Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Day 3 of potty training

Cassie and Ry are doing SOOOOO well with the potty training. No accidents from either of them today and cassie pooped again. She was so proud of herself, it was hillarious. She kept saying, "Cassie go poopoo, Yeahh good girl" "Cassie go poopoo, Yeahh good girl".

Tristan...I think the little man might not be quite ready. He held out all morning and loaded up his diaper at nap time. Then from about 2-5 he had 3 accidents and was pretty much refusing to go anywhere near the potty. So if he is still that way tomorrow I might just put him back in a diaper. I don't want him to be scared or feel intimidated or anything like that. The potty needs to be his friend.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Potty training boot camp day 2

I can't believe how well Cassie and Ryland are doing. Tristan seemed to have a bad day all around today (poor guy), everything made him grumpy or cry. He did pee once today, and he did it standing up. But he pretty much refused to sit on the potty the entire day...oh, and he pooped in the playroom. But he was kind enough to tell me about it "Ohhh no mommy". We only had 2 accidents today, compared to 5 yesterday. I am shocked at how well they are doing.

All three of them did great yesterday, day 1 of Potty boot camp. Ryland went pee about 10 times, and pooped once. Cassie went pee about 30 times and also pooped once. Tristan went pee 5 times. I was really surprised that they pooped because they had never done that before.

So here is how I'm doing the potty training, I gathered this all from a lot of info/recommendations from other moms before I made my "game plan".

I set the timer for 15 minutes and increase it by 5 minute intervals every day. Once the timer goes off, all the kids have to go sit on the potty. If they go, great and they get an M&M for a reward. If not, I praise them for trying.

The kids are not wearing any diapers or underwear for the first 3 days. On the 4th day we will try underwear and see how they do. This lack of diaper/pull up/underwear allows them to sit down whenver they need to and quickly go. This is important as they are still learning to listen to their body, and accidents cause them to get very upset.

I am thinking about going out with them on Friday. I will use pull ups just to be safe, but I want to see how they do going out and if they tell me they need to go potty or if they just pee in the pull up.

On another note, I'm really bummed that I can't get my christmas video loaded. I've always been able to load my video camera videos into windows movie maker, but for some reason it won't let me now. I have some older video (like from the kids 1st birthday) that was taken on the video camera, and I can still load that into movie maker, but I can't load any recent stuff. I'm really bummmed. So I edited it in Panasonic Image mixer, which is the software that came with the video camera, and it let me edit the movie, but every time I try to load it onto blogger, youtube or onetruemedia I get an error message. i'm sad, it was a cute video of christmas. And I didn't take any pictures because Mark forgot the camera at his house, so I'm really bummed.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Struggling today

It's one of those days where I'm questioning a lot of things that have taken place lately.

Mark came to see the kids yesterday after work. After our little snow storm (which is a big deal for this area!!!), I decided not to travel into work WITH the kids because I couldn't get out of the driveway, and I wasn't going to push it because I just didn't feel safe. Mark drove from work up to my house later that afternoon, barely making it up the hill and getting stuck a few times in the neighborhood. After some struggling to park the car, he decided to just leave it where it "landed".

He played with the kids and helped me put them to bed, and then we made dinner and decided to watch a movie, The Dark Knight. I offered to let him stay the night considerting the weather and that temperatures were down to about 14 degrees last night.
And as we were watching the movie and I was laying on the floor by the fire, and Mark was right behind me on the couch, I was thinking a lot about how we had EVERYTHING and now it's all gone. I was laying there thinking that this IS how my nights should be. Putting my kids to bed with their father, cooking dinner with my husband, relaxinging and winding down watching a movie with someone I love. Not what I've been doing for the past 6-7 months which is putting the kids to bed by myself, cooking myself dinner, watching TV by myself and going to bed alone.

