Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the Post-Halloween Sugar Melt Down ...

A few of my favorites from last night ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

We're Three Today!

Happy Birthday, my little ones. I can't call you "the babies" anymore!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Yep, Another Cake!

Have I mentioned that Kate has a HUGE sweet tooth? It is so easy to bribe her!

The very same night that we ate Oliver's "special" cake, Kate decided to go too, so she could have her own cake. She did it all on her own, just like Oliver.

She had much more specific requests for her cake, though - she had obviously been thinking about it for awhile. Purple cake, purple icing, with a heart on top, and marshmallows. We had a little bit of crying when I told her we had to wait until morning, when the store was open again, before we could make it (tomorrow is a hard concept for a nearly 3 year old!), but she was so happy to go to the store with me the next day, and to help me stir the batter.

Now, how do I bribe Willa?

Make Me a Cake, Mamma

I told you about the success we've had with teaching two of the triplets how to pee in the potty. I didn't mention anything about trying #2 because, well, we hadn't tried it. We figured we would work on one thing at a time, so we really hadn't talked much about it with them. I simply mentioned that one day, when they finally went poop in the potty, I would bake them a cake.

Well, Sunday morning, Oliver came running out of the bathroom to tell us that he pooped in the potty. We celebrated appropriately and the triplets all yelled, "Oliver gets a cake!" I guess they remembered my comment. So Oliver and I made a special trip to the store to buy cake mix and icing, and I let him pick the colors. He asked for a black cake, so we went with chocolate.

I had a little trouble trying to decide what to write on the cake. Somehow, "way to poop in the potty" didn't sound very appetizing, so we wound up with:

The girls were very impressed with Oliver's special cake. He tried to keep it all to himself - we had to convince him to share.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lollipops are the Answer

I've been away from the blog for awhile, but we have been a little busy trying to potty train three stubborn kiddos. I am a big believer in the concept that if you wait until they are really, REALLY ready to train, it will all go much easier for you. With Evan, we were pretty lazy. He was in school three days a week, so we let his teachers introduce the whole idea to him. We didn't really continue it at home, we just let them get him used to the idea. Once every couple of months, we would give it a try at home and he would tell us, "No, I only do that at school." So we'd shrug and wait a little longer. When he turned three, we decided the time had come, and we had him trained in a week or so. Easy.

The triplets are not in preschool, but we do have nanny help three mornings a week, so I've tried to reproduce our efforts from the first child. Namely, I let the nanny do all the work, and the rest of the week we would pretty much let them keep their diapers on. The girls both went a couple of times each and decided that they hated it. And refused to even go near a potty for months. Oliver, on the other hand, thought it was lots of fun to try, but rarely ever went.

Every morning we would put them into their big kid underwear (oh, the protests!) and wait for signs. We gave up trying to put them on the potty on a regular basis, because the girls would get hysterical at the suggestion. I thought if they had a couple of accidents, they would soon figure things out. Only they didn't have any accidents. Because apparently all of my kids are camels. I would have them in their underwear by 9 am, and they would stay dry until 1:30, when I put diapers on them for naptime. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Even I can't hold out that long!

Well, things went on like this for weeks, until I came up with an effective bribe - lollipops! My kids are obsessed with Dum-Dums. Suddenly, Oliver was going potty on a regular basis - not just going, but pulling his pants down, emptying the portable bowl, and flushing the big toilet all by himself. Who knew he would be the self-sufficient one!

Finally, about two weeks ago, Kate was observing Oliver, and announced that she wanted a lollipop. So she went into the bathroom, pulled down her pants, and went, just like that. And when she finished her lollipop, she went back and did it again. And when she finished that lollipop, she went back a third time. Actually, it got a little ridiculous, and after about eight lollipops I lied and told her they were all gone. How about M 'n Ms?

