12 days


12 days. That’s how long it took this time to clear the house of boxes. I’m actually quite proud of this. The best part of 4 kids is that, while you have to break up the squabbles every so often they keep each other entertained. The clutter still needs to be organized better but I’m quite happy!

Boys room (aka Star Wars explosion)


Girls’ room


Stairwell (need to update photos too)




The kids seem to like having their rooms finished and I like that the cardboard explosion has vacated the premises. It’s a nice change to have too much wall space and not have to pick and choose wall photos.

Last day of being two!

It’s a big day tomorrow: the littles turn three, take their first plane trip, and move to an island in the pacific!

This navy move has definitely been more involved than others. Thankfully God’s got a great plan and so far it’s been the least ulcer inducing I could think of. It’s always nice when what we think is the best thing for us works out!

They are very excited about their birthday and flying to hawaii. The best part? They get daddy back! He’s been gone a month and I think it’s probably the best present they could get.

Thankfully between two hotels, 700 miles of driving, a rental van, and lots of chaos, they’ve done pretty well. It’s fun to see them try to figure things out, and hopefully the amazement they have of planes and airports doesn’t go away in the first hour we’re there.


Oh, and did I remind you yet? We have a FIRST Grader in the house. Seriously. How did that happen?


Moving (yet again)

As we approach 9 years of marriage and almost 8 years since Steven signed with the Navy, we have…
• Lived in 5 states (CT twice)
• Driven cross country twice as an entire family, once while Steven was deployed.
• Lived at 6 addresses

Needless to say, moving is nothing new to us (though hopefully in future years the average will get a little higher than 1.5 years per house!)

We are finishing up day two of the move and I’m at the point that if I could wave a magic wand and just make the rest of my stuff disappear, I’d be ok with it. Even Jacen says moving is exhausting.

The movers this time have been great so far, very expedient. But the results and damage report on the other end will tell the full story. Fingers crossed!

The kids are doing pretty well with it. Aiden’s finishing up his last week of kindergarten (how did that happen?!) so he misses most of the boring sitting, and the triplets have seen four different movies at least twice each. Mother of the year? Maybe.

We ended up getting a hotel a night early due to the movers being faster than I expected, and it has worked out pretty well (though I’m not sure where I’m sleeping as the kids have taken the four pillows as their own and left me with no room!!





Hello/Goodbye/Hello again

The fun in moving so much is that you’re likely to come across those you’ve known before or places you’ve lived before. The downside is that in regions with very distinct seasons, such as the northeast, many places aren’t open year round.

Thankfully we are here this time far enough into the summer to at least get a glimpse of the amazing things RI and CT have to offer come Memorial Day!

We were here 6 years ago now (hard to believe!) and found a lot of favorite local spots. One was Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough. It is BYOB, and only offers the basics in terms of plates and utensils. Many locals make an event of it bringing plates, tablecloth, silverware, and wine/glasses for the occasion. With 4 littles we liked the simplicity and were so excited for opening weekend.

On the bright side, this is the easiest whole food to be found at a restaurant. Real lobster, real butter, an artichoke (not pictured as we devoured it so fast) for appetizer.

Can’t really get a better view than this.

Aiden was bribed into his first bite but quickly developed a (expensive) taste for it. Val joined in soon after!


We were excited to get two of the kids to share (though that meant less lobster for me!)


Big Brother

It’s been 6 years.

6 years since he came into this world.

6 years since we went from a couple to a family.

6 years ago this amazing little man was born.


He has changed our lives in so many ways. Taught me more about patience than I ever thought possible. He is showing me how to see life in a slightly different way from how I’ve always viewed it.

I remember turning 6. How cool it was that when people asked how old I was I had to hold up TWO hands. He appreciates the same thing.



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Eager anticipation

Christmas sure is a miraculous thing when you have small children in the house. Aiden is finally at that age where he still believes that a jolly old man in a big red suit can actually come down a chimney (thank goodness we have one!), but yet not so old to not enjoy the little moments like cookie decorating or a Charlie Brown Christmas.


Round one of two rounds of cookies. Because, really, one round is never enough.


Icing tastes just as good straight from the bag as it does on a cookie!



Round two of cookies. The triplets still don’t really “get” what’s coming up, but they are loving the festivities. Cookies abound, and they are happy icing covered children because of it.


Disclaimer: We did not share these cookies with anyone else. Even I won’t eat the cookies that they decorated for themselves.


The blue icing was entirely his after this.


Yum, three layers of icing on one cookie!


At least we have one semi-neat child! 


Note to self: Copy this idea next year and decorate before sweeping/mopping. Or at least pretend that your floor was purposely left dirty because you knew cookie day was coming up. Length of time does not need to be specified.

So that brings us to Christmas Eve. These little guys have no idea what’s coming tomorrow, and I cannot wait to see their faces when they realize the presents under the tree are for them, from the people who love them near and far, and that pajamas all day is perfectly acceptable!!


All dressed up with somewhere wonderful to go. Yay for childrens’ church services where ours weren’t the loudest by far (and were actually behaving quite acceptably… either they’ve figured it out or we finally bored them into submission haha)


And our tradition of a new movie, popcorn, and pizza on Christmas Eve continues. Some quiet family time before the craziness of the holiday itself begins.

We remember, as we celebrate this holy day, this holiday, that while presents and stockings and lights under the tree are wonderful, family is the real thing to celebrate. These four little people who we are so blessed to share a home, to raise, to nurture, and sometimes to annoy, and the love in our home.

Happy Christmas, from our family to yours. No matter why you celebrate, or if you celebrate at all, remember the love between families this day and year round.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:11-14

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is magical. It is pure. It is holy. It is absolutely divine.


We had four little helpers this year. Sure, it’s not a Pinterest-worthy tree, and there are only maybe 1/4 of the ornaments that we normally would put on it hanging from the branches… but they did it. The elves may have spaced some ornaments out later that night (“Look mommy! I put three in a row!” And by in a row, he meant on the same branch), but they did it.



And Christmas pajamas. Is there anything cuter than Christmas pajamas??



Yes there is. Christmas dresses. (Aiden bargained that he’d be nice at the Santa breakfast if he didn’t have to wear his dress shirt. Pick your battles).


So yeah. And we even have snow here in the beautiful northeast. Snow, lights, presents under the tree… stockings are hung… it is a bit commercialized, but they’re also old enough to talk about Jesus’s birthday, and Mary and the angels, and it really couldn’t get much better than this.




Pictures finally!

Without further adieu, Thanksgiving pictures. Mima was here visiting with us and it was a wonderful holiday meal with good family, delicious food, and excellent wine 🙂 (side note: I try not to post photos of anyone other than the kids and hubby and I)










Travel in summary

So a few last thoughts.

Miles traveled: 3383

State license plates seen: All 50 (first trip with all of them legitimately!)

Days in hotels: 8 in Monterey, 4 hotels on road, 3 nights in families’ houses, 1 last night here in town.

Needless to say, the kids were very happy to see their bed stuffs!


New house: awesome.

It’s a very strange thing to have boxes coming off a truck labeled “babies” and “boys” rooms, and unload into “boys” and “girls” rooms.


We cannot wait to get settled in, and make it “ours” but it’s amazing to be in a house for at least a little while. Let’s hope for follow-on orders here so we can stay!