And for the first time since this all started about 8 months ago, I'm second guessing my decisions. Is it really worth splitting up our family? I know he wasn't perfect, but neither was I. Is this fair to our children? Shouldn't they be able to have both parents in a family who live together and love eachother? Lord knows I still love him

So what do I do? Am I doing the right thing?

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Kids FIRST Snow!!!!!!!

They learned a new word this weekend and had a lot of fun playing outside in the snow.

When we came downstairs on Sunday morning, they weren't the least bit interested in eating breakfast (which is usually what they are begging me for). They just stood by the window and talked to or about the snow. As soon as breakfast was over we got all bundled up (a 40 minute process with 3 toddlers, LOL) and went outside.

The kids had a BLAST and I had so much fun watching them. Here are a few pictures, and the girls next door were out so they had "big kids" to play with, which they loved even more.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa pictures

We took the kiddos to the mall today to get santa pictures. The kids did really good while we waited in line for about 45 minutes. The boys were REALLY excited to see santa, until it was their time to go and see him. Cassie was a little put off about the idea from the get go. Poor santa, it took all his strenght to hold cassie in his arms. He told me, "she sure is a live one" to which I just started laughing for I know all to well...

So, here is the picture. I would have loved another try, because I think Cassie looks... well, not like Cassie. But santa had all he could handle!!!

And wouldn't you know, as soon as we were done paying for and collecting our pictures, Ryland took off running back towards santa and almost into someone elses picture. Silly guy...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My office had a Kids Christmas Party today and each child got a present from Santa. The boys had a blast, they were all about santa, Cassie however....that child clung to me like nothing I've ever experienced before. If she could have crawled inside my skin, she probably would have.

Here is a video, and some pictures:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Out of the mouth of babes....

Have you ever tried to teach your child to say PLUM, as in the fruit, or the color? Or in our case, the little plastic play fruit to go with their new kitchen? Regardless of what kind of plum we are talking about, I just thought I would share that it's quite hillarious, and Mark and I were nearly rolling on the floor this afternoon as we were trying to get Cassie to say PLUM.

It went something like this:
Mom: Cassie, say plum
Cassie: cum
Mom: Plum, it's pppppllum pppplum
Cassie: cum, cum cum cumcum
Mom: hysterically laughing, can't speak, can't breathe
Mark: Cassie, it's PPPlum, PPPPPPPPP Plum
Cassie: Cum, cumcumcum
Mark: try parachute
Cassie: ***alarmed perplexed look on her face***
Mark: ok try pepper
Cassie: pepper
Mark: plum, can you say ppplum
Cassie: cum, I say cum

More hysterical, tear filled laughing and then we decided to give it a rest. It's amazing the things that amuse me these days!

I haven't seen Mark laugh that hard in a while.

We decided for the next few years, maybe we'll just call it a prune. That is a word she can say.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Thank you Marie!!!!!

Marie and her family are moving overseas, so they GENEROUSLY gave us this kitchen for the kids to play with. They love it and were playing with it all evening. They haven't quite figured out the basketball hoop, but are sure fascinated by it.

Thanks Marie!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Just for today

This morning I went to check on one of my favorite websites, Tripletconnection and learned of the devistating news of another mom loosing her babies. She had this one request for the rest of the mothers: Please do us a favor today and kiss and hold your beautiful babies. Love them more than anything even when they are crying non stop or getting on your nerves. I would have given anything to hear them cry and change their poopy diapers.

