Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Great Outdoors...Quad-Style!

The Steece quaddies have been enjoying the beautiful Spring weather lately. I've had them outside as much as possible and they just LOVE running around. It is SO fun to watch--seriously warms my heart. I've always dreamed of the day that I could watch my children running and playing in our backyard. (Warning: LOTS of pics!)

"Liddle-E" (little Ethan)

Boo Bear (pre-haircut) and yes, they are always in the same clothes because we have officially (almost) grown out of everything we own! Time to hit those Outlet Malls and consignment shops! (Oh Joy!)

Ben..."Hmmm...I wonder if this is edible?"

Drew is inspecting the grass...also wondering if this is a tasty treat.

Ethan and the boys LOVE chasing Shiloh around!

Little Savi-wee-wee

It is SO neat to watch the bond between Benny and Sav. They are closer than the identicals! They just "get" each other. Sav loves to point at Ben with the biggest smile on her face (eyes squinting) and says: "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNN!" She loves him so much!

Savannah playing with the ball...

Ben grabbing her ball away from her

Ben proudly displaying his prize to Mama...what an evil look! Benjamin Stephen, you be nice! (Poor little Sav looks so defeated--but don't let that innocent face fool you! She is feisty when it comes to her toys and usually has the boys in tears on a daily basis! lol)

A pathetic attempt at all four sitting, smiling, and showing their love for each other! (Sav, Drew, Ben, Ethan)

Another day, more time to play (in our PJ's)! Sav is desperately trying to take off her braces...

Group photo attempt, round 2: Ben and Savannah are fascinated with the Crocs and E & A just want to get the heck outta there! (Andrew, Ethan, Benjamin, & Savannah)

Chillin' in the breeze

My little burst of sunshine every day---Andrew Paul

Monkey girl pointing at the "dahhhhhg"

Playtime over--time to head inside (the kiddies haven't quite figured out that step yet!) with Shiloh directing traffic.

Yet another day of play--princess and her Daddy

Benny boy (Post-haircut by yours truly! Don't look too closely!)

Sweet little Ethan going for a ride!

Now Drew is checking out the mulch...cute little booger!

Grandma Steece joining the crew for some fun in the sun!

Sweet little Sav

Kate lovin' on Drew

Joe "tackling" the twins...the boys LOVE being chased around by Dad.

Ben's turn

Andrew still LOVES to be upside down...my little monkey!

Dad going over some football plays with the little dudes--starting early! haha. Joe's been doing this since they could crawl and they would just squeel and take off down the halls...they LOVE it.

Grandma Steece with Benny boy

Ethan is seeing what Shiloh is up to...

And the little "Queen Bee" of the household taking a ride on her faithful servant's shoulders

Boy-'O-Boy, baby girl...you have got your Daddy completely WRAPPED around your wee little pinky finger! LOVE it!

I hope sunshine and good weather is filling your hearts and homes as well!!!
Much love,

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The McNulty Family said...

LOVE THAT PICTURE OF SAV AND DADDY!! LOVE IT!! Just melted my heart!!!

Suz, this post is adorable on so many levels. I think it might be my favorite ever. All four walking, the 2 attempts at a group photo (that NEVER get's easier lol), Kate, the slide! Awww, I could go on and on!

Isn't it great to get outside and feel "normal!?!!" I hope Sprig comes fast!!

I love you with all YOUR heart!

DJones said...

Living the great outdoors thru you as we are having another turn of cold! So much to look forward to. LOVE all the pictures!!

Rachel said...

I love all the pictures! I can't believe how big they are getting. Your backyard is nice and huge- a great place for four little ones to run and burn off extra energy.

If you are looking for good outdoor toys, Target had a bunch of things on sale. I bought my 4 year old niece an inflatable pool with hundreds of balls to make a ball pit in the back yard for about $40.00. They also had little hippity hops too!

p.s. It is great to Sav walking!!!

Lulu said...

The perfect distraction for a dull afternoon of interview prep. They are all so gorgeous and growing up SO fast!!

