Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ugh...please start the pity party now...

I'm sick. Not just sniffle sick, but enough sick to the point that I went to the doctor. Little did I know that I would leave with a shot of something I can't remember in my @ss, and prescription that could probably cure the Ebola virus, and a stern recommendation to see an ENT. As my doctor exclaimed, and this is a quote, my tonsils are "HUGE". Apparently big is not necessarily better in the tonsil world, and he thinks that they will probably need to come out.

Now for all of you who remember my threshold of pain (ie- infamous cerclage story), they have a better chance of sticking their hand down my throat and ripping them out with bare hands then getting me under the knife, especially when said knife is in my throat, close to my jugular. Too close to my jugular in my non medical opinion.

So I sign off tonight with a snippet of how the holiday went in our house, sung along to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas...

12 bags of trash
11 rolls of paper
10 burnt strings of lights
9 battles over a fake lipstick
8 pounds of ham
7 play cell phones
6 missing shoes
5 hours of sleep
4 runny noses
3 off schedule triplets
2 time outs ...and
1 bloody Dominic nose....

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

As I hide in the office...

with my new 24" big @ss wide screen computer are some pics from the trio decorating cookies for Santa. WOW- they look HUGE on this thing. I may never leave the house again...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like...


Thursday night we took the kids, Drew's mom Liz, and my mom to Maggiano's at Fashion Show for dinner. Got the kiddos all dressed up and drove on down and the wonderfully accommodated our request to sit in the corner. It sucks trying to eat out and having every Larry, Moe and Curly come up just as you chomped down and ask you if they are triplets. So the staff graciously sat us as far in the corner as possible. Any further and we would have been eating on the Strip.

All was going wonderfully until Dumb Mommy Moment # 516 hit. That would also be known as"Aspen tries lasagna with sausage". Mmm yummy. She grinned from ear to ear. So did Mommy as I thought- WOW a new food! Add that to the weekly menu!

Or so I thought.

Until I picked her up and she projectile vomited like the Excorcist...ALL...OVER...ME.

You have not experienced pure humiliation unless you have sat in the middle of a very busy restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, during the holiday season, with lasagna puke all over yourself.
Happy Holidays.
"HAHA- Aspen puked on Mommy!"
"Does this mean we aren't staying for dessert?"
"I feel so much better now Daddy"

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Weekend pics...

We still have not ventured out to take the kids to see the "real" Santa at the mall. They just got over their 3rd cold and I'm just not ready to chance it yet with the mall germs. We did go to the "Pancakes with Santa" event that the LVMOM club had Saturday and well, Santa was not a big hit.

"Get me off of him NOW!"

"You're not really Santa are you?"

"I'm not getting any closer- just get me a pancake."

"Mommy- you're not so tall yourself- where's YOUR shirt?"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pre-lit my rumpus...

Drew is the official "light man" for all the Christmas trees in the house. However, I did break chain of command and fix the lights on the kids trees. We got the tree in the family room decorated, and then we started on the 9.5 ft "Pre lit" one in the foyer.

Nothin'..Nada..No twinkling lights to be had.

This did not make the Director of Lighting very happy.

So he threw some on top of the tree after spending an hour trying to unwrap the top portion. We got it decorated and then yesterday, another string burned out.

Needless to say, if looks could kill, my artifical tree would die a fake death.

On top of this, all three kids have boogie rivers running out their noses, and I have given up even attempting to keep sippy cups separated.

Now I have to go get Drew away from the tree before it goes out the front door.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

Last year we let you off the hook, and did not bring the kids to see you. This year, you're not so lucky. Now before we get there, there are some things that you need to know, just in case some questions arise. If you stray from the plan, you and I are going to have a small problem.

1. We do not have a chimney, so they all think that you come in the house through the vent in the stove hood. Got it?-good.
2. If I forget to leave cookies and milk, sorry, but you may have to suck it up and grab a granola bar from the pantry.
3. Elves. I dressed Dominic up as one last year, so if he freaks out when he sees them, just let him be- it's my fault and I'll take care of the therapy.
4. Ryan has learned how to umm, how shall I say this, ...fart on demand. Should this occur, I will look at you as if you did it, so play along. Do not laugh, this will only encourage more tooting.
5. Aspen like to try and rip noses off. Make sure to have band-aids on hand as I have had some minor difficulties trying to trim her nails so they may be as long as Elvira's, thus inflicting some pain on your nostril regions.

