Sunday, July 5, 2015

Independence Day 2015

Last year, 3 of our quints were still in the NICU. We really didn't do a whole lot for the 4th of July. This year, three of our quints are really sick with strep throat. We can't catch a break, two years in a row. On top of all the quints were sick (3 were really, really sick), it also rained all day long! I had planned on letting the kids play in the blow up pool, my mom bought a slip 'n slide for the big kids and we were going to grill steaks, but all the swimming activities were rained out. We stayed inside all day trying to keep the kids comfortable and happy. I decided I wanted this to be a fun 4th of July for my kids so I invited my family over. Everyone brought their own steaks, Steven did the grilling, and we had potatoes, salad, and bread. The food was delicious, but the company was the best part of the day. I love getting together with my family. It's always wild, crazy, and loud when everyone is over, and that's just the way I like it.  :)


Brady & Brant used their flags like swords and had a flag fight.
The girls looked super duper cute in their little red, white, and blue outfits. I found the outfits at Walmart and they only cost $2.88 each!!! I call that a quint mom win!!! I love finding cute outfits for cheap!!! I also got Brady's shirt from Walmart for $5. Brant's outfit was a hand-me-down from Brady.




Love my big guy

Houston, We have a problem!!!! The quints have figured out how to get out of the "safe area".

Party in Brant's room!!!!

Tessa was excited!

A crib full of little seals!

Happy 4th of July!!!

I threw together a few decorations. If you have mason jars around the house, you can make the cutest decorations & quick! I love mason jars!!!

Time to eat!

Gracie wanted some potatoes.

Papa Berney

Aunt Marty and Brant

The quint table

The big kids played washers.

My sisters

Family selfie! We had to try out Kara's new selfie stick. 
I hope each of you had a wonderful and blessed Independence Day! I'm so thankful to live in the great USA!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mailbox Messages

I love reading blogs that give me ideas of things to do with or for my kids. I think it's so wonderful when mama's share ideas with each other. This year, I'm going to start a new tradition for the holidays and I wanted to share them with you. 
I love the holidays and I feel, as a mother, it's my responsibility to make my children's childhood as special, wonderful, and memorable as possible. I've come up something called mailbox messages and we are going to start this year.
We have a mailbox for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.

For Thanksgiving we have our Thankful Thoughts mailbox. Starting on November 1st, Steven and I will write each of our kids a thankful note and put it in the mailbox. For example: I might write Brady a note that says, I'm thankful you're such a wonderful big brother to your brother and sisters. Each kid will get their own note from both Steven and myself, and we'll do this everyday in November until Thanksgiving morning. I'm going to keep up with all the notes, and make them into a book for each kid to keep. As the kids get older, they will start writing notes to each of their siblings. I think this is a great way to teach my kids to have thankful hearts. There are several variations you could use the Thankful Thoughts mailbox for, I plan on using it in my classroom someday when I go back to work.

For Christmas we do Elf on the Shelf. We actually have two elves, Buddy and Ruby. Every night when our elves fly up to the North Pole to report to Santa about how the kids are acting, Santa will write them a letter, encouraging them to continue to have good behavior. Their notes from Santa will be in our Christmas mailbox that's called Merry Mail each morning. 

Valentine's Day
For Valentine's Day, Steven and I will write Love Notes to the kids. We'll start on February 1st and go until Valentine's Day on the 14th. On Valentine's Day, I'll put each kids love notes together and make a little book for them to keep. As the kids get older, they'll start writing each sibling a love note every day letting them know one thing they love about them. 

I bought the mailboxes at Hobby Lobby. They are originally $7, but I waited until they were 50% off to buy them. I have a very talented friend who is very artistic, she did all the painting for me. I can only take credit for the idea, but not the creativity. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quint Update - 15 Months

As of last week, this mama took the pacifiers away. I only let the quints have their paci at nap time and bedtime. I probably picked a bad time to take the pacifiers away because they are all sick with a virus, but oh well. So far, they're doing pretty good. I decided to bite the bullet and take the pacis away because I'm so concerned about their speech. They are all delayed in speech so I am hoping now that they don't have something in their mouth all the time, they'll start talking more. Who knows, we shall see... All the quints are climbers, all of them! It's so hard to keep up with all of them. They like to escape the safe zone we have set up for them to keep them safe and corralled. They are starting to team up to get out of the safe zone.

Prayer Request:
*Please pray that they all get over this current virus soon.  Bless their hearts, they will catch a virus and no sooner when they shake it, they will catch a new one! I'm so ready for them to be healthy.
*Please pray that Mia will stop vomiting with all her feeds. I've talked on the phone with the GI doc in Dallas several times and I'm praying we're going to figure out a way to help her with her feeding issues.

