Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pics from Florida

Just wanted to share a few pictures of the kids on their trip to Florida. They miss us very much and we miss them too! It seems that Kaitlyn misses us both but Caleb just misses daddy. I guess I'm chopped liver... Just kidding!

As for the girls - they are about the same. Cranky as always. Okay, just Rachel. Today was a big milestone - we had some errands to run and we had to go Maryland. Their first trip out of state! Wow! Such exciting lives they lead :)

In the pool, of course - somewhere around 4 hours a day!

On the trail that Grandpa made behind the house. The bench is new and the kids seem to love it...

Grandpa makes a great lunch!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Life With "Just" Triplets

For the last week we have been without Kaitlyn and Caleb and we miss them terribly! But I know they are having a great time in Florida with Grandma and Grandpa. They've been in the pool every day and are loving that even though I know they miss us :)

Without them we are parents of "just" triplets. It's been very weird. We've gotten no less comments on how our hands are full and gotten no less attention. That's been interesting. I'd like to say I'm getting more things done but since I still watch Allyson and Julia during the day it's been pretty much the same - mom of 5!

I've also been volunteering at a consignment sale this past week. My new obsession is obtaining great clothes at a low price. I'm having a blast :) The girls will be beautifully dressed this coming winter. Mom loves clothes!

The weekend has been a little weird around here and very quiet. As the sale is now over I'm sure I'll notice the lack of older kids this coming week. Still dreading that 17 hour trip to Florida...

Here's some pictures from the week:

The girl's new favorite thing - our homemade ball pit!

And here's what Kaitlyn and Caleb were doing today - trying on flower girl dresses (okay - not Caleb - but he's there - can you tell how happy he is?!). Kaitlyn will be the flower girl and Caleb the ring bearer in my younger brother, Daniel's wedding next June. Isn't she just adorable?!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bath Changes

The girls are growing up. Of course I know this and truly they aren't that old but at 8 1/2 months they are out of their swings and baby items and onto the floor. Which, by the way, they have taken by storm. Nothing thrills Julianna more than seeing me or a really good toy across the room and scooting as fast as she can to get to it. Doesn't matter if there's a sister in the way or not!

Rachel doesn't actually bend at the waist. She should, of course, but she does not. Absolutely refuses. I think I have given birth to a board. If she can stand up and grab on to something she is much happier. Strange child.

Alyssa is content sitting up in the middle of the floor. If I enter the room she cries. It's nice - I'm loved :)

And now, the girls have outgrown their baby bath. They still do love it but they are entirely too big and must now all be bathed together in the big tub. So, since this is my unofficial "baby book" I have decided to post some pictures of the change :)

From this:

To this:

Just too cute!! The girls are doing great but they miss their big sister and brother who made it safely to Florida yesterday. We all also had a great time at the Freedom Center on Sunday celebrating Kaitlyn's 7th birthday. Busy, busy :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Temporary Reinforcements

We have called in reinforcements but unfortunately they are just temporary :) My parents have arrived for 2 days before they leave again to take Kaitlyn and Caleb to Florida with them for 2 1/2 weeks. Kirk and I have decided to be insane and take the triplets to Florida in a few weeks and then my parents will drive back with us a week or so later and help us bring all 5 kids back. I'm not looking forward to it! The screaming, the crying and then the babies make noise too...

But, Kirk and I really need a break and are looking forward to having my mom's help for a number of days as well as my future sister-in-law. We're also hoping for some time in their pool and a maybe the ability to relax!

The kids were super excited for Grandma and Grandpa to arrive today. Kaitlyn and Caleb asked a thousand times when they would arrive! The triplets had no idea but they took a bath and dressed in their best sleepers to look pretty :) And Alyssa had a surprise for them - her first tooth! Finally! Julianna has 4, Alyssa now has 1 and Rachel still has none.

Speaking of family, Kirk's niece stopped by on her drive up north and became the first of Kirk's family to meet the triplets. We also got the pleasure of meeting her new daughter, Liberty. Although at one month younger than the triplets, Liberty was much bigger and much more active. Go figure!