Just For Today by Sally Meyer

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face...and laugh when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you wake up softly in your flannel p.j.'s...and hold you until you are ready to stir.
Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear...and I will say how beautiful you are.
Just for this morning, I will step over the laundry to pick you up...and take you to the park to play
Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink...and let you teach me how to put your puzzle together.
Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off...and sit with you in the garden blowing bubbles.
Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck...and I will buy you one, if he comes by. Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up...I will simply love you for the joy you bring me.
Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me make cookies...and I wont stand over you . . . trying to 'fix things.' Just for this afternoon, I will take you to McDonald's and buy us both a 'Happy Meal' you can have two toys.
Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you the story of how you were born...and how much we love you.
Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the bathtub...and I won't get angry when you pour water over your sister's head. Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late...while we sit on the porch swing and count all the stars.
Just for this evening, I will bring you glasses of water...and snuggle beside you for hours...and miss my favorite t.v. show.
And tonight when you are sleeping safe and warm in your bed, I will think of the mothers and fathers who mourn for the children they have lost. I will remember the parents who sit by hospital beds,watching over the little ones they love. I will weep for those parents whose children are cold,hungry and suffering, and .... this evening, when I kneel down to pray, I will simply be grateful for all that I have and not ask for anything...except just one more day.

© copyright 1999 Sally Meyer(written for her autistic son, Dhylan)

I got this off another mom's blog and thought if very poignant

Monday, December 1, 2008

In loving memory Krieger Titan ZAR Raysbrook

As some of you might know, about a month or so ago I gave away Krieger and Bodhi to a new home. I just couldn't handle taking care of all the animals, the kids, the house, work and school by myself. Something had to go and it wasn't going to be the kids, the house, my school or my work - so that left the animals.

I found them a good home with an older couple who own some acerage in Everett, and they offered to let me visit anytime and gave me weekly (sometimes daily) updates on the boys. The boys had lots of property to roam and someone who was home with them almost all of the time.

Yesterday I recieved a phone call, Krieger had been hit by a car and killed. She was leaving to go run an errand and down at the main road (from the road to their house it's about 1/2-3/4 of a mile) there was a man pulled over and out of his car looking into a ditch. She went to check it out and it was Krieger. Whoever hit him, must have done so very hard because part of their bumper had been left behind in the road.

I'm very sad, I cried about it a lot last night. I know I gave him away, so maybe my sadness doesn't make sense, but gosh I loved that dog. He was a handful, and at times so very frustrating. But he was also so funny and so loving and VERY loyal! I just hope he went painlessly. Here are a few pictures of him

Sunday, November 30, 2008

My little dancers

Tristan LOVES to dance, just like his daddy

At least the kids have better rythm than I do...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We took our first little "road trip" (does 3 hours count???)over to Moses Lake to visit Auntie Jalane and Uncle David. My daddy drove with us, and my mom drove over earlier in the day with Nana.

The kids did amazingly well and we only stopped once to let them walk around for a few minutes. There was just a little bit of whining towards the end, but otherwise they were fantastic!

We went to Auntie Tutu and Papa David's for dinner-delicious pizza, and then off to the hotel for the kids' first stay in a hotel room.

Let's just say I'm not doing the hotel thing again for a VEEERRRRRRRRYYYYY long time! The first night all 3 of them were restless, and were awake and walking around the room, crying and carrying on from about 10pm until I gave up at 6am and we went to breakfast with my mom and dad. The second night the boys did better, but Cassie was awake about every hour having some sort of bad dream or something, because she'd scream "My mommy" and grab and crawl all over me....Thankfully I was able to catch up on some sleep today.

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun and Auntie and Uncle's house is BEAUTIFUL! I also got to see Cory for the first time in a LONG time and to meet his wife, Ronnie, for the first time. I had a good time, and Auntie and Mom were so thoughtful and let me nap for a bit on Thursday before all the festivities started.

When we got back into town I dropped the kids off with their daddy. They were so excited to see him, and he told them he missed them. It was so cute because they said back to him that they missed him too.

Here are some pictures:

Monday, November 24, 2008

A year ago today

I can't believe that a year ago my little ones were just learning how to walk. I was looking through old pictures and videos tonight when I was taking a break from some homework, and I just couldn't believe how much my babies have grown up!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

LONG week and it's not even friday...

Up until tonight, I've only spent about 3 hours with my kids this week, I feel like a HORRIBLE mother.

