The Christmas season has always been one of my favorite times of year, largely because it’s the time when we carve out time to spend with our extended family. With the exception of last year (baby lock down), George and I have paraded from one gathering to another, often within a day’s time in order to make several Christmases happen. George and I both recall a painful year when we stopped by THREE homes in a single day! While we enjoy all of our family togetherness, that was a bit much. Thankfully, our family has become more flexible with celebration dates and we spread our four Christmases over a week’s time. It was far more relaxing that way and we never felt rushed to leave one home to arrive at the next. Not to mention the fact, the notion of toting quadruplet toddlers to more than one place in a day is rather daunting.
#1 Saturday, December 21st
We kicked off our Four Christmas Extravaganza at our house with my parents, sister, and her boyfriend. Typically, we do this at my parent’s house. However, we changed venue so the adults could enjoy time together sans quads after 8:00 pm. Our plan worked seamlessly. When the quads were awake, we enjoyed non-stop gift opening-snack munching action. Sydney maintained her reputation for being a pepper belly when she begged for spicy queso and gobbled it up repeatedly. The other three seemed to be bottomless pits for all things sweet. Once the clock struck eight, the quaddlers drifted off to sleep as the rest of us leisurely opened gifts.
Grandpa made the grave mistake of opening a snack in the den where the quads could see him. He attracted four beggars in seconds. If you look carefully, you may notice Lily on the far right. The dogs weren’t going to miss an opportunity for snacks.
The quads found the value of teamwork when opening a train set from Aunt CiCi. The wrapping paper and ribbon proved to be the most entertaining part of the gift. They became experts and paper ripping, but rarely paid attention to the treasure beneath. I told everyone they would have been pleased with empty boxes, that’s toddlers for you!
Of the many snapshots of our whole family, I thought this one was the best. Mom, Cici, and I are all seemingly ignoring the quad chaos to make sure we looked just right.
#2 Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, George’s family joined us at our house. This time, we digressed from the usual Christmas dinner fare (e.g. ham, green bean casserole, rolls…) and served breakfast for dinner. George made Belgium waffles, bacon, and scrambled eggs while I served up fresh fruit with marshmallow dip and hash brown casserole. It may become our new family tradition because there were NO leftovers. This was a meal even the quadlets devoured.
We unearthed our tripod from the back of our closet in order to take a group photo. My camera took exactly one photo before the battery died. At least we got this one!
After my camera battery died, I snapped a couple of photos from my phone before it’s battery life also ended. Great planning on my part.
#3 Christmas Day
On Christmas Day, we traveled to my parent’s house to be with my Dad’s family. The quadruplets seemed to steal the show and enjoyed spending time with their older cousins, especially the twins and their older sister. I was pleased the quads had a second opportunity to wear their Christmas outfits from Nisey and Grandpa.
Upon our arrival, the quads enjoyed a bit of Shrek while we unloaded the van. Their love seat time lasted approximately two minutes.
GG got a snuggle with Mason while GG Paw had Harper.
The older twin boys proved to be great at entertaining our quad boys while big cousin, Kenzie enjoyed time with the girls.
We got a little creative with the quads mealtime arrangement and made good use of our old Super Seat trays. The babies found these old toys to be exciting again.
#4 December 28th
We rounded up our Four Christmas Extravaganza at my Uncle Dale and Aunt Terri’s house with my mom’s family. There, we maintained our family tradition of a Tex Mex meal followed gift opening mayhem and a smorgasbord of family favorite desserts. I think we have a new favorite sweet treat that I’ll make next year- Chocolate Mint Bark. If you like Thin Mints, this is for you!
All of the cousins had a blast playing in the unseasonably warm weather outdoors just before dinner. Seth and Ryan’s batting cage was ideal for corralling quadruplets!
Uncle thought it would be a nice change to have our entire 27 person clan eating Christmas dinner at one table. He and my Aunt Terri made his vision come to fruition in their garage with several banquet tables and many, many chairs. There was even space for the quads to join us.
Unbelievably, Harper was caught snuggling Uncle Dale! Seriously, Harper is generally as snugly as a crocodile.
Sydney begged for guacamole and queso from Grandma, and big cousin Taylor gave each of the quads some quality individual time.
Clearly, if you want to be in a photo, it’s wise to grab a baby!
I must admit, celebrating Four Christmases is absolutely exhausting, and I believe we may still be in recovery. However, we feel fortunate to have so many relatives to visit. Time with them is precious and fleeting. How did you spend the holidays this year?