What’s Up Wednesday

I’m doing my first link-up today…So let’s get started.

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1.) What we’re eating this week….

Steven grilled hamburgers last night and tonight we’re having baked potatoes. I’ve found that baked potatoes are about the easiest meal to prepare on church nights with very little clean up so that’s my go to on Wednesdays and Sundays now.


2.) What I’m reminiscing about…

Brady’s first Texas Rangers baseball game. It was so much fun!


3.) What I’m loving….

Warmer weather, the kids playing outside, and Brady’s tee ball games.


4.) What we’ve been up to….

Baseball games..


5.) What I’m dreading….

Cleaning out my closet, I need to switch my clothes around (bring summer clothes out and put winter clothes up).


6.) What I’m working on….

Organizing my house and life.


7.) What I’m excited about…

The March of Dimes walk is this weekend. I’m excited to get to participate in it, IF the weather permits. If you haven’t already, we would appreciate you donating to our team!!


8.) What I’m watching/reading…

Dancing with the Stars๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป

I’m working on both of these books right now.


9.) What I’m listening to….

At the moment, I’m listening to Tessaย cry. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ And I’m listening to the thunder.


10.) What I’m wearing…

Workout pants and a t-shirt…I’m a mom of six, I have to be comfortable.


11.) What I’m doing this weekend…

Hopefully walking in the March of Dimes. And we’re celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday this weekend.


12.) What I’m looking forward to next month…

May is my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!!


13.) What else is new….

My new necklace. Just because he loves me. โค๏ธ


Bonus: Favorite spring/summer shoes….

All things sandals.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Life Lately

What a busy week we just completed! It’s a new week and I’m totally exhausted! This week is shaping up to being just as busy.

Steven was in Alabama all last week for work. The kids miss him terribly when he’s gone. I’m so thankful for our amazing family and support system but life just isn’t the same when Steven is gone. Needless to say, we are all so thankful to have him back home.

While Daddy was gone, Nana took us out to eat at Cracker Barrel.

Brady’s t-ball team did great last Thursday. I seriously think I smile the entire game because it’s so funny and cute to see the kids running around, playing, and being silly. I’m so thankful we are on a team where the kids are encouraged to have fun.โšพ๏ธ

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Steven, Brady, and I had so much fun at the Rangers game Friday. We got to spend lots of time with Paula and we cheered the Rangers on to a victory.โšพ๏ธ

Saturday we were out supporting my stepdad, Melford, at a function. He’s running for school board so all my friends, please go vote for Melford! We would greatly appreciate it!โค๏ธ

Sunday we had church, went to lunch with friends, thenย we took the kids grocery shopping. We were pleasantly surprised at how well they did in the grocery store.

And yesterday, I arrived at school with all the kids to find out I’d left Brady’s shoes at home….AGAIN! This makes my third time to leave home without shoes for one of my kids! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I’m working really hard forย my Mother of the Year award.๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜‚

And as always, this week is going to be just as busy as last week….the quint’s have their 3 year checkup, March of Dimes, birthday party for my dad, and so much more!

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Brady’s First Rangers Gameย 

Friday, Steven and I took Brady to his first Texas Rangers baseball game. We had so much fun with just our big guy. Brady is a pretty lucky guy, his first game consisted of 4 Ranger homeruns, the Rangers won, and there was a fireworks show after the game!!!! โšพ๏ธ

I have wanted to take Brady to a Rangers game for a while. I love watching baseball and I have been dreaming of the day when I could take my own kid to a game. We wanted to make sure he was old enough to enjoy the game and hopefully remember it. Now that he’s five we decided he was ready. I knew we had to pick a game when it wouldn’t be scorching hot. So April seemed like perfect month. Thankfully, the weather turned out to be beautiful! We kept checking the forecast because it was showing a low percentage of rain but thankfully it didn’t start sprinkling until the last inning. And it didn’t rain long or hard so it worked out great. And we had the perfect seats along first base line; they were just under the upper section so we didn’t get wet at all. The fireworks started about 10 minutes after the game ended. Brady loved the fireworks.

Paula came to the game with us, which worked out perfectly because she was able to pick Steven up at the airport and bring him to the game. Steven was out of town all last week for work. It was so special having Paula with us for Brady’s first game. After the game, we spent the night with Paula, then left the next morning to go get the quints.

I’m so thankful we have such a big supportive family that is always willing to help us out with the kids. In a few years we’ll take the quints to their first Rangers game and that will be wild and crazy but I’m sure they’ll love it. I’m so thankful we were able to get away and have some fun one-on-one time with Brady. He’s such an amazing big brother to the quints and loves them so much but I know he also needs our undivided attention sometimes. And he loved having all of Paula’s attention too.


