Thursday, June 26, 2008
See, the Japanese are in town. That means Shane's got budget meetings at work and two nights of dinners. Plus, this week was Kid's Crusade at church. Basically, VBS...at night...from 6p to 8p. Put those two things together, and you get one wiped out Mommy.
We moved up the afternoon schedule each day so that everyone was fed by the time we started loading up the car at 5:30. Program started at 6 and we usually pulled up around 5:58. There was nursery help, so I left the babies there and went with the big kids. I'd check in on the triplet and made sure to give them their bottles and diapers changed at the usual time...7:30...then we'd load up the car so when Zoe & Ty were done, we could head straight home. The babies basically fell asleep on the way home. I made deals GALORE with the big kids in the car. I wheeled and dealed with them. "When we get home...if you QUIETLY go upstairs and put on your PJs...then QUIETLY go potty...and QUIETLY brush your teeth...and are in your beds QUIET by the time I get the babies in their beds, you can play your DS's in bed (not the norm)." I also promised a trip to the candy store, a pack of gum, Chocolate Chip Cookie baking (they like to bake...just like Mommy), an extra morning TV show, you name it...I promised it! ANYTHING to speed up the bedtime routine! Tonight was the last night, so I'm excited to have a regular nighttime routine tomorrow night.
Tomorrow, though, our week gets harder. There is going to be quite a few tears shed and I'm guessing 99% of them will be from me. Not a fun day. Tomorrow is Lindsay's last day. Sigh. Tear. She's leaving us to go on an 11-month mission trip (basically) around the world. 11 months, 11 countries. You can read all about her trip here. We're very excited for her, but very sad for us. God really brought us together. Friends of mine were in a bible study with her mom. She mentioned that her daughter was graduating college and looking to maybe nanny for a year so was asking for prayer for direction for Lindsay. My friends stopped Lindsay's mom and said, "We've got a friend having triplets...here's her number! Can we have Lindsay's?"
She's been with us since the babies were born. Literally, she was here when Cole was home and Eli & Ava were still in the NICU. She'd stay with him, Zoe & Ty so that my Mom could drive me to the hospital to visit the others. And now, she's going to miss their first birthday. Again...sigh. Tear.
Lindsay has been a TRUE blessing. There aren't many 24 year-olds that can handle 5 kids five years-old and under. Not many that can handle triplets. Not many that can handle me! She does. And not only does she manage...she excels! She smiles. She has energy. She genuinely loves my kids. We are truly going to miss her.
Not much more I can say...cuz...well...I'm crying. Already. Ugh. I'm dreading tomorrow. And come to think of it, the next 11 months.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Traditionally, we go out for Breakfast on Sunday morning. This year, we changed things up. We decided to go out for ice cream and walk around the lighthouse, instead. It was a great change. The kids loved the ice cream (adults too) and the lighthouse was beautiful that time of evening.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Since we were in LBI this past weekend & Lindsay stayed home with the triplets (future post, I promise) she had today off. So, being the partially crazy lady that I am, I packed the triplets and Ty up at 8:30 this morning and headed off to Splash Day.
Mrs. James & Mrs. Dykstra have this day down to a science. There were a bunch of different stations for the kids to visit: Painting, Sand, Spin Art, Bowling, Sprinkler, Sidewalk chalk, Bubbles, Bean Bag toss, Chicks...
It appears that adults are not the only people that flock to the babies (or rather their stroller). The triplets quickly became one of the main attractions of the morning.
This is one of Zoe's best friends, Jenna. She greets Zoe each morning on the playground with a HUGE hug. Shane witnessed it one time when he dropped her off and said it was like they were life long friends that were seeing each other for the first time in years. Unfortunately, Jenna is moving to NC next year. She will be SO missed by Zoe. But hey, maybe her mom would be up for a family of seven coming for a visit????
About a month ago, Zoe's class visited a farm and brought back eggs. They watched them in the incubator and learned all about how they were growing into baby chicks. When the eggs hatched, the class chose names for the 3 little birds: The Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe & Nick). Really? I watched the real Jonas Brothers grow up, now I'm calling baby chicks by their names? This is strange.
It took Ty a little while to warm up and get involved, but he did. He actually was more interested in the classroom than Splash Day. He wanted to check out all the Letter People that Zoe has been studying all year. He can't WAIT to be in Kindergarten. Guess what, Ty? You've got a whole nother year, yet. Don't grow up on me too fast.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday (6/10/08), the temperatures were in the high 90s. It was so warm, that Zoe's school called for early dismissal. HOWEVER, Zoe's day was actually EXTENDED...go figure! Since there are only 2 little girls that take the bus home after 1/2 day Kindergarten, their bus was cancelled and the girls had to wait until the "big kids" were excused at noon.
Lindsay & I decided to take Ty and the babies to "Cool Shannon's" house, in the morning, to swim in the pool and keep cool (I'm a poet and didn't know it.) To make the day even easier (& stretch our time in the pool), Zoe just took the bus home with Shannon's kids from school!
This wasn't actually the triplet's first time in the pool. This past Saturday, they were actually in the same pool during Ashleigh's 1st birthday party. But, I forgot the camera (humbling, since I busted on Shane's photography skills in my last post.)
Here are a few of the pictures from the day. (You'll notice there are none of me or Ty. We were both there, but for some reason, Ty didn't make any of the pictures. Me, however, I purposely have no pictures of.)
By the end of the day, Haley (friend of Cool Shannon's daughter, Emily) was able to coax Ava into the pool. Ava LOVED it!
Emily and Eli were buddies. Since Ashleigh was napping (the triplets didn't take the hint) Emily borrowed one of our babies...
Of course, Lindsay & Cole paired up.
Cole loved the waterfall!
Eli was very relaxed in the pool. No, he's not QUITE asleep, but almost.
