Monday, September 28, 2009

New Beds and Rooms - Part 3

This weekend was the first time the kids have been in spearate rooms. Little Man's room was finally finished and he moved in. We're rapidly trying to finish the beds for the girls. They are still sleeping on new mattresses on the floor. Photos will be posted soon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Beds and Rooms - Part 2

This is a slow process. We're almost finished with the bunk beds for the girls. Their room has been painted, but not all the furniture is in place and the decorations aren't up yet.

We've just started painting Little Man's room. It was sad when we were taking the cribs/toddler beds apart.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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New Beds and Rooms

We are working on getting the kids in different rooms. Little Man will stay in the same room. Squeaky and Blondie will be moving to a new room. They'll have bunk beds that we'll initially use as separate twin beds. Little Man will be getting a new bed too. We're working on painting the bunk beds now. Then it will be time to paint the bedrooms and get them decorated. It should be an interesting time of "musical bedrooms" while we move everyone and everything around.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yo Gabba Gabba

While we were at the beach, we ran across the show Yo Gabba Gabba on Nick Jr. The kids love it. We couldn't think of seeing a show like this before. The characters do silly, simple songs about keeping your hands to yourself and eating different foods. Silly, simple and teaches good lessons? You can't go wrong with a show like that.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Making Up Lyrics

We were playing an audiobook for the kids. It's a story for kids about a brother and sister that travel through time and visit historical events. At the end of the CD, there's a song sung by the brother and sister. The song is titled "What would I do without you?". Near the end of the song, they start singing things like "I'm the sock, you're the foot. I'm the pancake, you're the syrup". The kids started making up their own version of the lyrics. Things like "I'm the ocean, you're the waves". Little Man came up with the best new lyrics - "You're the boogers, I'm the nose".

Thursday, July 30, 2009


This morning, Blondie was telling us where she thinks milk comes from. She said you put a cup under a cow's leg, press a button and the milk comes out. Seems like we need to take a trip to a farm.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kids and Happiness

We've noticed these things every day, but never really thought about writing them down. Here's a great article on kids and happiness. Everyone with young kids will recognize these.

"What Our Kids Teach Us About Happiness" - an article from

When it comes to following your bliss, kids have the art down pat. Here, moms share the make-you-smile secrets they've learned from their little ones.

One day, on my way home from a run of errands gone bad, I swung by to pick up my son, Nate, then 8, who'd been playing at a friend's house. While he chattered about the fun he'd had, my mind churned through all I'd failed to get done. "Will Dad be home for dinner?" he asked. "Think so," I said. "Great! What are we having?" he asked. Good question. "Uh, how about macaroni and cheese?" I replied. A deep sigh of contentment came from the backseat. "I love my life," Nate said.

His words were like a mood defibrillator. My son's simple satisfaction lifted me straight out of my autopilot loop of worry and let me see my life with fresh appreciation: I was driving down a beautiful mountain road on a glorious summer's day with my wonderful son, with the prospect of a cozy family dinner at home — I loved my life, too! What else do kids have to teach you about enjoying life? A lot. Read on for 11 more real moms' aha! moments.

Choose your mood
"When my daughter, Jessica, was a preschooler, she was learning all about choices — you can have a cookie or a scoop of ice cream, but not both; you can wear the green sweater or the blue one, but not both. She was also learning about emotions, and she'd ask, 'Is Mama happy? Is Mama sad? Is Mama mad?' One especially trying day, after I'd yelled a lot, she asked, 'Is Mama mad?' I told her, 'No, Mama's not mad anymore.' And she said, 'Mama picked happy!' She was right! I was struggling very hard to calm down, so I was choosing to be happy. Now every time I veer toward a rotten mood, I try to remember I can 'pick happy.'"
— Jennifer Lawler, 41, Lawrence, KS

Love generously
"My son, Jonathan, 6, is constantly teaching me how to express love -- with passion, creativity, and volume. In the supermarket, he'll shout, 'Mom, I love you more than all the blades of sand on the beach!' and plant a kiss on my cheek. While watching TV, he'll squeeze his baby sister and declare, 'You are so cute I can't stand it!' He shows me that the path to happiness is appreciating those you love and telling them so as often as you can."
— Karen Reivich, 40, Narberth, PA

Skip a little
"When my daughter, Deanna, was 5, she skipped everywhere. It didn't matter what the occasion -- holidays, parties, going to the store — she skipped. When I asked her why, she told me skipping made her happy. 'You can't be mad and skipping, Mom,' she said. And it's true! So we skip -- I skip, she skips, even my husband skips."
— Daphne Bahamonde, 35, Rochester, NY

Turn to-do's into to-enjoys
"One fall, my then 1 1/2-year-old son, Brent, and I were raking leaves in our yard. As he played nearby, I was overexerting myself and practically cursing all the trees for having made such a mess. Then I looked over at my son. He was in an area I hadn't raked yet, stepping on the dry leaves to hear the crackling noise they made, and smiling happily. He taught me that some chores are pleasures if you choose to look at them that way."
--Kris Porotsky, 34, Cincinnati