Ok, I think that covers it.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow- I think the kids ate more pumpkin pie than Drew. In fact, I don't think there was anything that they DIDN'T eat. Well, except cranberry sauce, which for some reason got forgotten about in the pantry. Which is fine, because no one eats it here anyway. It kinda just sits on a plate like a wobbly blob of burgandy glop.

Corn Mountain- In honor of Kelli who is currently freezing in Minnesota.

So Ryan- let me tell you about Pilgrims...

I bet Mommy is very thankful for bibs.

How much turkey can I shove in my mouth at one time?

I am very thankful for the sweet potatoes all over my face.

WHAT? I have NO idea how Aspen's bow got in my hand!
I will just play with the dancing reindeer while Dominic gets in trouble.

Monday, November 19, 2007

18 month pics!

The trio turned 18 months old on the 8th! I can't believe how fast time has flown by. We had their pics taken last week.
A very clear signal that picture time is OVER.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Who needs a Q-tip?

When you can just shove STRING CHEESE in your ear! That's the new game Ryan and Dominic are now playing. I had to sit and watch their every move to make sure chicken nor green beans ended up in ear canals. Apparently I missed the string cheese incident. Luckily I caught it in Dominic's ear in the playroom. Good thing it wasn't a green bean. That's all I need is a germentated bean seed in someone's ear and me waking up to the Jolly Green Giant in a crib.

"I can't believe Daddy finally talked Mommy into buying us cartoon pj's!"
(strange butt sniffing chihuahua was not included)

"Let me start practicing for my singing career"

"Nope- I'll read instead"

"What do you mean no more string cheese?"

"Now Mother- you can't possibly believe I put the cheese in my own ear"

Monday, November 05, 2007

Can I get the 100 pound bag of flour please?

I got this email from my mom with a GIANT list of cookie recipes. I think it is her way of dropping a not-so-subtle hint that I should bake for the holidays. Apparantly I should consider baking for an army by the looks of this list. I have triplets, not an NFL team. So I am spreading the wealth, and unlike the Monkey Ball cake that Lesley almost set fire to her house with- these should be pretty safe. And if not- oh well, you can race me to the grocery store for the Toll House pre-portioned chocolate chip cookies. Just be careful- I will be armed with the ready made sugar cookies in a tube.

