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Choo Choos & Tutus Birthday Party

For this year’s birthday party we went with choo choo’s – for the boys and tutu’s – for the girls. Brady loves trains, so of course, the quints love trains too. Because whatever Brady loves, they love too. I loved getting to decorate with lots of pink for the girls. (Now a little side note for anyone who is new to my blog…since Brady’s birthday is 3 days before the quints, we just do one big party for all six kids.)

I didn’t get too many pictures of all the decorations; here are a few to give you an idea of how it looked. And I’m really proud of myself, I finally figured out how to upload videos on my blog. I hope it works for you so you can see how everything looked and see the videos of everyone singing happy birthday to the kids.

For the food, I kept it simple this year. On the boy’s table we did cookies, Rice Krispies stop lights, pretzels, and red Hawiian Punch. On the girl’s table we had cupcakes, Rice Krispies, tutu marshmallows, chocolate covered strawberries, and water.

For the entertainment, we rented a bounce house with a slide.

This year, I made the party more about the kids so we only invited their friends from church and school. In the past it’s been mostly adults who have helped us with the kids, but now that they have friends, I wanted to make it about them and their friends.

The weather was gorgeous. All week, it looked like it was going to be cool and raining on party day but thankfully that didn’t happen and we had a beautiful day.

The kids had fun, they got tons of presents, and I think all the guests had fun too. It was such a special day to celebrate the two most important events in our lives, Brady’s birth and the Quint’s birth.  


And here was the aftermath….

It’s still so hard to believe Brady is 5 years old and Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, & Rayleigh are 3!

Be blessed,


Thankful for Friends

It’s no secret, the quints completely changed mine and Steven’s lives. We are so busy keeping up with the kids and keeping up with household chores that we rarely do anything with our friends. This year, one of my goals is to reconnect with friends that I’ve lost contact with. I have to say, and I’m not trying to brag (well, not too much anyways) but I have absolutely the most amazing friends in the whole world. I have the kind of friends that are there for me when I need them, no matter what.

Just yesterday, I received a care package from my friend, Paula. I have lived with Paula and her hubby, Dave on three different occasions. They have been so wonderful to open up their home to me when I really needed a place to stay. So, during all that time of living together we all got to know each other really well and they know my love for Do-si-dos Girl Scout cookies. While I was pregnant with the quints and on bed rest in the hospital, Dave and Paula made sure I never ran out of Do-si-dos. (That’s probably one of the reasons the quints were such good size for their gestation.) Well, yesterday I received a package, and inside was a box of Do-si-dos! Paula has been keeping close tabs on our potty training adventure so she and Dave sent me some cookies to help me get through this stage in our lives. I feel so loved. And it warms my heart that even though I don’t get to see them much anymore, they still think about me and take the time to let me know they think about me. Everyone needs friends like Dave and Paula, because they are more than friends, they are framily.

So my challenge to myself and to all of you that read my blog is to be a good friend to someone. We all need friends. And we all need to know that someone cares about us. Surprise a friend this week.

**Paula and Dave…you’ve met this challenge this week. Thank you and I love you!

Be blessed,