Redefine success
"One day, my 4-year-old, Megan, went with me to the post office to mail orders for my online retail business. I was wishing I had 77 orders to mail rather than a paltry seven. Meanwhile, Megan was excitedly counting the orders into the drop box, exclaiming, 'Mommy! There are seven new people who are going to love your work!' She reminded me to take pleasure in what I had accomplished instead of being disappointed by what I hadn't."
— Beth Butler, 46, Tampa

Recapture your childhood bliss
"While swinging one day, my son, James, 3, closed his eyes and stretched out his arms as the wind blew through his hair. He had the most delightful smile — one of pure pleasure — the kind you only see on a child's face. I decided to swing next to him, closing my eyes and letting my senses guide me, just like he did. I heard the wind in my ears and felt the rhythm of swinging. In that moment I experienced complete freedom and sheer pleasure."
— Laura Lundy, 42, Nelson, BC

Go on impulse
"When my daughter was 2, she was helping me 'fold' the laundry when she suddenly stripped off her nightgown, put on a pair of her daddy's clean undies (which came up to her armpits), and started dancing. She was so carefree. It made me realize that I need to cut loose and enjoy myself more — not wearing my hubby's underpants, but in other ways."
— Pam Stahler, 45, Littleton, CO

Be a best friend
"My daughter's best friend got home from school early one day and called with big news. Both she and my 6-year-old daughter had lost a tooth on the same day, at the very same hour! I learn so much about happiness from watching my daughter with her friend — seeing the way they care for each other, copy each other, sing together, even fight and make up. They remind me of how much I love my best friend, Laura, and to always take good care of our friendship."
— Miriam Peskowitz, 42, Mt. Airy, PA

Spread joy — insist on it!
"My toddler is so crazy about carrots that he often has one in each hand all day long. Once, he really wanted me to have some, and with sticky fingers covered in yogurt, he shoved his carrot in my mouth. He was so happy that he squealed, 'Bah!' at the top of his lungs when I took a bite. It was a reminder of the happiness that comes from sharing something we love with others."
— Jennifer Margulis, 36, Ashland, OR

Pursue your passion
"Nicholas, my 9-year-old son, is quite the artist. He needs to draw every day. I still remember how a few nights before he started kindergarten, he came downstairs way past his bedtime, paper in hand, exhausted. He said, 'I'm really tired, but I just have to color!' His passion for art reminds me how happy I am to be a writer, and I think of what he said whenever I get a rejection letter."
— Jen Singer, 39, Kinnelon, NJ

Savor joy while it lasts
"My 3-year-old son, Nate, loves cars. On one car ride, he was taking in the view of zillions of cars on the Ben Franklin Bridge when, to his delight, a big purple bus painted all over in ads rolled by. He took it all in with great glee. Then he raised a hand, said, 'Bye-bye!' and turned his head and fell asleep. Nate's happiness lesson: Don't cling to moments of perfect joy, just relish them and have faith that more will come."
— Andi Buchanan, 35, Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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A Day at the Fire Department

Thanks to K. and N.H.

The kids got a personal tour of the fire department. They loved it!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Slowing Down

The kids are almost 4 years old. For most of that time it seems like we were going full speed. As summer approaches this year, things have taken a different turn. We're not sure why, but we seem to be able to slow down more. Not all of the time, but definitely more than we were.

We've bought a smoker to use. If you're not familiar with smokers, you cook foods at a low temperature for a long time. Usually a minimum of 3-4 hours for cooking. This means we don't rush into a meal. It takes time to plan and cook.

We've been using the homemade ice cream maker more. Again more planning and patience.

So what's the point? It's nice to slow down. It reminds us of things we did as kids. Hopefully it's making some nice memories for the kids. It allows us more time at home together. Most importantly, maybe it's teaching the kids that things take time and it's important to wait patiently on what you want. A lesson that seems to be lost in today's hurried world.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hey Little Minivan

A song for the parents of multiples. And other parents with minivans.

Watch the Video

And if you can't understand the lyrics,
read them here.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Oh The Stories!

All three are very imaginative. They can weave some incredible stories.

Squeaky's adventures usually involve her baby and Grandma ChiChi. They are always going somewhere and getting into different situations.

Blondie usually tells about her house in the woods and the adventures there. She recently had some bears move into it, but they're gone now.

Little Man usually tells about the things he does with his puppy.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Diaper Use - Then vs Now

It just occurred to me how many diapers we used to use. We were making our monthly trip to Sam's Club and didn't need to buy diapers. We used to buy the largest box they have every week. Now we buy the large box maybe once a month. That's because the kids are only wearing diapers/Pullups at nap time and bedtime. What a big change.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spring Planting

This weekend the kids helped plant our vegetables. Maybe it's safer to say Daddy planted the vegetables and the kids ran around in the yard. Anyway, the kids love watering the plants and watching them grow.

Monday, April 13, 2009


We survived Easter. Three egg hunts. Two episodes of dying eggs. One Sunday morning of trying to get everyone dressed smartly and keeping them that way until we arrived at church. We'll be posting photos soon.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Should We Try Again?

It's been over 1 year since we added anything here. Should we try ago? I think we're going to have another go at it. It got to the point that adding something was more of a burden than it was fun. Hopefully that won't be the case this time.