Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Steece Quads 7th BDay Pool Party!

I cannot believe that my teenie tiny little preemies just turned SEVEN YEARS OLD!!!!

(Drew, Ethan, Sav, Ben)

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Drew, Sav, Ethan, and Ben

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Here are some pics of the party decorations. I loved personalizing the inner tubes: Drew, Est. 8-1-07 @ 3:47, etc.

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Gotta love Pinterest! My BFF Liz helped me set everything up. Love her. SHE is a true LIFE SAVER. Smile

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The Lemonade and Water stand…

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If adults are required to endure a 7-year-old birthday party, outside at the end of summer, in Texas, with 40+ kids running around screaming~ some “21+ Punch” might make things a little more “enjoyable/bearable/worth while”

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Ready for our buddies to arrive! (Drew, Sav, Ethan, and Ben)

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We pulled out the trusty old bounce house that we’ve had since the kids were babies! (Best purchase ever, btw). We have used it and lent it out SO many times. Funny how small the bounce house seems know that the kids are significantly bigger in size!

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We had our pavement area set up with riding toys, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and our Step 2 roller coaster.

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We hired an AWESOME balloon artist who goes by the name “Stretch” from Clowing Around!! Think Santa on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a “Balloon Commander” shirt. He was hilarious and SO good with the kids. His balloons were incredible.

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How cute is my widdle nephew

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…and then of course, we had to put our pool to good use! (This day marked the one year anniversary that we moved into the house~ very cool to celebrate with friends and fam)

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Ben and his BFF, Joe…aren’t they cute?!

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When planning this pool party, the first thing I did was secure a lifeguard/pool monitor or I would have been stressed out to the max! Thanks Jessica!

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The kids had an absolute blast!

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Ethan

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Drew

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Sav- healthy plate-o-food there, girlfriend…

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The Steece men were in charge of grillin’ the dawgs…

Dan, Ed, and Joe

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Granna chattin’ it up with Aunt Jess

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My precious sis-in-law and her mini-me, Sawyer

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My bro, Granna and Papa trying to stay cool in the shade

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We lured the kiddies out of the pool for a group pic & cupcakes!

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Sang Happy Birthday to the quadlings…

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and then handed out cupcakes (that I begrudgingly did not bake myself…)

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As the kiddos were leaving, they could pick out their very own beach ball to take home…

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I know, I know…super cheese…but I like it.

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Liz and Chris about to pass out from sheer exhaustion…these 2 were amazing and worked their tails off to help us get ready for this party.

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The little princess opened up some of her presents and magically transformed into an arrow shootin’ Elsa meets Katniss/Merida.

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Such a GREAT day! Thank you SO much to all who have blessed our lives, especially over these last 7/8 years.

And to all of you, bloggie friends, who have been following our story from afar~ just wanted to say thank you for all of your love.

Happy Birthday, babies. So proud to be your Mama.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Quad Mom Trip 2014~ Suz’s House!

I had the extraordinary honor of hosting the annual Quad Mom Trip for 2014! Thank God for amazing grandparents and friends. I kicked the kids out, Joe out…even the DOG out of the house!

 

This was Shi, chillaxin in my Mom’s car after dropping off the quads in Waco.

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Here are the adorable little mini-mason-jars that I painted for the girls! They turned out pretty cute (considering I had never tried to paint glass before…). The colors and anchors matched the shirts that were made for the trip.

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Picked the girls up from the airport and immediately hit the pool! I love these chicks so much. We always pick up right where we left off.

(in the back: Amy-Jo, Suz; in the front L to R:  Mari, Gen, Sandra, Jac, Kami, and Moni)

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Gen and Sandra

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AJ and Moni

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Jac and Mari

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Thursday evening, we celebrated our annual Quad Mom birthday party! Since we miss being together for each other’s birthdays throughout the year, we have one massive party and do a Chinese gift exchange. SO. MUCH. FUN!

Here is what each gal ended up with…

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Friday morning and afternoon was more pool time! I made Joe take a pic on his lunch break, then promptly kicked him out again.

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(Gen, Moni, Mari, Jac, Suz, Kami, Sandra)

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Friday night, we hit up the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington for some free live music and good times! We had a blast! (especially Kami…tee hee)

Sandra and Jac~ supporting the Texas A&M Aggies. Jac kept going on and on about how much she LOVED these chairs and how maroon is the most beautiful color. I agree, Jac!

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Mari and I getting photobombed by some crazy chick in the background…

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Oh wait, she’s my Genny Poo… McNuTTY

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My soul sistas. (Yep- I just typed “sistas”)

(Jac, Kami, Moni, Sandra, Mari, Suz, Gen)

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We had BEAUTIFUL Texas weather…wasn’t too hot yet.

Suz, Mari, and Gen

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Meanwhile… Drew lost a tooth at Papa and Granna’s house. There was some talk about the tooth fairy leaving a $20, just for “fun”… all I’m saying~ is that Mom & Dad might have had “words” with the ‘ole tooth fairy, if that had happened! Ha..

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While the quads were playing in Waco (and then on to Austin with Grammy and Grampy’s for the weekend)… Shiloh was having a gay old time with her BFF, Sadie, at the Tarrant twins house. Don’t they look like they are having a blast?!!?!? Love those girlie girls. (I DIED laughing when Liz texted me this pic)

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Saturday, we did a little shopping and relaxing---then I took the ladies to Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. (It was an obvious choice for these out-of-towners).

(Moni and Gen)

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Lots of kids represented here!

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Mari, Suz and Gen

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We had such a great night laughing and chatting. We slept in Sunday morning… it was rainy and perfect. I enjoyed the last few hours of silence before my rowdy crew came home. It was fun getting to watch my kids love on their quad momma aunties.

Sav and Sandra

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Jac and Ben

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Me and my Ebud

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We dropped off the gals at the airport, but got to hang on to Auntie Gen for one more night! One last lunch before taking her to the airport.

Gen and Sav

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Love her SOOOOOO much! (Check out the crazies in the mirror)

Drew, Ethan, Gen, Sav, Ben……………..Suz and Joe

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Such a great week and weekend!!!! Thank you so much to all of the friends and family of ALL OF OUR KIDS, around the states, who helped make it possible. QM2015 is already in the works and we are hoping that all 16 of us are able to make it!

 

Such a special bond we share! It warms my heart to see other moms of multiples making memories and having trips of their own! I encourage all of you, whether: childless, MULTIPLE kids, married, single, etc… find a group of women, with whom you can relate to, and make time for each other. Its good for the soul!

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