Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ssssssnakes

Someone should probably tell my pretty little red haired girl that snakes are scarey.
 

Gibsyn is our most fearless child at the moment - happy to talk to anyone who will listen... And boldly touching this snake's tongue before anyone could suggest otherwise. 

These pics were taken at Reptile World in Drumheller this morning. Now we are on to Camrose!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Honest Post

I'd start off by apologizing, but the truth is, I'm not all that sorry. I know I haven't been posting much. And it's because of the internal dilemma I have been facing.  Do I spend my time blogging about doing great things with my kids? Or do I spend my time actually DOING great things with my kids? (And do I blog or catch a favorite tv show in the evening?) So I've decided to compromise. My memory is typically not great, and I want my blog to capture what life was like raising triplets plus one.  But I want it to capture what it is REALLY like. In case anyone has been fooled, it is not all jelly beans and rainbows around here.  And yes, we have done a lot of fun things since my last post. But I refuse to sift thru my memory and photos and provide an update. So I'll start with today......

Today the kids woke up at 7 even though they didn't go to sleep until 9. So I let them watch cartoons in my bed until I was ready to face the day. Gasp... Perhaps not star parenting right there. But we had just finished a very active camping trip and I was exhausted (the camping trip was definitely a positive one though - our annual Audette/Cave camp out).
I did manage to get them outside for a bit this morning. And taught fletcher to ride griffin's two-wheeler (no biggie!).... Which was so incredible and I'm so proud of him for being so brave (not to mention coordinated). I'd share a photo but all I've got is a 7 second blurry video cause I figured it was more important to be ready to catch him if he fell than it was to capture that perfect-Facebook-worthy photo.  
Then we had lunch and then gibby freaked out and insisted she skip lunch and go for a nap. Then she puked. Twice. Awesome. 
So I made all the kids have a nap cause griffin had a fever and I figured they could all use a little catch up. Then I checked out my "garden". And found 5 raspberries, a third of the carrots I originally planted, and some almost dried up peas (the Swiss chard I planted didn't even make an appearance). With the help of a good camera and filter, my bounty looks pretty impressive for a first timer though! I chose to forego the life lesson of having my sweet children harvest the veggies (ie fight over how many carrots/peas they each get and subsequently destroy said "garden", scream, cry, fight, and get a timeout)

I love my kids with all my heart and they are all so cute and so funny and unique. They make me laugh and smile and feel full of love every day.  However, I won't deny that I struggle with them daily. With the almost constant fighting, and screaming and crying and non-listening. And with the guilt I feel when I lose my cool, or wish nap time was much earlier than 1pm........ 
Aaaaand Gibby just woke up and puked again so I think that's about all I've got for today. Oh, I should share one nice photo though. Here's one of my kiddos and a couple of my besties kiddos too. 

So if it's a while until my next post, just assume we are busy doing awesome things and dealing with temper tantrums.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sports Stars

As the kids get older, I'm really enjoying watching them participate in some sports activities. Until now, sports + me would never be in the same sentence. I'm in awe that any child of mine could do something that requires a bit of athleticism.  I suppose they can thank their dad for these qualities. 
Whether they can catch a ball or not, score a goal/basket/touchdown or whatever else it may be called - my heart is so full of pride watching them try these things.  

The girls ready for their little ballet show. (This is such a dream for me to have two little girls in ballet!)

Griffin's first hockey tourney. That's him on the left. He played with a shaunavon team - and it was incredible their talent and sportsmanship. Such a positive experience!

They gave him an honorary shaunavon badgers hat - he was a very proud kid!

Baseball is starting in a few weeks- everyone has been practicing catching. Except mommy... They ask me to cheer them on while daddy does the throwing ;)



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lately...

We've been doing stuff (despite the lack of posts on our blog). So I thought I'd do a little catch up. I really should get out of the habit of always using my phone for photos... I need to pull out my big canon and get some good shots. Another thing to add to my to do list I suppose. 

We keep getting these beautiful spring days in between snowy winter ones. Just enough to remind the kids how much fun bike riding and warmer weather is. 

My parents saved this big foam packing block for the kids since it conveniently had 4 kid holders. They had fun decorating it. And I had fun sending them out to the front lawn and watching four small people fight over which direction to walk.

We took a much needed, late-winter-mini-vacation to see griffin's #1 destination pick- the Royal Tyrell Museum. It was pretty neat and griff inspired the little ones to be very enthusiastic about all the Dino's!

The kids all started swimming lessons... It's a first for the little ones since at age 3, they no longer require a one-to-one parent to child ratio. We get to sit and watch and it's soooo nice!

Until next time...  




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hitting the Slopes

Today (actually this happened last week- I just didn't publish this post until today!) we were feeling optimistic and decided to take all the kids skiing for the first time. This was actually griff's third time trying it out - so luckily he was able to get up and down the little hill without much assistance. The girls looked oh so cute in skis but were a bit intimidated - by the end they were getting the hang of it.

And my boys loved it. Griff says skiing is his new favourite sport and fletcher was so incredibly relaxed and determined to get down the hill all by himself. The day was better than expected - and it was so great to be able to get out and do something together... Relatively gong-show free!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Griff's Sixth!

My first born is six years old now. Crazy. Six sounds old. And that makes me feel kinda old. But also pretty lucky. I've got a very sweet six year old on my hands who still likes hugs and kisses from his mom. 

Here's the birthday boy and his dinosaur themed cake. (I caught the little ones all in the garage helping themselves to the icing that morning - so there was a lot of green missing and a few holes.Geesh!) 


He had a few friends over for the afternoon and I made the wise decision to send the little ones to my parents for their naps (thanks mom and dad)! I was beginning to think birthdays were the opposite of fun - and I was a big fan of birthdays previously.  This one reminded me why they're great. Griff and I decorated together and setup the Dino themed games... All without rushing, without chaos, just enjoying spending his special day together (Troy had to work). His party went smoothly... And we had family over for supper to finish the day off. That was also a cinch since griff built a new Lego set while I prepped dinner (and waited for the pizza to arrive hehe). It was just so great and I have such a huge appreciation for those little moments where all my focus can be on him... Just like those first few years of his oh so special life. 
Love you Griff. Xoxoxo

Thursday, January 30, 2014

3 x 3

My babies turned 3 this month! And for some reason I thought it was a good idea to invite 18 adults and 15 children to help celebrate.  Don't get me wrong, it was fun and I feel very blessed they were surrounded with so much love on their special day. I'm pretty sure something smaller and simpler could be just as fun for age 4 though ;)

Here they are with their very thoughtful and practical gifts from Auntie Natalie and Uncle Mike. 

And wearing there hip little outfits from jade and Jason. (This pic was taken after their hip hop class... Which they absolutely love!)

Special thank yous to auntie and Tara for helping me do all the party/supper prep. And jade for taking griff to the movies that day... And marnie for getting griff to hockey that morning. I'm so lucky to have such helpful friends!! I had made each of the kids their own requested cake (a dinosaur, a mermaid, and a princess). However during the chaos of the party, we cut em up and ate them before I thought to get pictures. I'm sure I'll do better at griffs party in a couple weeks.