Friday, May 29, 2009

Multiples Mayhem~

Cam Cam, Brycee Baby & Lina(lookin just like me as a baby)

Watching the launch~

Fun. Fun, Fun! Crackin each other up!~

Need a boost?~

A typical evening~

4 of the 5~

Jumpin time!

Heart Walk

For those of you who don't know me, I have spent my entire life living with some kind of heart issue. I have had open heart surgery, a defibrillator implanted in my chest, survived heart failure and am now facing the possibility of valve replacement. Believe it or not, none of the issues have anything to do with each other. I always say I have a little of every ones bad heart genes in the family. For the first time, I participated in the Heart Walk this year. I took all the kids and walked with Miguel and the kids adopted Grandma Jo. It was surprisingly an emotional day for me. I wore my read hat, which represents "heart survivor" along with a shirt I had made listing all of my deceased family members and remaining family who are living with some form of heart disease.

The back of the shirt says....

Grandpa Searl(deceased at 57)
Grandpa Jim (deceased at 42)
Grandpa Bob (deceased at67)
My dad (deceased at 36)
Grandma Bess(deceased at 67)
My brother Bob(deceased at 24)
My sister Kristy
My nephew Johnny
My son Jadon
My son Bryce

The front of my shirt~

JoAnn and I~
The boys and I~

Jace was terrified of all the costumed people....even the Subway sandwich! LOL.

My team, nothing unusual about this, I am used to being nearly 3 times younger than everyone else.....and probably more at risk of dying suddenly than any of them!
Love this one-Monkey and Grandma Jo~

All of us by the river, the day was beautiful!~

They play the song "I will remember you". The red balloons represent "heart survivors" and the white are in memory of loved ones. I could have used a few more white ones...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Kids


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Husband/Father for rent 1,000,000,000,000/hr

Description: Works hard all day and is capable of coming home to not 1, but 2 sets of multiples 3 and under. Immediately begins helping with dinner or distracting the children so mom can finish preparing a meal for 7. Takes older children on 4 wheeler rides every night. After dinner begins "to do list" while multitasking playing with children until bed time. Participates in bathing, changing and preparing children for bed. Assists in trash removal , table clean up, laundry, and dishes. After all is clean and quite, he moves on to the "to do when children are asleep" list, (such as staining doors, painting or hanging new light fixtures). He then goes to sleep around 11:30 and wakes when the alarm goes off around 6 am to return to his paying job. On weekends he plans fun family oriented activities. He also does yard work, plows driveways, fixes vehicles, mows lawns, cleans the house if needed and all other tasks listed above. He can also cook, is a great handyman and randomly brings home flowers "just because".

He's a very involved dad and doesn't wate time on stupid things such as video games~

He's a great role model in teaching the kids how to be responsible~

He's also great at mutitasking~

The price may seem a little unreasonable, but to US, he's priceless! :)~

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mommy's don't get sick days

Attatck of the Crying Babies!~

So here we are, going through another week of the stomach flu(seems like we just did this a couple of months ago). I can deal with pretty much anything and usually go through it with a pretty good attitude, but NOT when I am sick at the same time as the kids(which is a rarity). Today, I thought I was going to loose my mind(not that I have much of one left anyway). I was up all night, very sick, lost 4 lbs over night and the result is a very over tired, dehydrated, fatigued mommy that has to care for 3 sick babies and 2 demanding toddlers. It was not a good day. About an hr before daddy got off work, all hell had really broke loose. The house was a disaster and I couldn't even think with the noise level as loud as it was. Well, as the babies were attacking me (like in one of those horror movies where the dead start attacking the live), I thought, "I have to escape and I have to do it quickly". So, I climbed over the back of the couch, grabbed my camera, snapped a picture of "pure chaos" that was causing my "temporary insanity", for proof, in case I had completely lost it before the secondary care giver had returned home from work. I figured, if I had the proof, I may actually have a fighting chance in court to get them back from child services when I regained my sanity. But just before leaving my "I quit" note on the door, I came to my senses.....I grabbed a box of Cheerios, threw them on the floor to feed the raging wolves(like I told you, I wasn't in my usual frame of mind) turned Barney up as loud as I could bare(that purple dinosaur has helped me more times than you know) and laid on the floor so they would all stop screaming they could all get the individual attention they needed....need I say more? . As for now, Alina and Cam are still sick with random vomiting and I only had to put Cam in the tub 4 times today for his awful diaper rash, poor baby! Thankfully we are all here and have made it through yet another, Vomit Fest!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Party of 7

I found the perfect table! It's a beautiful counter height table, made of solid Birch wood and fits anywhere from 4-8 people. There are 4 side leafs that fold down individually and tuck away conveniently. When the leafs are extended it is a large round table and when folded down it becomes a square pub table. But you can leave some up, some down, etc. The possibilities are endless! You are probably wondering why I would be so excited about a table, right? Well, eating at the table together is something that is very important to us. It's our time to connect at the end of long, busy, crazy, chaotic days and a place we gather to start off our fun filled weekends.

The perfect table :)~

A view from the living room~

A view from the kitchen~
This is our patio set that we used for the first 6 months we lived in this house. It worked great for us, but the babies were constantly standing underneath of it screaming at dinner time to be a part of what was going on up top. It's now where it belongs on the deck and thankfully we have built in seating around the deck which allows us to all sit at it on warm days.
I had a bunch of really cute pictures of the kids first time sitting at the table, but apparently I didn't upload them before I emptied my picture card. Anyway, they were so cute and so excited to be a part of what was going on! Cam was so content you didn't hear a peep out of him and he just kept this "I'm such a big boy now" look on his face. Alina just kept smiling and couldn't get her finger foods in her mouth fast enough. Bryce had to check things out by looking under the table, through the back of the chair and feeling the one next to him~

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Backyard Paradise

~The Rides~
I think we need a few more of these, don't you?~
Jacey boy~
Lina & Cam

~The Swingset~

What are brothers for anyway, right?!
Watchin all the action~

~The Trampoline~
The babies lovin it!~

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Creamers Field

We took a walk to Creamers Field so all the kids could see the birds that have returned for the summer(they really do fly south all winter from here).

The moms, pushing our Double, Triple and Quad strollers~

Alina, Bryce and Camron with their friends Ciana, Camden and Colten, one of the other sets of triplets born in 2008 in Fairbanks. They usually only happen here once every 7 years, but in 2008 there were 3 sets born(in all of Alaska), all resulting in 2 boys, 1 girl. Each set has 2 blue eyed babies and 1 brown eyed baby and gives each of their mothers only 1 girl.
3 moms with 13 kids between us and 1 more on the way.
Ciana and Alina. They were instantly attached!~Ciana has 5 brothers and Alina 4.....these two had better stick together, someone has to put all those boys in their place!~
The boys running down a trail~

Camron, Bryce and Alina~

Jadon and I~