Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Optimism

This kid of mine has the profound ability to overwhelm me with admiration and pride at times (when he's not too busy making weird/rude noises, cracking jokes, and being hyper). 
Yesterday at his swimming lesson he got his "half-way" report card. It tells us what swimming techniques he still needs to master in order to pass the current level. Griff still has 5 (of the 13) to complete. While I was reading it to him, two kids from his class kinda crept over and checked out his paper. The one little girl proudly announced that she only has one thing left to do on her sheet. And my reaction was to say "ok guys I don't think griff wants everyone looking at his paper".... And then my confident kid pipes up, "but mom! Look at all the big ones I've already finished!" Not a word or a care about what the other kids might think or what they've done in comparison. Just pride for what he's accomplished so far. Pure, honest, optimism. I was so proud (and humbled). Man oh man I sure hope he never loses this confidence. This awesome positivity! I could learn a thing or two from this goofball. 



UPDATE JAN 15th: that positive attitude paid off. Griffin passed!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nutcracker

I got to do something last weekend that I feel like I've waited my whole life for! Take my own little girls to the Nutcracker ballet! It was as magical and christmasy (if that's a word) as always. So fun to share with the girls (And my mom, her friend Deb, and my auntie Linda). The show wasn't till 7:30 and went till 10pm... But these two sat through it all happily! Great way to kick off the Christmas season.  I hope this becomes an annual thing!


 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Back to School

A little tardy... But here are the kids' back to school pics!

Pretty cute bunch, hey?!


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...