This is Kirk's niece, Joy and her son, Terrell (10), daughter, Victoria (3) and Liberty (7 months):

Thursday, July 19, 2007

7 Years!

Can you believe it? Kaitlyn is now 7 years old. It's amazing how time flies. Doesn't seem that long ago that I posted pictures from her 6th birthday. Things have certainly changed for her since then - triplet sisters, finished 1st grade, got glasses. I hope the coming year is a bit calmer.

These are pictures of her over the past few years. We have no baby pictures of her on the computer but maybe we'll find some soon and add them on. This slide show is a bit slow but it seemed appropriate and is really worth it.

Here's to my beautiful daughter - I love you and I'm so happy for these past 7 years. May God give us many more together...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I'm Behind!

So, the girls actually turned 8 months old yesterday and I like to post every month on their monthly birthday just to give a month's review but it has officially happened and I am late! I apologize :) It's been a very busy week. But when isn't it really?

What has changed since last month? A lot really. Now Julianna and Rachel are extremely mobile. They can get anywhere they want to go. They're not crawling in the traditional sense but they have the army crawl thing down. Julianna is growing her 4th tooth! She has two on the bottom, one clearly through on the top and the 2nd one almost in on the top. The other 2 still have none...

Julianna has become a bully. She has been spotted crawling over Rachel, grabbing toys out of Rachel's hands, eating Rachel's head. Notice how it's always Rachel! Alyssa seems to stay out of the fight and is busy doing her own thing.

In fact, Alyssa can sit up very well. Many, many minutes without falling over but she has no desire to try to move very far. Just quite content to sit in the middle of the floor and play with a toy. It's really cute.

Alyssa now loves the water. We went to the pool again yesterday (I am burnt to a crisp again - darn, why don't I have better skin??!!) and Julianna and Alyssa both loved floating around the baby pool and sitting with mommy in the big pool and splashing in the water. Rachel tolerated it but not for long and soon fell asleep in her car seat thus missing the big kid pool. Oh well, next time.

Alyssa and Rachel now love the jumper too and enjoy swinging in it and bouncing like crazy. They are 3 adorable, active girls and I can't believe they are 8 months old already! Crazy thought: the girls have now been out of me longer than they were in :) Making more progress till their first year...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Just Like Mom

Today was a big day in our family. At least for Kaitlyn. She has now followed in both of her parents footsteps and not in such a great way. She got her first pair of glasses today. Her eyesight has been bad for a while but we have been a bit busy in the last year. Hmmm... wonder why :) And I have been a little behind on getting her in. Partly due to time, partly money and partly because I knew the anxiety it would bring to Kaitlyn who was petrified of the appointment and petrified of the glasses themselves.

With some very good handling on the part of the employees of Lenscrafters Kaitlyn survived her appointment and got her prescription for her glasses. Once she put on the doctor's sample glasses and saw that she could see she was amazed. Things were no longer blurry! She was so bad she couldn't read below the largest letter on the chart. The glasses took an hour to make and in that time she changed from hating glasses to being excited to get them.

So, without further delay here's a picture of our Kaitlyn now...

Isn't she adorable? And speaking of adorable - here's the girls with Kaitlyn tonight and not to be left out a picture of Caleb who at least smiled for his picture tonight! Such a rare thing that it must be captured :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Our First Cookie

Okay, so being home by myself with 5 kids has been interesting. More interesting then with 7 kids (the other girls are out of town for a week) because I don't have 3 girls to entertain each other so I have become Kaitlyn's sole source of entertainment :) And Caleb's, and Julianna's and Rachel's and Alyssa's... Well, you get the point.

So, today I decided to try something new with the girls and give them those very messy biter biscuits. But they loved them and it bought me like 20 minutes of quiet!! Woo hoo!! The girls still hate food. Love their bottles, hate food. I think we'll be skipping baby food and going straight to regular food. Julianna would prefer that. Rachel doesn't care and Alyssa is good either way.

Here are the results from today's "experiment" - notice the trays - I don't usually do that either:

Here's Julianna - isn't she a disaster? Pretty much what usually happens with her food - out of the mouth and onto the bib. I guess she feels it's better there!

Rachel was the least impressed with the cookie and barely ate it. In the end it disappeared into thin air and I still can't find it but given her "clean" look I know she didn't eat it!

