Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Live and Learn

So I lived and I learned. Santa was a disaster last year so, we've been really talking alot about him this year. Every time we go to the mall, or any place Santa might be, we go and check him out. We stay a safe distance away, but talk about him,how he is just a guy, probably someone's Poppa. We look at him, they love his red hat. And watch the other kids sit on his lap, they always get a candy cane after they see him Hudson was instantly on board, Ella was tentative, and Carter wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. So after seeing him about fifteen times, I quickly realized that there was no way these kids were going to sit on Santa's lap. Charlie baby included, he really, really likes me! And it's not as if this man can hold all of them down, I mean there are four of them. So I decided the easiest, most painless, least traumatic way to get this done, was to be in the pic with them. So as opposed to the Easter bunny pic last year where they were all dressed up and I was in my jeans and t-shirt, I decided to get up and do my hair and put on something decent. And I'm happy to say, the kids did awesome! Carter was still a little leery of him, but he ended up doing OK. After we got done, they asked for their candy canes, but all they had were suckers. Ella asked where the candy canes were, and Santa told her that Wal-Mart was all out when Mrs. Clause went. She said, and I quote, "Oh you shop at Wal-Mart too! We love Wal-Mart. That's so awesome! Oh, I want a pink doggy toy, Carter wants a dump truck and Hudson wants a motorcycle". She kills me! So here's our pic with Santa and some pics of Christmas' past! And yes it's the same Santa, and yes he does remember us, he even said "No crying this year Mom!"

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Back by Popular Demand

I've had a special request (Aunt Leann) for a video of the kids dancing. So your wish is my command! Here's a quick clip I took of the kids while I was cooking dinner tonight.
A few of my favorite things about this video:
-Huddy at the beginning. He is by far my biggest music lover. I love driving in the car and looking in my rear view mirror and seeing him with his eyes closed just bobbin' his head. The brother just has the music in him!
-Carter yelling "It's Tricky". This old school Run DMC song is Carter's favorite!
-Big E, finding a way to boss the boys around even when we are trying to have fun and dance. "Stop running Cotter!"
-Some of our moves include, raising the roof, the sprinkler, Beyonce (All the Single Ladies), Frank the Tank (from the greatness that is "Old School") breakin' it down, and each of the kids own personal made up dances, along with much more!


And extra special thanks to blog buddy Feris for the new awesome blog header!! Isn't it too cute!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Playing Catch Up!

Well, once again, I have gotten way behind in my posts. I have a long list of things to blog about. Every time something funny happens, I go to my little drawer and right it on the list. I have about fourteen things currently on the list. So, I have to decided to start from the top, way back in October.

For those of you who know us, know we are HUGE OU fans. Boomer! So when our friend Miss Hollee invited us to a little friendly OU/TX plane pull, we were in! Hollee used to work at Southwest, so she had a little inside track. The kids are BIG into airplanes, or errplanes as my little southern talkers would call it. So when we got there and were surrounded by airplanes, they were pumped. We got to stand right next to a plane, which at first terrified the kids. Any time any one would get close to the propeller, the kids would freak. I aint raisin' no dummies! But once I assured them that the planed would not run over us, or suck us up in their wings, we kind of warmed up to the idea. We also got to meet real live OU "cheeyeadas" or cheerleaders for those of you not fluent in two year old Ella. Then, when the two teams pulled the plane, the wing went right over us and the kids loved it. They didn't want to leave so we watched a couple of planes take off and land which was just an added bonus to a great day.

Me and the kids with the "errplane"

Me and my people

Me and the kids, and Hollee and Lilly, with the OU cheerleaders.

Ell and her new friend Miss Courtney showing how we do "yonghorns" (longhorns)

Big E and her "real cheeyeadah pom-poms"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The trips turn three!

Happy Birthday to my three big kids! Hudson, Ella and Carter turned three years old today. They had a great day. Presents this morning, a party at school, cupcakes and more presents after dinner. I promise some pics and video later this week. We've been super busy with doctors appointments three days this week, plus two days of school, two days of CCM meetings and geting ready to head out of town this weekend. Hope everyone is having a good week!