All day at work I was looking forward for the day to be over, it's been a long and very tough week at work. I've been stuck at work until at least 6 every day this week, and it was looking like I might get to go home a bit earlier today. I wanted to pick them up from daycare instead of having to go to their dads to get them. When I have to do that, all there is time to do is bathe them and put them to bed. We don't get to play or sit and talk (well, as much talking as you can do to a two year old) or cuddle.

Luckly I got off a little after 5 today and was able to get them from daycare, bring them home and feed them, and then play and watch their new favorite- Mickey Mouse. I got to chase them around the house and hear their laughter and joyful squeals I've been missing all week long. I really needed tonight, I've been missing them so much!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I LOVE to hear them laugh, they are so silly!!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cassie can read!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok, so she really can't read...yet. But it makes her sound like a genius! She LOVES to read this book because she loves scolding the monkeys about jumping on the bed.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

She is so darn smart

So cassie was really into singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes tonight and I was doing my best to catch her on video. although I think the cutest part is the end when she chokes a little bit, and then she kindly informs me that "I coking" I didn't even know she KNEW that word, let alone what it meant.

They are growing up so fast, I just can't believe it. I am amazed what comes out of their intelligent mouths, absolutely amazed.

Motherhood is everything I had ever hoped for and more. Theres nothing better than hearing three sweet innocent little voices tell you, "Love you too mommy" every night when you tuck them into bed. Oh, and I can't forget the begging for "a kiss, a kiss" and "a hug, a hug" before they will lay down in bed.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Fun

We had some halloween fun this year!!! I had a great time dressing up at work, I'm really glad that they let us do it, and I'm really surprised at how many people actually dressed up this year. My favorite part was Nicolas as the pumpkin, he looked hillarious in those green tights that Katy and I found just for hime!

After a long days work (or play), we (being me, Mark, Katy and Ricky) decided it would be a novel idea to take the kids Trick or Treating at the Everett Mall. Considering the weather was suppose to be a little drizzly and freezing. BAD idea, BAD BAD BAD Idea!!! There were seriously hundreds, if not a thousand or so people in the mall. It was crazy, hot, stinky and the candy sucked! We literally spent like 20 minutes there before we were desperate to get out!!!

Mark took the kids for the night and I was headed home. I decided to call Nate and see if he had plans for the night, maybe we'd go get a drink or something. He mentioned a party in Seattle and I told him I was up for it. So I picked up Nate, then went back to the mall to pick up Yani and then headed to Seattle.

It was a nice party, not too much craziness going on, but a DJ and good music, and a bartender upstairs for just our party. I pretty much occupied the couch all night, talking and joking around, and watching drunk people dance like idiots. We had a good time!

Here are some pictures from the day

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Quote

So as some of you might know, I'm taking another college class this quarter, Interpersonal Communication, it's actually quite interesting and the teacher keeps us very involved. We've got a group project and we were working on it this morning. As we were finishing up, Natalie told me she had a quote for me and wrote it down.

"A woman is like a never know how strong she is, until she's in hot water"

I had to laugh at how amazingly true and how fitting that quote was. And how sweet it was to think of me. I had mentioned yesterday to a few of the girls in my group about what was going on, because it related to a "happiness" assignment we had, which was assigned the day after I found out all the "stuff" that's been going on. I got a few I'm sorry's, which I really don't need because I am not sorry, but they were very sweet and wished me the best in all of this.

I don't have any new pictures of the kids because I let Mark take the camera. The plan was for me to keep the video camera my mom bought us but I can't seem to find it anywhere (ironic??!?!?!). Hopefully I'll have one before christmas.....

Thanks again to all my friends and family for the support through all of this. I have really come to know that I have AMAZING friends and family who have been calling, emailing, texting and even stopping by to visit me and the kids. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

ABC colortime

Coloring time and some ABC's mixed in from this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

better in time

To all my amazing friends and family, thank you for your unrelenting and unconditional support. I am so blessed to have all of you in my life! Thank you for your help through all of this. It does hurt and I am mad, but the words in this song are just speaking to me right now!