1-2-3 Cookies 7 Layer Cookies Allie Nelson's Famous Snickerdoodle Cookies Almond Crescent Shortbread Amish Sugar Cookies Andies Candies Cookies Angel Crisps Angenets Applesauce Cookies Apricot Fold-Overs Aunt Edy's Molasses Crinkles Auntie Linda's Ginger Gems Bakeless Dream Cookies Banana Drop Cookies Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World Biscotti Biscotti Blueberry Cookies Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies Bronwnies Brown Sugar Shortbread Brownie Cookies Brownie Delight Brownies Buccaneer Snowballs Buried Cherry Cookies Butter Cookies Butter Nut Balls Butterballs Butterscotch Haystacks C.O.P. Cookies Candy Cane Cookies Candy Cookies Caramel Shortbread Cheesecake Brownies Cherry Buns Cherry Crowns Cherry Winks Chewies Chewy Noels Chinese Chews/Haystacks Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Chip Meltaways Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Chocolate Christmas Trees Chocolate Cream Cheese Squares Chocolate Crinkles Chocolate Mint Snow-Top Cookies Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no bake) Chocolate Snowball Cookies Chocolate Streusel Bars Chocolate Sundae Cookies Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars Choco-Scotch Crunchies Choose A Cookie Dough Recipe Christmas Crackers Christmas Crunch Bars Christmas Ginger Snaps Christmas Macaroons Christmas Mice Cookies Christmas Shaped Cookies Church Window Cookies Coconut Cookies Congo Squares Cookie in a Jar Corn Flakes Cookies Cornflake Christmas Wreaths Cowboy Cookies (oatmeal) Cream Cheese Cookies with Apricot Filling Crème De Menthe Chocolate Squares Crème Wafers Crescent Cookies Crispy Crunchies Date Nut Balls Date-nut Pinwheel Cookies Diabetic Peanut Butter Cookies Disgustingly Rich Brownies Doodles Double chocolate chip cookies Double-Chocolate Crinkles Eatmore Cookies Eggnog Cookies Elizabeth's Sugar Cookies Elves Quick Fudge Brownies Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Emily's Best Brownies Famous Oatmeal Cookies Firemen Cookies Fluffy Shortbread Cookies Forgotten Cookies Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies Fruit Cake Cookies Fruitcake Squares Fry Pan Cookies Gems Ginger Cookies Ginger Crinkles Gingerbread Baby Gingerbread Cookies with Butter Cream Icing Gingerbread Men Gingerbread Men Ginny's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Glory's Golden Graham Squares Glory's Sugar Cookies Gramma Chapman's chocolate coconut drops Grandma Elsie's Zimt (cinnamon) Cookies Grandma J's Butter Cookies Grandma Olson's Parkay Cookies Great Grandmothers Sugar Cookies Gum Drop Cookies Gumdrop Gems Haystack Cookies Ho-Ho Bars Holiday Cereal Snaps Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies Holiday Raisin Walnut Bars Holly Cookies Hungarian Cookies (Little Nut Rolls) Ice Box Cookies Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies Italian Cookies Jacob's Peppermint Snowballs Jam Bars Jessica's Famous Brownies Jessie's Chocolate Chip Cookies Jubilee Jumbles Juliet's Peanut Butter Blossoms Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies Kentucky Colonels Kiefle (cream cheese cookies with jam filling) Kifflings Kiss Cookies Lacy Swedish Almond Wafers Lemon Angel Bar Cookies Lemon Bars Lemon Cake Cookies Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies Lemon Squares Linzer Tarts Log Cabin Cookies Luscious Lemon Squares M&M Cookies Magic Cookie Bars Melt in Your Mouth Cutout Sugar Cookies Melting Shortbread Meme's Cream Cheese Cookies Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies Mincemeat Cookies Mincemeat Goodies Molasses Cookies Molasses Forest Cookies Molasses Sugar Cookies Mom Mom's Crescent Cookies Mom-Mom's Ginger Cookies Mom's Nutmeg Sugar Cookies Mom's Old Fashion "Puffy" Sugar Cookies Monster Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies Nana's Famous Soft Southern Cookies Nitey Nite Cookies No Bake Chocolate Cookies No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Cookies No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies No-Bake Cookies Norwegian Sugar Cookies Nut Balls Oatmeal Bars Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Nut Cookies Oatmeal Coconut Crisps Oatmeal Cookies Oatmeal Scotchies Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Ooey Gooey Caramel Chocolate Dunk Ooey Gooey Squares Orange Slice Cookies Parking Lot Cookies Peanut Blossoms Peanut Butter Bars Peanut Butter Blossoms Peanut Butter Cereal Cookies Peanut Butter Chewies Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Peanut butter fingers Peanut Butter Reindeer Peanut Butter Surprises Peanut Marshmallow Cookies Pecan Puff Cookies Peppermint Snowballs Peppernuts Persimmon Cookies Persimmon Cookies Petey's Yummy Spicy Almond Thins Pfeffernuesse Pffefferneuse Cookies Pineapple Filled Cookies Pizzelles Potato Chip Cookies Potato Flake Cookies Praline Cookies Praline Strips Pterodactyl Nests Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Bars Pumpkin Chip Cookies Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Cookies Queen Biscuits Quick Cookies Raised Sugar Cookies Raisin Filled Oatmeal Bars Raspberry Meringue Bars Really Peanutty Butter Cookies Reese`s Brownies Reese's Peanut Butter Bars Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies Rich Lemon Bars Ricotta Cheese Cookies Royal Almond Christmas Bars Rudolph Cinnamon Cookies Russian Tea Cookies Russian Teacakes Samantha & Kelsey's Chocolate Chip Cookies Sand Art Brownies Santa Claus Cookie Pops Santa Claus Cookies Santa's Butterscotch Melts Santa's Shorts Santa's Special Squares Scotch Cakes Scotch Shortbread Scotcharoos Scotcheroos Seven Layer Cookies Short Bread Cookies Shortbread Skor Squares Snicker Doodle Cookies Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles Snow Balls Sour Cream Apple Squares Sour Cream Christmas Cookies Special K Cookies Spice Cookies Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Spritz Cookies Stained Glass Window Cookies Stir & Drop Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookies Swedish Pepparkakor (Pepper Cake) Cookies Swedish Sugar Cookies Sweet Marie's Swiss Treats Taralle (Italian Cookies) Tea Time Tassies Texas Brownies The Best Shortbread in The World Thumbprint Cookies Thumbprint Cookies Toffee Squares Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies Traditional Gingerbread Men Cookies Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Vanilla Waffer Balls Walnut Butter Cookies Walnut Crumb Bars White Chip Chocolate Cookies Wild Oatmeal Cookies Will's Famous Apple Jack Cookies Yummy Yummy Peanut Butter Blossoms