Happy Birthday Hudson, Ella and Carter!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Charlie!

Dear Sweet Charlie baby,
Today you are one year old! I can't believe it has been a whole year since we met you. I will never forget the Saturday night we found out you were joining our family. I won't lie, I was terrified. I cried, I had no idea how I was going to care for and love another baby. I prayed, trying to understand what God's plans were. But before long, I was so excited! We never planned on having another baby, but without you, our family would not be complete. You bring joy to my life everyday! Your sweet smile, your killer blue eyes, your stubborn attitude. Your sweet snuggles early in the morning, your crazy splashing in the tub every night. The way you kick your legs when your putting yourself to sleep. The way you think you can do anything the big kids are doing. Your funny noises. Your crazy chicken fuzz hair. Your cheesy grin that is exactly the same every time. Every little part of you. I love you more than you could know and can't wait to see what the next year brings us! Happy Birthday Charlie Baby!

Love,
Momma

Monday, November 23, 2009

A big ol' pile of.....

LEAVES! Get your heads out of the gutter people! Last Wednesday, the weather was crazy nice, so we took advantage of the beautiful weather. We live in an older neighborhood with huge trees. And while those trees give us valuable shade from the hot TX sun, they bring a whole lotta leaves in the fall. Last year, with Charlie's impending arrival, we let the leaves go. But not this year. I decided while the kids were taking their nap I would rake some leaves up and we would jump in them when they woke up. It was a bit more daunting than I had originally anticipated, but I got us a big pile of leaves to jump in. I had visions of the kids in their winter hats and mittens with little red noses, but since it was seventy five degrees I decided I would not force my two year olds to sweat to death for my my own artistic vision. I did make them wear long sleeves to keep their little arms from getting scratched up. It didn't take long for the big kids to jump right in. Charlie baby on the other hand absolutely hated it. The leaves were really loud and the big kids were jumping around like crazy so he was not a fan. But he was more than happy to push his mower far around the perimeter. We played for a couple of hours and then it was time to bag all the leaves and get them ready for the trash man. The boys bailed and left me and Miss Ell to do all the dirty work. Lucky for me she is a big helper. It took us over an hour to get them all picked up and we had a great day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Daddy's cuttin' the Punkin off"

That's how the kids described Jake and his pumpkin carving. Needless to say, we did not allow the kiddos to carve, instead we chose to decorate with markers. I think the kids ended up with more marker on them than the pumpkins, but they had a great time!

Carter man
Huddy
Big E
Charlie baby

The whole crew

Big E-ster Huddy
Carter man
Charlie baby
All our little pumpkins

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pumpkin Patch '09

So I'm a little bit late with this, but better late than never right. A few weekend ago we took the kids to the pumpkin patch. We went when the kids were about ten months old, and didn't go last year, because it was hot and I was WAY pregnant. So it was like a whole new experience this year. The kids loved it. They did the pony ride and picked pumpkins. I think they thought the goal was to load up every pumpkin that was there. We had a little wagon to pull the pumpkins and they just kept loading pumpkins into it. Jake and I would take them out, but they would fill it right back up.

So here's some pics from our day, next post, decorating the pumpkins!

Huddy and his pony
Big E
Carter-man
Charlie baby and his baby blues
The four little monsters
Me and the big kids pulling our loot, love the people in the background staring!
The whole fam!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The neverending sickness

So when you have six people living in a three bedroom house, sickness spreads rapidly. It all started with Charlie on October 9th, and there has been someone sick everyday since. That's TWENTY-ONE days of sickness! It's the never-ending 24 hour bug that never ends. And we have also managed to take it to OK and infect many family members. Sorry! I'm so over the yuckiness! We have made five trips to the pediatrician and several trips to Target for medicine and crackers and ginger-ale over the past few weeks. There has been fevers, tummy issues, ear issues, and sleeping issues. Last Sunday, out of no where, the kids and Jake started throwing up, and someone was throwing up every hour for fourteen hours. Except me, how I didn't get it, I don't know. Thankfully, (knock on wood), we are on the mend. No one has had fever or projectile bodily fluids in about four days. Hooray! So here are a couple of pics of the kiddos. I'll have more posts coming up this week. The pumpkin patch, OU/TX festivities, trumpet playing, and much, much more!

