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Thankfulness 2016

The kitchen is clean, leftovers put away, kids are in bed asleep and my feet are up. Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. And another anniversary too. In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving, my husband and I celebrate four years of marriage on this day. Unfortunately, my sweet, hard-working husband had to leave right after our meal to go work for our family. He works so hard to support us and I'm so thankful for that. 

We had a very low-key, family Thanksgiving this year. Even so, I have to blog about it because for some reason, neither of us can recall our Thanksgiving from last year. (We are thinking Adam must have had to work and maybe we skipped it last year, but you'd think I'd remember spending it alone with kids.) Either way, these Thanksgivings with our kids are fleeting so I want to be able to keep these memories in my mind forever.  

When I was pregnant, Adam and I spent our first Thanksgiving alone. We kind of procrastinated and ended up buying a turkey the ni…

Essential Oils: Tiny Little Bottles, HUGE Changes in my Family's Lives

So this is the post that I promised over a month ago. Remember when I told you something big was happening in our family? Well, I'm finally sitting down to tell you about it and I'm really hoping that I don't go overboard because to me, this is SUPER exciting. It's no secret that I love modern medicine. I am eternally grateful to all of the doctors and medical professionals who played such an important role in getting my babies here and their thriving in spite of being 28 weekers. Modern medicine does amazing things. I'm thankful for it and for the many men and women who've dedicated their lives to helping save and support the lives of others. That said, I've always leaned in a natural direction when it came to products I use and now my family uses. 
Two years ago, a friend and fellow quad mommy introduced me to essential oils. She shared with me the many benefits of oils and told me all of the wonderful changes she was seeing in her family. "Wow! That&…

Happy Halloween 2016 - The Year of the Cards

Confession:sometimes, I draft blog posts from my phone. I'm sure many can relate. Sometimes, it's just easier since my phone is already in my hand, my pictures are there and can easily be uploaded and I don't have to go drag out my laptop. My kids already know my phone is off limits to them (except at doctor's visits and other long waits when they're allowed to watch YouTube videos) but my computer comes out so rarely around them, all they want to do is watch videos.

Well, bad news! The Blogger app has not been updated. After several days of trying to make a Halloween blog post, I gave in and woke up extra early to bang this out before the monsters awake.

We are so fortunate to live in a community that places value on children and goes above and beyond to offer fun activities for them. This was really our first year being able to be out and about around Halloween and boy did we take advantage of it. I think in total we hit five different events on four different nigh…

We're still here...(sort of)

This is probably going to be a long one.I have a lot of catching up to do. In spite of my best efforts, it seems there's never enough hours in the day. This will probably be the theme to a lot of the major points in this post. In fact, now that I think about it, I might be able to get away with posting: "Four toddlers: no time, no money, plenty of stress" and I think most of you would get the point. However, that makes for kind of dull reading and since, as most of you have probably noticed, I like details, I'd feel like you were missing out (although, I highly doubt that to be true in most people's realities).  

If I'm completely honest, I'm over here kicking myself. Remember those days when I complained about waking up throughout the night to give four snugly little babies diaper changes, hug them, and snuggle them while I gave them bottles and then they basically napped all day? Remember that? Yeah, well I was crazy. I take back every single complaint t…

The Day I Quit Potty Traning

Go ahead; judge me all you want. My kids are nearly two and a half years old and they are not potty trained. In spite of my best effort, they aren't. They're not ready. And I don't care. You see. For the past few months, the time I've spent in the bathroom fruitlessly has ticked by faster than I care to even think about. Trying to train four kids at once to use the bathroom is exactly what I expected: hell. 

I should point out that those hours have not been completely fruitless. If I'm able to stay on top of them, the boys actually will go in the potty. The girls however, have no interest. I say this only because I feel like it's important for moms to hear that what other people tell you will happen with your kids is not always right. You have to do what is best for you and your kids; nobody else's. 

