We did feeds, baths, feeds again and left took off for Denver during their naptime. The babies slept, jabbered and continued to be on their BEST behavior. After about 2.5-3 hours, they started acting hungry, so I dug my way to the back seat and started spoon feeds. Didn't know how it would work out, but it ended up being a great idea (besides having to contort my body into the most impressive yoga moves even the most avid of yoga-ists would be proud of amidst all the luggage and carseats). We made it to Denver without incident and the babies got to love on Aunt Debbie, Uncle Billy, cousins Rosie and Jonathan.
Are you surprised that Forrest is in last place? Neither were we.
The rest of the entourage arrived in Denver Friday night (Lainie, Adam, Ryno, Angela, Rachel and Sergio). We spent Saturday lounging, playing, EATING (the family all knows what an excellent cook Aunt Debbie is) and just enjoying Colorado and the Mile High City. We took the kids out in their Choo-Choo wagon and found a sports shop. We had to get a bumper sticker for the wagon! Later that evening, Billy and I walked the kids down to Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium and toured the surrounding. It was a beautiful evening and we all felt right at "home".
Pius (and the other 3) LOVED Uncle Billy's 'stache!
The Laine-Train trying to pull off the 1991 "one overall strap unfastened" look
Farm boy Forrest
The big-mouthed Pi-Man
Sergio and Lil' Miss Thang. Wanna a little wine with that cheese?
Taking a gander through the Broncos mecca. Pius was in complete wonderment at the Sports Shop.
Our Saturday evening stroll landed us at the feet of the Broncos in front of the stadium.
Made the mistake of giving Forrest the Gerber Puffs tub. We salvaged what we could, then let him hit his forehead the entire ride home, reaching down and trying to pick them up off the wagon floor.
Honk if you love the Broncos!!!
SUNDAY - Get your game face on!
Sunday morning, the kids got bathed and dressed for the big day. The whole group walked down to the stadium (Aunt Debbie's house is only a couple of blocks from it) and got lots of honks, stares, grins and down-right belly laughs! We discovered that it doesn't matter the age, sex, race, class or handicap....four babies all in a row will make ANYONE smile. The quads just ate it up. Except for Pius who was more interested in watching his pompom drag on the ground. He's a weirdo like that.
I'd say he's going prematurely gray, but you have to HAVE hair first! This wasn't "staged", either. He was trying to eat the bubbles and came up looking like this.
Laine is such a binky-boy! Doesn't matter whose it is, he'll see it on the ground and pop it in his mouth.
I'm sure Forrest and Danna will appreciate this picture when they're in high school.
These next 4 are pics of their gameday outfits....
Laine (and Sergio's hand)
Pius with Aunt RayRay
A hungover (?) Forrest
Go bananas. Go, go bananas.
Frosty with his woman, Angela
The babies didn't go to the actual game with us (this year!), so we said our goodbyes near the gate and Aunt Debbie and cousin Rosie walked them back to the house and quad-sat while we were chewing our nails off at the game. It was a close one! Broncos 34, Saints 32. Woop, woop! (Too bad I can't say the same for last Sunday's game against the Chefs. No I did not misspell it. I'm blaming it on the bad karma sent by UncleT.)
The ride to the stadium. Pius was dragging the pom-pom the whole way. No joke. He LOVES to hold things over the side and shake them. He even does this with the washcloth used to clean their faces after spoon feeds!
Aunt Debbie in the middle, Lainie and Angela in sunglasses, half of Adam's head, and a bunch of strangers near the stadium.
Danna and cousin Jonathan. He looks so much like Ben Affleck
An infamous self-portrait
Pius: "Whaddya mean we're not goin' to the game? I got all dressed up with no where to go?"
Forrest: "The Saints?! Gag me with a spoon!"
Laine: "Mom, I'll love you forever because you give me faux-hawks!"
Danna: "Mom, you forgot to put a hair pretty on me! Sheesh!"
It was a packed house
Like I said, "a real nail-biter!"
Thanks for hosting us Schwartz Family! From left: adults (we use that term very loosely)-Uncle Billy, Rose, Aunt Deb, Jon; babies L, P, F and D
I wish we could say that we partied into the wee hours of the morning, but we had to get back to KS for Billy's classes and our jobs. Boo, Hiss. We thought we would be stallions and drive through the night straight through, but changed our minds after about 2 hours on the road. Laverna was gracious enough to let us back in to her home and spend the night again in Grainfield. She had a doctor's appointment the next morning, so we thought we'd visit her at the Medical Center in Quinter. We enjoyed meeting all the wonderful nurses and doctor who take great care of our Laverna while she's getting her chemo treatments.
Great-great Aunt Laverna et al
After our little Quinter detour, we headed home sweet home. I got pictures of the car spoon feeds this time. The babies exceeded our expectations on the trip and we are so grateful to everyone for helping out and making Denver Trip 2008 a HUGE SUCCESS!
We've got lots more fun videos and pictures already in the works. In the meantime, I'd like to know who our readers cheer for during football season. Let us know!