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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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Father’s Day 2014

I love these pics of the kiddos on Father’s Day, after church. They look so ridiculously grown up!

 

Our sweet Savi…

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The Quadfather and his little pre-teens (okay, not really…but they are looking so mature lately).

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Last Days of Kindergarten

Better late than never, right?…

 

The day before the last day of school, the Kindergarten classes had their special awards ceremonies~ one for each class! (Yep, that is 4 different programs to attend)

 

I enlisted the help of Granna and Joe, to divide and conquer.

There was no Kindergarten Graduation (which made me kinda sad) but the teachers had dressed up each child in cap and gown and had made adorable keepsakes for the parents.

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It was days like this day, that made me sad to have quads in different classrooms. I was literally running back and forth to try to catch each ceremony. Ethan and Andrew’s classes were scheduled first. SO glad Granna was able to come!

(Granna and Ethan)

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Drew was awarded “Best Smile”…love that sweet gummy smile!

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Ethan was awarded “Honest Abe”~ because he is brutally honest, even if it means incriminating himself. Ha!

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Drew with his 2 teachers. Mrs. Kelly on the left and Mrs. Poage on the right. (Mrs. Poage had to leave in March, but came back for awards day!)

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Epic photobomb by Drew. He ran in front of the camera right when it flashed. Crazy kid!

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Love these 2. Even though they look completely identical, their personalities are drastically different! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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After a quick lunch, we headed back to school for Ben & Savannah’s ceremonies.

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Ben was awarded “Computer Whiz” because he is really good at computers and loves all things electronic!

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I was so proud of this fella! He was the only kid (out of my 4) to receive the Citizenship Award for not getting his name on the board/folder signed.

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Sav was awarded “Amazing Author and Illustrator”…it was really neat to hear Mrs. Jones talk about how Savannah is so descriptive and LOVES to write/draw stories. She said: “there is no doubt in my mind that this young lady will publish a book one day”

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The traditional end of school ice cream cone with the quadlings

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Sav and her Granna

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My 4 very, different individuals. Love them. Sav, E, Drew, Ben.

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The next day was the last day of school. I had to go to work early at 6am, and threatened Joe with his LIFE, if he did not take last day of school pics! Lol.

 

I snapped these photos of the cards the kids had made for their teachers before I left…

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Drew and his teacher, Mrs. Poage

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Sav and Mrs. Jones (first pic, and last pic)

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Ethan and Mrs. Caudill

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Ben and Mrs. Baty

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I’ll tell you what, when it was time to pick the kids up from the very last day of Kindergarten, I was bawling like a baby. (and I’m not a crier!) I just cannot express how much I LOOOOOVE these teachers (and this school). Each individual teacher was paired perfectly with each Steece kid… no doubt in my mind that it was a God-thing. INCREDIBLE women.

 

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Cannot believe we have first graders!

 

On the eve of the last day of school, I usually have a big sleepover with cousins and friends---but Auntie Liz…crazy, wonderful Auntie Liz, had asked me if she could take the quads camping at her family ranch in Oklahoma…

uhhhh…

a free weekend for Mom and Dad?…

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!

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I think Liz was rethinking this decision! hahahahaha…

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Love this pic. They had an amazing time! And if it wasn’t already set in stone before, Liz definitely wins the award for best friend of the year!

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