Alyssa loved it but then again she loves every type of food she can gnaw on. And if there's no food available, mommy's fingers will do just fine! Just try to get that cookie out of her hand - not that you would want to touch it. Ewwww!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

It's Official

We have crawling babies! Well, one crawling baby anyway (Julianna) and when Julianna does something Rachel is never far behind. Alyssa, on the other hand, it still her "lazy" self and gets stuck on her belly still. I do think she's sitting up quite a bit longer then the others but that's probably only because she has the patience to do so.

I am still amazed by their personalities. Julianna always asks like the older one and does things far before the other two do. She wants to get down and go. She cries when she can't get a hold of a toy she wants or loses one. She doesn't want to be held.

Rachel is just a funny little girl. She has a lot of heart along with the biggest eyes and mouth I've ever seen! She's a bit less cranky lately and her favorite game is chase brother or sister. Makes her giggle every time. Speaking of big sister - she has become a great helper lately and is doing wonderfully at entertaining the girls. They LOVE her! Caleb entertains them occasionally but would much prefer that I do it as well as take care of him :)

Alyssa is still as cuddly as ever. She loves to just sit on my lap and play with whatever toy she can get in her mouth. She hates to be on her stomach and is stuck there for the time being when she rolls over. She doesn't want to move!

The swings will be coming down. Julianna is just too mobile and today while Rachel was swinging Julianna got herself under there and about got her head knocked off. I caught her so she's fine but now I have to either put all 3 in or none and given Julianna's desire to move. Forget it!

So, enjoy the video of Julianna that Kirk took today. Again, she just cracks us up so I hope you get a laugh out of this too and that you enjoyed your once in a century day - 7/7/07 :)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Celebration Pictures

Here are the pictures as promised. Thanks to Kristy Shepherd for taking them for me. I think she got some good ones :) Hope everyone likes slide shows because I love to make them!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! I hope that everyone had a safe and fun holiday. We had a great but extremely busy day. This morning was spent with friend and then it was off to a neighborhood get together. The kids played on the water slide, the babies got passed around and we all ate lots of good food. It was great to meet some neighbors we didn't know before. Unfortunately, we had to leave before the bike parade and the fireworks so we could head to Middleburg and watch "real" fireworks. Have to see those!

We started celebrating early... Sunday the girls wore their new July 4th outfits from Grandma and Grandpa to church. Since it was a skirt outfit it seemed appropriate.

Daddy made the kids their own home made rockets. Not sure if it was for the 4th of July or not but again it seemed to fit :)

Caleb is serious about his rocket.

Kaitlyn strikes a pose.

And our family picture from today. We all wore our Old Navy shirts :) The girls wore red and the boys were in blue.

The girls seemed to enjoy their 1st 4th. We tried to feed them in the van and have them go to sleep during the fireworks but Alyssa and Rachel had other ideas and wanted out of the van to watch the fireworks which they seemed to really enjoy. It was very cute.

It blows my mind that a year ago today we were in Florida celebrating with my parents and I was pregnant with the triplets having no idea what we were having. We haven't been to Florida in a year. I don't think we've ever gone that long without a visit. We miss everyone especially my parents and we can't wait to see them soon!

Hopefully I'll have a few more pictures from today's adventures soon but since I forgot my camera everywhere we went I don't have the pictures yet! You think I would think of these things :)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Multiples, Multiples Everywhere

AKA the Prince William Moms of Multiples Club Picnic. AKA as minivan central. Today was an enormously eventful day. First off was the multiples club picnic and we all had a great time. Lots and lots of twins and two sets of triplets. I'm going to begin working on recruiting some triplets :) The older two got a chance to play in the sand, the sprinkler and on the playground. Mom and Dad got to deal with cranky babies who missed their nap time. But even in a multiples club people love babies so we had many hands eager to help out and hold. We had a great day!

Kaitlyn and Caleb wore their "Sister of Triplets" and "Brother of Triplets" respectively. Seemed so appropriate...

The girls having fun on the blanket:

I've got to tell you that Rachel is one sly dog. She is miss cranky all the time but I break out the camera and who do I get fussing? Alyssa of course! Maybe Alyssa just hates having her picture taken :)

After the picnic it was off to a birthday party. And this on the heels of VBS for the two older kids. It has been a very crazy, busy week! Gotta love it!