Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
And the snot! It's really awful! We are constantly wiping noses and will likely max out the space in the nearest landfill with all our tissues. And don't forget...the bulb syringe! Boy do the kids LOVE to have their noses sucked! Seriously, you should see them start running for cover whenever they see one. We literally have to hold them down with this contorted immobilizing grip while they twist and scream and cry and break our hearts they whole time! But the nastiness we get out of their noses makes it worthwhile I guess.
I'll be glad when it's over. Sadly, Jonathan is still having bouts of pitifulness and still running a fever. Reagan and Thomas have also run a fever off and on and been periodically pitiful. Zachary is doing the best currently. It's hard to say who is the worst because they change so much from one minute to the next. If they can just not be pitiful all at the same time, we may survive this!
Friday, December 14, 2007
But not this winter.
Alas. But I'd rather have it now than have had it then! It shouldn't be too serious now that the kids are older and usually healthy. It should just be like a really bad cold. So far it's been like this...snotty noses, really gross snotty noses, fever, snottier noses, don't feel good, pitiful, snotty noses, breathing treatments, nose-sucking, and did I mention the really nasty snotty noses?
Only Jonathan has actually been confirmed by a dr to have RSV, but I think its pretty much a given that the other three snotty-nosed children also have it. He has run a fever since Mon and yesterday was just really pitiful. Today he seems much better, so hopefully he's on his way out of it. The others are probably still on their way into it. We predict Reagan will be the next one to hit major pitiful status. I'll keep you posted as best I can. Keep us in your prayers!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
First, despite the fact that my email came with a picture of a very creepy real-life spider, neither it nor any of its relatives has ever been found lurking beneath the seat of a public restroom toilet waiting to inject unsuspecting bottoms with its deadly poison.
Second, the new presidential dollar coins, although they do not have the words "In God We Trust" printed on the front or back, they DO have this phrase printed on the edge of the coin. It was apparently relocated to make room for the names and years in office of the presidents featured on the coins. So it's still there, just in a different place.
Finally, I'm often getting emails to warn me about tricks being used by rapists and serial killers and robbers and such. Recently I've been warned not to sniff perfume samples in parking lots and to be suspicious of the nicely dressed man who offers to help change the tire on my car that is mysteriously flat when I return to it after shopping or who approaches me claiming to be returning some money I "dropped." According to snopes.com, there is no substance strong enough to knock a person out with merely one or two sniffs, there is no evidence of any actual criminal using "dropped" money as a way to lure victims, and there's only one case back in 1989 where a man let the air out of a woman's tire and then showed up to help fix it and ended up kidnapping her, etc.
HOWEVER, I think that whether or not these situations have ever brought harm to anyone, the bottom line is don't be stupid. Pay attention to your surroundings, don't talk to strangers in parking lots no matter how nice they seem to be, don't allow strangers to ride in your car no matter what good service they have done for you, and if something doesn't feel right, go back into the store and get security. Possibly, the reason there are no actual cases of people being harm ed in the above situations is because they were all smart enough to smell a rat and foil the evil plot. Hopefully we're all that smart! For more information on these and any other potential email hoaxes, check out www.snopes.com.
May you all have a very safe Christmas season!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Giving the bear some love!
I also want to wish a belated Happy Birthday to Uncle George! I swear I didn't forget your birthday! I have just been so busy I honestly haven't had time to post until now! We can't wait to see you at Christmas!
Jonathan thinks Uncle George's stories about how mistreated he is are hilarious!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
You've been in there long enough, Reagan!
Why do you have to be so heavy, Zachary?
Believe it or not, Zachary is actually climbing out of his basket and into Thomas'!
I love how Thomas sits in the basket with his little feet sticking out!
Quite a change from just over a year ago when they fit two to a basket and no shoving!
I've always loved this picture of Reagan and Thomas!
Finally, those stupid baskets are out of my way and I can get some reading done...what do you mean the book is upside down?
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I love the patio! Go Vols!
It really is perfect, at least for now! We can go outside and run around and throw balls and ride our wheeled toys and really enjoy the sunshine and fresh air! It's great! Next Spring, we hope to put up an actual fence around the backyard, so we'll have a whole lot of space to run around in then, while still keeping the horde contained and safe from falling in the creek! Very important!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Wow! We really are in the newspaper today! I have to say it was pretty fun to see myself and Jim and the kids in print! For all the world to see! Well, for half of Knoxville, anyway! So run out North and West and get your own copy! We're hot off the presses!
