Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I'm sure you can imagine how busy we've been all summer! Phew, I can't believe fall is right around the corner and Labor Day Weekend is here! We've had a fun summer and I am slowly adding some photos of all the things we've been up to!

We are starting our Home Preschool program next week again and the girls are so excited.

Natalee starts back to speech tomorrow (08.28.14) and she is excited. She also will get a bus to pick her up and bring her home after the first few weeks, so that makes me so happy that I don't have to drag everyone out of the house each week during the winter! :)

Maddy and Claire are completely potty-trained. Can I get a AMEN?!?! All night, all day, they do great, with no accidents! :) Three in diapers is SO much more manageable and we can't believe how long a box of diapers lasts! Natalee is right behind them and is working hard every day to be fully potty-trained!

The triplets went to camp for two weeks this summer and having only two kids for 3 hours was a breeze. Really, like why would anyone complain? Ha, try five, all day, then tell me your life is hard. ;) They did an adventure camp and then a sports camp. Both were really fun and wore them out like nothing else. And the best part, I didn't cry (and neither did they) the first day I dropped them off! More in a separate post!

We are currently OB-SESSED with Frozen. All day, all night. They know all the words, songs, hand movements, ect.... It's ridiculous. Even Daddy is a little obsessed...did I just say that on here? Yup, sure did!

Speaking of Daddy...he is busy working a lot these days. Every weekend, some nights and when he isn't working he's begging me to let him go hunting or play golf. It's true. He leaves for Maine in a few days for his first hunting trip of the season and despite my hatred of these long hunting trips, it makes it that much easier when I ask to go see Luke Bryan or go to Cancun! ;) So, go ahead dear...fill our freezers with some meat and fish, but hurry up and get back home because I might ready to jump off a bridge by the time you return. Ugh, there isn't enough wine in the world. 

And speaking of me, I am still kickin'. Surprisingly, I make through each day and pass out each night from pure exhaustion. These girls drive me crazy!!!!! I still am learning to sew, slowly but surely. Trying to find more time to myself, but I hate spending time away from the girls, so it's extremely bittersweet and a constant battle. And then another day goes by, and before I know it, it's a new month and so on. Oh well. Gosh time goes so fast.

Here's a little update on each of the girls:

Madelynn: Full of sass, is this girl. Good gracious. Man, she gives a run for my money. Determined and always thinks she is in charge or everyone and everything, despite me telling her that Momma is in charge! Wants to play "catch" with Daddy all hours and is so good! 

Claire: My little Momma. She follows me around all day. Talks all day too. Never stops. LOVES to sing and dance. Knows every word to Frozen, no joke. Asks to be "snuggled" all day and always asks "rub my belly momma". Lord, she is so cute. Loves sports but also loves everything girly. Still loves to color and do anything artistic.

Natalee: Talking more and more. Almost potty-trained. Didn't care for sports camp, but LOVES to dance. Still loves to be my helper in anything I do. Head-strong and stubborn at times and still spoiled rotten. Cute as a button, I tell ya. Oh, and she is finally over 25lbs! Ekk, that is something celebrate!

Emily: Talks all day. So advanced. She really isn't a toddler anymore and more a little girl now. She loves snuggling too and will ask to "nuggle" with you all the time. I love it! Still loves her Pooh bear. Loves to sing and dance and her smile lights up my heart. Very determined and loves the word "no". She can be so sweet and then the next minute, you ask her something and she point blank will say, "no, I not" and walk away. Umm, yeah, Maddy has taught her well. ;) I often describe her as more challenging than all four of the others put together, but she is just finding her own.

Anna: This child is proving to be head-strong and going to always be "the baby" for sure. She is still working hard at her PT twice a month to learn how to properly stand, kneel and walk. Everyone comments about how much she looks like her Daddy. No complaints, he was a cutie pie even when he was little, but I gave birth to her, so I know she looks like me too. Loves to clap and scream at her sisters when they take something away from her. Man, can this girl throw a fit at 15 months!!!!!! Oh and, she LOVED the beach!! 