It's been the longest winter without you
I didn't know where to turn to
See somehow I can't forget you
After all that we've been through

Going coming thought I heard a knock
Who's there no one
Thinking that I deserve it
Now I realise that I really didn't know
If you didn't notice you mean everything
Quickly I'm learning to love again
All I know is I'm gon' be ok

Thought I couldn't live without you
It's gonna hurt when it heals too
It'll all get better in time

And even though I really love you
I'm gonna smile cause I deserve to
It'll all get better in time

I couldn't turn on the TV
Without something there to remaind me
Was it all that easy
To just put aside your feelings

If I'm dreaming don't wanna laugh
Hurt my feelings but that's the path
I believe in
And I know that time will heal it
If you didn't notice boy you meant everything
Quickly I'm learning to love again
All I know is I'm gon' be ok

Thought I couldn't live without you
It's gonna hurt when it heals too
It'll all get better in time
And even though I really love you
I'm gonna smile cause I deserve to
It'll all get better in time

Since there's no more you and me
It's time I let you go
So I can be free
And live my life how it should be
No matter how hard it is I'll be fine without you
Yes I will

[Chorus: X2]
Thought I couldn't live without you
It's gonna hurt when it heals too
It'll all get better in time
And even though I really love you
I'm gonna smile cause I deserve to
It'll all get better in time

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Halloween Costumes

We started out our little trip this afternoon to go down to the Plant Farm in Marysville and go for a hay ride and get some pumpkins. We did it last year and the kids had a blast. No sooner did we get to the bottom of our little hill, that all 3 of the kids were asleep.
So we decided to head out for pictures instead, really to give them time to take a longer nap. When we got there all 3 kids were grumpy (go figure!?!??!) but Cassie was really acting horrible. Throwing herself on the floor, screaming at the top of her lungs, kicking her boots off and trying to crawl out of her costume. So she didn't participate in any pictures, she just wasn't a willing participant. But 2 out of 3 isn't that bad. We'll try to get her next week...

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Nana came up to play this morning and surprised us with a trip to Kiddie Kandids for a photo session. I quickly dug up some outfits for the kids (thanks mom for ironing them!!!!!) and off we went to get some fall photos taken.

The kids were really cooperative and seemed to enjoy the session. Tristan's favorite part was the spider, which you can see him holding in one of the pictures. He's such a funny guy.

After the photos Nana headed home and the kids got a little nap in while Mark and I ran some errands. We had this novel idea to take them to the mall (ok, I had the idea), WITHOUT a stroller. Ummmm, lets just say lesson learned.

We found an adorable outfit for Cassie for christmas, and after the kids had been wining and crying and we carried all 3 of them across the entire Alderwood Mall, I sent them home with Mark and did what any woman would do... I continued shopping.

I found two matching outfits for the boys, but Mark isn't really crazy about them so we'll have to see what else I can find. Much to Mark's amazement, I also found the cutest slippers for the kids and their poor freezing feet! The boys look kind of like this, but theirs are black and have a soccer ball that lights up, and Cassies are the same style but hot pink with some flowers and a cute little bug on them. Apparently this is EXACTLY what Mark had in mind and was sure I wouldn't be able to find. Not often I get it 100% right, so today was a good day!

I also got them their christmas shoes (here's to hoping they fit into a 7 by christmas!), don't want to have a repeat of last year where I am dashing to 8 different stores a few days before christmas trying to find them shoes. And I got Cassie what every girl needs, some jewlery. She got a pretty bracelet to wear with her christmas outfit, and I couldn't resist buying these tiny rings that should fit her someday soon, LOL.

And my final in sizes that fit the kids. I bought some size 7's a Fred Myers earlier this week but they were WAY to big for the kids, especially Cassie's skinny little feet. So I found size 6's today at StrideRite. Cassies fit perfectly, the boys however, have the fattest feet I've even seen on a child and I can't manage to squeeze those fat sausages into the new boots. So back to the store they go, I guess I'll be looking for some thick socks for those 7's.