We'll be getting several copies!
Elizabeth Pooley, who wrote the article, did a great job! We bombarded her with a tremendous amount of information the day she visited us! Her hand must have hurt from all the notes she took! However, I hope I won't hurt her feelings if a make a few corrections.
First of all, although I'm sure the members of Hardin Valley Baptist Church are very lovely people who would have been delighted to help us if they had known about us, we did not receive any support from them. Which is fine! They don't know us, so there was no reason for them to help us out. We did, however, receive enormous support from the members of Hardin Valley Church of Christ. They have been just as wonderful to us as our home congregation of West End Church of Christ. In fact, they are still supplying us with diapers, a gift we are extremely grateful for! They were also involved in the provision of meals and volunteer help, in conjunction with the members of West End.
I would also like to add that my sister, Jodie Perkins of Memphis, also came to help out when the babies came home. Having just completed her first year as a mom, she was and continues to be an invaluable source of help for my new adventure as a mom. Also my dear dear friend Michelle who lives here in Knoxville. I couldn't have remained as sane as I have without her continuous presence and support. I could probably fill the entire newspaper by myself naming off all the people who helped us out, particularly during the early months when we were so overwhelmed and in need of constant encouragement and strength.
Honestly, what it all comes down to is this: we have been blessed beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Not only have we been blessed with four beautiful, healthy children, but we have also been blessed with all the support; emotional, physical, financial, mental, etc.; we needed to make it through the trials that come along with having four babies at once. God knew what we needed and He has provided it in the most amazing and unexpected ways!
Another correction, the kids weren't born at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. They were born at Ft. Sanders Regional and then quickly transported to the NICU at Children's.
Now than, there are probably other things I could change or add to the article, but they are of little consequence, so I'll stop. If I don't, the English teacher in me will come out and I will end up re-writing the entire article! Sometimes I just can't help myself!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
*Newsflash* I think we are going to be in the paper tomorrow! I don't know this absolutely, but Liz from the Knoxville News Sentinel who interviewed us said she thought the article would come out this Wednesday. If so, it should be in the local section of the paper for those who live in either North or West Knoxville. My apologies to those of you who live South or East. Apparently we aren't considered local news in your areas of town! Be sure to check us out!
Number of days one or more children ran a fever: 13
Number of days one or more children had a runny nose: 15
Number of ear infections: 3
Number of cases of infant roseola: 1 confirmed by doctor, 1 unconfirmed
Let's hope November is better!
I spent a good deal of the month of October feeling sorry for myself because I have quadruplets and they were all sick and it just went on and on and nobody who doesn't have multiples could possibly understand, blah, blah, blah! I was quite pitiful sometimes. But I have since been reminded that even families without multiples can have to deal with sickness that just goes on and on, one thing after another for days or weeks on end. I'm sure this is not the end of this winter's ailments. I hope that in the future I can keep things more in perspective and just be glad that my kids aren't seriously ill. Seemingly endless fevers and runny noses are annoying and inconvenient and kind of messy, but they aren't frightening. They aren't scary sicknesses. Ear infections can be dealt with. Noses can wiped. I need to remember to thank God that my children haven't been sick with anything truly serious and pray that they never are!
If we move all the funny balls, can we climb on these big blocks?
Finally a shot of all four!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
What a difference a year has made! The kids LOVED their costumes. The boys didn't even seem to mind the hoods and kept them on nearly all the time! I think they may have even understood that these were not regular clothes, they were special, the event was special. They didn't get it, but they knew there was something special going on!
We did take the kids out last night, although what we did was really more like trick-or-visiting. We just showed off our costumes and visited the neighbors. Carter and his family came with us. Carter was much more into the candy than my four. He really knew what he was doing! He was a dinosaur, and Josh and Cris had taught him to hold up his hands and roar. It was the most adorable thing! I tried to teach the boys to buzz, but they wouldn't do it.
Here are some random shots of our recent Halloween-inspired experiences...
As I've mentioned before, I made two of the bumblebee costumes (the ones with black hoods). They look pretty good next to the store-bought ones, huh? Yea, me!
Me and Cris with all the kids
Who needs to take the wrapper off? It's more fun to just chew through it!