Thursday, June 28, 2012

kids do grow up

landon and colton

having just two kids to tote around is a breeze. today i took colton and landon to the park. not only did we get wet, but we also played a game of hid and go seek… colton is an awesome finder.

colton: mommy, i want to be little forever!”
me: how come?                             

colton: because it is more fun being little than being big.
picture taken by colton

what a wise boy.. being an adult can sometimes suck.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

four year old: how babies are born

clayton and lincoln 2008

landon informed me today how babies are born...
mommy: your mouth isn't very big.. i must have been really small.
he thinks a mother vomits out a baby.

gee, i wonder how big a mother's mouth would have to stretch for triplets? 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

kids and a rainy day

does the rain put anyone else is a dull mood? yesterday it rained all day, and i really did not feel like doing a thing. a lazy day is what was in store for me – or so I that is what i wanted.  

the boys were all getting restless. no one was getting along, and to be honest i just wasn’t on my “A” game. playing candyland 6 times in a row wasn’t on the top of my list of fun. 

we made a fort in their room – well I made it, and they watched. i thought it came out pretty good. as soon as I left the room, they “fixed” it. i swear i wasn’t offended, but mine was better.

baking  was fun, but messy.

some of the boys went outside with their rubber boots and raincoats to play.. five minutes later they were covered in dirt and had enough “fun.”

after telling them for the zillionth time to stop jumping on the couch, i took them to the…. mall playground. 
I was there with the rest of the town to play in the indoor playground. as my boys ran around like wild monkeys, i looked around at all the faces of the other parents. some were on their phones, and some were yelling at their kids to play nice. but most were just sitting with blank stares. what were they all thinking about?

Friday, June 22, 2012

beach day with mommy

waiting for the shuttle

when will it get here

i took the boys to the beach the other day and even though the people next to us did not speak english the pointing and hearing word quadruplets repeatedly throughout the day let me know we were definitely the topic of discussion.

one woman approached us after observing us for a good part of the day. she found her chance when i was in the water. after chatting for some time – she told me that she was impressed on how well the boys were behaved and how well i handled them. 
apparently she did not see the way they behaved at the grocery store the other day and how poorly i handled them then…lol. i am almost sure the cashier had a few comments after i walked out the door. 





Thursday, June 21, 2012

raising twins x2

why is it that everywhere i go with the four boys alone i feel like people are watching me? oh, that is because i am being watched.

i know it is pretty cool that they are all boys, who cares if it runs in the family – it certainly does now, and no i didn’t use fertility treatments (what’s that have to do with anything?), they are 11 months apart, no, they are not identical, it can be a handful, i am a busy lady – but i love every minute of it (i answer these questions every time we go in public). and oh yeah, god bless me. that is what people say when they don’t know what to say – god bless you. (if only i had a quarter for every time i heard that. i could afford to stay home with my kids).

don’t get me wrong, i know that people are just interested – and the boys can be so darn stinking cute. i appreciate the kind remarks. it just makes a stressful situation more stressful when the kids are acting up  and i know i am being watched. people want to see how the lady with four young boys are going to handle the situation.

i have even had strangers come up to me that have seen me other places and remark how big they are getting, or “i think of you every time i find my child difficult – you have it times four.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

taking kids to the theater

sitting with a stranger took a little convincing - clayton and lincoln don't even like santa claus

last weekend the boys had a new experience. we went to the theater to see the production of click, clack, moo by the naples players. even though the naples daily news panned it, we decided to give it a try – especially since we got the tickets for FREE. free is always good, isn’t it?

the boys loved the show and were very well-behaved and engaged. (i can’t say the same for all the parents in the audience – one mother, sitting in the front row played on her phone the whole time – maybe it was a good game of angry birds). clayton announced afterwards that he is going to be in the theater when he grows up.

at one point the actors started spraying silly string at the audience. i was praying my kids wouldn’t get sprayed – some of them can be a little weird about that kind of thing. well my prayer was half granted. two of the boys got it all of them – colton and lincoln. i looked at colton and he looked as if he was going to cry. landon yelled out so everyone in the audience could hear, “that wasn’t nice!!!!”

i respond with, “wasn’t that funny.”

lincoln and colton did not share this humor – but no one cried and they got over it quickly.

next, water gun popped out. luckily we did not get sprayed with water too.

lincoln: “they must have gotten all their smileys!” (see:smiley chart )

towards the end some of the boys got to go on staged and dressed up as pigs for a scene. super cute!

what i like about the naples players is that all the actors are volunteers. everyone on stage is performing during their free time. that’s pretty cool.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

smiley chart

 in one of my first posts i talked about the decision to let the boys use water guns. in another post i wrote about the difficulty of trying to get the older boys to sleep at night. and something i haven’t posted about what dealing with clayton’s hot head. he does not always have nice hands with his brothers. 