Arlington bound.


Stopped for a little pick-me-up.

All ready to cheer on the Rangers!



Seeing the field for the first time.








Paula always keeps me laughing. I love my friend so much and so thankful we got to spend some time together. Everyone needs a Paula in their life.

About 10 minutes before the game started Brady started saying he was ready to go home. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ But there were plenty of things happening to keep his attention; overall he did pretty good. I think he would have done great if he would have had a nap. But overall it was a success.




The fireworks were his favorite part.


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Next day we left Paula’s, ate lunch, then headed home to the quints.


So many special memories made in just 24 hours. So thankful for this time with Brady; I will treasure the moment forever.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Surviving Bedrest

I’ve been working on this post for a while. I feel like when you’ve been through something as trying as bed rest (and especially hospital bed rest) you should share ways you survived with others who may find themselves in a similar situation. I am in no way an “expert” on this topic; I’m merely sharing my experiences and what helped me survive bed rest.

I was on bedrest (at home) starting just before Christmas and was put in the hospital on January 31st for the remainder of my pregnancy. I honestly had no idea what bedrest was all about before I was living it. It is exactly how it sounds, a lot of lying around. I did three months of bed restย before the quints decided to arrive at 29 weeks 1 day.

I believe a huge reason I was able to make it to 29 weeks with quintuplets is due to being on bed rest. Not all moms are put on bed rest and some do just fine without it, but I don’t think my body would have held up as long with the extra weight ofย five babies if I’d been up and walking around all the time. So as boring as it was, I’m thankful my doctors were proactive and put me on bed rest.


Here are some things that helped me survive bedrest plus a few other suggestions.

  • Blogging– blogging isn’t for everyone but I love it. I’ve had my blog for several years (way before we ever became parents to quints) so blogging about my quint pregnancy was a no brainer. Plus, since I was on bed rest, I wasn’t able to really socialize with my friends or family, blogging about my pregnancy kept everyone updated on how things were going. I also would blog about specific prayer requests and I know that’s one of the many reasons we have five healthy and thriving little blessings.
  • Reading– reading isn’t something I enjoy doing but if it is something you enjoy doing, bedrest is the best time to read. You have nothing but time on your hands; the perfect opportunity to read several good books.
  • Watching a TV series– I watched 3 seasons of Downton Abbey while in the hospital. It was so nice to put the DVD in and just watch it for hours and hours. There were very few distractions or interruptions so that made it even better. If you’ve ever wanted to bing watch tv, bed restย is the perfect opportunity.
  • Company– I was so blessed to have so many people visit me while I was in the hospital. I delivered my quints in Dallas (3 hours from our home) so it was a pleasant surprise when so many of my friends and loved ones made the 3 hour drive to visit me. And usually when my friends visited, they brought food, which was such a blessing because after about a week or two of hospital food, I was ready to gag every time they delivered my food to my room.
  • Crafting– I tried making Christmas stockings for the quints while I was on bed rest, but that didn’t last long. Laying down made crafting 100 times harder so I stopped, but it’s a great time toย crochet or knit.
  • Shop– It might come to a surprise to many, but I did very little shopping while on bed rest, but if shopping is your thing, you will definitely have plenty of time to do some online shopping.
  • Work– If you have a job where you sit in front of a computer all day long, you may be able to work while you’re on bed rest. Unfortunately for me, I was a teacher, so I couldn’t work from home/hospital. But for some moms, this would be a great way to pass time, work your brain, and make money.
  • Puzzles– I can’t tell you how many books of puzzles I had in my hospital room. Several people brought me puzzles to work on while I was lying around all day.
  • Paint your nails– I hardly ever painted my nails before bed rest, but while I was on bed rest, painting my nails became something I enjoyed.
  • Put make-up on– Make-up isn’t for everyone but for me it made me feel somewhat normal. I put my make-up on every single day, even though I knew I wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything, I put my make-up on every morning.
  • Journal– I didn’t keep a journal when I was on bed rest, and I really regret it. You have so much time on your hands and you think you won’t forget things, but you will. There’s so much I wish I could remember when certain things happened with my pregnancy, but I just don’t. Write stuff down mamas….I promise you won’t regret it!
  • Pictures– Take lots of pictures of yourself. I have a weekly belly picture but I wish I would have taken more. Also, record your belly when the baby/babies are moving. I never recorded my belly moving and I wish I had.
  • Get Organized– Now is the time to get organized. You may not can do things yourself, but find someone you trust and give them the job of organizing things.
  • Rest– Listen to me mama, I know you’re tired of laying around. You feel like you have plenty of rest to last you a lifetime, but you don’t! Trust me, when your little bundle of joy/joys arrives, you are going to be beyond exhausted and wish you were back in that uncomfortable bed again. Rest! Rest! Rest!
  • Stretch– My entire body hurtย while on bed rest, and not just from growing 5 babies in my tummy, I hurt from laying around all day every day for almost 3 months. Try stretching and moving as much as you can in the bed. There are ways you can work your muscles while laying down. I had an occupational therapist that worked with me while on bed rest and I loved her.
  • Stay Connected– Bed rest is so alienating. I remember thinking how crazy it was that life just goes on without you…and it really does. While you’re laying around, everyone else is working, shopping, going to ballgames, going to church, going to school, going out to eat, attending parties and weddings, etc. My life felt like it had stopped and everyone else was carrying along as usual.ย It was quiet a humbling experience. But thanks to technology, you can stay connected. FaceTime is a wonderful way to spend time with others. Maybe you aren’t there physically but its so nice to see someone while you’re talking to them, especially when you’ve been stuck inside for a long time.

