Thursday, August 30, 2007

August update

At the beginning of the month, a small group of my friends (who also have multiples) got together to sell each other our kid's outgrown clothes, shoes, toys, ect...... I was able to purchase most of the kids fall/winter wardrobe there along with some "new" toys. The first picture is of C proudly showing off his "new" toys. As soon as he got the costume on, he ran around the house screaming, "I'm SPIDERMAN!" while showing us his new, big, strong muscles. He was hysterical. Now the girls put it on and say, "I'm Spidergirl".

Toward the end of this month, we went back to my hometown for a family get-together at my Gran's old house. Gran is 87 yrs. old and just as feisty as they come and she loves getting together with family. The second picture is of her with her ELEVEN great-grandchildren. The 3rd picture is of her with 8 of her ELEVEN grandchildren and the great-grandchildren. The last picture is of her with her FIVE children, now 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Of the 2 grandchildren missing, one was in Tennessee and the other was in Africa. Once the festivities were over, Z looked at me and said, "Momma, we got a lot of cousins!". Boy is she right!!

After the family get-together, we went to the beach for a very short vacation. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera down with me to the beach and pool so no pictures to share. The kids had a blast though and no one ended up in the ER this time. Z and C can swim a little with their heads under water and M loves the ocean. They all attempted to build sand castles but mostly destroyed mine. They all love to eat fish and shrimp at the "restaurant". (that is their name for any place that we go and eat and sit opposed to the drive-thru windows at fast food places)

Daddy is extremely busy with work and we are trying to make some repairs to the house. I just finished selling the rest of the kid's old clothes, toys, cribs, and junk at our annual multiples fall garage sale. This year's sale was gigantic. I have never seen so many clothes in all my life and most were priced $1.00 and $2.00. Needless to say, I finished clothing the kids for the fall/winter and picked up some "gifts from Santa".

The kids start back to MDO (mother's day out) next week and will attend 3 days a week this year. I am very excited about this b/c my 'Prissy Pieces' business is taking off and I need all the extra (kid free) time I can get to catch up on orders. I am currently working on a new prissy pieces website. It has taken forever to switch hosts sites. I hope to have it up and running in about a month. I know that sounds like forever, but I am getting someone to create me a new site and I have a lot of pictures to upload.

That's our monthly summary in a nut shell!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Van Gogh???

The kids have been begging my to "do some fun games" so tonight after dinner, I decided to let them paint. What started out as harmless painting on a piece of construction paper (with newspaper underneath) turned into full body painting. At first I scolded them for painting on their hands, then I thought, "What the heck?" and let them go for it. As you can tell, they had a blast. They even painted each others "missed" spots.

The first picture is Z. The second picture is M and the 3rd picture is C imitating me saying, "oh my goodness!". The 4th picture is the finished product and the last picture is remnants of the fun that we had.

Could there be a Van Gogh in the group?? Only time will tell!!!

Dog Days of Summer

As most of you probably have been, we are finding ways to beat the heat this summer. The kids 2 new favorite places are the library and the pool. The first picture is of M putting her arm around C while he watched a movie about diggers that he chose from the library. She put her arm around him and said, "It's your favorite movie Clay. Good job!". Z decided that she wanted her picture taken too, so she went over for a pose as well.
At the library, I allow them to each pick out a movie and then I pick out a family movie. It is fun to see what movies they are interested in each week. It could be princess. It could be Bob the Builder and one week their favorite movie was "Puff the Magic Dragon". The next exciting (and stressful) part for me is the hunt for the perfect book. They haven't quite learned that you don't pull out every book just to look at the cover to decide if you like it or not. At our very first trip to the library, Z found a book this way entitled, "Z's Hats". She was so excited that her name was on the book and that she found it. C loves any books about cars, diggers, firetrucks, or machines. M loves books about Barbie, princesses, and anything that has a pink cover. She will say, "Oooh! It's so pwetty. I want dis one". After they have chosen their books, they get to play on the computer or with the 50+ puzzles that are out on the tables. They also have some birds, fish, and other animals around the room that they can look at. The library has definitely been our favorite indoor weekly activity.
I don't have pictures, but we went to Pump It Up one day with 2 sets of quadruplets. My kids had so much fun. For those of you reading this who don't know what Pump It Up is, it is a room full of large, inflatable slides, mazes, and bounce houses. The kids 1st went when they were really little. M and C had just learned to walk and Z was still crawling. This was there first time to go back since then and it was awesome. It gave me a workout as well. Z had trouble climbing to the top of some of the slides so I had to help her. As you can guess, I also had to go down the slide with her too. I'm sure that was a real pretty sight to see.
The kids other favorite summer activity has been swimming. They are all swimming so well with swim floaties on. The next set of pictures are of M, C, and Z getting ready for the pool. (Don't you love M's boots?) She is big into dress up now and those are her favorite accessory. The last 2 pictures are of them in the pool. Z and C are floating on their backs and M was just swimming around. They still don't like to go completely under water yet but they will jump off of the side and swim the length of the pool. Today we had to cut our swimming short b/c it was 101 degrees. The pool water felt like bath water.
Other than going to the library, Pump It Up, the pool, and the occasional playdate at someones house, we have been hanging out at home. I am trying to get ready for my big multiples garage sale at the end of this month and we are trying to sell our house to move to a better neighborhood with a good school system. I am also continuing my "Prissy Pieces" business; however, my website is currently down for those of you who check it often. I hope to have it back up and running by Sept. and I will have lots of new items on there.
The kids are all over 40 inches tall now and weigh between 34 and 37 lbs. As you can tell from the pictures above, they are very tall. The girls hair is extremely long. Since the pictures at the very top, I have cut 3 inches off of M's hair and about 2" off of Z's hair. Some of their favorite or cute sayings these days are:
C: "I need to tell you a question." "Rest with me mommy" "My po is sticky"
M: "I like your pwetty ______!" "I am wearing a handsome suit" "
Z: She is so smart. She repeats a lot of what we say. She is also testing the waters with being sassy and demanding. She also thinks it is cute to call me "Kim" every now and then.