And here is a photo of them all that was taken on Sunday at the zoo! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Last Day of School!

This past Tuesday (06/10/14) was Natalee's last day of speech at school. She has been going to speech once a week for a few months now and we are already seeing so much improvement. She is easily putting three and four words together now, and the best part is that we are able to understand what she is saying. I could always understand what she wanted and needed, but anyone else would have a very hard time. Now though, she is really sounding out words easily and repeating what we say a lot more. I am so thankful for early intervention!!!

Here is my big girl in front of her school! She kept saying, "no more school" all day! :) And we brought her teacher a potted flower to thank her for helping Natalee "blossom". ;)

Photo: Natalee's last day of school!! :) My pretty little girl!

She will resume speech in the fall when school starts, when hopefully all the girls will be going to school for half a day, everyday! Oh the happiness.... :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our Backyard!

We've been spending a lot of time in our backyard! Finally, we are able to enjoy the hot weather around here. The girls are loving their pool that Nana bought them, sandbox, all their outdoor toys and of course Anna loves swinging and watching her sisters. And I will say, it's not to bad to sit out there and get some morning sun with my little ladies!

We have gone to the "big" pool once so far this summer and the girls had soo much fun! Emily is such a good swimmer already! 

We also put in a vegetable garden this year with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. I wanted squash and zucchini too but the garden just wasn't big enough this year. Next year though, it will need an upgrade to be bigger! These girls eat A LOT of fruit and veggies!

Anyway, here are some photos of our backyard summer days so far....





Anna loves her thumb and she is so cute!

This has to be one of my new favorite photos of my Anabelle!

This little girl is growing up too fast!!!

If we don't answer the phone or the door, most likely because we are outside! :)

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Strawberry Picking!

Last week I managed to get out and go strawberry picking twice with the triplets, once with Grandma and once with Nana! The girls had so much fun and were very good at picking strawberries...and of course eating them. Every time I asked Maddy where her strawberries were, she would say, "in my mouth"...opps! Oh well, they had a lot of fun and that's all that matters.

My three cute helpers!

Grandma and her girls!

With our first batch, we ate a lot of them plain, since they were so sweet and then made two big strawberry pies! And with our second batch, I made 8 jars of jam/fruit topping for ice-cream, pancakes, crepes and/or waffles!

Photo: Yum! Strawberry Jam!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Party Day Anna!!!!!

This past weekend we had Anna's 1st Birthday Party! This was by far my favorite theme I've done for a birthday party so far because it was so girly, pretty and NOT in the winter! :)

I had a blast panning my decorations and looking through pinterest for hours upon hours once everyone was sleeping. I decided on a garden-type theme, but with magenta, green, white and orange.

For the menu we decided on chicken salad on croissants, pasta salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, sweet bologna and cream cheese, pretzels, pita chips, ring bologna and cheese, veggies and ranch dip, fruit salad, and cake.

About 30 people came and it wound up being all little girls, a perfect group for a sweet little girl's first birthday!

Lemonade and Water; Juice boxes for the littles

This turned out perfect!!!!!!

We made this with Anna a few nights before her birthday. I love it.

Waiting for her cake!

Time to sing!

Love this, mom are you sure this is for me!?
Natalee helping to blow out the candle!
 Anna very much enjoyed her piece of cake! She had no problem eating every morsel of it!

Papa and Anna

Aunt Bonnie and Cousin Lily

Sweet Gracie!
 After a quick bath by Daddy, Anna opened her presents with lots of help from her big sisters and friends! She got lots of beautiful outfits, headbands and some great new toys!

Anna always has her feet crossed!

Emme checking out a gift for the "big sisters" from Grandma and Papa! Mermaid tattoos!

We then headed for a walk to our local park to let the kids run and play. After all the sugar and being inside, it was SUCH a beautiful evening to be outside and play! They girls had a blast playing with their cousin and friends.

Happy Birthday Anna!