Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014, Part 1: Celebrating with the Ishum Side!

It's always a connundrum how to share photos of holidays without overloading you with them. I always end up just deciding, "Hey! It's my blog, and I want these memories to be preserved for my kids." So if you love photos of the Ishum Quads hunting Easter eggs, then you are in for a real treat today and tomorrow! I have SO many photos, that today is all about Easter with Sean's side of the family, and tomorrow I'll post all the photos of our Easter celebration on my side.

This weekend, we had GREAT weather! The kids were wearing long sleeves and pants at the start of the week, but shorts, tshirts, and sundresses were the rule on Saturday and Sunday. 

We started the evening off with pizza! I love pizza. It's one of my favorite meals ever! I've never met a pizza I didn't like (except for BBQ Chicken Pizza which is just weird), and so I was thrilled with what was on the menu! And, thankfully, my kids have inherited our pizza-loving genes, and scarfed down their own slices. It's the one meal I don't have to argue with them about. :)
They really do look like twins, don't they? Caleb is on the left, Eli is on the right

Ellie, Cousin Marissa, and Abby

When we pulled up, we were happily surprised to see that Gpa and TwoMa (Sean's grandparents) were there as well! It's always a treat to see them! Family is so important, so I'm always anxious for the kids to spend as much time with their grandparents and great-grandparents as possible.
TwoMa (Sean's grandma) and Ma (Sean's mom)

Aunt Ruby, Cousin Toby rocking a mohawk, and Uncle Todd

Pa (Sean's dad) and Gpa (Sean's grandpa)

After dinner, Sean and his dad went out in the backyard to hide the eggs. Marissa was kind enough to leave the easy eggs for the five younger kids, and she went hunting for the hard-to-find ones. I think the kids had a lot of fun!
Ellie, Caleb, and Abby 

Elijah, Cousin Toby, and Aunt Ruby

Ellie and Elijah got right to hunting eggs. They thought is was beyond fun!


Caleb, ever marching to the beat of his own drum, decided that playing in the clubhouse and on the swings was way better than being forced to pick up stuff at this grandparents' house. He probably figured that since he didn't take them out, he shouldn't have to pick them up. Hmm...I follow that logic, I guess.

Cousin Toby was a lot of fun to watch! He was all about the eggs too!

Abby hunted eggs for awhile, but eventually ended up playing with Pa on the tire swing. Abby and Pa have a special relationship. She has definitely learned how to milk his attention for all it's worth.
Pa and Abby

Of course, with every family event, someone has to pull a stunt. Lol! After awhile, Elijah decided that he wanted to slide. He climbed all the way up into the clubhouse with his basket of eggs, and then dumped them all out for their own ride down the slide. And then he came down. "Uh, Eli? Where is your basket?" So up he went again, and then his basket came flying down the slide. I guess he followed my instructions, right?

While we were outside hunting eggs, TwoMa stayed inside to supervise and spot eggs from up high in the house. She found several that the kids missed!

After spending some time playing after finishing the egg hunt, we headed inside for carrot cake and ice cream. The kids were exhausted by the time we got home, which meant that they slept through the night. That is an Easter gift in itself...and all of the jelly beans that I sneaked out of the kids' stash while they weren't looking! :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Preschool Easter Egg Activity + Free Printable

Somehow, it's already April, and Easter is this weekend. I've been meaning to get this little activity up for a few weeks and time just got away from me. That's pretty much the story of my life, so I'm not sure why I'm surprised.
Clockwise from lower left: Caleb, Elijah, Ellie, and Abby

My kids LOVE stickers of any sort. Actually, anything sticky is probably a better description. Paper stickers, foam stickers, tape. If they can stick it to a paper, they are all about it!

For this activity, I ordered some foam Easter stickers (several weeks ago), but this would work with any stickers that you can pick up at the store. Heck, you can even print out some little Easter drawings, cut those out, and stick them on with tape. I just happened to have the foam stickers when I was planning ahead in February.

 Before we go any further, you should know that Ellie was extremely proud of my Easter egg drawing skills, "You are doing a GREAT job, Mommy!" Lol! She makes me laugh, because I most certainly didn't major in art, but hey, if my drawing skills pass muster with my kiddos, I'm okay with that!

If you'd rather hit print than try to draw an Easter egg, you are welcome to use the Easter egg that Ellie approved for this activity. Just click here!

Once Ellie and I finished drawing our egg and made copies of it, the kids all sat down to color them. I always like to start them off with crayons, because once the stickers come out, they get too excited to color!

But soon enough, the kids were ready to move on, so we brought out the stickers. I ordered the Easter foam sticker pack and the religious foam sticker pack from Oriental Trading Company so that the kids would have choices, and we would have lots of stickers for future projects. I put some in two different containers so that the kids could choose which stickers they liked best.
Clockwise from lower left: Elijah, Caleb, Ellie, and Abby

Ellie chose mostly crosses, Abby chose all different stickers, and the boys went with whatever they came across first.