Mia Danielle
Weight: 18lbs 8oz (15%)
Length: 28 3/4in (5%)
What's New: She is starting to stand on her own and is starting to get interested in walking more. She can walk on her knees and she's actually starting to take steps on her own. She is a climber. She's very quick, especially when she's trying to get away from you. She waves bye-bye.
Teeth: 4 - She's still missing her two front teeth, so she still looks like a little vampire, however, she's the cutest vampire I've ever laid eyes on!
Health Update: Mia has started vomiting again with every feed. She was doing so good and probably went 6 weeks without vomiting while eating (maybe a little vomit every once in a while, but nothing significant). We took the girls to the GI doctor at the beginning of June and he wanted us to speed up her rate on her feeds (she gets all her milk through the g-tube; it was taking an hour to feed her and the doctor wanted us to get that down to 30 minutes). When we started trying to speed her rate up, she started vomiting again, at every feed. We're now working on trying to get her to stop vomiting and we're leaving her rate at the rate it was originally. I've been so discouraged about her vomiting again. I'm so ready for her to be okay and eat normally. She is currently sick with a virus. I feel so bad for Mia; out of all the quints, she's the weakest and has the hardest time staying healthy. Our pediatrician said she's probably going to always be the sickest. :(
Personality: She is spunky! She has attitude! She is a diva!  She's very tough. She's funny and super duper cute! :)
Sweet girl

My little monster
Sleeping at the table

Selfie with mama
Us at the eye doctor. One of her eyes is more farsighted than the other. We have to go back in 6 months to have them checked again. I'm praying everything will look good when we go back in December; I don't want her to have an problems. 

Tessa Suzanne
Weight: 19lb 10.5oz (25%)
Length: 29in (5%)
What's New: She walks everywhere. She's talking and laughing more, we're starting to see more and more of her sweet personality. She likes to spit her food (all over whoever is feeding her) and then she'll laugh at you.
Teeth: 8
Health Update: She's been pretty healthy lately. She's starting to take her bottle more. She is consistently taking 3oz from her bottle. She's currently sick with a virus.
Personality: She's sweet, easy going, and happy. When I think of Tessa, I think of a lap cat; she will crawl up and sit in my lap, and she's just as happy as she can be (And I love every moment of it!).

Love that beautiful smile!

Sweet grin

She's seriously the sweetest baby ever!

Brant Lee
Weight: 19lbs 6.5oz (5%)
Length: 29 3/4in (5%)
What's New: He walks everywhere. He climbs on everything. And he knows how to escape from our safe zone. He hates being locked up in the safe zone. He gets his hair cut every two weeks. He's starting to talk more and repeat what you say.
Teeth: 8 - And he's not afraid to use them!!! He terrible about biting!
Health Update: He's been healthy. But currently fighting the same virus as his sisters.
Personality: Charming, demanding, full of energy!!! This boy wears me out!!! He's always on the go; he's always trying to escape from where we keep the quints (in the safe zone).
He climbed up on this table all by himself. 
My little monkey

Daddy and his boys

Half complaining/half smiling

Gracie Lou
Weight: 18lbs 15oz (15%)
Length: 29 7/8in (25%)
What's New: She's running from us!!! The girl walks everywhere, she hardly ever crawls anymore. If someone does something that makes everyone else laugh, she'll imitate them so she can get everyone else to laugh at her too. She is hilarious! She doesn't like getting her hair combed. She doesn't like ponytails, she always tries to take her hair down, and she tries to take everyone else's down too. She prefers hats over bows. She'll hit you. She eats everything and takes all her feeds from the bottle.
Teeth: 6
Health Update: She's been healthy lately, but has been running a low grade fever, so she's got the same virus as everyone else.
Personality: Full of life, loves to be the center of attention, drama queen. She's my social butterfly! She always makes me laugh! I sure love my wild and crazy Gracie!!
Gavin & Gracie

Sitting on brother

She loves to wear hats.

Her hair cracks me up.

These two are two of a kind..

Love this beautiful girl!

Rayleigh Ann
Weight: 19lbs 13oz (30%)
Length: 29 1/4in (10%)
What's New: Rayleigh walks everywhere. She loves to climb. She's still a mama's girl. She likes to be held. She waves and says bye-bye.
Teeth: 4
Health Update: She also has the virus.
Personality: Easy-going, chill, and sensitive. If you look at Rayleigh wrong, she'll start crying (I hear she got that from me). She is a loner; she's perfectly content at playing on her own.
Her hair is so long..

Rayleigh at VBS

Crazy hair

Climbing with Gracie

First time to have pig tails

I caught her climbing...

Sweet girl