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Monday, June 30, 2008

No More Formula!!!

Jenna is finally off of formula. She has been the smallest and hardest to feed since day one. Saturday we mixed our last jug of formula. I can't beleive my kids are off of formula and babyfood. They have changed so much in the last 6months. We can do new things everyday. They are climbing on the furniture, playing with bigger toys, and learning to love each other. I feel like a chapter is coming to a close for us. I feel like my babies aren't going to be babies for very much longer. It scares me to think about it. We have enjoyed it so much, and now it is fading away.

I bought a book by Karen Kingsbury when I went to the Women of Joy Conference in April. It is called:

Let Me Hold You Longer

Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts:
First smiles and teeth and baby steps,
a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past,
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…

The last time when I hold a bottle
to your baby lips.
The last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip.

The last night when you woke up crying,
needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket,
wanting to be rocked.

The last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold.
The last time that you said you'd marry
me when you grew old.
Precious, simple moments and
bright flashes from your past-
Would I have held you longer if
I'd known they were your last?

Our last adventure to the park,
your final midday nap,
the last time when you wore your favorite
faded baseball cap.

Your last few hours of kindergarten,
those last days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League,
last colored picture made.

I never said good-bye to all
your yesterdays long passed.
So what about tomorrow-
will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog
in that old backyard pond.
The last time that you run barefoot
across our fresh-cut lawn.
Silly, scattered images
will represent your past.
I keep on taking pictures,
never quite sure of your lasts...

The last time that I comb your hair
or stop a pillow fight.
The last time that I pray with you
and tuck you in at night.
The last time when we cuddle
with a book, just me and you.
The last time you jump in our bed
and sleep between us two.

The last piano lesson,
last vacation to the lake.
Your last few weeks of middle school,
last soccer goal you make.

I look ahead and dream of days
that haven't come to pass.
But as I do, I sometimes miss
today's sweet, precious lasts...

The last time that I help you with
a math or spelling test.

The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.
The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass.
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts...

The last time that you need my help
with details of a dance.
The last time that you ask me for
advice about romance.

The last time that you talk to me
about your hopes and dreams.
The last time that you wear a jersey
for your high school team.

I've watched you grow and barely noticed
seasons as they pass.
If I could freeze the hands of time,
I'd hold on to your lasts.

For come some bright fall morning,
you'll be going far away.
College life will beckon
in a brilliant sort of way.
One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you'll be missed.
I'll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.

Let me hold on longer, God,

to every precious last.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Pictures!

Tanya Siekman took our pictures last night. They are great! Enjoy!
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

To My Husband...

We have been married for five years. It seems like a lifetime ago that we met and started dating. You jumped in head first and I was a little slower to leap. I had no idea at the time that I was beginning a chapter in my life that would lead me to where I am now. I remember getting on my knees at my bed every night to ask God to let me keep you. I am so thankful that he let me.

I can't believe the journey we have begun. You took me to see the ocean for the first time. You took me to my first baseball, football, and college basketball games. How could I forget all the haunted houses we went to with the Premier guys. You were always there encouraging me through all the grueling trips to USI. You were also there when I walked across the stage at Roberts Stadium to get my diploma. I am so glad we took our spur of the moment trip to Las Vegas. We won't ever forget our trip to Florida. As bad as it was, I'm glad we went. Neither of us will ever forget the day we found out we were having quintuplets.

As long as I live I will never take our kids for granted. We worked so hard to get them here. I couldn't have made it through all the shots and medicine and stress that we went through without you by my side. The only thing that got me through the day when the kids were first home was knowing you were coming home at the end of the day.

Now we have five great, funny, crazy, growing kids. You are working so hard to provide and be a dad. The kids love you so much and I love you too. We said on our honeymoon that we would make it back to Hawaii on our five year anniversary. We may never make it back there, but we will always have our memories and the great fun that lay ahead with our new family. Our lives definitely haven't turned out the way we planned; but God has blessed us more than we ever could have dreamed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Father's Day!!

