“Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 CEB)
Merry Christmas from The Jones Family!! May God’s abundant blessings be with you today and always!
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Alright, folks, this is it – the last chance (at least for a little while) to see new episodes of Quints By Surprise is upon us! Watch tomorrow night on TLC for some serious Christmas fun and quint cuteness!! Here is how TLC describes tomorrow’s shows:
A Quints Christmas
The Jones family goes all out for the holidays including the Quints’ second Christmas. Casey starts some new family traditions in this season of giving, while Ethan goes a little over the top with the decorations.
The Joneses have a new addition to the family when Eliot finally gets her long-promised puppy. The whole family will learn that with a new dog comes a lot of cleaning up, responsibility and unexpected surprises!
Click here for the TV schedule: Quints By Surprise TV Schedule.
And of course, we have new webisodes to share! Click here: Quints By Surprise Webisodes
Also, I have some exciting news to share for Tuesday – Casey filmed a short segment for The Rachael Ray Show!! We actually filmed at our house for a few hours and then Casey flew up to New York City to film the rest of it. We do not know how much of what we filmed will end up on the show, but check your local listings and let us know what you think of the show!
As of right now we have no idea if there will be more episodes of the Quints By Surprise. Being a part of the show and everything that has been involved with it has been a ton of fun for us and we would love for it to continue, but TLC does a pretty good job of keeping us in the dark about their future plans. We will certainly let you know as soon as we can of plans for future shows.
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In the meantime, keep checking in right here at JonesLife for updates on the family, pictures of our daily adventures, and as much love and good times as we can possibly share!! Thank you so much for supporting our family and our show!!
First and foremost, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Jones family!! We are all really looking forward to our Christmas break, but as you could guess, the kids are most excited of all. Check that, Eliot is most excited of all…the Fab Five don’t really get it, but they do get a huge smile on their faces every time they see Santa…or his reindeer…or elves…or Christmas lights…or presents….or, or, or…let’s just say they are pretty big fans of anything Christmas!! Unfortunately, I cannot say much more than that because “officially” I can’t say much about anything we’re doing these days…hint, hint… :)
This holiday season we have something to look forward to that is almost exciting as the Christmas celebration – we taped a segment of The Oprah Show!!!!! Our segment airs on December 28th so set your DVR’s if you are headed out of town for the holidays and when you watch be careful not to blink or you might miss us! We were onstage for eight minutes, but we’ll see how long the segment actually ends up making the cut. We actually taped the show in early November, but couldn’t say anything about it until now. It was a quick trip and incredibly surreal (it still doesn’t feel like we really met Oprah!!). They flew us up to Chicago on a Wednesday, we taped the show on Thursday morning, and left the studio to head straight back to the airport to come home…talk about a whirlwind!! And you won’t see any pictures of the show on this site because they just about strip search you as soon as you walk in the studio door and take all phones, cameras, , writing utensils, paper, and etch-a-sketches and then they use that memory eraser thing from Men In Black when you leave…and you thought airport security was bad!! The topic of the show is reality TV stars or something like that so we were there along with the people from “Dirty Jobs,” “Deadliest Catch,” “DC Cupcake,” and “Cash Cab.” And no, we didn’t get to meet any of them – we were sequestered to our own little green room both before and after the taping. Come to think of it, we have no evidence that we were actually there so the airing on the 28th will be as big a surprise to us as it is to everyone else out there!!
To make up for the fact that we have no pictures from the Oprah experience, I went ahead and posted pics from another quick, little, super-double-top-secret trip we took this fall – New York City!!! That’s right, don’t adjust your monitors – the entire Jones family, Six Pack and all, took a weekend trip to NYC for a TLC photo shoot!! We had a blast taking the kids to Times Square, Central Park, F.A.O. Schwartz, and soaking up as much of the city as we could in a three day weekend! Again, we have no evidence that we were actually there for anything other than a weekend trip, but I promise you’ll be seeing some really cute and fun promotional pictures on TLC and their websites before too long…I hope you will, anyway!! By the way, if you ever want to get TONS of attention just take five babies to Times Square…wow!!