Moni Graf said...

Oh, I can't wait 'til KS is warm enough for shorts and crocs!

Thanks for all the great pics, Suz...they're awesome. I think I've had enough Steece Sweetness to get me by for a day or two!

Love ya!

p.s. The Graf Quads get to play all day in their pj's, too. Glad we're not alone.

Corrie said...

Clara considered calling CPS this morning when I wouldn't let her go outside and play on her slide in the 40 degree weather and rain (and in the dark on top of that)! I opened the back door to show her all of this evidence and she darted out anyway! BIG aligator tears when I brought her back in side. I'm such a mean mommy!
Glad y'all are having fun outside! Spring is just around the corner!

The Murray Crew said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, Suz. Warms my heart better than hot chocolate, which is STILL the drink of choice here in the 30 degree Hoosierland. I LOVE all these pics/video soooooo much. Keepers for life! =)

Consider yourself, Joe, and the quaddies SQUEEZED. =)


Alisha said...

I can't wait for some good weather! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

andersons said...

You are famous! It is no suprise!! Your smile, attitude, love, and sweet face are contagious!!!! You have the most beautiful family!! Happy Spring. Enjoy many more days of sunshine with the babies!!!!

Kristin said...


Hey! This is the first time I have ever commented but I have been reading your blog for quite awhile. I love your amazing story and reading about your little ones. I started reading when my husband and I started trying for a baby (not successful yet) but you are such an encouragement!!

Kelly said...

Wow, Suz! As if Sav being Joe's Mini-Me isn't cute enough you post that pic of them! My fave!

Anonymous said...

I love that picture of Joe kissing Sav and the 'chillin in the breeze' one too. Those kids of yours just make me smile so much!!!

annalee said...

those outside pictures are absolutely precious! the kids facial expressions classic. love them!
i hope you don't mind me asking, what size are your monkeys wearing these days? let me know if you have a chance. you can leave a comment on my blog or email annaleemccord at yahoo dot com

Elyse said...

ADORABLE...let me guess that this was yesterday since today is a whopping 40 degrees cooler! The kiddos crack me up! Seriously...they are SO cute :)

Anonymous said...

Suz! I have been reading your blog for sometime now after stumbling upon it. I really don't even know how I found you but I can't get enough of your blogging and your babies. Reading your entries are like a energy drink with no calories! Could you start blogging everyday by 7am? I am just teasin! You are very blessed and I think you would be the first one to admit that. Those babies are the cutest. Good Luck to you and your family and I will keep reading!!

annalee said...

you are too sweet!
thanks for the info and stopping by. i actually found a little something i thought your quads simply have to have and want to send it your way if that is okay! can you email me (annaleemccord at yahoo dot com) or leave me a comment with an address that would be good to send it to. it doesn't have to be your house, it could be an office address or whatever works. i promise i'm not a creeper, i am actually from abilene and knew your friend lauren robinson back in the day!
it is a delight to watch the way God has grown your family! the smiles on each of your faces let the world know what a loving family you all must be.
ps- months ago our daughter adelaide was dealing with some kidney reflux issues and the info. your shared from savannah's experience and your knowledge were such a help. thank you!

Lainey-Paney said...


Do you ever hit any of the "Just Between Friends" Sales???

I go every year to the one in Arlington----but, I wanted to mention it here b/c gal, I CLEAN UP at those sales!

it's worth your while to check it out.
There is one upcoming here in the DFW area:
Dallas info:
Just Between Friends Children's Consignment Sale
Open to the public
March 27-29, 2009
Mesquite Rodeo Exhibit Hall
1700 Rodeo Dr.
Mesquite, Texas


The France Family said...

They are adorable!! Such a cute video of Daddy and the kids!!

Jenny said...

I just love reading about your precious family. I can't believe how big the kiddos are getting-I swear I feel like I just saw you announce their birth! Crazy!!!

Annie said...

I love this post. The pistures are beautiful and they kids are so big.

glitzen said...