I'm sure I'll catch flack for this post but you know what, I don't care. Most of those people speaking their opinions have never in their lives attem…

Summer Beachin' It - Quad Style

I keep receiving emails proclaiming "summer's best beach reads". I don't know about you, but I don't see myself being able to sit on the beach and read a book for a very, very long time. Don't get me wrong. We LOVE the beach. At least once a week during the summer months, we are there. Sometimes we spend a Sunday afternoon there, other times, we take a quick jaunt over to the beach after dinner and let the kids frolic in the sand and splash their feet in the water before we take baths and crawl in bed. Our floors seem like they're always covered in sand this time of year but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

We're beach people. Adam and I have always loved the water. We chose our city because we fell in love with the beach here. We definitely have dreams of raising beach babies so this year, our plan is to make frequent visits and have tons of fun on the beach with the kiddos.

That said, taking four two-year-olds to the beach is no &quo…

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (AKA The Plague AKA The Pits of Hell)

I've held off on posting this update for a few reasons. Namely, because the last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for us and my goal here was to craft an update that will (hopefully) eventually be of some use to a parent facing the awful virus incorrectly named "Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease" (I'll explain why it's named wrong later in this post, but I think a more apt name would be HELL). 

Because things can never be easy around here, we thought it would be fun to go through a week of complete and utter torture. As a result, through tireless Internet searches, advice from other moms who've been there and done that, as well as one weekend call to the pediatrician's cell phone, I feel like I'm well versed in all things Hand, Foot and Mouth. And let me tell you, it is a BEAST! 

The tricky part about it is that I never even saw it coming. The kids had been sick the weekend prior and we kept them home from church (thank heavens). On Thursday, …

Corpus Christi Water Boil (And T-Shirt Order Form)

Hi Corpus Christi! Like so many of you, our family has been affected by our city's third water boil in less than a year's time. It's frustrating as a parent not to be able to provide your children with easy access to clean water to drink, cook with and bathe in. Many of you may be visiting my blog for the first time. We are the Archibeques and we have quadruplets. As if life isn't crazy/busy enough chasing after four two-year-olds, it's been aggravating to us not knowing whether our children will/have caught any illnesses that could have been prevented had action been taken sooner and I know that I'm not alone. We ALL NEED CLEAN WATER!  Citizens of Corpus Christi of every age, gender, race, and make-up are affected.

As a mom, I consider it my duty and honor to raise happy, healthy children so that they will become happy, healthy and productive citizens when I'm done (as if a mother's work is ever done). I feel that everyone in the world is entitled to ba…

Quad Potty Training: Take One (And Other Significant Milestones)

This morning in HEB (our grocery store), the cashier asked a question I hear often: "what went through your mind when you found out you were having quadruplets"?  The irony in this particular instance of this question was not lost. As I piled up pull-on diapers, big kid wipes, and a book about potties onto the conveyor belt, I gave her my best smile and politely answered "I was just shocked". 

The truth is, while initially so many things went through my mind, my biggest fear has always been potty training. As I connected with many moms of multiples on social media and pictures of four potty training chairs, little training pants, and other potty training equipment filled my Facebook newsfeed, I grew more and more paralyzed with fear that this would really be happening for us soon. When the kids were just a year and a half old and a cashier in Walmart informed me it was time to start thinking about potty training, I did what any mom with a $250 a month diaper bill wo…

Product Review: Temp Traq Wearable Thermometer

The days have been stressful lately. Very stressful. And not just the "I have four two-year-olds" kind of stressful. We are talking it seems like every week there's a new "fire" for me to put out. When I say it feels like I'm operating at 110 miles per hour all day and all night, I'm not kidding.

Lately, we've had an unusual bout with illnesses in our home. In January, all four "babies" caught RSV. I blogged about that in my birthday post but what I haven't talked about yet (basically because I'm drowning over here y'all) is that in February, we got hit again. This time, it was a common cold (rhinovirus) but all in all, it was a doozy of one. So much that it ended up putting our Baby C in the hospital! (I'll blog about that later when I feel that I'm recovered from the trauma of all that went along with that.)

Today, I want to introduce you to my cool new friend. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meetTempTraq–  the wo…