So after two weeks I feel confident enough to say that two of my triplets are potty trained (on #1). They've not had a single accident, they go when they need to go without me reminding them, and they do it all on their own. Willa, of course, is still holding out, but she is my contrarian and I expect nothing less from her. The best course of action with her is a subtle one - I just need to figure out the right motivation.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Green is his favorite color

On St. Patrick's Day, we like to go all out here - green outfits, goofy hats, scavenger hunts, and green food. Oliver has been very independent lately, and insisted on picking out all of his own clothes. Here was his St. Pat's outfit -

Oh, wait ... you really have to see it from behind to fully appreciate it!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fun in the Bath Tub

The kids have decided that playing in Mom and Dad's bathtub is SO much fun - without the water of course. Here they are being a little goofy ...

can you tell he just ate dinner?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Big Hunt

Every Easter we put together a big egg hunt in our back yard - it's a big hit with all of the kids. The triplets have been practicing since St. Patrick's Day - when we had a scavenger hunt using old Easter eggs - so they knew just what to do. It was fun to see each of them respond so differently.

Oliver was pure excitement and joy - each egg was such a treasure!

Willa was very serious the whole time - I could not get a smile out of her. She was very intent on finding her eggs, and wound up with far more than the others.

Kate discovered early on that the eggs were filled with candy. She would find an egg, drop everything, and eat the candy, before moving on to the next egg. She did not finish with very many eggs in her basket, but she was full of chocolate and jelly beans.

Evan, as usual, was a great sport, and was sure to save eggs for the little ones.

Although much candy was consumed, it was a good and happy day for all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Happy Birthday ...

to my favorite 7 year old!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hearts are for boys, too

For Valentine's this year, I was inspired to be a little more crafty and came up with a plan to make these adorable felt heart hair clips for the girls. And despite not being an "artsy craftsy" type of mom, I must say they turned out very cute. Except the girls refused to wear them. They wouldn't even let me get close to their hair. Incredibly disappointing.

Oliver, on the other hand, loved them. He wanted one on each side. Every morning for at least a week has asked me for "two hearts", "two hearts, mommy". Who says hearts are only for girls?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Kate's new obsession ...

Last weekend we went shopping for rubber snakes for a cub scout project, and from the beginning, Kate was completely obsessed with the idea of snakes. All the way to the store, she kept repeating, "go to store to buy snakes!!" with that excited squeal she gets sometimes. She searched intently up and down the toy aisles, and was over the top when we found them. She gathered up about fifteen of them in her arms, and has not put them down since. If anyone else even tries to touch one, all Hades breaks loose. At least she's not trying to sleep with them.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Feed Me

The triplets' new favorite thing to do at meal times is feed each other. It's a little messy, but pretty cute.

Finally, he goes back to school

Wednesday was the last day of winter break for Evan, and we spent it inside, trying to stay warm. After a week at home, we were running out of indoor activities to stay busy. The triplets, of course, think Evan's room is the coolest thing around, so Evan begrudgingly allowed them to play in his room with him all morning.

He decided to show Kate his trophy collection, and explained to her the stories behind each one ...

Thursday morning, once Evan was off to school and I was alone with the triplets, I was struck by how quiet the house was. You wouldn't think one extra child would make a difference when you already have three at home, but it does!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sick Day

On last Tuesday I had to keep Evan home from school with a fever. It was his first sick day, and the first time he's had a fever since he was a baby. I had to go searching through the cabinets to see if I had any children's medicine - I was so used to him never being sick I was totally unprepared!

He was fine the following day, but school was cancelled because of rolling blackouts. On Thursday, he had a two hour delay, and on Friday was home with a snow day. This week, he is off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of teacher workshop days. Jeez, don't these kids ever go to school?? It's getting a little ridiculous.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Day

We woke up this morning to our first snow of the year. We measured a little less than an inch of powder, which I know is barely considered a dusting in some parts of the country, but it was enough to shut down the city and all surrounding school districts for the day. We bundled up and headed outside as soon as the sun came up, so that we could play before it all melted away.

This was the triplets' first experience with snow. Willa took it very seriously, and trudged around staring at her feet and feeling it crunch beneath her step. Kate ran and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed it until she reached down to grab some snow and, gloveless, realized just how cold it was. Then she cried and begged to go in. Oliver just stood in place and looked very concerned - he enjoyed the snow best from inside, staring out through the window.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Carbon Copy

Everyone agrees that Oliver looks just like John, Kate is the spitting image of me (you should see my pics from her age!), and Willa - well, no one can figure her out!