There are many other things that you can do to help pass the time while you’re on bed rest, I just thought I’d share a few that helped me.


Things to take/have at the hospital.

  • Pillows…lots and lots of pillows. Let’s go one step further, you need body pillows. I had two body pillows while on bedrest and they helped me stay comfortable, or as comfortable as I could be after laying around 3 months and growing five babies in my belly.
  • Fan – I was on bedrest from December until the middle of March…..even when it was freezing and snowingย outside, I was still hot, blame it on the hormones. My hospital provided a box fan. Find out if your hospital provides a fan, if not, get one!
  • Refrigerator – When you live in a hospital room for 6 weeks, you are going to need a refrigerator. Again, my hospital provided a refrigerator so check on that too.
  • Quarters – The hospital I delivered at was 3 hours from our home. So Steven had to wash my clothes on the weekends at the hospital laundry mat.
  • Electronic devices – You are going to get soooo bored sitting/laying around all day every single day, so take your cell phone, computer, whatever else you have to keep you busy and occupied. Don’t forget your chargers!
  • Comfy clothes – I was not making any kind of fashion statement while on bedrest; I found the most comfortable clothes I could find and that’s what I wore.
  • Bathroom items – You need to pack like you’re going on an extended vacation. Everything you’d take on vacation, take with you to the hospital, especially if you are a long ways from home.
  • Shower chair– Again, the hospital provided this for me, but I loved my shower chair. ย I couldn’t stand for very long periods of time because my muscles were so weak from laying around for so long. The shower chair was a lifesaver. Plus I felt saver sitting in the shower rather than standing.
  • Food – Hospital food gets old fast! Have some of your favorite foods on hand. After a few weeks in the hospital, I literally got to the point that I could hardly eat anything they brought to my room, so the nutritionist got special permission for me to get to order from a special menu. I was SO thankful for that!
  • Movies – While on bedrest, I had a few friends suggest that I watch Downton Abbey. I watched 3 seasons and loved it! Bedrest is the perfect time to bing watch as much tv as you want!
  • Thank you cards – People were so generous to us during my quint pregnancy. Take time during the day and stay caught up on your thank you notes before the baby/babies arrive.
  • Heating pad – My hospital provided a heating pad and it was so nice for those aching areas like my back and shoulders.
  • Moisturizers/chapstick – Take lots of lotion and chapstick to have on hand.
  • Cheap house shoes – Hospital floors gross me out. Buy you so cheap house shoes and wear them around your room, then throwย them away when you get released from the hospital.
  • Going home outfit – Don’t forget to pack your going home outfit once the baby/babies are born.
  • Camera – Take lots of pictures of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby/babies.

Best gift during bed rest:

Wondering what you can do for a mom who is on bed rest? Here’s a few things people did for me that I loved….

  • Pedicure – I had a friend pay to have a lady come to the hospital and give me a pedicure! Talk about heaven on earth! Y’all it was so nice! Especially since I was big and pregnant with quintuplets!!!!
  • Food – Let me tell you….not much can top a friend/loved one who walks in your hospital door carrying your favorite food! Hospital food gets old fast y’all! It’s not good to start with. So if you don’t know what to take, text the mom and ask what she wants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! And don’t forget the dessert! She’s growing another human being…..or in my case…. FIVE humans! Feed her some good food and she’ll love you forever!
  • Visit – Just a short visit with a friend or loved one can make someone’s day or week! Of course, a visit with food is better, but if you can’t take food, at least go say hi,ย say a prayer together, and let her know she’s loved and in your thoughts. If you can’t physically visit, text or call!
  • Feed/care for her family – I can’t tell you how thankful I was to know people at home were taking care of Steven and Brady while I was 3 hours away in the hospital.
  • Gift cards/money – You can never go wrong with a gift card or money. Steven was driving 300 miles a week to see me on the weekends, gas money got expensive, but thankfully we had so many wonderful people want to help us out and gave money or gift cards to help out with gas and food.

