Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Granddad is BACK!

After five days of missing in action rest and relaxation - Granddad is BACK!
He arrived late this morning and within 5 minutes had both arms full of babies!
He's had some time off while Mike's mom was here to take up the slack.
I do believe he missed seeing these little ones!

I have discovered the secret to getting up early is to go to bed earlier! I am not a morning person nor have I ever been one. For many years I HAD to get up but it has never been my nature to just jump out of bed happy and awake at the crack of dawn!

Getting anywhere before 11:00 is a bit of an effort for me.....or at least it used to be!
Since Amber's surgery I have been arriving here in Quadville before 8:00!
You have to move FAST to prepare for that first morning feed!
Boppies, bibs, burp cloths, bottles, cereal mixed with fruit, diaper changes and finally the FEEDING!
Yesterday I left about 5:30 pm - it's only a 6 minute trip back to the camper. Louis Dean had a tall glass of iced green tea waiting for me. We sat outside and visited about our day for an hour or so then went in to have a simple supper......a cup of bean soup with a bread roll and sliced onion. At 7 I headed over to the shower and by 7:45 I was nestled in bed and asleep by 8:00!
When the alarm went off at 6:15 this morning I actually GOT UP as opposed to hitting the snooze button time and time again! I dressed for the day and was here by 7:15! AMAZING!
I wish I could say I am going to embrace this new way of living life - but I'm not!
I seriously doubt this will happen again any time soon!
Although, I very well may arrive here by 7:30 in the morning.
I just won't be dressed with hair done and make up on!
(I keep a make up case and hair products stashed in their guest bathroom!)

There is so much going on in this picture I can't even BEGIN to tell you!
The babies are GROWING!
By leaps and bounds!

There's always a lot of excitement around here!
These babies sure do love each other! 
It shows already!
I wish I was fast enough with my camera to capture them patting each other or putting cheek to cheek.....
or catch them taking one toy from another!

It's almost time for us to go 'home.'
(Back to the camper)
My normal life seems so far away I sometimes forget what it was like.
Today is Tuesday.
That means Art Day!

I have a makeshift studio set up on the patio by the RV.
Just perhaps tonight will find me out there basing in another couple of Santas.
My sister, Deanie, won the Santa I painted for the Chinese Christmas Gift Exchange.
My sister, Nita, REALLY wanted it!
My mother (who lives with Nita) REALLY REALLY wanted it!
So I am painting another one for them and one for my sister, Luann, who lives in Tennessee.
My niece, Leah, thinks of the most interesting gift to bring to the exchange on Christmas morning.
I was in hopes of getting hers!
But guess what???
No one remembered that I had sent a gift!
The Santa!!!
So there was an extra gift left over and they could not figure out why!
MY Santa went to Deanie and Leah's gift went home with my brother and since TODAY is my brother's birthday I am happy it did!

Happy Birthday, Lonnie!!!
I love you!


  1. Your entire world has been turned right side up since the quads arrived. Such a pile of cuties. I find myself wondering if they are gentler with each other than other children who aren't multiples might be. Fun story about the Santa painting. Glad your brother has it now. Nice for you to have your helper back.

  2. those babies get cuter everytime you show them...Happy Birthday to your brother...

  3. You sound so like me when I have to get up early!! I was never good at it and don't think I ever will be!

    Beautiful pictures as always! :)


  4. I love the photos of the babies tumbling around one another - they are so sweet!

  5. Never fear Linda, when we realized what happen Leah made a special something for you & since your doing another Santa picture to keep peace in the family , we have gather up a couple of things you will enjoy. Louis Dean looks happy to be back in quadville and the babies look happy to see him. Hope your day is a good one!

    1. Nita, y'all are so sweet! I meant to tease you about it but you got sick with the flu and then I forgot! I remember the basket of breads and sweets Leah made one year. We froze them and enjoyed treats all winter!

  6. I don't think i remember you speaking of a brother, before! Silly me, I probably just missed it. All I remember is sisters. :-)

    1. Lots of sisters but only ONE brother! There really and truly is only ONE 'Lonnie!' If you ever met him you would understand! He is the funniest guy I know! Sweet, too! He could remind one of Larry the Cable Guy!

  7. Linda!
    Thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog. I love how you live life as well! You, your spirit, and your beautiful family bring such joy to blog world and to our place here on 34th street!

  8. Linda, Did you forget I am your sister?? Just trying to get a santa.LOL Those babies amaze me. You and LD are the best parents and g.parents around. I know that Amber is blessed to have you. Ld cracks me up holding the babies. They sure love him. Get your rest too, you have to stay healthy.xoxo, Susie

  9. I am not a morning person either. I agree with you that going to bed earlier must make that easier though! The babies are all so cute as always. It's fun to hear about their antics.

  10. I know it's not good to waste the morning but I just can't make myself wake on a weekend when I don't have to go to work. Who ever thought going to work was a good idea and at 7am needs to be hang on a coat hook. LOL
    Now the dog wakes me up by 7:30 on the weekends. Darn dog. LOL