ready to learn a second verse.

Our first memory verse -- Lamentations 3:22-23
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness, Oh Lord! Great is Thy faithfulness."

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

She Misses Nothing

Yesterday Tracey was talking to Memaw.

Tracey"Memaw, since we've had our new baby everybody tells us 'Grajulations!'"
Memaw:  "Yeah, they're excited about the new baby so they say 'Congratulations!'"
Tracey"You haven't said it."

Oh, my Sweet Tracey.  This child misses nothing.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Nemesis

I didn't know I have a nemesis until the past weekend... well, I might have said Ohio State fans... but I would have mostly joking.

Well, I do have a nemesis -- its called mastitis.

Mastitis is a breast infection that nursing mothers get most often during the first three months of nursing.  Well, I've now had it twice while nursing the twins, and once while nursing Addallee and it is absolutely miserable.

Since becoming a mother, I have been sick plenty of times including but not limited to experiencing the following:
migraine headaches
stomach bugs
hand foot mouth disease
various colds, coughs, and congestion

Nothing... absolutely NOTHING takes me out of commission in motherhood, homemaking, work, family, wife responsibilities... in everything like mastitis.  I become completely incapacitated when I have mastitis.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, I came down with mastitis on Friday mid-day... and my parents left Friday afternoon as they had prior commitments... by 7:30pm Howard was vomiting... and by 8:30pm Tracey was vomiting.  By the end of the night, Hubby was less than 100% too.

Oh, what a night we had.  And what a weekend we had.

It would have been hard at any point, with our without a newborn, it would have been a very difficult weekend.  But my having mastitis made the situation infinitely worse.  Sick kids want their Mama (and Daddy)... our one healthy toddler wanted Mama... our newborn wanted Mama... Mama wanted to curl up and sleep for the entire weekend.

Thankfully Hubby's parents arrived Saturday evening, which was really good because by then, Howard was feeling well, and Caroline had been over the stomach bug for a few days so she was running circles around everyone all day.  Hubby and I were thrilled to pass the two healthy-ish twins to two healthy grandparents so we could focus on Tracey (our sickest) and Addalle... and try to fight off mastitis.

Yes, mastitis is officially my nemesis.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

All Hands

In this new life of four little ones under four years of age, our family definitely has a lot to learn.  

The lesson of yesterday is that... at this point, no day goes smoothly, but some days legitimately require "all hands on deck."

The morning was quiet, and dare I say normal, with my parents here to help, and Addallee's ten day doctor's appointment... and naptime was quiet... then the children awoke.

Within five minutes of waking up from her nap, Caroline began vomiting... and she would continue to do so for hours.  No question, it would be incredibly difficult if Howard and Tracey had also come down with the sudden stomach bug, but in the case of yesterday, they were not only doing fine, they were bouncing off the walls.

So, yesterday afternoon was spent with Caroline repeatedly throwing up, and both she and I going through multiple outfits, and my mom running many loads of laundry for us.  Also, any minute Caroline wasn't in my lap, Addallee was in my lap to nurse.  And, Howard and Tracey were very aware of the less-than-normal supervision with the distraction of their two needy sisters... so mischief and accidental knocking each other down and crying were at an all-time high.

I finally had to call Hubby home from an after-school meeting because we just needed more hands and more people to help supervise the two healthy kids, and who could cuddle our sick Caroline.  My parents were both more than happy to console Caroline, but she only wanted Mama or Daddy (which we all completely understood, but it didn't make the situation any easier when Mama was the only one who could help both Caroline and Addallee).

Here's hoping for a better day and night today because yesterday and last night were some of our roughest and craziest (and not in a good way) parenting moments thus far. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

Happy Halloween from our wonderful bunch.

Painting pumpkins seemed like the best option for this year given that I was the only adult supervising our four children at the time.

I am totally in love with our front door this Halloween.

This is Pablo the pumpkin.  Pablo belonged to my grandmother, then my parents... and now my parents have gifted him to our family and our children are so excited to have him.

Pictures from painting pumpkins

This is how Addallee participated this year.

 We are so excited for a really fun Halloween with our spirited little ones and excited to have my parents here to help us and enjoy the day's activities.