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!