Terrific post and pics! I love sharing your story, and its just super fun to see how the kids are growing. My two girls, ages 10 an d11 always request to visit your blog, and then they ooooh and ahhh over the cuties.
Love the video. Such a good daddy to play and play and play. His back better stay strong for many years! LOL. :)

Maria and Michael's Mommy said...

What cute pics! Love them! Oh and I love Sav's monkey pj's! My daughter has the same ones and I adore them! I can't wait for our weather to get nicer so we can get outside! Looks like lots of fun!

Unknown said...

Awww...love the sweet bond you described between Sav and Ben. My B/G twins are super close, too!

Laughing at them crawling over the step at the door - my two did that for so long too - even tho the 'step' was like 2 inches! haha!

And Sav trying to get her braces off...what a look on her face! LOL!

Jac Tubre said...

Goodness woman, what a post! I love all the pictures and the video of Joe and the boys is hilarious! Keep'em coming!


Anonymous said...

LOVE the pics!! It makes it feel warm and nice too on such an icky day!! They look like they had so much fun!!! And shiloh too!!!

jenn said...

what great pics! and the facial expresions....priceless!

Baby Kaz Moore said...

Oh my goodness, your photos always make me smile. I hope they'll always keep coming. Thank you.

Your faithful, but quiet blog stalker in Austin who is the proud single mother of one Kaz baby with hopefully, another to come in 2010, Susan

Anonymous said...

I found your blog linked on one of my friend's blogs and have so enjoyed checking back often! I can relate (well, almost!) to having little ones home with me. I have a 4 year old, a 3 year old and a 10 month old. Life is hectic, but so blessed! I also love seeing all the A&M references on your blog too, I'm class of '03 and my husband is class of '01. Gig 'em!

My blog is set to private, but if you have any spare time (yeah, right!!) and want to check it out, you can email me at jenniferpogue@hotmail.com and I can add ya! :) It was great to see your adorable kiddos outside! Take care!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! I can't wait for spring to be here as well (it's still -40C, sigh).

TEXOSE said...

I just want to wrap my arms around them all and give them all the lovin that is due... I can't hardly watch a video of them not tear up at how big they are and how GOOD GOD IS!!!! My heart is so full!!!! Thanks for sharing with us all and know that we send our love over the spiritual waves of grace and mercy. WHAT A BLESSING YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FAMILY IS TO ME!!!!!!!I hope you will post much much more of them. I just can't seem to get enough of them.... LUV YA CUZ!--Daddy is so smitten by the queen bee... you can really see the bond between them...;D

Kelly said...

Exploring the outdoors...what a cute post! The pictures are adorable! Your family is amazing!

Deb said...

I'm so glad you are able to enjoy the beautiful weather....they sure love to be outside, huh?

Anonymous said...

Hello Suz, this is my first time commenting as well! I just thought that since the kiddos are outgrowing their clothes you could go garage sailing! I love buying 'new' clothes for my little ones! With 4 you could get quite a lot for your money!

I love the pics! Keep them coming....

I found your blog through a great friend of mines blog from high school. I believe you and her have a mutual friend, so I hope you don't mind me peeking in on you once in a while!

Penny said...

They are getting SO big! Amazing. Looks like they're having a great time. Enjoy her, Joe, my "Daddy's Baby Girl" is almost 17! She is amazing lately and being used by God in miraculous ways! Check out my blog, IF you ever have a spare moment! lol :)

AJWolverine said...

Thank you for posting all the pictures - I love them! Your family has come such a long way in the last 2 years. What a joy!

Fulton Quads said...

LOVE all the pic's! They are getting SO big! It's funny how Ben & Sav have that connection. My non-identicals have that as well. They love on oneanother & look out for each other just as much as Aave & Linz do! Happy Spring!
Love, Cathy & the quads

Quad Squad! said...

Suz, the kids are so cute! And I love that some of the clothes we sent you fit them! I LOVED those little one-piece outfits on my boys!What a fun age! And it only gets better! Mostly...:)

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