Where've we been?

I haven't posted an update in a really, really long time. If you are asking yourself, "why'd she change the name of the blog", the simple answer is this: I need eight arms! As most people can probably guess, being a single Mom to four-year-old quadruplets is a full-time job in itself.  Not to mention, somebody around here has to work to try to keep up with the bills. I spend most nights trying to make sure everyone is fed, bathed, has clean clothes to wear and that everyone feels loved, and then once their asleep, I catch up on housework, have a little bit of downtime to myself if I'm lucky, and then there's nights when the kids are actually involved in stuff. Truthfully, an old friend of ours messaged me over the weekend and said she'd been looking for my blog but it was gone. I kindly told her that I'd just renamed it and that ultimately, this whole single motherhood thing was kicking my butt and my time management skills needed some serious honing. But, her comment really made me realize how much I miss writing and blogging.

Summer has been a blur! We started off Memorial Day with "Mom down".  It turned out I had a REALLY bad case of strep throat. It was everything I could do to make sure the kids were taken care of. Of course, I felt like I had to work so I refused to call in sick or even let on how miserable I felt for the first few days. For several days in a row, we hit up the McDonald's Drive Thru (horrible, I know, but at least they were fed), they'd eat while I did my best to stay alert enough in the recliner to take care of them.  They'd all join me on the couches afterwards where we'd watch funny YouTube videos until I'd give them a super quick bath and put them to bed. Eventually, I gave in and called the doctor. She said it was one of the worst cases of strep throat and put me on liquid antibiotics and Tylenol 3 to manage the pain.  The worst part of all this was that we'd been planning a camping trip in the mountains with my Dad and his friend. We ultimately had to cancel as naturally, right behind me, the kids started to get sick.  If I'm completely honest, I am STILL playing catch up trying to get my house in order from that whole ordeal.

Once summer kicked off, the kids spent most of the summer playing summer Soccer. All four played on the same team, and while none of them were superstars, their improvement over the summer was extremely impressive. Their Coach was wonderful and worked so hard with them and spent so much time working with them and for that, I'm extremely grateful.

I worked all summer and the kids continued to go to their preschool. We spent the 4th of July at home for the most part except somehow, I decided to take all four kids to see the fireworks; by myself. That was as fun as you can imagine.

In early August, we took off for a week and went to New Braunfels, Texas where we met up with family and friends, toured a museum in San Antonio, went camping, tubed the Guadalupe, rode a train, and went to a family reunion. We had a wonderful time and it was a much needed break from our routine. However, I came back extremely tired but had to turn over all of our laundry and prepare to go out of town to take one of the kids to the hospital for a procedure.

As summer comes to a close with the arrival of Labor Day, the kids have remained in the same school, the girls have started ballet, which they LOVE, and soon we will be starting Fall Soccer (hopefully with the same Coach). I'm looking forward to cooler weather and lots of Pumpkin Spice everything (this is my favorite time of year). I plan on taking the kids to a local pumpkin patch and maybe an Autumn trip to the zoo. The kids are learning their letters and sounds and soon, I'm certain they'll be starting to read. I'm also hoping they'll soon be pitching in more around the house.

So that's it! We're all alive and thriving as best we can! I'm going to make it a goal of mine to post more regular updates and share what's happening in our lives. I can promise one thing, playing single mom to quadruplets is probably exactly what you think it is: chaos. It feels like, I go 200 mph 24/7.  I often catch myself forcing myself to stop what I"m doing and go to bed at night just so that I'm rested enough to get up in the morning and by Thursday and Friday night, I can't keep my eyes open past about 8:00 at night.  And with that, I say "goodnight" until next time. I thoroughly hope you enjoy catching up!


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