Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holidays are over

We had a chaotic but good Christmas this year, especially fun because the little ones understood what presents were this year.

Kate loved her dress up accessories ...


and so did Oliver ...


Willa wanted nothing to do with the baby dolls the girls got from Santa, but loved the Dora talking backpack ...

and Evan got everything he wanted, which consisted primarily of anything having to do with football.

Hope you all had a merry holiday too!

Friday, December 17, 2010

No More

I've had my camera out all week, trying to get those elusive Christmas card-worthy shots of the kids. Here is Kate at the end of one afternoon of my endlessly calling "Kate, Kate, over here, look over here, look at me Kate, look over here ..."


Looks like I'll be sending Happy New Year cards instead!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cousins




Evan's cousin Makayla came to stay for two nights over Thanksgiving. They adore each other, but after about eight hours their relationship develops into constant bickering, whining, and tattle telling, mixed in with frenzied playtime. I've tried to explain to John, who is an only child, that this is typical sibling stuff, and SO much more is in our future.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Obsession

The kids are obsessed with books these days - they take after their mom!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Trying on her hat



In an effort to keep the kids busy during the Thanksgiving holidays, we constructed some cute pilgrim and Indian hats out of paper. Willa was the only one willing to actually wear hers!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Guess Who Lost His First Tooth


So, does anyone know the going rate for the tooth fairy these days?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bucketheads

a new use for the candy buckets ...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween

Buzz Lightyear

Mr. Green

Miss Red

Miss Yellow

Halloween was a success! We took all four trick-or-treating around our neighborhood, and the little ones (well, the girls, at least) walked the entire way and carried their own buckets. I thought two years old might be a little young for this, but as soon as they understood that candy was involved, they caught on real fast! They did not figure out how to say trick-or-treat, but they knew to go up to the door, hold out their buckets, and say "thank you." And not once did any of them try to walk into someone's house. Unfortunately, I could not catch a single shot of all of them together.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We return



We have just returned (John and I, I mean) from a fabulous and restful ten days away - our first vacation of any kind since the triplets were born. We had a whole team of relatives watching the kids for us, and they did a fabulous job. It was a lot of work for them! We came home late on Wednesday night, and Thursday morning they were downstairs with their bags packed and waiting by the door. They were ready to go!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oliver and his cars


Oliver at the park with his cars. He takes those things with him every where he goes, including bed! No one else is allowed to touch them.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where did she go?


The other morning, we walked in to wake up the babies, and we couldn't see Kate in her crib. Then we looked a little closer, and saw a big lump under the crib sheet. Somehow she managed to get under the fitted sheet and pull it back into place, so that all the edges were in tact. I still can't figure that one out!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Tiger Cub

Meet the newest Tiger Cub ...



and his dad is the new Den Leader!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Relax, already

I was reading Eat, Pray, Love last night, and I came to the part where she talks about going to Italy to learn how to experience pleasure. And she talks about how Americans don't know how to enjoy doing nothing - it's like we come pre-wired with this work ethic that won't let us waste a single minute.

This is so true, and something I have been struggling with lately. Now that school is back in session, and I have my nanny days back to myself again, I am finding it very hard to enjoy them. Now granted, I am still working part-time, and nanny days are also my work days. But I always try to do at least one fun thing for myself on these days, even if it is just stopping by my favorite coffee shop for a latte and a few minutes of chilling out. Only I can't just chill out. I'm too busy stressing about all the many things I should be doing instead of chilling out - because my to do list is very long.

Why is it so hard to enjoy doing nothing? Should we all just go to Italy for four months to figure this out? (Sounds nice, I must admit)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lights on, lights off


Someone has discovered how much fun it is to turn the lights on and off, over and over and OVER again. It's like living in a disco ball!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Too close


There is no such thing as getting too close to the toys!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boy time

People often ask us if we ever get to spend good, quality time one-on-one with each kid, since we have so many. Well, the answer is, not enough, but more than you think. Evan is the easiest - we've made sure to work in Evan time in each day, usually once the babies go down for naps or bedtime in the evenings. And he has special outings with each of us over the weekends.

