Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blessings in Disguise

I know I have neglected the blog lately and I'm sorry to all of my faithful readers. I don't have an excuse per se, but I do have a few reasons. I'll call them BID (Blessings in Disguise)

BID#1: Jeff is staying up past 9:30pm at night.
Jeff has a herniated disc (possibly multiple) in his back and has been off work since Nov. 17th. He has tried physical therapy, 3 shots of sterioids in his back and absolute rest. (seriously, he has pretty much laid flat on his back this entire time with the exception of taking the girls to see Santa and going with me to a car dealership...more on that later.) I thought bed rest was bad, but at least I knew it was temporary and had an end point. Since he is not getting up at 4am to go to work, he is going to bed later. This means that we have actually had a chance to talk, watch TV and just hang out together. In turn that means, that I haven't made the time for the blog or posting because I want to take advantage of spending time just with Jeff. Something we have not done for nearly a year or more. This has certainly been a BID.

BID #2: Jeff is home all day, every day.
See explanation of why he is home in BID #1. He has been able to see the girls grow, interact, play, laugh, learn to walk, wave and push a grocery cart all from the "comfort" of the couch. This is the most he has ever spent with the girls besides weekends prior to his injured back. While he is not enjoying laying flat everyday, he has certainly loved watching the girls play all day and I know they are totally going to miss him when he does return to work. As soon as he comes down the stairs in the morning, they all run (ok, so it's a fast crawl) to him and to the couch and want him to hold them. He isn't able to play with them on the floor, so I usually just hand a baby to him on the couch and they usually sit and play with him for awhile and love on their daddy. Thus another BID.

BID #3: I'm driving a Sub.
As many of you know, I have had a Nissan Pathfinder for the past 2.5 years. I love this truck and all 3 of the infant car seats fit in the 2nd row. I still had room in the back for my behemouth triplet stroller (even the triple jogger fits) and everything else we need to go places. Well, I was sure that since the infant car seats fit, so would the next size car seats. I was wrong. I left Babies R Us with tears welling in my eyes because I had no clue what we were going to do. If they didn't fit, that meant we needed a new vehicle. How were we ever going to afford a new truck? Well, BID #3 relates back to the auto industry and somehow this actually worked in our favor. We were able to buy a brand new 2008 Suburban for a crazy good deal. Ok, so not that crazy, but seriously....they made it somewhat reasonable for buying a Sub. Instead of spending time on the blog, I spent every night researching vehicles, prices and requesting internet quotes (which I totally recommend!) I love my new truck and all 3 car seats fit across. Plus my strollers fit and I could possibly even have the 3rd row seats flipped up and still fit in one of my strollers. I told you I am driving a Sub. But it's a BID since I should be able to fit the entire next 10 years in this truck. Or at least I'm going to try.

BID #4: My Grandmother passed away.
Now before you think I'm a horrible, horrible person, please read on. My Grandma lived a very full, wonderful nearly 90 years on this earth and now she is with our Lord in Heaven enjoying the greatest of the greatest. I'm so thankful that she is not uncomfortable any longer. I'm also very thankful for the wonderful visit that I and the girls had with her and my Grandfather this past September. She was so happy to see the girls and just kept telling me and Grandpa how truly blessed we were. She was so, so right. I'm so glad that she got to meet my girls and hold them and love them. And even though she is not here, she is still bringing us all together in true Grandma Hagen fashion. This past Sunday we traveled to NW Ohio for her memorial service. My Dad is the oldest of 7 children so we have quite a large family. Many of my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins who live in Montana, Nebraska and Michigan (and all over the rest of the country) have never met the girls. Everyone came into town for Grandma's service and I was finally able to introduce the girls to much of my family that has only met them through this blog. It was so nice to reunite with family and of course to see my Grandpa too and let them all spend time with the girls. Thus BID #4. I love you and miss you already Grandma.
Here is a picture from our visit this past September.