So that is all I have for now except to say that we all wish you a very merry Christmas!! And we hope that you take some time away from the craziness and busy-ness of the holiday season to remember the reason for the season…
“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’” Luke 2:9-12
God Bless, y’all!!
As you might imagine and as the pictures can attest, Christmas at our house this year was…what else…chaos! Five not-yet-one-year-olds, three others under age seven, and seven adults made for some interesting yuletide times! I believe we (meaning Casey and I) hit every one of the major Christmas emotions several times each – joy, contentment, excitement, and of course the lesser celebrated, but ever present buzzkills – stress, frustration, and irritation (fortunately those didn’t stick around long!). All in all, the day was very different, very chaotic (the adults didn’t open any presents until 5:00 that afternoon because of everything that was going on with the kids!), and in the end, very fun and memorable!
In other news, Jack and Lila got fitted for their DOC Bands on Monday and we are scheduled to get them in early January. What you see in the pictures is a pair of pantyhose stretched over their heads which smooths out the features of their scalps so that a very accurate 3-D picture can be taken. The picture is then used to create the shape of the band. Once we get the bands, they will be worn 23 hours a day for 3-4 months (Jack is likely to get a new band at that time and have to go for another 3-4 months with that one). We will take them into the office every two weeks to have the bands adjusted to the babies’ changing scalps and we will also be doing some stretching exercises with both babies to help loosen up their neck muscles. It will be a little bit of a hassle, but we are happy to do it so that we can avoid all of the problems that could pop up later in life if we did not go through this. Plus, we’re really excited to decorate the bands!! :)
And finally, a cool little follow up story from our Thanksgiving trek to Denton. When we stopped for lunch in Waco, a lady came over because she, “just had to see the triplets!” Imagine her surprise when she discovered that there were two more babies in the bunch! Well, her husband came over to see the babies as well and we chatted a bit with them, making a fast friendship there in the tiniest restaurant in Texas. They were a really sweet couple…they even helped Eliot wash up after her meal as Casey and I had our hands quite full! On our way out the door, they asked for our address and said they would like to send us some gifts for the babies and, sure enough, when we got home five days later, there was a package on our porch. As it turns out, these folks own a small manufacturing company in Waco that produces Critter Pillers Neck Pillows and other travel cozies of all types. What they sent us was one of each of the different animals in their collection of Critter Pillers…I think there were eight in all, of which Eliot quickly claimed six or seven of them! Anyway, I just had to pass on the story because they are such cool people and hopefully they can receive a little business in return for their kindness (they did not know about our website or ask for any type of publicity when they offered to send us a gift). So if you like doing business with good people and need a cool gift for the travelling kid crazies in your world, check out their website at www.wolfmfg.com!
Merry Christmas everybody!! We have had lots of fun getting ready for the big guy’s arrival on Friday – decorating the house and playing around the Christmas tree, but today was the big event – taking the babies to meet Santa! The babies did awesome, but more on that in a minute…
First, I have to tell you about the tree! One of our helpers, Pam, decorates houses for the holidays and buys lots of trees as part of her services. She got the nursery that she buys from, Pots and Plants Garden Center, to donate a tree to us this year, delivery included…so awesome!! On top of that, she came out to the house and decorated it for us, leaving the star on top and many of our family favorite ornaments off for us to decorate with Eliot! Thank you, Pam and Pots and Plants Garden Center, for sharing the Christmas spirit with our family!
Ok, now to the big story of the day…Santa Claus! The alarm went off this morning at 6 am and it was time to hit the ground running. We had to get the whole gang fed, dressed, and loaded up by 7:45 to make it to the mall by 8:30 and it wasn’t easy…just loading the babies in the car is a 20 minute operation! We managed to hit the road by 7:55 and still made it on time. Santa was waiting for us at the mall entrance and escorted us inside to get acquainted with the crew. The babies did GREAT!! There were no tears, no screaming fits, and no major blowouts (moms – you know what I mean!)!! We even managed to get the whole crew on the little kiddie train that runs just behind Santa’s station! Many, many thanks to Simon Properties and Barton Creek Mall for arranging everything for us. Santa opened up 30 minutes early so we didn’t have to unleash the fury of five screaming babies on the rest of the families waiting in line, saving our sanity and theirs for another day!