Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Mommy Going out of Business" Sale!

I forgot to mention in last night's post that we and a few friends are having a huge garage sale this Saturday (8/29/09) here at our house in the parking lot! I'm affectionately calling it my "Mommy Going out of Business Sale!" We're selling a TON of baby/toddler items as you can well imagine! There are beautiful clothes for both girls and boys ages 0-12 months as well as 4 like-new bumbo seats, baby bathtubs, baby bedding, Boppy pillows and covers, a super comfy gliding rocker w/ ottoman, bouncy seats, swings and much, much more including furniture, books, maternity and ladies clothing, etc. The sale runs from 9 am to 2pm RAIN OR SHINE so come and check us out!!! If it does rain, pull into our parking lot and you'll see signs directing where all of the items are being displayed. Be sure to check out my nephew Augie's Lemonade stand where he will be selling some yummy lemonade and his world famous peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies! Tell all of your friends and a special shout out to you pregnant ladies! For those of you who aren't familiar with where we live, please feel free to email me at and I will send you our address as I'm not comfortable posting it on the internet. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the sale!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A big day for our family!

Since finding out about the babies and selling our great house in Moon Township, John and I have been seriously looking for a new house for over a year now. We've looked at what seems like hundreds of houses both online and in person. We just couldn't find a house that had:

1. the details we were looking for

2. in our price range and

3. that could comfortably hold all 7 of us (Lord, I feel like the Van Trapp family from the Sound of Music just saying that!)

So, in late June of 2009 we decided to build a house right here in the same township where we're currently renting and today, we broke ground! What an exciting day! Luke has been talking about this for weeks now. Luke, being a HUGE fan of construction vehicles, has been asking me daily "Is Bob the Builder going to start the foundation today???". So, of course, I took him up to the lot and let him watch the bulldozer dig. You'd of thought today was Christmas from the look on his face! We took some pictures and I'll try to download them and share over the next few days. The house is scheduled to be finished around the end of Nov./early December. What an exciting time for our family and how thankful we are to be building this beautiful house that will be our family's home for many years to come! we go...a couple of random recent pictures from our wild, wacky, wonderful world...

The heat got to me recently on one especially humid day so I threw all 5 kids in the pool and bathed them in the great outdoors with the help of Daddy, Poppy and our awesome Diaper Darling, Sue Wright! It certainly was an adventure but also a great way to clean all 5 kids at the same time! They had a great time!

My sweet silly giggly little lady!

Claire (in the box) and Elizabeth having some fun...

Kate....too cute for words!

Our dear friend and fellow Zion Lutheran Church member Jodi Fitzgerald is a local hairstylist. Jodi came to the house and gave all four babies their first haircuts! The babies were SOOOO good! (did I mention that I fed them a million treats and let them watch their favorite video - Baby Bach - over and over the whole time to distract them!?!) Thank you SOOOOO much to Jodi and her kids, Mitch and Jennifer, for taking time out of their busy summer schedules to swing by the house and give the babies their first snips! We love you guys!

Elizabeth post cut!...

(L to R in back) Mitch, Jennifer, Jodi and the posse...

Johnny and Kate with their new do's!

Elizabeth and Claire stylin' with their sassy new cuts!

Daddy doing triple duty! Oh yes he can!!!

Johnny first thing in the morning...honest to goodness...he wakes up this way EVERY DAY!!! There's no better way to start the day than one of my little man's sweet smiles!

My two best buddies....Daddy and the Lukester riding the tractor around the back yard mowing some grass! Luke is in love with this thing!

The crew just chillin' on the floor...

We were crazy enough...yes, I mean CRAZY take all 5 kids - with the help of my parents, Aunt Janet, Aunt Suz, Uncle Bill and the boys - to Kennywood (a local amusement park) last Thursday on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day. I've got some pictures of our outing I'll share in my next post with the details.

Thanks for Keeping Up With the Lemonovichs'!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SLACKER MOM! I'm feeling like an incredible slacker these days. I feel SOOOO bad when we're out somewhere with the babies and we see someone we know and they say "oh we just love reading the blog and hearing what the kids are doing and see all of your pictures". UUUUGGHHH. I haven't written on here in so long and it's so sad because the kids are growing up so fast and doing so many new and exciting things which I guess is half the reason I have no time to write, but not a good enough excuse. As you can imagine, the quads have no baby book. I've tried to make the blog their baby book so that one day, I can show it to them and remind them of just how truly special our family's story is. But I've really slacked lately so to little ones...when you're reading this 20 years down the road....I'm sorry for not being a better storyteller once the first year passed :)

I swear that Luke has grown over 6" in the last 6 months and his vocabulary now rivals that of a 50 year old. He is so fluent in his speech and he talks with such expression. I just can't believe that my firstborn is 2 1/2 and will be starting a 2 year preschool class this Fall called Small Steps. I am beyond thrilled for him. I can't wait for him to get out of the house and be his own person - instead of just always being referred to as "the quads big brother". Luke really loves the babies although last week, he was playing with his pal Ms. Barb while Mom and I took the babies on an outing to Target and when we left he said to Barb " babies to bother me!"

Tolerating the babies is sometimes hard work for Luke because 3 of the 4 area always crawling on him, playing with his toys, etc. Maybe this is why he has such a soft spot in his heart for Kate. She isn't crawling yet so she can't get to his things :) But, Luke is always kissing Kate and asking to hold her on his lap. It just melts my heart.
Kate is really starting to hold her own. We recently switched from formula to Pediasure so that she can try to put on some weight more quickly. She seems to like it so far despites it's icky sweet taste. Kate now weights about 17 lbs, 12 oz. and just feels bigger. She is desperately trying to crawl or at least move herself around like the others. She's starting to pull herself on her hands and knees and rock and little. She also likes to stand beside the couch or the activity table and stretch out. The progress with Kate is slow, but it's progress nonetheless. I looked at a picture of her the other day that is on the dry erase board in our house. The picture is of Kate exactly one year ago. When I see this picture and where she is today, I just can't believe how far she's come. How lucky we are to have her...
August 5, 2008

Claire, John and Elizabeth are doing exceptionally well. All three of my little buggers are crawling, cruising around furniture and getting into as much trouble as a 13 month old possibly can! Claire has mastered crawling and has begun to stand on her own for 15-20 seconds. Claire LOVES to squeal at the top of her lungs any chance she gets for any reason - happy, mad, sad, frustrated, etc. It makes no difference - she just loves to hear herself scream! Elizabeth is the bubbly party girl. She bounces and giggles and loves to make silly faces. Unfortunately, though Elizabeth has a dark side that comes out if you try to steal her toys. She has quite the wicked bite which both Claire and John have experienced all too often. I'm still trying to figure out how to break this nasty habit - and I'm sure the others are hoping I find the solution soon! John is so incredibly sweet - and active! He crawls EVERYWHERE and I do mean everywhere. He'll crawl over, under, around, on top of just about anything to get to something he wants. That includes crawling under the quad feeding table to get all of the left over snacks that have fallen on the floor after meal time. We call him "Hoover" for his vaccuum like skills :)
We've taken a bunch of pictures lately but just haven't had time to download them so we'll do that soon and be sure to post some of them on here for everyone to see. Thanks to you all for checking in with us! This slacker Mom is off to bed...the little rugrats will be up in about 7 1/2 hours!