BID #5: Long time since last Blog post
Since it has been far too long between posts, I have taken a ton of pictures. We have videos of Christmas, pictures of cute babies, pictures of Christmas babies and even more pictures. So stay tuned because I think I have enough pictures to satisfy even my most loyal followers. BID #5. :)

So hang in there with me for a little while longer (I need my husband to be back up on his feet) and I promise to get back to posting regular updates and pictures of the girls. I never truly realized how important this blog has become. To me, to my extended family and hopefully one day it will be valuable to the girls as well. I've missed hearing from all of you too, so be sure to post a comment when I start posting again. I love to see who all is out there.
So Take Care of yourself and your loved ones and give them a big hug and kiss tonight.
I wish for each of you a Happy and Blessed 2009!

xoxoxo
Marie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho!

My expectations were pretty low for the Santa visit. I thought for sure Miss Alexis would cry since she is usually the most sensitive to strangers. My girls proved me wrong, BIG time! Not only did they not cry or fuss, but they pretty much didn't mind Santa holding them (even Ava who was dangling in the middle!). I consider the girls' first visit with Santa to be a HUGE success! We may not have smiles...but at least there weren't any tears or screams!



Isn't this one cute with Anna and Alexis looking up at Santa? Aw!





Visit Santa...Now I can check that off of my list!
On to checking a few batches of Hagen Holiday mix off of the list for all of you munchers!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New blog picture!

Check out the new header! I know, it's about time I took down the fall leaves and added one for my favorite holiday ever...Christmas!

Jeff called that picture, "Waiting for Santa."  :)

Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season!  

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Great visits from friends!

My friend Tiffany and her sister DeeAnn stopped by the day before Thanksgiving to see me....yea, yea, yea....ok, to see the girls. Tiffany and I used to work together at Ohio State, but she has since moved too far away and is living in D.C. I miss her greatly and always welcome a fun visit when she comes back into town. It was pretty funny as Tiffany and her sister kept switching babies as the girls kept changing their minds as to who they liked best. By the end, though, the girls didn't want either of them to leave. Thanks for coming to visit ladies! 
Miss ya Tiffany!

DeeAnn holding Alexis and Tiffany holding Ava and Anna

We were lucky enough to have another lives-too-far-away friend visit last weekend too. My friend Kristen (who also worked with me at Ohio State many moons ago and really is the younger sister I never had) came to stay with us Saturday night before she headed back to Pennsylvania. She brought the girls their first Christmas gifts (read: totally spoiled them) and we caught up until the wee hours of the morning....ok, so it was only 1am, but for this tired mama, that's late!  I know, I'm old.
Anyway...it was so great to catch up with her and the girls just LOVED all of the attention she gave them. Usually Alexis is a bit tentative with people she doesn't see often and she was practically Kristen's best friend--so cute!  We laughed hard, enjoyed catching up, and appreciated all of the thoughtful gifts. Thanks Aunt Kristen! Hopefully we'll be able to make it to western PA sometime soon! Love you! (The girls missed you Joe!)

Kristen with Anna, Ava & Alexis



side note: I just realized as I uploaded these pictures that the girls wore the same outfits on Wed. and Sun.  I should mention that these are the cute onesies that my friend Jane got for them that have their names embroidered on the front. Well, they are just about to outgrow them, so I guess I have been squeezing every last wear out of them. How funny! Just proves how much I love those shirts! heh, heh:)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

9 months!

Another month has passed and these girls are so much fun! 
Here are 9 fun facts in honor of their 9 amazing months!

1. All 3 are crawling really well and can sit from the crawling position. 
2. All 3 have teeth--Anna and Alexis each have 2 and Ava is cutting her first.
3. All 3 pull themselves up to stand next to furniture. They love to stand next to their toy and book baskets. (Alexis just hasn't figured out how to sit down once she is standing, so she gets a little frustrated...thus, her expression in this picture.


4. All 3 race to "their spots" when I show them their bottles and tell them it's time for their milk.

5. All 3 get so excited when Daddy comes into the room and race to wherever he sits (currently where he lays down.) Ava usually gets there first! They are like ants at a picnic--You can't sit down without them on top of you! Here they are all "getting me".

6. They love to play together and can usually be found playing in the same area of the room. A favorite spot is looking out the back door window.


