Down on the Farm

Cute Chicks Down on the Farm…and One Cool Turkey

Down on Grandma Chris and Grandpa John’s farm I found:

A baby quail

Two cute chicks, Emma and Kiley, and a duck. Quack quack.

A cool turkey and a hungry Koda...who is pretty cool too!

And a hopeful Emma, "Please don't poop on my head!"


STOP…while I kiss these kids.

 The walls in this house are making the rooms much smaller and the kids are getting to be excellent climbers. We really need to get out a little more.

 It used to be so easy to throw a couple kids into the car and go. Now, with four children-and three of these under two- it is a major production to get out of the house (even though I wouldn’t change it for anything). And we especially haven’t gone anywhere this winter with super tiny preemies unless we had to.

But…The weather is getting nicer, the girls are getting bigger, and we are getting spring fever. And sometimes…a girl just needs to get out and have a little fun, even if she does have four kids in tow, and even if it is just to the library (which is pretty exciting to me).

So the other day as I’m guzzling the last of my hot tea, the best part with all the sugar at the bottom, I tell Bradley we are going to have to get a move on so we can go to the store. I’ve been dying to buy a new camera, need one badly, and have been saving my pennies, LOTS of them. I figure, might as well go to Best Buy and get one. Getting this gang ready and out the door is a lot of work, but I’m up for the challenge.

But of course, as soon as I decide this all hell breaks loose…or just lil’ Elsie’s lungs screaming at full blast, and she has a scream like a siren. So I take care of my poor colicky baby and try to get the rest of them ready, and it’s amazing what you can do with baby in arm. By the time I run around and go back and forth, all the kids are clean, hair and teeth brushed, they are all looking cute…and I am a sweaty mess and not even close to being ready. Thank goodness for ponytails and messy buns, otherwise we would never make it out the door.

Two trips to the car…yep, you heard it right, it only takes me two trips and I’m quite proud of this. I carry Collin first, then a car seat on each arm for my last load. It’s getting harder because they are getting bigger, but my arms rock! 

Look out store, here we come!

 But wait and STOP…this is where I kiss my kids… and brag about how well behaved they are at the store.

Bradley holds one of Collin’s hands and I hold the other…and my other arm is carrying two car seats, one resting on my arm and the other in my hand. We are quite a sight as we walk through the parking lot. And really, this is where it could get a little hairy…Collin could take off,  Bradley could refuse to help…but no, they are both angels. In the store, around all these expensive electronics, Bradley leads Collin by the hand and lil’ Collin just trails behind. They are so cute and I manage to make it through the store without the babies waking up and I didn’t loose any kids. Wow.

I am just so proud of my boys. And for that performance I let Bradley pick where we went for lunch, McDonald’s of course.

Our little outing was perfect, except the camera wasn’t in. Now I’m just waiting for it in the mail. I spent the extra six bucks to have it shipped, who knows when we will get out of the house next, so it was worth it.


p.s. I have a double stroller but it doesn’t fit in my SUV. So we wing it. And you should see me load all the kids in the tiny vehicle, it’s comical. That could be a post all of its own.

Family Day

Brad just shuffled off to bed, dragging his slippered feet across the hardwood floors like a blind man on ice. Murphy must be just as tired because he high-tailed it to the recliner to keep the chair warm. I would like to go to bed…but that’s not happening for a little while anyway.

We spent the day with my parents, grandparents, and my sister and her family. I love having a big get together with the family. Jessica made a big pot of chilli with noodles on the side. We played Scrabble and I was highly distracted by the lemon bars baking in the kitchen (Jess really spoiled us today, what a good sis).


My beautiful and talented niece, Hannah, took a ton of pictures today. She loves taking  pics as much as I do. I  can not show them all, but I will post a few of my favorites.
Thanks Hannah!

Jonas, Collin, and Bradley


Look at those muscles!!! Bradley


I will be sharing more of Hannah’s pictures soon. I have a project in the works. Stay tuned to find out!

And now  the girls are finally asleep, so I guess it is now my turn to shuffle off to bed.


Purple Monkeys, Bouncing Babies, and One Tired Momma

The Quad Cities Mother of Twins Club had a fundraiser tonight at Monkey Joes, one of those bouncy jungle gym places. So the twins stayed home with their dad (they are too little to go anyway) and I took the boys on a little mommy/son date. We had a great time and I realized it has been FOREVER since I have taken both my boys out without babies. We had a great time. We had Kids’s Meals at Burger King and a bouncing good time at Monkey Joe’s. That is why this post is going to be super short, super simple, and not very creative. I am one tired mommy.

They ran, they jumped, they played. They bounced, they skipped, they slid.

Thirsty boys taking a break.

I ran, I chased, I cheered, I watched. I climbed, I slid, and now I am one tired momma


good night