Friday, August 26, 2016

Quad Thursday and a Homemaker Friday!

I have spent a good many days cleaning and decorating and am STILL not done yet!
However, Thursday was a wonderful break for me and I spent practically the whole day and well into the evening with Amber and the quads. 

The kids were at school when I arrived and the first thing we did was go to lunch!

We chose Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant.
We both had the avocado soup lunch special and it was delicious!
It's been a LONG time since Amber and I had more than a few minutes to spend with each other without four little children around! I treasured every moment as we chatted and caught up with all that's been going on - as in the kids are going to SCHOOL now!!!!
We timed it so we would have one hour for lunch.......

and one hour at the brand spanking new Hobby Lobby near Amber's home.
Oh, how I love that place!
I was on a mission to buy a tube of orange oil paint for the sunflowers I will be doing next Tuesday.
Of course, we had to walk up and down each and every isle just BECAUSE!!
The floors were all shiny and the baskets rolled as smoothly as only new baskets will roll!
Amber pulled the seat section apart to put her purse there and said it felt like she was the very first person to use it! 

From Hobby Lobby it was time to head for the school carpool pick up line.

No more parking and walking in and checking the kids out.
NOPE! They are right there, just waiting to be escorted to your vehicle.
 Hence, the sign you put on the dashboard as you drive up
By the way, Amber has taught the kids what 'Quadruplet' means! It totally helps that our quads are good friends with another set of quads very near the same age.

I am missing my trusty little red camera that I can't find the battery charger for and, therefore, can't use! I'm left with my iPad and phone and another camera that I don't like as well.

I didn't get many good pics but Harrison was the first one in the car!


You might want to turn your sound down a little bit before playing this.
I need to work on my quiet voice when I video!

We were off to get yogurt to celebrate the first week of school!!!

This is a FANCY yogurt place with all sorts of toppings and a variety of specialty yogurt blends.
I got Tiger's Blood and wished I had put more in my bowl! While it's fancy yogurt, it's in one of the cleanest and nicest RaceTracs I've been in!

We had so much fun while we enjoyed our yogurt together!

From there we went home to Quadville where Amber had already set the table for an activity.

These kids just LOVE 'projects' and ran to the table like it was Christmas morning!


I loved being with the kids and listening to them talk to me and to each other.

I ended up spending all the rest of the afternoon and it most all of the evening!
It was nearly 10:00 when I got back home.
We watched a Doc McStuffins cartoon about Quadruplets!!! Then we watched a Paw Patrol and played some games and colored and talked some more. We folded laundry and ate dinner together and then we all went upstairs and watched some synchronized swimming from the Olympic Games.
It was a wonderful day and I came home all happy!

Today I was Susie Homemaker all day long.
Every quarter or so I like to clean out the pantry.

I was visiting a friend's blog recently and she had organized her pantry and I was totally fascinated by what she had on HER shelves. I felt a little bit like I was snooping - but she had invited us in to look!
I like to be able to SEE what I have - so I use a lot of clear glass containers.
I really miss the glass jars pickles came in. Now it's all plastic.

I even have a space to put something! Right there by the two things of shortening.
Now WHY we have two things of shortening I do not know. Unless Louis Dean ran out and decided to stock up.

I noticed he had been shopping while I was at the beach and then the camper those two weekends.

I always smile when I see the thingy with Lonnie's name on it.
My brother gave it to me so many years ago when he worked for a towing company.
It's to unlock your car if you left your keys in it. 
Not sure if it still works with today's vehicles but I will keep it always since it has hung on that very nail for, oh, so many years!

I straightened up the whole pantry but then forgot to do the things in the door.
Oh, well!

Next was the fridge!

I think all of my sisters have such beautiful CLEAN refrigerators!
Not I! As far as I can tell, both of my daughters stuff a fridge the same way I do.

After lunch I moved on to the bedroom.

It took the rest of the day to wash and dry every bit of bedding in her from the sheets to the down comforter to the spread and the dozen pillowcases. I'm glad I don't have to wash everything every single week!

This time four years ago, we were beginning our 7 month stay in our camper down in Katy so we could help Amber and Mike with the quads.

Blog post from 4 years ago,,,,,,,Our Moving Story.
It seems like such a long time ago and then, again, it sometimes feels like yesterday.
Hard to believe those same babies are now so big and going to school and doing SO many things for themselves. Amber and Mike are doing a splendid job with them and I could not be prouder!!

It's 10:00 as I close. The night is still young! I think I'll go get Louis Dean and a bottle of wine and we'll take our party out to the gazebo!!