Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Road Trip '09

My goal was to be on the road by 4am. We were only 9 minutes late which is not to darn bad. The kids and I slept off and on the first part of the trip so it went by pretty fast for us. Jake on the other hand was pounding Red Bulls to help keep him awake. Here's the first leg of our journey.

We stopped for breakfast in Louisiana and to change the kids clothes. They were still in their PJ's. After a quick stop at McDonald's, we were back on the road. I drove for a while, so Jake could sleep.

We stopped off for picnic lunch we had packed at a local park in some small town in Mississippi. We let the kids run around for a while. It was HOT! But it was a good break from the car and it kind of wore them out. Then it was time to hit the road again.

Alabama was probably the kids favorite state on the trip. We got to drive through a big tunnel like "Thomas". See a HUGE battleship and old airplanes. We also got to see a cruise ship up close and the kids loved the "BIG boat".

We finally made it to Florida, and we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. We stopped off in Pensacola for a snack, gas, and bathroom break and a change of clothes for the kids. We were told from there it would be an hour and a half. Factor in crazy ridiculous traffic, a stop sign every 100 yards and the fact we were only five miles away from Panama City, it ended up taking almost three hours. But we survived! We even started planning where we want to go next year.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Move over Dan and Dave

There's a new Dynamic Olympic Duo in town!

And taking the gold medal in the event of potty training! Hudson and Carter!!!

The boys are officially potty trained. And I gotta say, having one kid diapers, way cooler than having four kids in diapers! It's been almost three weeks, and the boys have well exceeded my expectations. A few Thursday's ago, I decided that it was time. We woke up, I told them no more diapers, and that was it. They did great. We've had a few accidents, which is to be expected, but we are out and about almost everyday, and have not had one in public, yet. Carter is still wearing diapers at night, but Hudson is in underwear. The constant running to the potty gets a bit annoying at times, but I'm glad to do it if it means NO MORE DIAPERS!!! And to those of you who asked my secrets, I wish there was one. I just took the diapers away and told them they were big kids now. No pull-ups. They also have their special underwear. Hudson has Mickey Mouse, and Carter has rockets ships. If they have an accident, they have to wear plain white ones, and trust me, to them, it's the end of the world. Yes, it sucks the first day, but if they are ready, it's not bad at all!

In the picture, the boys are wearing Jake's medals he got at a conference. The first thing they ask for in the mornings are their sunglasses, "necklaces" and fast shoes!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Charlie is 7 months old!

I know, I know, he's almost eight months old and I'm running behind again! Maybe one day I'll catch up. The big man is now seven months old. And with age, he is rapidly becoming a high maintenance child. He has turned into a terrible eater and an even worse sleeper. He takes a fifteen minute nap in the morning, a twenty maybe thirty minute nap in the afternoon. Then the night comes and he is up every two to three hours. I'm not quite sure how to handle this since the triplets slept through the night at four months, and for the most part, are great nappers. So we'll keep plugging along and pray for a little sleep. I'm exhausted! He is still in nine month clothes and still only has two teeth. He is sitting crawling and pulling up. He wants to be big SOOOO bad! He's still doing good holding his bottle and 95% of the time, he is super happy. He rarely cries, but when he does, stand back, he will let you have it. We were at the doctor a couple of weeks ago for an ear check and he weighed in at 18lbs, 14oz. He's finally putting on some chunk. Now if he would actually eat, there is no telling how big he would be. Here is the big man's pic with his bear, along with the triplet's pics for comparison. I can't believe how much bigger he is than them!

Charlie 6 months

Charlie 7 months

Hudson 7 months

Ella 7 months

Carter 7 months

I promise some more posts about the boys and their potty training, our trip to St. Louis, and more about our trip to FLA!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Table for six, no highchairs please!

So we've been without internet for about a week now, (we are switching providers) and we are at my parent's house so I thought I would give a little update. Thursday night, we dropped all four kiddos off at Jake's parent's house and are off to St. Louis for an adult only trip. My mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend, and Jake and I are off for a little get-away. We are going to see some baseball and just RELAX!!! This is me and Jake's first trip since the triplets were born. The longest we've ever been able to get away is one night so I am pumped. I need this, I need a break, and the kids need a break from me! So hopefully when we return home, we will have internet and I will be able to tell you all about what's going on, like the boys being POTTY TRAINED!!! Have a good weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Seacrest Beach '09

Well we are finally settled back into our routine around here. It took forever! But we had an absolute blast on our trip. I was honestly surprised. I didn't think we enjoy the beach as much as we did. We went everyday and had the best time. Ella and Carter LOVED the ocean! They went out to the sandbar everyday with us and rode the waves. Hudson on the other hand, hated the "big water" as he called it. He cried everyday when we told him we were going. He loved the sand and played all day everyday in it. We made him go out on the little inflatable boat once thinking that if he got out there, he might actually like it, not so much. He screamed bloody murder! We also had a shark encounter. Thursday morning, the whole crew was there and some were out on the sandbar about one hundred yards out, and some were up on the shore playing with the kids. Jake and Ella were out in the water, and Carter decided he wanted to go out. So he and I headed out. We had swam half way out when we saw everyone swimming/running our direction. So without realizing what was going on. Then we hear "Shark!, Shark!". So we start counting children and adults making sure everyone in our group was there, and sure enough there was a four foot shark cruising along twenty feet from the shore. Of course not ten seconds after it passed, everyone was back in the water. We didn't take the kids back in though, and we all stayed a little closer to the shore. Everybody else left Friday morning, so our little crew rented bikes and the little Tag-Along carts that went with it, and explored the area. It was HOT! But we had a great time and the kids seemed to enjoy the bikes. We had an AWESOME time and can not wait to go back next year!

Here are some of my favorite pics we took over the week. We took over four hundred, so it has been a little time consuming narrowing them down. I'll post about the trip there later, including video commentary! I know you can't wait.

In hindsight, this picture should have been a pretty good indicator on how Huddy was going to feel about the "big water".

"What in the..., you want ME to go in THERE!" - A very wary Huddy

Charlie Baby, relaxing on the beach

Huddy peering out into the "big water"

Two of my favorite boys

Carter man

Miss Ell playing in the sand

Charlie and me. This dude is a fish boy! He loved the ocean and the pool.

This was the last day and Jake told the boys to say "Bye to the ocean, see you next year." Huddy answered "Bye big water, no come back!"

Here are some more pics of our trip!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We Survived!

Not only did we survive to tell the tale of Destin '09, we had and absolute blast. The trip there was PERFECT!!! The trip back, not so much. But we could not have had more fun and I promise to blog all about it. We are still trying to get everything back in order, and get out of "vacation mode", which is killer with the kids! Carter is heading up to OK for a couple of quality days with Yia-Yia and Pops. And with the Holiday, I hope to honestly get some blogging done before the weekend is over. We took almost 500 pictures, so there is alot to go through and get organized. So for now here a pic of our little fam, Friday morning at the beach. Thanks Brynn!