The triplets are trickier, though, because they are all on the same schedule, and right now they get very jealous if I give attention to one and not the other two. So occasionally, John or I will grab one and get out of the house with her/him. Kate likes to take walks up and down the sidewalk out front. Willa prefers to go upstairs with me, and just hang with me in my room. Oliver often gets to run errands with John and Evan.


As they get older, and start to develop their own interests, we will have to work out a more formal system so that they can each have that special time. But for now, spontaneity works.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Evening Routine

Here is a glimpse into our evening routine. Every night around 6:30, the kids get wound up and start this game -

Evening Routine from Angela Vaughan on Vimeo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Labor Day

Since Labor Day was a holiday for both John and Evan, we decided to have a special outing, just the three of us (yes, our nanny had to labor on labor day!).

We started out with coffee at one of our favorite spots on the lake -


Then on downtown to show Evan the University of Texas. No, we are not pressuring him already! This whole thing came up because we've been trying to explain to Evan the difference between college football and professional football, and why Colt McCoy is no longer playing for UT. He needed to see it for himself. So, we got to peek in the stadium so he could see the field, and he was pretty excited about that -



Next we stopped by the Texas Memorial Museum - most folks here have never heard of it, but it is a gem! With dinosaur bones and everything!






Finally, we topped the day off with lunch at the Brick Oven, which serves the best gluten free pizza -


You're probably wondering if, in the course of our university tour, we took Evan in to see any academics - classrooms, laboratories, maybe even the library. And the answer is (embarrasingly) no! But, he did inform us that on our next outing he would like to go to an art museum, because he really likes sculptures and paintings. Awesome!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Order

Oliver is turning out to have a very orderly mind. He spends his days organizing and lining up his toys into patterns. I constantly come across long lines of blocks or cars and I know, "ah, Oliver has been here."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pool Time



Finally, at the end of summer, we pulled out the inflatable swimming pool and filled it up on the deck out back. The triplets love it, and will stay out there for hours.





Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How ever did we manage?



How did we ever manage to grow up without iphones?

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Grade - Yipee!



Jumped back into our school routine today. Felt like we just picked up where we left off, and summer never happened. So strange.

I asked Evan what his most favorite and least favorite things were from his first day of First Grade.

Favorite - "meeting the new principal"

Least Favorite - "all that sitting around and doing nothing!"

What Did you Like Best About Your Teacher - "she said we were the best class ever!"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Camp

I can't believe summer vacation is almost over. School starts next week, and I feel like we have missed the past three months somehow. We didn't get out much - it has been so hot here, and the babies (I guess I shouldn't call them that anymore) are difficult to manage right now. They don't like to be contained in the stroller any more, but they are not yet instructable, so letting them run loose in public places is very hard unless we have an extra adult with us.

Evan was a very good sport, being stuck at home with me and the triplets for most of the time, but we did manage to fit a few activities in. Swimming lessons (finally he is swimming!), two weeks of soccer camp, and a week away with his Gram and Pops - his first trip away from Mom and Dad.

Here are some scenes from soccer -





Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mall Walkers

Last weekend, we decided that we need to practice walking the triplets around in public without containment, so we took them to the mall one morning, sans stroller. We chose a Sunday morning before 12 at a local mall with an indoor playground, in order to minimize trouble.

I was mainly concerned about Willa, as she is the one who usually wants to take off on her own, but she was surprisingly great. With the exception of a few unnoticed (only briefly!) escapes from the playground area, she was very happy to behave, and actually walked the entire mall holding hands. We are making progress. Soon we will be able to go out and about like normal folks.




Friday, July 23, 2010

My Cute Look


This is my cute look. I pull it out when I really want something!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ice Cream

This summer we have been making a lot of our own homemade ice cream - the little ones love it! It gives us a chance to practice eating with spoons. We found these great little bowls with suction cups on the bottom, that keep the bowls stuck to the table - no flying bowls of ice cream in our house!