It was a busy but fun day and they are now upstairs sleeping peacefully.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

MY mother is AMAZING!!

I just don't know what I'd do without my mom, she does so much for me and my family. I am so incredibly luck to have her!!!!!!!

Mark worked last night and got home around 3-4am, and I had to be at work by 0730 this morning. So my mom drove all the way up to our house from bothell to be here by 0700 so I could leave for work. She also watched Kaleb because Katy had to be at work with me, and her husband Ricky was working the AM shift. So my mom took on an extra child. Although she did say, "what's one more when you've got triplets" (LOL). They had a good time and were just finishing lunch and ready for a nap when I got home.

I feel bad saying this but it was actually a relief to get a break and go to work this morning. The kids had a really tough night last night, which involved all 3 of them climing into bed with me at one point (this was a first, and also a LAST!). It ended up at around 11pm I was in their room hooking up the humidifier and then slept on the floor in there until 2am (also a first, but I'm sure not a last-at least not when they are sick).

After their nap the fun really started... 9 diarrhea diapers between 1:30 an 6:30, 6 changes of clothes, 2 rolls of toilet paper on runny noses and slimy goopy eyes, and 3 children all fighing over me. All wanting to be held and have their backs patted. I think I put 4 phone calls into my mom in a period of 3 hours tonight. Like I said, I am LUCKY to have her!!!

The night ended on a pretty good note though, the last dose of tylenol they got really seemed to help and then they started playing instead of just laying around on ne or on the floor sniffling. Cassie got into one of her dresser drawers and pulled out a pink bib (why I haven't gotten rid of these, I don't know??!?!?!), I saw her do this and walked off to go to the bathroom. When I came back around the corner all 3 kids had bibs on and were running in and out of the play room saying, "I like it, I like it, I like it".

Friday, October 3, 2008

Kitty pictures

I had a lot of responses to my post about Zain and Mizy needing a good home. I'll post some pictures of them here for those that would like to see more.

The only thing I request is that if for some reason they don't work out in your home or with your family, that you PLEASE contact us to take them back. Please don't take them to a shelter. Thank you

Click on an individual picture to make it larger

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Playtime on the swingset

We decided to enjoy one of the nice days of October outside, and took some video of the kids on the swings. Cassie loves to swing high and fast, but the boys haven't been too keen on the idea of swinging until this week. I think it is growing on them...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rottweiler Pictures

Both Bodhi and Krieger have found a new home together. I am so happy they are together and I think they will really love having a large open farm area to roam. Best of all, the family said we could come see them if we wanted to. I am very sad, very very very sad, and so is Mark. But I know this is better for the kids and what we needed to do.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Playing in the dirt

A few days ago we were outside and both boys wanted to play in the dirt. I had visions of boys covered in mud, and therefore have been prohititing them to play in the dirt (mean mom, I know).

Then the other day I was reminscing about my childhood and remembered one of my favorite activities was building mud pies with my bestfriend Rachael.

So today I let all 3 kids have at it in the dirt and mud.

Little miss priss only got dirty because Tristan dumped a few handfuls of dirt in her hair. Otherwise she was spotless.

The video shows some dirtier views of Ryland

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FIRST bubble bath!

The kids had their first bubble bath a few nights ago and they had a BLAST! Now when we walk in the door they are asking to take a bath. Here are some pictures,

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Birthday present

Big Grandma and Grandpa Carl got the kids a really nice and very big sandbox for their birthday. The kids love it and spent all afternoon yesterday playing in it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Blue eyed boys

I took some pictures outside tonight and decided to play around with black and white, and lightening the coloring in some of the background colors to make the boys eyes stand out. Here's what I came up with
(If you click on the picture, it will open up bigger on its own page)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

"I catch you"

We were playing outside this afternoon and Ryland climbed up onto the play set and went over to the slide. Being a little wary of the slide (since last time he used it he went flying face first into the rocks), he hesitated for a minute. That's when Cassie said to him "I catch you". I didn't want to wait around to watch her catch him, so I went to the bottom of the stairs to help her out.