so i came up with the perfect solution…ok not perfect.. nothing is guaranteed with parenting…nothing.
the three boys have a smiley chart (yes i am a kindergarten teacher). when colton and landon get 7 smileys in a row  for going right to sleep they get water guns. if they get a sad face they have to start all over. well we are now on our third shot at getting 7.

clayton on the other hand gets a smiley face at the end of the day if he makes good choices when his brothers bother him…he has had to start over as well.

lincoln . . .  well, he is going to have to wait till he has someone to play with.

perfect? far from it? thought i would give it a shot. we will keep this up for a little while then move onto something else.

Friday, June 15, 2012

boogers! boogers! boogers! GROSS!

after putting the boys in bed i hear clayton calling my name. i walk in and see his outstretched arms. thinking he wants another good-night hug i gladly crouch down to give him the biggest hug ever!

clayton: no mommy, i have something for you as he grabs my fingers.

i feel something crusty.

me: what’s this?

clayton: i have to give this to you so i don’t grow worms in my belly…

well, at least we don’t have boys that eat their boogers…

Friday, June 8, 2012

boogers and worms

the same night of booger worms (kids and boogers) i am about to go to bed when we hear sobbing in the little boys bedroom. thinking that someone went pee pee in the bed i think, oh i am too tired for this.
to my surprise instead of a wet bed i find a frightened little boy. clayton is sitting up in bed with monster tears running down his face.
clayton: i’m..i’m.. i’m scared!
me:  honey, did you have a bad dream?
clayton: i’m scared for lincoln! i’m scared, i’m scared for linnnncolln!
so maybe we went a little too far with the worm in belly story?
lincoln's completely unaware of his brother's concern for him
or maybe, just maybe some boys in our house learned a lesson. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

kids and boogers

bROTHERLY lOVE: top taken may 2012, bottom taken feb. 2012

as a kindergarten teacher i see kids pick their noses all day. my favorite nose-picking story is:

student: can you hold my hand?
me:  no, i just saw you pick your nose
student lifts other hand and says: but i didn’t pick my nose with this hand.

it would be a lie if i said that i haven’t ever seen my boys pick their noses. lincoln has discovered that he likes to eat his boogers. the kid won’t eat pizza, but he’ll eat boogers…i just don’t get it.
tonight we were sitting at the dinner table, and of course lincoln is watching the rest of us eat (this kid rarely eats, and yet he weighs more than the rest of his brothers – i don’t get that either) and drew catches him eat a booger.

one of us says: oh no! that booger is going to turn into a worm in your belly. lincoln of course starts laughing. using my most serious face i tell him that last night when he was sleeping i noticed something moving around in his belly so i opened his belly button and pulled the worm out. 

this kid wasn’t sure if he should believe us or not, so daddy tells him to look at his belly button. the crease in his button is where i had to sew it closed.
his eyes grow big! really big!
all four boys look down at their bellies and notice that they all look exactly the same.

landon: this must be from when i was a baby because i don’t eat boogers anymore. . . right… right.. right mommy.

drew tells lincoln that only way to kill the worm is to eat applesauce and drink milk.
i have never seen that kid scoop food in his mouth so quickly. after every bite he looked down at his stomach.

afterwards, we tell him to stand up so we can check his belly.

daddy: i think i see a line in on his belly….

lincoln’s eyes start popping out of his head.

all of a sudden we hear a deep breath and a child start to panic….

get it out! get it out of lincoln!! i don’t want lincoln to have a worm in his belly! tears are streaming down clayton’s face as he expresses concern for his brother.

tonight while putting them to bed..
clayton: mommy, ummm.. mommy.. does, does lincoln have a worm in his belly?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

preschoolers and their arguments

clayton: mommy, what are we going to do today?

me: going to school.

clayton: I rather go to the jungle… mommy, can we go to the jungle instead?

before I could answer… 
colton jumps in: no! the jungle is too far and we don’t all fit in a plane. we have too many people in our family!

I told him that we can’t fly because we have a big family. he thinks the reason we haven’t been on a plane is because they don’t make planes big enough for us..

clayton: bUT i wANT tO gO tO tHE jUNNNNNGGGLLLLLE!

landon: starts whinning… i don’t wannnntttt to go to the jungle!!! there are lions!

lincoln: how about tigers? can we ride them!

clayton: i like tigers. i won’t be scared. mommy can we go?

colton: no, we have to go to school clayton!

landon: i don’t like the jungle

clayton and lincoln: i do!

the kids argued over whether we could go to the jungle or not for several minutes.