Charlie baby after dinner. He is a crazy messy eater and this night in particular, his hair took the brunt of the messiness

The big kids getting ready to go outside and work in the yard with Dad. I over bundled them apparantly. Five minutes after being outside they were out of their jackets and asking if they could take their shirts off. They really love to be naked!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tulsa State Fair '09

A couple weeks ago we were up in OK for the OU game. The Tulsa State Fair was in town and we decided to take the kids. It was freezing and windy, so we layered them up and headed out. It was their first time at a fair and I was very curious to see how they would do. They LOVED it!

Here's the kiddos with my mom and dad.

Our first stop was the birthing center and petting zoo. We got to see a couple of chicks hatch out of their eggs, and some newborn pigs and sheep. One sheep momma had just had three sheep babies a couple of hours before we got there. I thought it appropriate to take a pic with the triplet goats.


Our next stop was the midway with all the rides. We saw some dancing otters which were awesome and decided that it was time to try a ride. The kids have never even seen a fair ride, much less ride one. Well needless to say, they were very only upset they got to ride two rides. Maybe the weather will be nice next year and we'll be able to try out some more rides!



Monday, October 19, 2009

Hands and Feet and Mouth, OH MY!!!

Poor Charlie has come down with Hand Foot and Mouth disease. Friday evening, we took the train to Dallas to participate in some OU/Texas festivities (more on that later). When we loaded up in the car at 5:28 he was perfectly fine. We rode the train and walked around downtown for a while. About 6:40, I looked at him, and he did not look good. His cheeks were bright red, he was all slumped over in his seat, just looking terrible. I felt his forehead and he was burning up. So we run to catch the train home, the next one was an hour later, and caught it just on time. He was on fire, screaming his head off, and I could not console him. After about ten minutes of this, I started crying. It was the first time I've not been able to get one of the kids to stop crying by holding them. I was just so worried, he got so sick, so quick. I'm not freakishly overprotective, or worrisome about illness, but this time I was a little nervous. I started stressing that it was the swine flu. Everyone down here has it and he's only had half his flu shot, because they ran out before he got the other half. He kept crying, then puked on the floor and luckily, we made it back to our station. After a few more hours of screaming he fell asleep. He cried throughout the night and his fever never got any better. I called the after hours line and they told me, do the Tylenol thing, keep him hydrated, keep an eye on him, etc. So the next morning, he wasn't any better and I was able to get into the weekend doc really quickly. They tested him for the flu, which was negative, thank the Lord, and then they diagnosed him with hand, foot and mouth. Which is viral, so we just have to wait it out. He slept most of the day Saturday, most of the day Sunday, and by Sunday evening, he was felling better. He slept great last night, and has been almost back to normal today. The other kids have not shown any signs of getting it yet, and hopefully it will stay that way. I'm a Lysol spraying, Clorox wiping machine. And so far it seems to be working.

This is Charlie baby on the train half an hour before he got sick, look how cute and healthy he looks!

Monday, October 5, 2009

First day of school!

A couple of weeks ago, the kids started school. They go Tuesdays and Thursdays. They absolutely LOVE it. This year, they have chapel, art, music and Spanish. When they come home they sing all their songs, and they almost have the ABC's down. They love counting to ten and show me all the time how they learned to pray with their hands folded. They are always totally worn out when they get home. They take a short nap, but it's not quite long enough. So needless to say, the afternoon is filled with meltdowns and exhaustion, and and early evening bedtime. But they love it and it gives Charlie and me some alone time to just hang out. So here are some pics from their first and second day of school.





Friday, October 2, 2009

Charlie is ten months old!

