Wow, that took a long time!!! Been working on getting this done for months! Now, that it's here, I have to say, I am a bit nervous as to how I am going to begin....but here goes~ Welcome to our CRAZY life, which I have decided to EMBRACE the craziness, as the most Beautiful part of my life, and why I settled on "Beautiful Chaos" for a title...
I have been married for 13 years to my very best friend. We have FIVE kids....(still can't believe it myself!)
From 1 to 5 in 29.2 weeks: We have our small, dark, and handsome, Maverick, who is 7 years old. So much love for that boy!!! Then....(hear the drum roll???...) We have QUADS, not the four-wheeler kind either... Quadruplet babes, born December 30, 2009 at 29.2 weeks. Three boys and One Sassy girl! They just turned 1 year from their estimated due date (corrected age) on March 14, 2011. Mia, Racer, Ryder & Max.
We have been through some MAJOR changes in the last couple of years, as you can imagine, which is why I say my "new"life. I can't say exactly why I'm compelled to share this part of our lives on such a public level, but its a journey I have been on for a while now, especially since with the Q's, now, things are a little more "out there" for people to see, and I think it's a good way to organize my thoughts and remember what goes on in our day to day life, since I can't seem to remember what happened 5 minutes ago sometimes! It's good therapy I think too!
My husband, Patrick, is my greatest support and he's on board with the whole "blog" thing, as long as it, for the most part, stays away from him as a topic. Sooo, okay babe, I will try...
So, the little stuff is, I am, or was but sometimes still am, a hairdresser before the news of the Q's came along. I totally miss seeing my clients and doin' their do's!!! And, I do medical transcription, (20 years now) which allows me to work from home...TOTAL BLESSING!!!
And, to run the everyday chaos in our lives, I have HELP!!! Thanks, BEYOND MEASURE, to my husband's company, Perfect Blend, John & Rebecca, Dan & Karen, and the whole team...We could NEVER give you enough thanks for allowing us to have daytime help with these chillin's!!! I don't think anyone would ever be able to uncover us from the laundry pile if I had to keep up with it on my own! Yep, we would definitely be counted MISSING at some point! Ruth, is our livesaver during the day! She is awesome and NO, no-one else can have her!!! So, after you know how good she is, don't be looking to tempt her away from us, we will NOT let her go! ( Might sound like I'm joking, but I'm pretty much not! )
Things I LOVE: You know the "givens", of course, but then...
I love to SNUGGLE my kiddos and watch movies with my "'main squeeze"...I LOVE date-night with the babe even if its at home after 8:00, when all the kiddos are down. I love hanging out with the girls, getting pedis, coffee, & "doing lunch". I love for EVERYONE to get along and have a GREAT time together. I love people who are "real" and stick around for the good times and the bad. I am a total "fancy nancy" at heart. I believe that almost EVERYTHING can be prettier and fancier, even very simple things can have a little sparkle. I love love love to take a bath, have a glass of wine, and read. I am a closet Party Planner, Singer, Traveler, Interior Designer, Author, Counselor, Teacher, Marathon Runner (for those of you who know me, don't laugh), would love to be fluent in Spanish & French, and be a photographer, although, sadly, I seriously lack any talent in that area, bummer. And I would LOVE to travel to another country from 1-6 months out of a year and help people learn about the Bible and for the experience with and for my children.
I have probably 10,000 ideas going on in my head almost at all times!!! I hope to use this blog as an outlet for all the ideas and things I would like to share with people and a place to learn from other people too.
So, yes, I am a DREAMER!!! My lists could go on and on, REALITY, though, is that I can't do it ALL, but I CAN do SOME of it and THAT makes me happy! I TRY to be content and feel blessed every day, EVEN, amidst 4 screaming babies (good thing they're so darn cute), and a 7-year-old who is too smart for his own good! I've learned to look at things differently and laugh at things I didn't think I could...I hope to always grow and change and learn from my experiences and from other people....so this is my take on a modern day family, MY modern day family, with all of the Beautiful Chaos that goes along with it!