Moments after this picture was taken, the side of the kiddie pool folded out and Cole fell on top of the very snacks he was reaching for.
Yes, Cole (24 pounds) is sitting ON Ava's (16 pound) lap. And she didn't care. They stayed this way for about 15 minutes.
Zoe is an independent swimmer (i.e. no swimmies). Thank you YMCA!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Can I just add a little tidbit about the (ridiculously) large tent? Well...I'm going to anyway! Shane went with Ty & Zoe to Sports Authority one night to buy Ty a New York Yankees hat and they came home with a tent. Does anyone else see the issue with that? That's sort of like me going to the mall to buy the babies onesies and coming home with a new Coach purse! Even if it was on an incredible sale (which the tent was) I'm sure I'd have a whole lot of explaining to do.
No later than 6:15a, the kiddos were rearing to start day 2 of the camping trip. Granddad cooked up killer "Egg-in-the-hole" for breakfast. Ty STILL asks me to cook it every morning. And, I'm sorry to say, despite the fact that I grew up eating this wonderful camping delicacy, I haven't the faintest clue how to cook it. (Little help here Mom or Dad?)
Later, the campers hiked some more (really it was more of a "playing around" than a formal hike, according to the official hike planner) and even found time to ride bikes. At some point that morning, Ty found a large feather (duck maybe). He stuffed it in his pocket and Shane thought it was hysterical, hence the reason it is majority of the pictures.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Here's the latest on them (In list format, of course. We all know how much I love lists):
1) Eli's still the only one with teeth. Yes, plural! His 2nd bottom tooth poked through 2 Saturdays ago. We're hoping that Ava will have a tooth in the next 24 hours, otherwise she might just drive me insane! She had a fever for a few days along with some "special" diapers. Her hands (and anything else she can grab) are constantly in her mouth. There's so much drool, I can't tell where it ends and the snot begins. Because, holy cow, there is a lot of snot!
(Yes, I know it's mean to have a screaming picture, but you can see his teeth)
2) All three are "talking". It's very funny to listen to their "conversations". They really do wait for each other to finish talking before they add their two cents. If I was technically savvy, I'd videotape it, and post it for a good laugh. But, alas, I have no clue how to do that. So, you all are invited to stop by anytime and watch the show. It's quite good!
3) The boys are HUGE raspberry blowers. Unfortunately, it's generally during meal times. Thankfully, they don't do it with full mouths. They seem to enjoy practicing their raspberries while waiting for their next spoonful. By the time the meal is over, I have a lovely work of art on my shirt and arm, displaying a variety of colors from the meal.
(My mom hates this picture...yes...Eli looks funny...he's blowing raspberries)
4) Speaking of meals, we're moving toward a "3 meals a day" schedule. Ugh! It's a tough few months. I feel like we're always eating, preparing to eat, or cleaning up from eating. So here's a rough look at our day:
7a - Bottle
9a - Yogurt & finger foods
9:30a - Nap
11:30a - Bottle
11:45a - Cereal & Fruit
1p - Nap
3:30p - Bottle
5:30p - Cereal, Veggie & Fruit
7:30p - Bottle
5) Now that we're all mobile, time in the Playpen ("The Pen") has become somewhat of a "WWF" event. Lindsay called it a cage the other day. Ummmm...they aren't ANIMALS, I pointed out. It's a Pen! But really, if you watch them, sometimes it really is a cage.
6) We're HUGE! HUGE! Okay, really only Cole's huge. He's in 18m clothing. He's 10 months old. He's a preemie. He's a multiple. Someone tell him he's supposed to be small! I don't even need to do arms at the gym. He's over 24 pounds. Really? Really. It's ridiculous.
7) I realize he's not 10-months old, but Ty had his first attempt of riding his bike without training wheels. It was interesting, to say the least. The training wheels are back on. Maybe we'll try again in a few weeks.
8) The triplets have a new favorite afternoon activity: Jogging! Lindsay's been taking them out and this weekend, I gave it a whirl. I walked with them on Saturday and jogged on Sunday when Shane & the kids rode their bikes to the park. It was ROUGH! I didn't realize how much extra effort it took to push a stroller!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Usually, before Lindsay comes (around 10a) Ty and I have leisure time. After I give "The Gang" their snack and put them down for their morning nap, I sit back in the recliner with my coffee & I watch Regis & Kelly while Ty cruises through Jump Start World. However, Ty didn't obey yesterday, so he's lost all computer privileges until Friday. I'm not sure who's being punished: me or him. But, I'm determined not to have a computer-addicted, brown-eyed boy, so...I'm sticking to my guns. In the meantime, there was NOTHING leisurely about my morning today (day #1 of punishment). So, by 10am, I was certain that Ty needed positive Mommy time.
It was precious time. Anyone who's spent time with my TyTy knows that you spend the majority of it laughing. As per usual, we did! We jumped on the trampoline for about 30 minutes. It felt like 5 hours. I was exhausted. We played "monster tag" and practiced our "bum jumps". When I thought I could jump no more, I convinced him that we should rock in the hammock for a bit. As we laid there, Ty started a battle of "I Spy". Okay. I'm game.
"I spy, with my little eye, something that is...green..."
(Ummmmmmm...Ty...that could be anything! We're OUTSIDE!)
"I spy, with my little eye, something that is...TALL..."
(Geeeeee...think it's a tree? And since when do you NOT have to spy a color?)
Then it was my turn...
"I spy, with my little eye, something that is yellow."
Ty: Give me a hint!
(I just did...Y-E-L-L-O-W!)
Then...he got flat out silly...and started spying everything I had JUST SPIED and he had JUST GUESSED! We giggled and giggled until we couldn't giggle anymore.
I love that brown-eyed boy!