Monday, April 19, 2010

Three in Chairs




Don't even ask me why there is a sticker on her forehead!

Winner!

The Rachael Ray cookware giveaway is officially over, and we have a winner .... #98, sandyandcosmo!

You should have received an e-mail from me yesterday - you have until Tuesday to respond, or I will have to choose another. Please don't miss out!

And thank you, thank you, everyone, who visited the blog last week, left comments, and became new followers! I'm so grateful for your support. This giveaway was so much fun!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Giveaway - Rachael Ray Cookware!

Here it is, folks, my very first giveaway. The wonderful people at CSN.com contacted me recently with the opportunity to give away one of their awesome products to a lucky reader.

CSN.com, for those of you who haven't discovered it yet, is a collection of over 200 stores, offering everything from kids beds (check out my review of bunk beds last week) to home decor and luggage to cookware. Their selection of products is impressive, and they offer free shipping on many of their products.

And, speaking of cookware, I have long been coveting Rachael Ray's collection of cookware and bakeware - I love the fun and funky look of it. One of you will now have the chance to win your choice of the following from her collection, available from CSN.com's cookware store:

The Bubble and Brown 2.75 quart Round Covered Casserole
or, this awesome Yum-O! Bakeware 3-Piece Bakeware Set
Here's How to Enter:

Leave a comment on this post, letting me know which prize you would choose if you win, and also which color you would like (check out CSN.com to see the options). This step is mandatory, and please be sure you leave me your e-mail, so I can contact you if you win.

Now, I have several ways to earn extra entries.

For One Extra Entry:

If you would like an extra chance to win, all you have to do is become a follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you are a follower.

For Two Extra Entries:
  • For two extra entries, post about my giveaway on your blog. Then come back here and leave two separate comments telling me you did, so that I can count you twice.
  • For another two entries, add Oh My God, You Poor Thing to your blog roll! Then come back and let me know about it. Twice.
That's it! It's so easy! The contest will close on Sunday, April 18th at noon (Central Time), and I will use random.org to pick a winner. Don't forget to leave me your e-mail address. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck, and many thanks to CSN.com!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Surviving Triplets - Number One

John and I both agree, that if we had to do it all over again (the first year) and we could only spend money on ONE thing, we would spend it on a night nanny for those first few months.

And we had an AWESOME one!

For one week, we had Kate home alone, and that gave us a taste of how easy it would be to only have one! We thought we were prepared for the other two a week later, but those first hours, when we brought Willa and Oliver home, were chaos. Kate was on a four hour feeding schedule, and the other two were on a three hour schedule, so everyone was eating and sleeping at different times, and we needed to pay attention to our older son occasionally. Luckily we had arranged for our night nanny to come that first night.

When we came down the next morning, all was calm and peaceful. All three babies were now on a four hour feeding schedule, on a schedule that worked for us and let us get our then four year old off to school before babies had to eat, all of the baby laundry was washed and folded, AND our house had been reorganized.

Our nanny came four nights a week and stayed with us until the babies were three months old and sleeping through the night - yes, she had them sleeping 10-12 hours a night by three months!

I truly believe that you can do anything if only you have enough sleep! Those nights when we could go upstairs and shut our door and know we had eight uninterrupted hours to sleep and not worry about babies, were the best nights ever. And worth every penny.

So, if you are in the Austin area and are looking for a night nanny, I would be happy to pass on her e-mail (Thank you, Shea!).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Surviving Triplets the First Year - #2

Yes, I am finally going to finish my top ten list! Somehow I got a little distracted and forgot to post the final two. I have no excuse for it, except for three little 20-month olds running crazy through the house, and a soon-to-be six-year-old who demands every spare minute of my attention that is left over.

However, I realize it has been awhile since I published the first eight items on my list of essential things that we absolutely depended on during our first year of raising triplets. So, to help you remember, here is a recap, along with links to my original posts:

10. Pampered Chef Family-Size Quick Stir Pitcher
9. Beaba Babycook
8. Wub-a-Nubs
7. Triple Decker stroller
6. Boppy Pillows
5. Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seats
4. Honda Odyssey
3. Veggie Tales videos

And now for number 2:

Yes, I know, they are contradictory, and no, we don't partake of them AT THE SAME TIME, but both are equally essential to maintaining our sanity. Enough said.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big Announcement: My First Giveaway Coming Soon!

Hello Readers!

I am so very excited to announce that I will soon be offering my very first giveaway! The very generous folks at CSN.com contacted me with an offer to giveaway one of their many great products on my blog.

Have you discovered CSN Stores yet? My son and I recently had a blast checking out their selection of kids beds. Evan is obsessed with the idea of bunk beds (he is anxiously waiting for Oliver to "grow big" so they can share), and we found several very cool options, including this one -
How cool is that tent? And the slide! They might never want to sleep, though!

I also really like this one - really love the built-in desk and extra storage -


And, oh my goodness, look what I found! Have you ever seen a triple bunk bed before? I didn't even know that was an option. If Evan changes his mind about sharing his room, we can always try this one for the triplets -

CSN.com offers over 200 separate stores to choose from, and you can't help but find whatever you need from one of their sites. Their selection is impressive and in addition to kids furniture includes cookware, baby strollers, toys, luggage, and even fitness equipment.

So, go check them out, then come back next week for our big giveaway, and see what great CSN.com product you can win (hint: think Rachael Ray!)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Easter


Waking up WAY too early
tantrums
Easter baskets for all
a little bit of rain
delayed egg hunt and impatient five year old waiting for egg hunt
lots of Elmo
more tantrums
tired and grumpy kids and parents
an extra LONG (blissfully long!) nap
sunshine
egg hunt FINALLY
smiles and laughter
plastic eggs all over the house
way too much candy
more tantrums after coming off the sugar high
family dinner and much food thrown on the floor (happy dogs)
one more tantrum
kids and parents completely exhausted
kids all in bed after one last fight over an Easter egg
parents collapse on couch
satisfaction for surviving another holiday with four kids!



Saturday, April 3, 2010

FYI, part II

FYI - if you ever need to get crayon off of your walls (yes, Kate again!), the Magic Eraser works! I don't how, really. But, I am now devoted to it.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stay cool

It's getting close to hot here in Austin. We plan to stay cool this weekend - hope you do too!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Yes, she's blue


Thought I'd share a picture of Willa today. You may be wondering why this child is blue? Today she and her sister were playing with play-dough (blue obviously!). I left the room for two minutes (well, no more than five) and when I came back I found her like this. Apparently she had gotten ahold of a glass of water that was left on the table, put the blue play-dough in it, stirred it around, and drank it! Not the whole thing, but enough. So you see, it is possible to actually drink play-dough.