Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ready For School!

The boys are ready for school!
We've been riding our bikes a lot lately!
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Our first ever family bike ride!
It feels a little unreal that we are at this point in the boys life, I mean it was not that long ago that we were fumbling baby carriers and strollers. But yet here we are, everybody pulling their own weight rolling down the sidewalk and headed to the park. I can get used to this!
We took the boys out to pizza
(the boys would live in these shirts if I let them)
After pizza we stopped to get desert.
We love Tonallis on Alberta, they have great ice cream and donuts for cheap!
Phil and I like to say that Caleb sure knows how to relax, I mean just look at the way this boy sleeps, ha!

Friday, September 12, 2014

4 Year Pics! (A Bit Early)

A local professional photographer put out a model call for identical twins which a friend forwarded to me (thank you Lindsey!). I responded to it and she was more than happy to be able to add identical triplets to her portfolio! She normally charges about $300 for a session like this so we're very grateful for the opportunity. If any local friends are in need of a photographer I highly recommend her as you can see for yourself how great these pictures came out!

Here is her link: Amber K Wilson Photography

As you all know we like to do pictures every year and since these were actually taken back in late July we'll just fudge and say these are the boys 4 year pictures (they really don't look much different, ha!). I've had these pics a while and I was hording them so we could get around to doing family pictures to include in this blog post.

She posted these pictures (including a couple I didn't post here) on her own blog as well and the link is here in case you are interested: P Triplets

The best is not last, it's first!
Caleb, Eli and Thomas in birth order of course : )
Eli showing off his pearly whites
Eli full of sweetness
Thomas
Thomas showing off his charming good looks
Caleb was the only one that agreed to pose with his hands in his pockets
Caleb as handsome as ever with his perfectly round head
(we don't call him our round headed wonder for nothing!)
Love this one, it'll have to go up on a wall soon!
Thomas striking a pose!
JUMP!!!
Just Phil and I, how boring!
This picture and the next were taken a week ago by a friend with our camera,
not too shabby I think, ha!
Our family picture!
Can't say it's the best but getting these boys to all look at the camera and look happy is a feat that may just have to be left to the professionals, haha!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Scholars!

The boys started preschool today!

I was really hoping we'd get into Head Start since it meets Monday through Friday (not to mention they are fed breakfast and lunch!) which would have been great to get them ready for starting kindergarten a year early (if we so decided to go that route). But they said we made too much...GASP! I know right?! They obviously don't take into consideration that we have three kids of the same age. Sure we could send one kid to a good preschool, but three? No way!

I was not without a plan B though. After doing some research I found some more affordable options and while I liked the idea of a co-op preschool, I didn't love the idea of having to, well, cooperate (or volunteer on a regular basis). So I decided on the preschool at our local community center which meets a couple times a week for a couple of hours.We got the last three open spots, whew! We applied for a scholarship and I was thinking that we may just have to home school full time if we didn't get any financial assistance. But what do you know, we got it! We still pay but only about half what we would have had to, yay!

It works out pretty good because it gives me a break, well really just time to run errands or say, go to the dentist on a more regular basis. And I'll still have plenty of time with them at home. My goal is to be more structured this year on days we don't have preschool. I want to have planned learning activities in reading/writing and math (and of course we will be doing all our learning in Spanish). I would love for them to start reading sometime soon (really just being able to sound out words) and to be able to do simple addition and subtraction problems. Can we do it? I don't know, but we'll sure give it a good try! They have a good basis for it since they know all their letters upper and lower and the sounds that are associated with them. And numbers seem to come easily to them so I'm very hopeful : )

So back to our first day, they loved it and had zero separation anxiety! It helps that they went to nursery school and that they have each other because other kids weren't fairing so well. Their class is made up of 12 three and four year olds. So the boys make up 1/4th of the class and the funny thing is that there is only one girl in their class. In any given order the class is structured with: learning station time (free choice) where the kids can learn though exploring the different stations set up in class, circle time where they discus new themes through stories, songs and discussion, snack time, arts & crafts, physical activities, and story time. Preschool will be great for them (as much as it is for me too) because it'll get them out of the house more frequently and learning new things under a more structured environment. They are more than ready for it!

ETC all ready for school!
The teacher appreciated that the boys are color coordinated but asked that I put name tags on them until she can learn which color goes with which boy : )
Back pack contents include: water bottle and a spare change of clothes
They wasted no time at getting their education and found a station that interested them : )
When I picked them up they were getting a scratch and sniff sticker before going home
Can you find their names?
(each line indicates a preschool class, so there are four that meet in this classroom)
playing in the park outside after class
This was before preschool orientation night last week
Our latest Costco finds! Life gets expensive when you have three boys that wear the same size (no hand me downs from siblings!) so I was more than happy to not only find a great deal on winter jackets but also in three different colors and in the right colors! This is a total parents of multiples problem, ha!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stripes

Snugly boys before bedtime!
CET


Here is a silly little video of the boys jumping on the bed : )
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Thomas went winter coat shopping but decided to wait for a better sale : )

Friday, August 29, 2014

3 years 11 months!