T-minus two months until Charlie baby is one year old! Crazy! His awesomeness has not changed, but plenty has. He has eight teeth with four more almost in. He is so close to walking it's scary. He is now letting go of things and taking four or five steps to try to reach something. But then he gives up and crawl because he is way faster that way. He is down to four bottles a day. He eats one about six in the morning. And then he eats breakfast with the rest of us. He eats whatever the big kids eat, and almost as much. Pancakes, waffles, fruit (bananas and grapes). And then he eats a bottle about ten and goes down for a nap. Lunch is harder because we eat alot of different kinds sandwiches and wraps so he usually eats mac and cheese or leftovers from the night before. After a bottle at two, he takes another nap. Dinner has led us to discover he is the least picky eater of the bunch. Baked salmon, tuna, chicken casserole, you name it, he will eat it. And then after a bath and bottle at seven, it's off to bed. He is still sleeping great, thank the Lord, and wakes up happy as a clam in the morning.

Here are pics of the big man with his bear, along with the trips for comparison

Charlie 10 months

Hudson 10 months

Ella 10 months

Carter 10 months

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Look who's walkin' now!

The Big Timer is starting to cruise. And not by pushing his little car around. I mean real time walking. OK, so not alot, but he did take several steps last night by himself. Here's the video proof.


Isn't that awesome! And to answer some questions. Yes those are the kids in the background cheering him on. They like to watch through the little screen on the camera and say "Hi" to whoever they see, hence my goofy waving at the camera. And no those are not leg warmers Charlie is wearing. Those are cut up socks I put on his legs because his poor tiny little baby knees are bright red and beat up and raw. They just look painful. And the two little dogs in the back on the blanket covered "doggy seat", as the kids call it, are Kirby and Klunkers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"My Jesus"

So the kids have started to have full conversations. With each other, with me, with anyone. So when we were in the car a couple weeks ago, Ella struck up a little convo with me which was nothing abnormal. But the dialoughe that followed, totally cracked my face up. A little recap:

Ella: Momma?
Me: Yes Ell?
Ella: My a girl like you?
Me: Yes, you are a girl like me.
Ella: My a good girl
Me: Yes, most of the time you are a good girl.
Ella: My a strong girl.
Me: Yes, you are very strong.
Ella: (Pause) MY JESUS!
Me: (Stunned silence)Uhhhh, no sister, you aren't Jesus.
Ella: No momma, my Jesus. (said very matter-of-factly)
Me: No, I'm sorry, you are not Jesus.
Hudson: (From the backseat) My Jesus?
Me: NO! No one in this car is Jesus!
Ella: OK! Can we go eat Chicky-Fries?
Me: Holy Moly.

They have been talking about Jesus alot. When we drive past church, they say "That where we see Jesus". When they see anything Christmas, "Oh that baby Jesus". They like to show me how they pray in chapel. But this was the first time any of them have every actually though they were Jesus. I'm sure it's just one of many strange conversations we will have over the next eighteen years.

My "Little Jesus"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Charlie is 9 months old!

I can't believe the Big Timer is less than three months away from being ONE!!! First of all he is still AWESOME! He has developed a killer and sometimes difficult personality. We have decided he would have been a terrible triplet and a very difficult only child. He hates to be held. He goes ALL THE TIME! If one of the triplets has to go to the bathroom I get them in the bathroom ready to go, I put Charlie sit him in the kitchen and run as fast as I can to wipe/redress a kid and there he is with his head or hands in the toilet. I try to hold him, but he is ridiculously squirmy. Like wild, crazy squirmy, almost too hard to hold. Our pedi even said he has never seen a kid move so much in all his years of practice. He is a champ of an eater. He eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with us, and bottles in between the meals. He chases the big kids and gets so frustrated when he can't go as fast as them, even though he is pretty darn close! He has started to let go of things and take step. I would say he will be walking in the next month. He is still sleeping pretty good and loving his days alone when the kids are at school. Oh, and he needs a haircut way bad, but I'm trying to hold off a little longer.

Here is Charlie baby with his bear and the trips for comparison.
Charlie 8 months

Charlie 9 months - 20lb 29in

Hudson 9 months - 18lb 9oz 27in

Ella 9 months - 20lb 28in

Carter 9 months - 17lb 11oz 27 1/4in