Bed rest is a slow, boring, and sometimes very scary time in a mom’s life so if you know someone who is on bed rest, visit them. Don’t get busy and forget about them. It’s such an isolating time, even if it is just for a short period of time. Just a simple text or phone call will brighten someone’s day.


One bit of advice I think everyone needs to keep in mind, especially when on hospital bed rest is be nice to your nurses! I had the absolute best nurses in the world while on bed rest. I loved every single one of them. They were so good to me. They would answer my questions and take the time to get to know me and chat when they had time. I learned during that time just how hard nurses work and my whole perspective of the field of nursing changed after 6 weeks on bed rest. Nurses are angels in scrubs. Treat them with respect and be nice to them. They are there to help you, so do your job to make their job as easy as possible.

Be blessed,

Michelle

 

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Hello Tuesday!

Hey y’all! Welcome back!

So first things first, I’ve had several people ask me if I made the girls’ Easter dresses. So I figured I’d answer everyone right now. No, I didn’t make the girls’ dresses. I really, really, really wish I were that talented, but I’m not. In fact, I can barely sew a straight line, much less smocking…I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Actually, Steven’s mom and grandmother bought all of the kids’ Easter outfits, which is such a blessing we are very grateful for….God is so good and so is Meme & Gigi!


Last Thursday, Brady had his first t-ball game. He did well. I’m so proud of him for trying something new. โšพ๏ธ

Brady has the most amazing fan club. Our family is so good about supporting everyone and he loves seeing his people in the crowd.โค๏ธ

Batting

Running from 3rd to home plate.

The quints love watching Brady play ball.

Our nurses had shirts made to support Brady. The shirts are so adorable. We are so blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives that love and adore our kiddos. Thank you Tom, Janna, and Heather! Y’all are the best! โค๏ธ

I’ll always be his biggest fan. Sure do love my Lil’ Rascal.

After the game we went to Dairy Queen for dinner.

This week is shaping up to be a busy week too, full of ball games and a fun new adventure for Brady that I can’t wait to blog about next week!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Easter 2017

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was wonderful.
Friday we dyed eggs. The kids had so much fun dying eggs. And I have a funny story for you….Tessa thought the tablet that you use for dying eggs was candy and tried to chew it up. Thankfully I caught her before she swallowed it. ๐Ÿ™ˆ








Saturday we had family over for desserts and to hunt eggs.




The Easter Bunny visited and bought the kids each a stuffed animal character from the movie Secret Life of Pets as well as a water gun. They were excited.








Ready for church

Brady

Mia

Tessa

Brantย 

Gracieย 

Rayleighย 

For your entertainment…we tried to take a selfie with all 8 of us, and well, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. ๐Ÿ˜‚





After church we had lunch at my moms followed by an egg hunt.




And sweet little Tessa was wore out.


We ended the day by going outย for pizza with Meme. It was a wonderful Easter weekend spent with lots of family time, which in my opinion is the best way to spend any holiday.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Preschool Easter Parties

Yesterday the kids all had their Easter parties at school. Thankfully, the quint’s party started a little before Brady’s so I was able to see most of both parties. It helped that Steven took off and came to the parties as well. The kids had fun hunting eggs. The girls really didn’t understand the concept of finding more than one egg. A good time was had by all.

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First up…the quint’s party.


Brady’s party


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Be blessed,

Michelle

 

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Easter Around the Seals House

I love decorating for the holidays, all of them. We’ve had our Easter decorations up for a while now. I love Easter. Hunting eggs has always been fun, even as an adult, and I have so many fond memories of hunting Easter eggs with all my cousins when I was little. Some of my most favorite memories are from Easter. Of course, I want to make this holidayย very special for my own kiddos so I try to put out a few decorations. We will dye eggs this weekend and of course have an egg hunt on Sunday.


First I’ll take you on a little journey down memory lane. Here’s our Easter Bunny pictures from when Brady was a few days old to now. I don’t have a Bunny picture from 2014 because the quints were in the NICU and I never had a chance to take Brady.

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Here’s our decorations around the house.

Our newest footprint art.


And I cannot end this post without saying this, Easter is not about bunnies and Easter is not about eggs or egg hunts. Yes, I love bunnies, eggs, and having fun but it is so important to me that my kids understand the true meaning of Easter. Easter is about Jesus and what He did for us. He lived the perfect life, He died on the cross for our sins, and He rose on the third day.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.ย Matt 28: 5-6


I pray you have a blessed weekend with your loved ones.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

 

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