My babies are almost 4, yikes!!!!!! For some reason 3 still sounds so little to me but 4 sounds so old. How did I end up with identical triplets I'll never know, but it's PERFECT! I couldn't imagine it any other way, nope, never, they are perfect : )

CET 3 years and 11 months old



You can't tell by this picture but the boys were more than excited for their first ever krispy kreme donuts!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Making Friends





 The boys are quite the party these days. They play constantly and are always having fun together (much to my dismay during times when we need to be serious). I love that they are best friends (most of the time) but what I love the most is how welcoming they are of others that want to play with them. They don't really try to make friends (I guess why do they need to if they have each other, right?). But if anyone try's to make friends with them, they waste no time with shyness or semantics and quickly include them in what ever silly games they are playing : )
This little boy made friends with the boys.
They had a good time play fighting with sticks and chasing each other around : )
What's going on here Thomas?
Caleb was cold so I lent him my hoodie : ) Most of my great beach pictures were lost when my hard drive broke. I only took a couple with my phone : (
Phil works downtown and rides his bike rain or shine in 13min flat door to door, which allows us to be a one car family (actually it's pretty awesome, less maintenance/gas/insurance). And not to brag or anything but we live in a PERFECT location because we can walk to everything (restaurants, grocery stores, parks, the car mechanic, etc) if need be. As you may have heard our car broke down the other day which wouldn't have been a big deal normally, only this time we were right in the middle of a two week swim lesson session. The pool is just outside of walking range (for the boys that is or for me pulling them in a wagon) SOOO we took the bus to swim lessons for a whole week, not fun for me but the boys thought is was ah-mazing since it was their first time on a bus.
Waiting patiently for the bus!
They were loving it!
Caleb looking so tiny among the tall tree's!
Fountain time!
The boys nursery school had "family day" with face painting included.
We have one more day left here and then we are off to bigger and better things!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Oh Crap! moment #75 & 76

It looks like I'm not going to be catching up on my blogging anytime soon...

Oh Crap! moment #75

My mom had just arrived the day before we were set to leave for our California trip. Phil and I had to go do some things so we left the boys at home with my mom. The boys had been looking forward to seeing their mama Elda for quite some time that they were beyond excited that she was finally here. I guess you can say they went a little crazy with excitement! They were a bit out of control and among the things they did in those few hours was dump water all over the floor, pee in the kitchen, and that was the least of it. Well at some point my mom decided to play a movie in hopes that they'd calm down. It seemed to work so she went into the kitchen to fix herself something to eat when she heard Thomas crying "airplane movie, airplane movie!" When she checked in on them she found the tv screen broken and several potatos on the ground. She asked who broke the tv and both Eli and Thomas said it was Caleb. My mom asked Caleb if he broke the tv and all he did was grin mischeviously! 
    The tv appears fine when its off.

   You can see the potato point of impact when its on.

Oh Crap! moment #76

Since the occurence of moment #75 the boys screen time was way down both out of punishment and out of inconvenience. Only during times of desparation would we play some netflix on the computer for them. Less than a week ago we had set up the computer so that they could watch it and we could get some things done. At one point the boys started playing and getting excited and what do you know happened? Eli runs by the computer and runs into the cord so that the computer goes flying. So now the computer looks perfectly normal turned off but won't turn back on (at least not the way you'd want it to). 

We took the computer into a local repair shop and they told us the hard drive is pretty badly broken. $300 to retrieve the files and $260 to replace the hard drive! Every other month or so I back up my pictures so it looks like I've lost all my pictures from our California vacation, our camping trip, and all the great pictures from the beach that I hadn't yet posted about. Losing a month and a half of pictures doesn't sound that bad but I know it will eat at me for many years to come (it's my inner ocd). Another thing that really bugs me is that I've lost dozens of recipes that I had scanned into my computer (because who wants to deal with a bunch of unorganized papers), I literally spent hours doing this! Why I never backed this up, I will never know! Not to mention all the other random files of mild imprtance. Still I cannot justify $300 to recover those lost files because I'm still without a computer! What to do, replace the hard drive or get a new computer for not much more? I've lost sleep over this question, ahhhhhh!

The computer is just one of many things that have recently broken down. Its like we're in this loop of EVERYTHING breaking down on us that we are afraid to think that this is the end of all this madness and that nothing else will break. 

-First Caleb breaks our tv. $350

-Then our plumbing sprung a leak and we have to pull out the tub and vanity out to fix it so at that point we just decided to remodel the bathroom since our bathroom has always sucked. We will do most of the work ourselves but paying for the plumber and materials will be a pretty penny as you can imagine. $$$

-Next, our dryer breaks down, new dryer $550.

-After the dryer, our car breaks down $450.

-Finally to top it off, Eli breaks the computer! $260 min to fix, or $550 for a new one.

-What next???

At this point the boys are watching ZERO anything I dont care if the drive me crazy but we will not be replacing the tv for a very very long time! 

At least we have our health, ha!

So anyways, I can still blog on my ipad (thank goodness for my ipad!!! it is not going anywhere near my children). It is a bit cumbersome to do so and I can only post pics that I've taken from my crappy phone camera (and I'm almost out of space). So don't expect my posts to be too colorful or frequent for the time being.

  THE TROUBLESOME TRIO, DON'T LET THEM NEAR YOUR ELECTRONICS!