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Week in Review...

Otherwise known as.."Could there be anymore drama?"

1. Halloween. Literally a damned holiday. I got home from work to find out that some billing issue from my first RE ( who sucks and should be slapped for malpractice but for fears of slander I can't go into- but would love nothing more than to smear his "paid for" reputation all across town) flared up. From 2004! Oh- and the fact my insurance company at that time is out of business did not help, not able to get EOB copies 3 F'ing years later. So $1000.00 later I got to give them the big F -off. THEN, we sat in traffic for an hour to get to the District to take the kids Trick or Treating. Aptly named since the Trick was to find parking, and the only Treat I got was when I walked my rumpus over to the Cheesecake Factory for some chocolate cookie dough cheesecake because I was not waiting in 15 mile long lines for candy the kids can't eat anyway.

2. Early holiday shopping gone bad. I NEVER EVER EVER should have tried to start shopping early! Liz and I take the kids to Toys R Us. I totally do not calculate the toy to stroller space ratio and Liz ends up with a stuffed pony rocking horse on her lap and the back of my SUV looked like Santa's Sleigh. But I needed to make 1 more quick run into Baby Depot to see if they had sippy cups with straws. So Liz stays in the car with the kids and off I dash. I come back out, get in the truck, and find out the BLASTED battery is dead. I'm pretty sure that if I had been by myself I would have thrown my body on the asphalt and kicked and screamed like a lunatic. But I remained somewhat human, called Drew for a jump, and Liz walked to Arby's to hunt down some milk and mozz sticks to keep a riot from starting in the car seats. Word of advice- don't leave the radio and GPS running if the car is not fully turned on.

3. Haircuts for the kids. By a professional. With little caffeine in my system. Early in the morning. As a walk-in because their hair was starting to resemble a Chia-pet. Enough said.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Weekend adventures...

Last week, my mother and I had a very interesting conversation about boogers. Well, not specifically boogers, but about when I was in grade school, and how she was a homeroom mother, and how I better learn to like to make cookies and cakes and cupcakes because it isn't fair to cheat and get the store bought kind (even though I can't remember these alleged cookie baking adventures that supposedly took place in the kitchen when I was younger). And then we were laughing about the kid in my grade school class who used to pick his nose and run after the girls. I said I hoped I didn't have the booger kid.

I have the booger kid. His name is Ryan.

He decided to display his new talent at the Multiples Halloween party by shoving his finger up his nose, just in time for Michelle to snap a lovely photo displaying Ryan's new fondness of digging for gold.

How can I get my shoe off?

I need a nap

Will smile for sugar

Other than that- the weekend went well. We went to pick a pumpkin because my mother (again!) said that it was not fair to cheat and have fake pumpkins around the house. So off we went.

Mommy! We found the Great Pumpkin!

I don't like hay, or grass, or sand, or...just get me off of this stuff now!!!

Where's Waldo- the Ryan version

And reason # 1 why I did not want to carve a pumpkin- Pumpkin Snot

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Back up on the soapbox...

All I wanted to do was leisurely veg on the computer, reply to some emails, and snooze some time away until Kitchen Nightmares came on.

But no. Nope. Didn't happen.

Because as I perused through some posts on the Triplet Connection, I was encountered by a thread that made me actually think that someone, somewhere, left the key in the lock at the loony bin.

"Planning to give one child out of my set of triplets".....away for adoption to a family member.

WHAT THE (fill in the blank with your own choice of colorful word)?

This person and her husband are "seriously" considering giving away one of their unborn triplets to a family member and spouse who have had trouble conceiving for 10+ years. Don't get me wrong- I am thumbs up for charitable acts, but this takes it a tad too far. We are not talking about having extra puppies around the house, these are babies! That you birthed!