This Easter egg activity ended up being a great way to watch how the kids' skills are progressing. Ellie and Elijah both concentrated really hard on removing the paper from the back of the stickers. That takes some serious fine motor skills! Abby was very deliberate with where she put her stickers which is a new skill for her! Each sticker went on a big dot in the center of the egg. I loved watching her little mind process through how she wanted it to look. And Caleb said the words, "bunny" and "sheep." That may not seem like a lot, but for him, it's a big deal!

And finally, Easter eggs are always fun, but don't forget what Easter is really about! I hope you take some time to remember what Jesus Christ did for us and celebrate His resurrection this weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Little Things Thursdays: #68

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Welcome to The Little Things Thursday!!

If you are new to our link-up, we like to take a minute to look back on the little things that brightened our week. So often we get busy and forget all of the things that we enjoy as we go through our daily lives. This is an opportunity to stop, remember, and enjoy those things! Nothing is too fact, the smaller the better! That's the whole point! If you have a blog, link-up below. If you don't blog, I'd love for you to participate by leaving a comment. Ready?

1. Those Are My Favorite Chips *sniff*
This is why I try really hard not to take a pee break while my kids are awake. Because while I'm in the bathroom, they take my favorite chips that I don't get unless they are on sale, and eat them as fast as they can. That's not even fair.

And people wonder why I don't drink a lot of water during the day. This is why.

2. Multiples 4 Life
I actually find Caleb and Abby curled up asleep together fairly often. It's really sweet! 

3. Captain America Date Night!
We actually got out on a date night this week! We always make a point of seeing the superhero movies together in the theaters, so Sean and I went to see Captain America over the weekend. Those superhero movies are so fun!

Even more fun? Our babysitter OFFERED to stay with the kids for us, and then showed up with movie tickets and a gift card for concessions for us. We are still trying to wrap our minds around the fact that our babysitter "paid" us to watch our kids...anyway, it was such a treat because we rarely go to movies and never get concessions when we do. And of course, knowing that our kids were in good hands made for a very relaxing evening.

4. Abby and the New Rug
We were beyond blessed to have someone clean our house this week. While I was laid up with a broken leg, a triplet mommy friend hired a twin mommy friend to come help me catch back up on all of the cleaning that didn't happen for weeks. Well, Katy and her brother David came last weekend to help me catch up, and my house has literally never been cleaner! It. Was. AWESOME!!! On top of that, Katy and David helped us pull up all of the blue mats in our living room and clean the wood floor underneath. Ladies and gentlemen, I now have a living room floor back!

So what does that have to do with Abby? Sean and I picked up a floor rug at Walmart so that the kids (okay...and us) would have something to sit on. Abby has taken to rolling around on the floor like a cat and using it like a...blanket? She's so funny!

5. Taking Care of Sisters

Abby, Elijah, and Ellie
Elijah loves his siblings! He has always loved them which makes my Mama heart happy! Lately, he has started taking them by the hand to help them get to where they are going. The first time I saw him do it was a few weeks ago when Abby's sensory issues wouldn't let her touch the cold railing outside. She wouldn't go down the stairs to get in the car without holding on to something. So Elijah, knowing her issues, went back up the stairs, took her by the hand, and helped her all the way down and to the car. I didn't tell him to do it, and we certainly haven't sat him down to explain Abby's sensory issues! He has just paid attention and realized that his sister needed help.

He also helps the girls to the kitchen table for meals and holds their hands to help them up the stairs when it's time for bed. He doesn't do it every time, but if the girls aren't obeying or don't hear me call them, he makes sure that everybody gets to where they need to go.

6. The Wake-Up Spot
Doesn't everyone sit in an empty laundry basket while waking up in the morning?

7. Mommy/'Lijah Day!
That's how Elijah refers to us: Mommy/'Lijah. So cute! Poor little Elijah had what I suspected was an ear infection today, so he played hooky from school and went to the doctor with Mommy. Sure enough, he has an ear infection, but he ended up really enjoying his morning with just me. After the doctor, we went to Walmart for stain remover (their clothes get so gross!) and bananas, and then went to Sonic to get special slushies. Even though he was initially very disappointed that Mommy forgot to let him out of the car for school, he liked getting all of that one-on-one attention. Mommy liked Mommy/'Lijah Day too! (And yes. He is sitting in Ellie's car seat in this photo because I didn't want to continually climb to the back if I didn't have to. She wouldn't have even known the difference except that 'Lijah's slushy cup magically got a hole in it while he was sitting there...oops!)

Now it's your turn! What Little Things brightened up your week? Link up your post below (or leave a comment if you aren't a blogger) and make sure you come back next week to play again!

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