I can't put into words how great a daddy Rob is. I love it when he gets up in the morning and the kids go running to him saying Da Da Da. I love it when he gets home from work and they all wait patiently for their turn to be lifted high in the air and loved on. I love it how Ethan follows his daddy around everywhere he can and mimics everything he says and does. I could go on and on. It has been so amazing to see Rob's transformation into fatherhood. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us.

We Love You DA DA!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Day In The Life Of...

Our lives are changing everyday. We had a little time where they were discovering new things and doing a lot of changing. Now they have hit a span where they can do more and more everyday. We have kind of gotten past the eating everything in sight phase. Now the days are filled with hugs and kisses, laughter, and lots of playing. With that comes drama, drama, and more drama. They are playing so much more now. Jenna is walking and really trying to hold her own. Her personality is really showing now.

Our daily routine is very strict and the kids live and breathe by that schedule (me too). We get up around 7:15am. Sippy cups are dispersed and diapers are changed. In the mean time Jenna is given a bottle and tucked away behind the recliner or couch so her siblings can't find her. They remember what the bottle is for and take it any time they can. While they are beginning their morning play time, I am making breakfast in the kitchen. At 8:00am we eat breakfast. This usually consists of pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal. After that we play until 9:00am. At that time we go down for the morning nap. Landon sleeps in his bed, Ethan sleeps in Syd's bed, Jenna, Peyton, and Syd all go to the basement for their nap. They sleep for an hour and then we get up and find something new to occupy our time. It is getting too hot to go out in the day, so we are struggling right now with getting out if the house. At 11:00am we get juice and at 11:30am Jenna gets another bottle. 11:45am diapers get changed, and I make lunch. 12:30pm the kids go down for their afternoon nap. 3:00pm The kids may or may not be awake. We get milk cups, and diapers changed again. 4:00pm daddy comes home and plays with the kids. 5:30pm I make dinner and we eat by 6:00pm. Usually we go outside and play or go for a stroller ride until 7:00pm (unless we have to give baths). 7:00pm we get milk cups and Jenna gets another bottle. 7:30pm diapers get changed again and it is finally bed time!!! That is our day in a nutshell. We try to change things up some, but for the most part the same thing happens every day.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!!

We spent the evening outside the other day. When we came in for dinner the kids were filthy. I decided that they should have some ice cream. They loved it!!! By the end, Landon was a mess. It was a lot of fun watching them each figure out how they wanted to eat it. Sydney got a hold of it and pulled a handful off. She shoved all of it in her mouth and about 5 seconds later she started to cry. Poor thing had a brain freeze. After that mess I decided to give them each a private bath. That hasn't happened since they were really little. Now-a-days, we have to put 2 or 3 in at the same time. They were too sticky and dirty to share the water. I took before and after pictures. That was a fun day. Those are the days I love.

First Trip to the ZOO!!!

We made our first trek to the zoo. It never ends up being like what I envision in my head. We left at 8:30am for the annual MOMS picnic. We loaded the six seat stroller and also thought we would take my little brother and sister along. Once we got there we found that the stroller wouldn't fit through the entrance. We had to go in through a side gate which took us behind where the animals were. This is the hill we had to climb to get into the zoo. It was a small one compared to the huge hills we had to tackle later in the day. To make a long not very fun story short, we left at about 11:00 to get home in time for lunch and naps. The kids took everything in stride and did very well. We won't be going back until they care about seeing the animals. We have a funny story we won't ever forget though. That is what we are shooting for. Just because everything is magnified 5x we still want our kids to experience neat things. This is one of the first of many memories we will have.

The Many Adventures of Peytie

It's been a while since I've updated the blog. So, I am going to do a few entries tonight. My first entry is about our crazy Peyton. He is so funny. The pictures explain everything. He is the only one left who isn't walking, however, he can get into more predicaments than anyone else.

This little guy can get anywhere he puts his mind to. We were outside a while back and this is what he did. He climbed on all the chairs and the castle. He is getting closer everyday to climbing out of the pack-n-play. One of the pictures shows him trying to get over the gate.

We will be in really big trouble when he figures out that if he climbs on the toy box first he can get right over. It is amazing watching his mind work.