And the kicker- "Moreover, we had planned only for one more child and I feel that God is giving me more than we desired so that we can spread this happiness in someone elses life too."

The sentence would read more appropriately if the true wording stated that someone is dealing with some serious selfishness issues and wants to justify it by hiding behind "God" so they don't have to endure personal attacks on a message board geared at triplet + parents. To post this on a triplet forum is the equivalent of going on an attachment parenting website and singing the praises of practicing the CIO method. Be prepared for the slingshots.

I think I just vomited in my mouth.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend pics...

"Why can't I go in the pool?"
I walk AND snap my fingers at the same time! "Daddy- this horse won't move!"
Mini Drew
"hmm, what to play with next- decisions decisions"
"Don't let go Daddy!!!"
Another day, another attempt at a group photo

Friday, October 19, 2007

Is there a rule sheet I missed?...

Over the past 2 weeks I have been asked questions that I never thought I had to actually sit down and choose a "stance" on. But apparently, birthing children throws you into a realm of matters that you must have opinions on. Never one to dodge a great chance of putting my 2 cents in, I thought I would answer.

1] What religion are the kids?

Hmm, well, the appropriate box to check would be None. So that is what I checked. Technically they were baptised/christened Lutheran. I still had the last of some good 'ol Catholic guilt hanging over me and could just see some nun screaming in my ear about original sin. They have wonderful "godparents" which I prefer to title "Life Guidance Leaders". I chose these individuals not for their religious beliefs, but because I truly respect them and feel that their morals and values align with my own.
That being said, I do not believe in organized religion, and Drew and I have decided that the kids will not attend any faith based preschools, sunday schools or the like. Call me crazy, but I will let them make that decision when they are old enough to choose a religion that they feel aligns with their own beliefs, not because that is all they were taught.

2] Do I believe in spanking?

Yes. But with moderation. If a good spank on the bum does not get the point across, beating the child won't either. There is a line, don't cross it. Hitting harder does not get the point across any better. I also think it should be reserved for situations that threaten the safety of the child, not because he/she may have poured milk on someone's head or decided to fling oatmeal across the room.

3] Breastfeeding?

Well, all I can say is more power to you. I tried, but the twins were broke and as dry as an old lake in the middle of the desert. And guess what, I have no "formula guilt" that some people like to put on non breastfeeding moms. But even if I had/could, I would have stopped IMMEDIATELY at the 1st tooth. Why? 'Cause when chowing down occurs-that's just weird. If your child is old enough to walk to the refrigerator, or has enough teeth that he could be a spokesperson for a toothpaste commercial- PUT THE BOOB AWAY. Just my opinion :)

4] What would you do if you had frozen embryos left?

Without missing a beat- donate them to medical research. If they can help science get 1 teeny step forward in it's pursuit of understanding genetic issues, why not?

And on another parenting note, Drew and I are taking the kids to the park and meeting up with Dena tomorrow. Drew is a necessary component to help bring the adult to child ratio to a manageable level. He is in charge of swing and slide supervision. I am in charge of making sure non edible items are not consumed and small objects are not poked into eyeballs, noses, etc.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

a "No Snappy Title" post

First...view pics (that I lifted from Michelle's blog since she was the one with the foresight to take the pictures!)
Yep- that would be a portion of the Multiple's yard sale, which I am pleased to say allowed me to get rid of 3 swings, 1 baby papasan, 2 Bumbo chairs, 1 baby spa tub which Michelle swore was overpriced but I held firm, 1 car seat, 1 stroller, a baby cling, and numerous amounts of infant clothes, toys and shoes.
So imagine Drew's reaction when I told him I volunteered to hold the next one at our house.
Which led to the female version of the popular male forgiveness tactic "Uh oh, - better get flowers."
I cooked.

Yep-baked a chicken pot pie from SCRATCH. Well, the pie dough was courtesy of Pillsbury, but it's not like I even know how to make a pie crust. Isn't that what Mrs. Smith's is for?
Here is the proof...

I even kept Aspen clean all day in her ballerina outfit. The boys...well...that's another story.
So there might be a full moon, or snow tomorrow morning. You might want to check the weather.