Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blog Moving Time! Oh, And Happy New Year...

At the start of 2012 I have decided to consolidate all my blogging into one site.

Happy New Year to you and please consider joining me at my new site:

Dorinda Writes

I will still be sharing some of our family journey of life with two kids plus triplets but it will be taking a back burner to writing. Over the past five plus years I have enjoyed sharing my pregnancy, birth and growth of my triplet girls but find that its taking away from my real passion: writing Christian suspense fiction and I want to get back to it.

Thank you for hanging out with me over the years and seeing how our family has grown from two children to five in just one day!

I hope you will join me in my new journey...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

We are celebrating with family and will be back in the New Year with some fun new things so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy a picture of my brand new niece, Aubree Noelle who was born on December 23rd weighing 6 lbs 13 ounces and 18 inches long. I'm so excited to be an aunt and think she's just adorable :)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

By Kaitlyn (captions on bottom of pictures)

Now, I know that looks like a lot of work. It was, just not in decorating. Choosing it took two hours and a half! Here, I'll show you in pictures.

The little elves don't want to pick a tree just yet!

Can't go over it, can't go under it, can't go around it, got to go through it!

Tractor rides to the trees.

Oh, boy! This looks hard!

Already decorated wreaths, (can't we just get one of these instead?). You might recognize the big blue one, which we now have on our door.

Everyone wanted that one. (see it? The one on the hill, in the back?)

When dad said that we were going to get a smaller tree this year, this is actually what I thought of.

The holy tree.

The tree was saying "Don't pick me! Don't pick me!"

Yea, I was there to.

Dad vs. Tree

Julianna's barbie tree.

Our final decision in mid-fall, (Look at the tree, it's saying "Darn! I got picked!")with Alyssa staying ten feet back, for once! ;)

Alyssa "helping"

Well, Merry Christmas to all, and to all, happy tree hunting!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

At Least Some Of Us Are Ready For Christmas!!

To be fair it's a little easier for them when they don't have to buy any gifts or get anything out and ready but I do love their enthusiasm!

Hope you have a wonderful December and while you're shopping let's all remember what we're really celebrating!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nelsons Multiplied! Happy Thanksgiving

We have traveled to Tennessee to spend Thanksgiving with Kirk's side of the family - the entire Nelson clan to be exact.

You can see our Households represented here from left to right: Uncle Ross & Aunt Liz, Uncle Neil & Aunt Jess, Grandad, Us, Great-Grandpa & Great-Grandma, then Great-Uncle Larry & Great-Aunt Cheryl with Cousin Amanda.

The Girls having fun picking out quilts in Great Grandma's Sewing Room!

While Caleb cracks and shells pecans he gathered from Great-Grandpa's pecan trees for some delicious homemade pecan pie!

Kirk had fun riding the 4-wheeler around the farm. And yes, we all got rides!

Four Generations of "Ralph Nelsons" Kevin Ralph, Kirk Ralph, Oliver Ralph, and Caleb Ralph.

There were so many Nelsons for Thanksgiving Dinner we had to hold the event in the fellowship hall of Great-Grandma's church! So much great farm cooked food thanks to the culinary skills of Aunt Cheryl! Mmmmmm...

We certainly had a Happy Thanksgiving out on the old family farm. We hope you had one as well.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Party Like Your Five Years Old

Because that's what we did this weekend! Our party included colored rice, perler bead crafts and lots and lots of coloring.

To me turning 5 is a pretty big deal. Scary deal to mommy but a big deal to the girls. Still we went with the simple party. That's what happens when their birthday is all of 6 days after their brothers AND one week before Thanksgiving. Talking about small planning time and PRESSURE. I think I need to begin planning birthday party #6 right now.

My birthday girls.

Wondering what's so funny? Julianna is trying to show me how she can pick up Rachel. Julianna says she can pick up Rachel because she's so light but not Alyssa because Alyssa is bigger and if she falls over she could "squish me dead" - who thinks of these things?

All their bears were ready to party too. They made sure that each of their bears had party hats on too. So cute!

The biggest attraction of the night was the rainbow rice bucket Kirk and I made the night before. For instructions and photos check out my other blog Tightwads with Triplets

The girls "patiently" waiting to mix up all the rice.

It was a big hit with everyone. A little messy, sure, but so much fun (and honestly pretty easy to clean up).

All the "littles" eating pizza (or pretending to).

After dinner it was birthday cake time and thanks once again to my good friend, Kristy we had three awesome cakes.

I only had one 5 candle (sad right?) so we sung Happy Birthday to each girl one at a time. Seemed right though since they are individuals and not a unit.

Happy 5th Birthday to Julianna Mabel born 11/16/06 at 2:12 PM weighing 5 lbs 2 oz

Happy 5th Birthday to Rachel Gabrielle born 11/16/06 at 2:13 PM weighing 4 lbs 8 oz

Happy 5th Birthday to Alyssa Elaine born 11/16/06 at 2:16 PM weighing 4 lbs 12 oz

And what's a party without some presents?

Happy 5th Birthday to the girls who five years ago changed my life forever!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Way Back When-esday: My Girls Were Born

Five Years Ago Today my three princesses were born:

Date: November 16th, 2006
Triplets' Age: 1 day old (in this photo really just minutes old)

Happy 5th Birthday
Julianna, Rachel and Alyssa!!

We celebrate with friends this weekend so I'll post more pictures then. For now I'm just grateful to have my three beautiful girls in my life for the past five years!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy 8th Birthday Caleb!

Today Caleb turned 8 years old! It's hard to believe my only son is getting so "old". He's turning into a young man right before my eyes. I'm just telling myself that 8 is still young and he's still my sweet little boy for a while longer.

Of course his party was all about being a boy.

It's not often that my girls are outnumbered by boys!

Present time! What to get an 8 year old boy? Legos! He got quite a few and he's been putting them together ever since. He got a bunch of other cool gifts making it an awesome birthday :)

We went with a Spider Man theme, built a make-shift movie theater in the backyard to watch Cars 2 and had Spider Man Spaghetti Pies for dinner!

It was a whirlwind of boys, presents and Spider Man but overall I think it was a great birthday.

As hard as it is to watch my little man grow up I enjoy seeing what he loves to do and who he's turning into. I pray every day that He grows up to glorify God and to follow wherever the Lord leads.

I love you Caleb, Happy 8th Birthday!