Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Last weekend felt like a whirlwind.  We started off by participating in our friend’s wedding, then we had our usual weekend errands followed by a birthday party, and Easter Sunday rounded it off.  In the midst of loading and unloading, one of the kids apparently switched an interior light on in the van.  Unbeknownst to us, it stayed on all night long.  After dressing everyone in Easter attire for dinner at Nisey and Poppa’s house our van battery flat lined.  Since the van is our sole family vehicle, either we’d go in the van or be marooned at home.  Naturally, the van was parked safely in the garage rendering the battery inaccessible for a jump.  Loading four toddlers into car seats isn’t an easy task so we had no intention of unloading until we arrived at our destination.  With all four kids loaded in the van, George pushed it down the driveway onto our street for a jump.  Though it was a bit of an ordeal, it did the trick and we were on our way.  The kids were good sports about it and sang the alphabet repeatedly while waiting.

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Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Almost immediately after arriving at Nisey and Poppa’s house the quads set out on an Easter egg hunt.  Thanks to the previous week’s practice, they knew exactly what to do.

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Rylin

Harper

Sydney

Mason

Even though he was capable of finding and collecting eggs independently, Harper asked GiGi to hold his hand, and she didn’t mind obliging him.

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Unlike last year when Rylin and Mason found the lion’s share, everyone collected a fair amount of eggs.

Egg hunt 2015

Easter 2015

Easter was the ideal opportunity for the boys to re wear their wedding threads, and the girls donned their wedding “back up dresses”.

Easter 2015

How did your family celebrate Easter?

Amber

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On the Hunt

Since the kids were about 16 months old, I’ve been a member of our local mothers of multiples club.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of the families with multiples that live within our community via an online group, play dates, and events.  The family events are a really nice way to enjoy toddler friendly entertainment nearby while also mingling with the group.  This weekend with the help of my friend, Jen, we went to the group’s annual Easter egg hunt.

In the week leading up to the event, we talked about the egg hunt each day.  In fact, we got our Easter baskets out of the attic and did a little egg hunting practice at home.   We also had fun creating Easter themed crafts (please visit my post on Twiniversity for our craft tutorials).  All of this pre-hunt chatter had the kids stoked for the big day.  The weather was stunning with sunshine and moderate temperatures.

The event coordinators did a great job organizing everything.  They cordoned off parts of the lawn by age group and spread out over 600 eggs!  Instead of filling these all the eggs, they set up a prize station where the kids could exchange the eggs for prizes. As we waited for the egg hunt to begin, the kids were entertained with a craft station where they decorated bunnies and eggs.

After the egg hunt, the kids exchanged empty eggs for prizes.

It was rather impressive how so many little ones stood behind the line awaiting the countdown for the egg hunt to begin.  Countdowns can be confusing…Sydney with her newly acquired counting skills counted up from one to ten.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Yes, your eyes are correct, Sydney has a huge bruise on her cheek and a Cinderella tat on her bicep….She looks like a scrapper, I know.  Honestly, I don’t know where the bruise came from and the tattoo was a reward for using the potty.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

After counting down from ten, it was a mad dash to collect the eggs.  The only problem is that my children seemed to think they should only grab their assigned colors, and therefore were off to a slow start.  They eventually got into the groove and found plenty.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

After the hunt, Harper wasn’t too happy as his allergies flared up from all that time on the lawn.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Of course, snack time brightened everyone’s day.  The crew enjoyed packages of Annie’s bunny crackers and applesauce pouches poolside.

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LCMOM egg hunt 2015

If I were left to my own devices, there would have been no pictures of this day.  Thankfully, several of the moms at the event and Jen snapped these.

With all of this practice, the quads will be professional egg hunters by Easter Sunday at Nisey’s house.

hugs!

Amber

Pink-Blue-Purple-Green

At some point before the babies’ birth, they were assigned colors: pink, blue, purple, and green.  As we began receiving baby gifts they were often in pink, blue, purple, green so I naturally assigned colors.  It helps us keep track of what paraphernalia belongs to each little person: cups, toothbrushes, or whatever.  Anything that comes in those four colors will be assigned.  We’ve done so much color assigning, the babies know their own colors, and the colors of their siblings.  At one point, I noticed that Mason developed an affinity for orange so I tried to assign him a new color.  It did not go over well.  When I gave him an orange straw cup, he handed it back to me saying, “No. No. No.”  When I switched it for his green one, he grinned then gulped his milk as usual.  I find myself choosing things for the babies based upon whether or not they come in the four assigned colors.  Easter baskets were no different.  Since the quaddlers are old enough to participle in an egg hunt, I wanted to buy them sturdy baskets that would last for a few years.