7. They get so excited to see Grandma and Grandpa and get big huge smiles every time they visit.

8. Anna and Alexis can sleep pretty much anywhere if they are tired enough.

9. Ava has started to stand in the middle of the room by herself and has taken a few steps. Although she is so excited at the idea of walking that it turns into more of a run and leap towards me. So maybe we will have a walker by Christmas if we can just slow her down!!! This is her "inside" of the exersaucer. The seat was in the laundry and she thought it looked like a good place to explore and my mom caught it on camera. :) 

Happy 9 months Anna, Ava and Alexis!
You are getting so big and adventurous and we love you all so, so much!

We have our 9 month check up at the Dr. tomorrow. I'll try to update with weights and any other exciting news soon!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so truly blessed and I'm thankful for so many things. Please take time today to stop and think about all of the blessings in your life too. 
Here are just a few of the things I'm thankful for:

Three healthy babies,
a wonderful husband,
a supportive family,
fantastic friends,
a stable job,
our health,
our freedom,
and you!
 


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"BACK"

Well the title implies that I am back to the blog after what I believe is my longest hiatus. What you don't realize is the title also explains why I have been away. 

A week ago Sunday, Jeff had horrible pains in his left hip and thigh. We thought he just pulled a muscle or something. By Monday morning, he could barely walk and the pain was down into his knee and shin. Now I was concerned and insisted we go to the Dr. who then sent us to the ER. They did an MRI and said he had 2 bulging discs in his back that were crushing onto nerves (but luckily...if any of this sounds lucky....not on the spinal cord).  So he was sent home with a follow up appointment last Wed. at OSU's spine center. They did a few tests of which Jeff was put through agonizing pain because he had to sit or stand for all of the tests which just put more pressure on the crushed nerves. OUCH!  They did a steroid injection into his back directly into the nerve hoping it would help. It didn't and he has been flat on his back for the last 10 days. He said if he had to rank his pain on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worse and the level of pain from his heart surgery 7 years ago....He said this ranks an 8.5!  So I believe him when he says it hurts. He never misses work or calls in sick, so this is killing him to be at home right now. I have to say selfishly...it's kind of killing me too! Not that I don't love having him home, but I would rather he be feeling better. Not laid up in bed or the couch and its sad because he can't even hold the girls. They miss their daddy! 

So do you want to hear a funny HAHA story?  I told Jeff last week that I thought we needed to increase his life insurance policy. And he asks, "Why, are you planning on killing me?"  I said "No! All of this just makes me realize that I can't do this alone if something should ever happen to you. I'm going to need to buy someone to live with us!"  We laughed, but I guess you need to understand our humor. 

I hope you are all well and enjoying a short work week. Have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  Hopefully I will be back to posting regularly again real soon...with pictures! 

Friday, November 14, 2008

Let me count the ways....

November is a month in which I try to really take the time to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in my life. I hope to continue these posts throughout the year, but thought it was best started in November, the month in which we "officially" give thanks.

I am thankful for many things, but here is what's on my mind today...

I'm thankful for a husband who doesn't judge me when he comes home from work and sees I'm still in the same yoga pants as when he left and clearly I haven't taken a shower. 

I'm thankful for a mother who sews the most wonderful things for my girls that will mean so much to them down the road. Like their baptismal dresses, jackets, costumes and now their winter coats. 

I'm thankful for a husband who recognized how important it was to me to attend a friend's baby shower last saturday and watched the girls by himself for longer than 1.5 hours for the very first time. He did such a great job (as I knew he would) that I scheduled a hair appointment for this past Tuesday and he watched the girls alone again and even fed them breakfast this time! He also put them to bed by himself while I went to book club Wed. night. I'm thankful for him getting comfortable watching the girls alone and also for "new" hair! :)

I'm thankful for "little" achievements. Anna and Alexis have joined Ava in the crawling world and now they are both pulling up to stand at the ottoman by themselves too.

I'm thankful my parents are so supportive of our entire family. Not once have they made us feel like we are in this alone. They are always offering to help...now I just need to learn how to accept it. 

I'm thankful, of course for three little sweets named Anna, Ava and Alexis. They make each day so special!

For these things and for many, many more....I'm thankful.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

8 month photo shoot!

A peek into one of our photo shoots:

Individual poses first...

Anna is more interested in the paper and her crinkly fish than about smiling at mama.

Ava is pretty happy and seems content to look and smile at the camera. 


Alexis wants the paper too, but she pauses for a couple smiles. 

Group shots next...
It's hard to get everyone to smile, let alone look at the camera, at the same time. :)


Let's add the sign and see what happens.


Ava didn't like that so now she starts to fake cough and whine. 


Ok, let's try a different pose. Everyone down in front of the ottoman! That's right, play with the paper and crinkly toys.


Uh oh, looks like Alexis is leaning on Ava. This can't be good!


Yup, Alexis is down for the count. No crying, just down!


Ok, everyone look at Daddy in the kitchen!

And we're done, let's play!!


Whew! I'm tired, is is nap time yet?!

Happy Birthday Thomas!

I know I am late with this post, but I wanted to officially wish my nephew Thomas a very happy 10th birthday! His birthday was Sunday and we all went out to dinner to celebrate and then back to my parents for cake and ice cream! It was a great evening and the girls (and us too) love being around Thomas!  He has been such a great cousin to the girls and always so helpful and mindful of them. Thanks Thomas for being a great cousin and nephew! Happy Birthday buddy!

We love you!
Jeff, Marie, Anna, Ava & Alexis!

of course I forgot my camera at dinner, so I didn't get any pictures of the birthday boy with the girls so I dug one up from a long time ago......This is Thomas holding Anna when she was almost 4 months old. 


Monday, November 3, 2008

8 months!

Oh my, how did that happen? The girls are 8 months old today! I know I always say this, but seriously, can you believe it? We are having so much fun with these girls so here are 8 of our favorite things:

1 . Anna scrunches up her nose and blows in and out. Sometimes when she is happy and sometimes when she is frustrated, but it is the cutest darn thing. 
2. Ava will scrunch up her nose and face too, but she pulls her shoulders up beside her cheeks at the same time. It's just so sweet.
3. Alexis has bursts of energy and excitement that just "build" up in her that she has to let out. She holds her arms straight out and almost quivers to let out a yell or scream. This is almost ALWAYS because she is so excited about things. Jeff is always telling her to just let it out. Of course she decided to do this in church yesterday morning as the girl in front of us was playing peek-a-boo with her and she got too excited. :)
4. Anna waves her arms back and forth in front of her super fast. Almost like an athlete stretching before a swim race or something, but much faster. She just waves them in excitement. Now she is getting closer to actually touching her hands together instead of passing wildly over one another so she could be close to clapping instead of just waving excitedly. :) 
5. Ava will wave to you very softly and slowly. It's usually when she is sitting on my lap and sees my hand waving then she wants to do it too. 
6. Alexis is so close to crawling, but sometimes gets stuck so instead of keeping her knees down she will extend her toes all the way out like she is doing push-ups. And she even grunts a little out of frustration, so it really sounds like she is doing push-ups. 
7. All 3 are interacting so much more these days. Playing with one another, laughing when they crawl over each other. Of course, you saw Anna giggling at Ava. That happens a lot now, that they are noticing each other and watching what everyone does. 
8. All 3 can hold their own bottle! I know I said from the beginning that this would be the greatest day...well it really is. They aren't perfect at it yet, but they certainly can all do it if they are hungry enough and interested in actually eating. I still help hold all of the bottles or prop them up a bit, but it's pretty funny to see Anna pick up an empty bottle with one hand and just bring it up to her mouth. Yea girls!

We didn't have time this weekend for pictures, so hopefully I'll get some done today or tomorrow. Happy November! Oh and be sure to vote tomorrow! 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

Be sure to read explanation/disclaimer in the post below!

drum roll please....

For those of you that voted for 3 peas in a pod...YOU WIN....not that there is any other prize than deep down satisfaction, but you can still brag that you guessed correctly. For everyone else, thanks for playing along with me and voting!  
Thanks to my mom for making some of the cutest costumes I've ever seen. It doesn't hurt that they were worn by my adorable little sweeties, but seriously, I loved their pea outfits! Thanks Mom!

We took the girls out in a wagon and Ava wanted NOTHING to do with sitting in the wagon so she had to be carried by daddy. So instead of 3 peas in a pod, we had 2 peas in a pod and a "Pea-Daddy" combo...get it, like P-Diddy? Ok, so enough of my humor...let's get to the pictures and video. 

2 of our peas in their "pod"
Alexis and Anna (who kind of looks like a chef with her hat tilted. he he!)

Here is a picture of Alexis from the final fitting the other night.


Our 3 little sweet peas!
L-R Ava, Alexis, Anna

I need to do some explaining  for the rest of the pictures though. Really, I need to explain myself in these pictures. After taking the girls around for a bit, we had to rush off to a surprise 30th birthday party for my best friend April! (Happy Early-30th Birthday April, We love you!) Luckily, April's husband Matt was throwing the party at his Aunt & Uncle's house which happens to be in my parent's neighborhood. So we took the girls around in the wagon for about 5 houses (maybe even less), my dad brought us the golf cart, we loaded the wagon in the back with 2 peas, I held the 3rd and Jeff drove us to the other side of the subdivision so we could be there in time to yell SURPRISE! Then we hightailed it back to my parents house, dropped off the girls so they could have their bedtime bottle and hit the sack. Thanks to my parents and Tammy and Thomas for helping get the girls ready for bed and then watching them while we headed back to the party.

Birthday Girl April (Robinhood) holding Ava!
 

3 peas and a darling pumpkin named Maddy (April's daughter!)

Anna and Amanda in a Banana (say that fast 3 times! whew!)
Since it was a combo Birthday/Halloween party, Jeff and I needed to attend in costume. Since I don't get out much and had no creativity left in me to make something fun, I decided to"get a little physical" and combine everything I could think of from the 80's. I call it my 
Debbie Gibson/Olivia Newton-John/Cyndi Lauper outfit. 
Or maybe it's just me being a crazy mom of triplets that "just wanted to have fun"!  Ok, enough with the puns, I promise. 

Pay no attention to the crazy mom with pink hair. Instead check out my husband who went as himself (or bouncer GATOR) from about 15 years ago. Complete with Def Leppard back stage pass and everything. He even tucked his jeans into his boots like he used to when he worked. Yea, he really did that. ha!  So while our costumes weren't the most original, I figured halloween was all about making people laugh...even if it is at yourself. I figure I need to get used to dress up and costumes...I am the mom of 3 little girls!

Ok, so enough of my rambling. Enjoy the video (in the next post) of us getting the girls into their costumes, their pod-wagon and trying to get a few family photos. Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 31, 2008

Pigs or Peas?

So it looks like most of you think the girls are going to be pigs or peas this year. Don't you think my girls could be the 3 stooges or cute little cousins to Huey, Dewey and Louie?  :)  Just kidding. Keep voting, you have one more day. I will try my best to have pictures posted on Saturday and if you're lucky, I'll try another video!

Happy Halloween! 


ps. I love the suggestion of the 3 little bears. Keep them coming so I have ideas for future years! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween teaser Poll...

Oh my goodness...the girls are going to be SO cute for halloween. 
My mom made their costumes and they had a final fitting tonight. 
I couldn't stop laughing!
I can't wait until I can post some pictures later this weekend. In the meantime take the poll and guess what they are going to be. If you have been around me in the past week and I already told you...DON'T guess and ruin the surprise...pretty please. :) 

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Happy Birthday to a wonderful husband and even greater dad!  You are the strength of our family and take care of all of us with such love and commitment! The girls are so lucky and blessed to have you as their father as am I to have you for my husband. We all love you so much!

Just for fun I thought I would include pictures of Jeff from other birthday celebrations!  :) I think Alexis resembles him a lot, especially if you look at younger photos like this one below from his first birthday!
 
And here's one from Jeff's 6th birthday!


Happy Birthday Jeff! We hope you get to relax as much as possible and enjoy your day!
Love, Marie, Anna, Ava & Alexis
(aka: Gator's Girls)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where did the week go?

This past week seems like it has been extra busy...but no more than usual as I look back....

Saturday--Watched OSU football team beat Michigan State!

Here's a picture of the girls in their new little red jackets that my mom made for them specifically for tailgating! Alexis is clearly more interested in checking out what's around the corner!

Sunday--Took the girls to a pumpkin patch. Had a great time but no one would look at the camera at the same time. Anna wanted to lick every pumpkin and Ava and Alexis enjoyed crunching leaves in their hands!

Monday--Same old same old at home!

Tuesday--I went to work at OSU for my one day in the office. Good productive day, but I was glad to see the girls when I got home. Jeff worked his parttime job that evening and my mom was kind enough to stay and help put the girls down for bed. (They've been getting a little cranky lately from about 5pm-8pm each night. Not sure what's going on, but I was glad to have her here!)

Wednesday--Took the girls to story hour at the library and then walked around Target, Carter's and Best Buy as well as up and back the entire length of the strip malls. It was a gorgeous day in Ohio so I took advantage of happy babies in a stroller for as long as they would let me!

Thursday--Had a Halloween playdate at my friend Nandee's house. She invited a bunch of neighbors and friends so there were quite a few kids there. It was a great time this morning even though the rest of the kids were all pretty much 2 and up. The girls still seemed to enjoy playing on their blanket in a new environment. Even if it was still only playing with each other. Nandee's girls (Stella-3 and Lilia-2) were so nice to mine and were great little hostesses. It was just nice to get out in the morning and have a place to go. 

I do have to share that prior to the playdate, I was a little worried since it was scheduled for the time that the girls usually take their morning nap. So I still got them all ready and instead of laying them down this morning, I just packed us all up in the car and went for a drive. I took a detour (Nandee lives in my neighborhood only a few streets away.) for about 40 minutes and let the girls get a nap in before we went to play. It worked perfectly and the girls were nice, happy little girls for the party....and I got 40 mins of silence just driving around looking at the beautiful fall leaves out in the country. I also found a nice looking church that I think I want us to visit soon. It doesn't look too big or too small, but just right. I hope I'm right!

Well tomorrow is Friday, so I hope your week has been a great one too. Enjoy the weekend and as always....GO BUCKEYES--beat Penn State! 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Let me clarify...

I just wanted to clarify something after reading some of the comments from yesterday's grocery/story time post. While I greatly appreciate all of the "Way to go" and "good job" comments, that's not why I choose to do these little adventures. It's not that I'm trying to prove anything really. Instead, the reason I take my 3 girls out by myself and go to the grocery and go to story time is simply because I want to be normal and want my girls to experience normal things. 

I NEED to do normal things to keep my sanity. I know it may sound like a small thing to some, but for me, to go to the grocery myself keeps me sane. Doing normal things during  a time that my life is far from normal (spending every waking hour entertaining 3 little ones is not normal! :) When I was on bedrest, all I wanted to do was to go to the grocery myself or walk around Target...seriously.  Not that Jeff didn't do a great job of grocery shopping, he did...I just wanted to do it myself. 

So for me I like to get out and do things that I would if I just had one baby. 

This brings up my more important reason....I want the girls to experience things just as they would had they not been triplets. If I just had one baby and was lucky enough to stay at home with her, then I would have certainly taken her to story time and the grocery store and pretty much everywhere. So I've decided that my girls shouldn't miss out on life experiences just because they are triplets and it can sometimes be tricky to go in public. Of course, I may have to rethink some of my choices as the girls grow. For example, my friend Katie is right. Once the girls start walking, story time might get REAL interesting if I go by myself. But I will just have to see how it goes. For now, this is working for me and I enjoy coming up with creative solutions on how to get us out of the house.  I know I'll be able to read Katie's blog and steal her great ideas too since her girls are about 9 months older than ours! :) 

The same thing goes for eating out in restaurants. I can't tell you how many parents have come up to Jeff and I at dinner and said that they don't take their kids out to restaurants because it is too crazy and that we are so brave. Well, I guess they have never spent 24 hours a day x 7 days inside a house with 3 lovely little ladies. After a while, you just need out. :) But I want to take my girls with me. I guess that is the difference. I want them to learn how to behave in public so as they get older, they will know what is expected of them and it "should" be easier. 

**Yes, I know I am naive...Jeff tells me this practically everyday...but I prefer to live in my nice little world where good things happen to good people and life is grand! If you want to come join me and live in my Happy World Bubble, there's always plenty of room for nice people!** 

So thanks to all of you that commented. You give me the encouragement and sense that I can do this. So YES, part of it is to feel that sense of accomplishment and feel proud that I can do things on my own, but for the most part, I just want to be like all of you....just don't talk to me at the grocery! :) 

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Groceries, stories and baby legs...OH MY!

It could be that I got a shower before 10am yesterday and today.
It could be that the girls seemed to be in such good moods.

...but you can call me crazy because yesterday and today I ventured out with the girls---alone.

Adventure #1---the grocery store
Yesterday I went to the grocery store and instead of leaving them in their car seats, I decided to let them all sit in one cart!  I just took a large blanket and draped all of the sides of the cart so they sat inside and gave them a few toys and since they are all sitting so well, they all just sat and behaved and enjoyed looking at all of the shelves as we passed. I still pulled another cart behind so I could put my groceries in that one, but it was so much easier than having 3 car seats and the girls fidgeting. Plus I had plenty of room for groceries since I didn't have a car seat taking up half the space. YEA for grocery shopping. Now, I do see this posing a problem when they aren't so content to just sit and play...but for now, it works!

Adventure #2--story time at the library
Last week, my mom and I took the girls to story time at the library for the first time. They all loved it and just sat on the blanket so nicely. They watched the storyteller and loved all of the music. Well, my mom had to work today, but I decided that the girls were so good last week, that I could try it myself today. Not as easy, but we still survived. :)  Today, I took two umbrella strollers and hooked them together and then carried one baby. (I can't hook all 3 together because we wouldn't fit through any doors...and I didn't feel like lugging out "the train" so I tried something new.) Anyway, we got there early so I parked in the children's section and read them about 3 books before heading to the story time area. I laid out the same blanket we used last week and sat each of the girls down and all was well. They did great. Ava decided that she had seen this all last week so this week, she wanted to explore instead. She just wanted to crawl the entire time, but for the most part, all 3 LOVED the books and especially the songs. Alexis is probably the one that loves it the most. She really gets into the music. Anna is so intrigued by the songs and books and is such a good little listener. And Ava loves it too, but now that she can crawl...she wants to see things up closer. She didn't cry at all, but I just had to keep holding her a bit more than last week. 

Oh and one other cool thing....another library branch close to us is having a "Read to your baby Festival" in November where they are having several characters from books come (like a caterpillar from the Hungry Caterpillar) as well as a book signing and story time with the author of the Duck & Goose books. My girls (and I) love those books so I can't wait to go and actually meet the author and have him read the books to my girls. Should be a good time and I love that they promote reading to kids and even babies!  Yea!

Last week at story time! Aren't they such good listeners?
 
(thanks to Kristen for their "CUTIE" outfits!)

This week at story time!
I snapped these before all of the other kids showed up.
 

(look at their adorable little "baby legs"--ie. baby leg warmers-- that my friend Beth got for them!  I love them and definitely need to get more!  They are so perfect because they protect their little knees while they are crawling and keep them warm, but you don't have to take them off to change diapers....SO EASY! The girls are also wearing the onesies that my friend Jane had embroidered with their names! Thanks Beth and Jane for making my girls so cute today!) 


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cutest thing ever!

I could use this title for so many of my posts, but this is for one of my all time favorite things....pictures of children from the back. Whether they are standing, sitting or squatting down to look at something, I just think they are so cute. So here is a picture of my 3 standing along the ottoman. I can't wait to look back on this picture several times along their path as they grow, learn to walk and eventually tower over the furniture. Just so cute!



My lovely ladies!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Morning conference!


It's been awhile since I have posted a morning conference photo...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Girl Ava!

Check out Ava holding on to the exersaucer and proving she is a big girl. She is already trying to pull herself up now that she is crawling and getting places. She doesn't crawl very fast, but if she is really motivated, then she can get pretty much anywhere for a toy or momma. :) She also loves to stand and Anna was playing in the exersaucer one day and Ava wanted to play too, so I let her hold on and she did just that.  She also pulled herself up on a stack of pillows a couple nights ago all by herself. Who knows, maybe she'll give up crawling and move right on to furniture walking! :)  doubtful, but it's just so cute to see her standing by herself...just so tiny, but adventurous. I love it!