The cute thing is that this scenario repeated itself a dozen times this afternoon and I was finally able to get her saying it on video.

And can anyone decipher what in the world Cassie and Ryland are saying to eachother? I sure wish I understood 2 year old triplet jibberish!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A celebration of life

Today we had a BBQ get together with friends and family to celebrate the kiddo's 2nd birthday. I am amazed at how time has flown by and at how big they are. We have amazing friends and family and most of them were present today to celebrate with us. There were a number who couldn't attend for various reasons and we missed them, but are so grateful for their love and support and all that they do for our family! Thank you to everyone who has made these last two years so amazing!!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008


I can't believe that 2 years have gone by since the birth of Tristan, Cassandra and Ryland. The last two years have been amazing, exhausting, stressing, fun, hillarious, tiring and SO WORTH all we have been through to get to this point.

Here are some pictures from that night 2 years ago

For those who might be interested, here is the video of their birth, it's very graphic

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The joys of multiples

The first night of the move to toddler beds resulted in a good 30-45 minuets of crying at their bedroom door. A few hours later before we went to bed, we went to tuck them in and they had all gotten back into their beds (Yes, the same ones they started in!!!) and were sleeping soundly.
The second night I came in to find Tristan in bed with Cassie all snuggled up next to her arm. I thought it was too cute to not take a picture, but I didn't want to wake them. So when I found them still in the same bed (but in a different position) the following morning, I took a picture.

Then last night I went to check on them before bed and Tristan wasn't in his bed, he was in Rylands. They were still in bed together this morning so I went and grabbed the camera and took this picture.

They do squabble a lot over things like toys and sharing, as do any siblings. But being witness to the bond they share is one of the amazing gifts and joys of being a mother of multiples.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Toddler Beds

We moved them to toddler beds today, or I should say Mark moved them to toddler beds because he did all of the work. Here are some pictures of them before bedtime tonight

Friday, August 29, 2008

THE most amazing grandparents in the world

Today my mom and dad spent hours at my house with the people setting up the kids new swingset, which they purchased for the kids for their birthday. To kill some time, my mom cleaned the house and folded all the laundry (like 4 baskets worth!) and vacuumed, and my dad weeded our backyard. They always do so much for us and GIVE so much to us- I am so lucky to have them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are some pictures of the kids on their new swingset, they love it and weren't at all interested in coming inside...I wonder why.

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Mariners game

Cassie went to her first Mariners game on Saturday night with daddy. She had a blast, and came home with a new tee shirt and a pink Mariner's monkey, whom she drags all over the house with her, he even went to daycare today.

As you can see in this video, she was getting her grove on at the game!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

She knows her name

The kids got bored playing outside this afternoon and wanted to color. I decided to help Cassie write out her name and she really loved doing it (she's not into herself at all, LOL!). Mark got this video of us, I love how she sounds so proud of saying her own name

We had a lot of outside play time this weekend in the nice HOT weather. They really like sitting on the porch in the chairs, I don't know what it is about them but they ask all the time to go out there.

And then Cassie was sunbathing outside, no joke! The boys were running around, jumping in and out of the pool, but all she wanted to do was lay down on the (very hot I might add) cement and just relax there. She is absolutely my daughter!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Half way to 50

Another celebration this weekend was my 25th birthday, or as my mother keeps reminding me... I'm now half way to 50 years old, LOL. I suppose that's one way to look at it.

Thanks to my mom watching the kiddos this weekend, Mark was able to take me out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. It was actually my first time at this location, we went to Daniels Broiler on the Seattle waterfront. We had a wonderful dinner and some "quite" time to talk without the pitter patter of little feet and the screeches that come from three two year olds.