One afternoon, Nisey and I took the quads on a field trip to Hobby Lobby to choose Easter baskets.  There, we found an aisle almost solely devoted to Easter baskets.  I glazed over at the selection of baskets spanning from floor to ceiling.  White baskets with gingham liners immediately grabbed my attention.  They were adorable!  Except one thing.  They came in pink, purple, and blue.  No green.  There was no way I was buying both Mason and Harper blue baskets so I searched for more.  I feasted my eyes on yet another style, oval baskets in cheery pastels.  Yellow. Pink. Purple.  Aqua.  Arghhhh.  Nisey and I talked about buying spray paint to get all four colors, and then I spotted “the ones”.  Sturdy willow baskets in each of the assigned colors.  Hallelujah!  I snatched them up as fast as I could because they had exactly one of each color.  There was no way I was letting another Hobby Lobby shopper snatch one of my baskets.  Over the next few weeks, the babies took turns joining me on various shopping trips.  They are at the right age where they helped select Easter basket fillings, but didn’t get too attached or remember they picked out their own gifts.  The evening before Easter, I stuffed each basket and lined them up on our hearth.

Not only do I assign colors, but I also still like to put things in birth order.  I suppose it helps me keep things organized, and gives me the illusion of control.

Not only do I assign colors, but I also still like to put things in birth order. I suppose it helps me keep things organized, and gives me the illusion of control.

 

After breakfast, we opened the gate from the breakfast nook, allowing the quads to locate their own baskets.  They gleefully charged to the hearth where they zeroed in on their own basket, dumping contents everywhere.

The babies knew exactly whose basket was whose.  They still checked out the contents of the other baskets, however.

The babies knew exactly whose basket was whose. They still checked out the contents of the other baskets, however.

While three babies entertained themselves with new toys, my little Houtdini opened every last egg to release the hidden jelly beans.

While three babies entertained themselves with new toys, my little Houdini Harper opened every last egg to release the hidden jelly beans and he ate 90% of them.  I put just one jelly bean in each egg, and only gave each baby five so it wasn’t too many, but still.

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Following festivities at home, we headed to Nisey and Grandpa’s house for a family lunch and egg hunt.  My cousins, Seth and Ryan, collaborated with the Easter Bunny to make sure the egg hung was at “beginner level”, meaning the eggs were all in plain sight.  Everyone grabbed their own basket and headed out for the hoopla.  Only some didn’t see reason to keep their basket, and instead darted around the yard snatching eggs.  This style posed a problem after there were more than two eggs though.

 

This little lady was on a mission to locate every last egg.

This little lady was on a mission to locate every last egg, and she dutifully toted her basket everywhere.

Harper was pretty good at finding eggs.  He just didn't see any reason to bother carrying his basket.

Harper was pretty good at finding eggs. He just didn’t see any reason to bother carrying his basket.

It's a good thing, Dad didn't mind toting Harper's basket..

It’s a good thing, Dad didn’t mind toting Harper’s basket..

Sydney was content finding a single egg and carrying the contents around the yard.  She could not have cared less about hunting eggs.

Sydney was content finding a single egg and carrying the contents around the yard. She could not have cared less about hunting eggs.

Mason wasn't going to let Rylin have all the eggs.  He gave her a run for her money.

Mason wasn’t going to let Rylin have all the eggs. He gave her a run for her money as he filled his basket too.

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And....the final egg count.

And….the final egg count.

 

Last Easter, Nisey bought each of the quads a pair of bunny ears and we attempted a family picture with them.  It didn’t go as planned.  We attempted the same scene this year and the quads were highly disagreeable.  They insisted that Mommy and Daddy wear the ears instead.  We obliged, but no one sat still for even a quick snap.

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Bunny ears literally brought Sydney and Harper to tears!

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We enjoyed a lovely day with our family, especially given the gorgeous weather.  Despite the four ring circus, we didn’t forget the real occasion, Jesus’ Resurrection.   There is no better reason to celebrate than that!

 

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..

 

Happy Easter!

 

Amber

Happy Easter!

This is what it looks to get everyone ready for a quadruplet picture.  You have to footballl hold two babies each.

This is what it looks  like to get everyone ready for a quadruplet picture. You have to football hold two babies each then settle into place.

We all wore our Sunday best for Easter and attempted to take a family picture.  Not a single one turned out good.  The babies were far more interested in teh koi pond in front of them than the camera.

We all wore our Sunday best for Easter and attempted to take a family picture. Not a single one turned out as I envisioned . The babies were far more interested in the koi pond in front of them than the camera. And, Stella thought she’d join us for the family picture.

George and I have a rather large extended family within the metroplex so we typically make rounds for major holidays.  Having four preemies meant taking extreme precautions to prevent illness so our plans drastically changed this year.  Instead of our usual hustle, we spent the holidays on a smaller scale.  It was nice having low key holidays, but we missed many of our extended family members and all the family traditions.

With lock down officially OVER, the babies enjoyed their first extended family holiday on Easter Sunday.  They’ve seen the majority of our extended family, but in smaller doses.  This was the first time they were around family in full force!  We made the same faux road trip to Nisey and Grandpa’s as we did on St. Patrick’s day.    Like before, we fed the babies first thing in the morning, put them down for their morning nap then headed out after their lunch.  The idea was they’d get at least one good nap before we left.  They did great with the travel aspect of it all.  I always ask the babies how they are doing during transit and usually it’s silence so I assume all are sleeping.   I’m relatively certain Rylin did not take a nap during the van ride this time.  She was even keel the first hour or so we were there then she snapped and transformed into Banshee Rylin.   We attempted to put her down for nap in a Pack ‘n’ Play, but she wasn’t having that.   Sydney and Harper probably would have napped, but Rylin stirred them up so much they refused nap too.  I settled with letting the three of them take lap naps.  A lap nap is far better than NO nap.   Mason was duped into taking a nap when Grandpa lulled him to sleep.

With so many doting relatives around, George and I escaped all afternoon and evening feeds and most diaper changes too. That was a nice change of pace. For the most part, the babies were the  center of attention most of the day. However, before lunch we gathered together to reflect upon the meaning of Easter and what brought us there.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

I hope you had a Happy Easter this year and remembered why it is a day of celebration.

Mason tried to be a big boy who walks.

Mason tried to be a big boy who walks.

No one likes me, everybody hates me.  I think I'm gonna eat worms!

No one likes me, everybody hates me. I think I’m gonna eat worms!

With a house full of family members there was never a shortage of baby feeders.  I don't think George and I fed a single baby after 11 am!

With a house full of family members there was never a shortage of baby feeders. I don’t think George and I fed a single baby after 11 am!

The Super Seats helped the babies get a good view of what everyone else had for Easter lunch.

The Super Seats helped the babies get a good view of what everyone else had for Easter lunch.

Nisey thought Harper would enhance her Bunny centerpieces.

Nisey thought Harper would enhance her Bunny centerpieces.

Nisey and Grandpa gave the babies a huge Easter basket with bath toys, a bubble gun, books, and candy for the "big kids".

Nisey and Grandpa gave the babies a huge Easter basket with bath toys, a bubble gun, books, and candy for the “big kids”.

If you ever wonder where Harper got his good looks, I think it's from these two: Grandpa and GG Paw.

If you ever wonder where Harper got his good looks, I think it’s from these two: Grandpa and GG Paw.

Well, a nap in somone's arms is better than no nap at all.

Well, a nap in someone’s arms is better than no nap at all.

Harper seems to be quite the ladies man.  Grandma, Terri, and Nisey doted on him all together.

Harper seems to be quite the ladies man. Grandma, Terri, and Nisey doted on him all together.

The Super Seats are amazing for traveling spoon feeds!  Love them!

The Super Seats are ideal for traveling spoon feeds! Check out this feeding frenzy with four babies plus four feeders.

After a full day of festivities, we all setteld in for a Baby Einstein DVD.

After a full day of festivities, we all settled in for a Baby Einstein DVD.

I always marvel at the four car seats loaded after a day trip.  I often still wonder if they are all ours!

I always marvel at the four car seats loaded after a day trip. I often still wonder if they are all ours!

hugs!

Amber