Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fun In The Sun

My friend Claudia comes over once a month to visit and help with the kiddos. This last time she visited we took the quads to a park close to the house. This particular park is nice because the toddler play area is almost completely closed in, so you dont have to worry to much about escaping little ones. Of course, Dylan did manage to make his way to the street. Thank goodness Claudia was close and quick! Heres some pics of our day.



Connor


Hailey



Dylan


Brooklyn


Claudia holding Connor and swinging with the kiddos


My parents got the kids a little toddler table for part of Christmas/Birthday gifts. It took a little while for the order to come in, but we have it now and the kids just love it. I do to! Its the perfect size and I dont worry to much about the temptation to climb on it because it is so low to the ground. Heres some pics of the kids getting good use of it!








Gotta love the diaper boxes for a cheap play toy! As I was just browsing through these pics of the kids in the boxes, I just realized Connor is the only one who truely looks happy. They were all having fun with the boxes, and each one insisted on having their turn in the box. I guess they just did not want to show off for the camera. :)
















My Three Ring Circus

My little performers, with Brooklyn commentating:



Lately my life has felt a little like a three ring circus. I am the ringmaster, trying to keep everything in order while the kiddos are the clowns, keeping everything in disarray and having a rip-roaring time doing it. They are little busy bees, into everything and keeping me on my toes. It seems like lately they are testing, testing and doing some more testing. Here's a story from a few nights ago:


So there I was, reading a story to the boys. No, let me back up a little. There I was washing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen from dinner. The kiddos were playing and I was just about finished. I hear Connors belly laugh, but it sounded muffled and far away. I thought he must be under the pillows or down the hall. I take off my rubber gloves, turn around and see the front door wide open, and four little bodies speeding away as fast as their feet could carry them. My heart nearly jumped out of my chest and I yelled at Brian, "They're out the front door!!!!". (We wont name names, but someone left the door open, big sister) The office, where Brian was working, is right next to the door, so I see him hurdle the gate and bolt out the door after our escapees. By the time I get to the front door Brian has reached Connor in the front yard, started to grab him and realizes Brooklyn and Dylan have made it almost to the street, so Brian half knocks Connor over in his attempt to get to Brooklyn and Dylan instead. I round up Hailey, scoop up Connor and Brian hauls in the other two. WHEUUW!! Wipe sweat off brow!!So now I'm back to reading a story to the boys. Connor and Dylan are in my lap and Brooklyn is playing close by. I'm usually pretty aware when Hailey gets quiet and I need to go see what she is up to. This time I was completly UNaware! I finish the story and tell the kids around me its time to get ready for bed. Stand up, look in the other room and there is Hailey.

Hailey the Desitin Queen

She had gotten on top of the changing table, and quickly created havoc. First she threw all the diapers on the floor. Next, she pulled one by one, all the diaper bags for the poopy diapers and threw them on the floor. (About 75 little plastic bags) After that was done the Desitin called her name. I make a paste of Desitin and corn starch for times that the diaper rash gets really bad and she smeared that all over her legs and clothes. Boy, was she proud of herself! The evening just went downhill from there. It seemed like I couldnt get anything done without being interrupted. After multiple time-outs, getting children out of drawers they are not supposed to be in, pulling the boys out from behind the TV, etc, etc, we finally made it to bed an hour after bed time. But then, as I'm putting them down for the night, I get great snuggles from Brooklyn, Dylan puts his hands on both sides of my face and plants a big kiss, Connor giggles and snuggles as I'm putting him down and Hailey gives me smooches on my cheeks, and all the chaos from earlier is not even remotely important anymore. Isn't it wonderful how the sweet, lovable moments far outweigh the trying times?!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Easter Pics Part 2

Easter Sunday, after not being able to go to church like we had planned (the kids had yucky snotty noses) we spent the afternoon at my sister-in-laws (Heidi) parents house for lunch and an egg hunt. Brians parents were there as well and the kids had a fun time with Gramma Nancy and Papa Walt.
"Now where are those eggs?" - Brooklyn


Hailey and Dylan on the hunt.


Hailey

Connor with Gramma Nancy helping out

Daddy giving Hailey jelly beans from the eggs.

Brooklyn

Cousin Devin

Connor finds his first egg of the hunt

Brooklyn surprised me and found this egg way up in the tree.

Gramma with the boys.

Dylans on a roll. Not one, but two eggs.

Love that tongue!

Hailey loves the candy!

Dylan and Hailey hunting natures treasures.

Heidi's parents have horses so we went to visit them. The kids reactions were priceless!!

Love Haileys reaction in the background. She just cant get over these horses! Brian and Gramma are laughing at Hailey. She was just soooo excited!

Haileys telling the horses, "More" in sign language. I dont know what she wanted "more" of. :)

Dylan had no fear and just went right up to pet the horses.

Connor saying "OOOOHHHH!" in his sing-song way.

Brooklyn and Gramma

Dylan and Gramma

Brook and Daddy

Daddy taking a walk with Hailey.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter Part 1

Happy Easter Everyone!! This year we all (Starr Family) gathered at Gramma Ginny and Papa Paul's house, as we do for most holidays. Having such a large family, (28 in all - thats Gramma and Grandpa (my mom and dad), sibs and spouses and nieces and nephews) we have started celebrating holidays a day or so before and celebrated on Saturday. The day started out rainy and yucky but cleared up a little for the afternoon. After the kids were done with naps, we headed down to Gramma and Papa's for the egg hunt and then a wonderful dinner with family. Little kids got to go first in the back yard and then big kids in the front. Everyone had a great time!

Connor was more interested in thether ball than the Easter eggs

Dylan found something, just not an egg.

Connor and Dylan hunting in the rose bushes

Brooklyn, Cousin Abby and Connor
I think Abby found all the eggs!

Brooklyn and Hailey
Hailey was sharing some of her eggs with Brooky. So sweet!

Abby showing Hailey the ropes

Brooklyn

Hailey
The fab four checking out their spoils

Having a ball!

Uncle Rob looking at lady bugs with Brook and Dylan

Daddy getting some swing time in with the kiddos

Connor and Dylan enjoying a sour yellow jelly bean

The crew with Mommy