Then we spent Sunday afternoon at my Mom and Dad's house, letting the kiddos play outside in the pool (cassie was seriously DIVING into the water-that crazy girl) and celebrating our anniversary and my birthday. My mom even made me a delicious cake with LOTS of sprinkles!!!! I also got the gift I've been wanting for SOOOO long- Thank you mom and dad!

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

6 years ago today

I can't believe it's been 6 years since we said our vows on the beautiful Lopez Island in front of our family and friends. In those 6 years I've joined the Navy, we've moved to California and back to Washington, Mark graduated from Washington State University and we have 3 of the most beautiful children I've ever seen. It has been an amazing 6 years and we have been SO blessed!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No Regrets

Mark was working late the other night and I was laying in bed with Tristan next to me all snuggled up in my arm with his head resting on my chest and I remember thinking, "Gosh he fits so perfectly in my arms" (and I'm going to get all mushy on you now.... )"I am the luckiest woman alive to have these 3 beautiful perfect little children to tuck into bed every night. How amazing my life is now and my God how it has changed in the last 3 years" and I was crying as I laid there thinking about it all.

I know what some of you are thinking, "you take the kids to bed with you?!?!?!?!?!" and the answer to this is NO, we don't "take" the kids to bed with us. However, every once in a while I like to sneak into the kids room after they are asleep and pick one of them up to take and cuddle with me. Sometimes it's after I've had a rough day at work, or if I am feeling lonely because I'm home alone but mostly it's because I want NO REGRETS with my children. And I'm not striving for perfection here, but rather that when I lay my head down each night, I don't want to think back on the day and realize there are things I didn't do that I wanted to (involving my children).

I have my husband to thank for the encouragement to do this, to just go grab a baby and bring them back to bed for some snuggles. I was talking about it one night with him and told him that sometimes I just want to do that, but don't want to get in a bad habbit of having them in our bed. His anwer was perfect and was just what I was thinking, "you might as well do it, you don't want to regret not doing it when they are older". So that's just what I've been doing.

No regrets kiddos, no regrets...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Spaghetti Factory

Tonight Nana and Grandaddy invited us to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory... it's fast becoming a tradition (which we really enjoy!!!!). Auntie Rachael and Uncle T were over visiting for the afternoon and mom and dad invited them but T had previous activities arranged. So Rach came to dinner with us and T went to play football. The kids did REALLY good at dinner, our server wasn't, timely. He left us hanging a few too many times and the kiddos got bored and impatient, but despite that fact, they did really good for such a long dinner. Here are a few candid shots from the night.

and yes, they are in their pajamas. It was a really lazy Sunday and the dinner invite came late in the day. So we just took them in their PJ's. Hey, at least they were comfortable.

and here is granddaddy's newest invention:

Maybe safer trips to and from the car? They still don't have it down but it's a work in progress.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Attack of the cat

Every once in a while, Zain our white fluffy cat will play with the kids. If he's not busy being chased by them, or attacked by them, or having one of the kids fall on top of him (with their WHOLE body), you might find him in a position where he is slightly able to defend himself against our little busy bodies. Here's a video Mark caught the other night....sorry for the movement, he found the whole scene hillarious and had a hard time controlling his laughter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Spanking anyone?

So our really sweet neighbor Jeanne brought this toy over the other day for the kiddos. They really like it, but when Tristan first saw it, he decided to start punishing it. They don't get spakings that often, they are pretty darn good kids. But he must get enough of them because this is what I caught on video:

In case you can't understand what he is saying, he is telling the toy "no" and then asking it if it wants a "spanking" (pankin), then he says "Not Nice", some more "pankins" and then he says something I can't understand, like "shishishi shesh" then a few more "no's" and some more "pankin" threats.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I LOVE his laugh

I caught daddy and Ry having a fun time the other day

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Family pictures

We went and had some family pictures taken to day. For the life of the photographer, she could NOT get Tristan to smile. He was so serious! He wouldn't even smile for Mark or I. Silly guy, but Ryland and Cassie both did more than enough smiling. Here are the pictures: