Saturday, August 19, 2017

Laundry Obsession

For some reason I get asked a lot, usually with a disgusted look on the person's face "you probably have to do sooo much laundry!?" I usually just stare back awkwardly, mumbling something like "yeah I guess so." I just don't quite know what to say because....um well...I have a confession to make... I LOVE doing laundry! And I guess I'm not supposed to like it according to...um...everyone??? I find it enjoyable and relaxing,weird right? I'm always excited to tackle a huge laundry pile. And you know what, our clothes always look fantastic!

I do laundry once a week over a 2-3 day period with these 8 easy (insert sarcasm) steps: 

1. I go around and collect all the scattered clothes that didn't make it into the laundry basket (which accounts for about 95% of the laundry). 

2. I make my color piles of colors, reds, darks, and lights. EVERYTHING gets turned inside out (to protect them from an accidental color bleed. As I categorize the piles I inspect clothes briefly and if there is anything that looks like it would leave a stain I set it to the side.

3. Clothes with potential stains that I've set to the side I spray with a stain remover, turn inside out and put it in its corresponding color pile. 

4. I begin washing with the cleanest pile (so as to let the stain remover work its magic on the dirtier piles). I always wash cold. 

5. I HANG DRY everything except underwear, socks and pajamas. If it's winter it'll take a full day or longer to dry since they dry indoors. I love summers because I can hang outside and sometimes get around to folding that same day!

6. Once everything is dry I get to the really fun part, FOLDING! The main reason for hang drying is because the high heat will bake-in any stains. Once something has been dried with a stain, that stain will be very very difficult to remove! Also I hear that it's worse for wash wear (that ugly faded look that old clothes get). I really hate wash wear! We do not keep anything that has too much wash wear. 

As a side note: My love of folding is two fold (hahaha pun intended!). First I put on some Nextflix with my giant clothes pile next to me (this is pretty much my only time to watch real tv as I hardly ever have time to watch something other than a quick wind-me-down of whatever before bedtime). A lot of times (100% of the time) I'll have a beer or glass of wine with a tasty snack on my side. Second, I love to look at my boys adorable little clothes. I'm surprised I still think of their clothes as little considering it's waaay bigger then when they were babies. 

7. As I fold I inspect clothes for any stains that did not come out. I set those to the side and I deal with them later (see below my secret stain remover method). 

8. Implement my secondary stain remover methods if necessary. Proceed back to step 4. 

And I should clarify, I love doing my kids laundry not ours. Phil and I's laundry is less than thrilling to say the most, ha!

The start of the fun! 
The pile is taller than my child!
Unhelpful kitty buried in the undies pile : )
With socks as cute as those how could you not love doing laundry!
An example of how my kids leave their clothes,
probably my grease monkey Caleb wore this one, ha!
My stain remover of choice.
I recommend spraying and letting the clothes sit for 10min-2 hours before washing.
For stubborn stains I'd leave over night but not more than that because it might leave holes in your clothes (I've learned the hard way). 
On the left you can see that after spraying and washing some haze of the stain is still there. My tougher stain remover method is using a drop of blue Dawn and spraying with more oxyclean. Then scrub with an old toothbrush. Let sit a couple hours to overnight then wash again.

This method has gotten 99% of stains out that I've dealt with. The only thing that I still have trouble with is pen marks, please share your secrets if you know how to get those out (and don't tell me rubbing alcohol cause that hasn't work that well for me although it has faded the mark but not completely erased it). And dear friends and family, if you are reading this please don't give my children pens to play with! Pens are my worst enemy!!!
It'g gotta be original blue Dawn, nothing else!
This stuff is strong, they use it on birds after oil spills!
Ta Da! Stain free!
The best feeling ever for an OCD laundry obsessed mama!!
The last secret I'll share is to use color catchers like Shout Color Catcher sheets when I wash my colors. Especially use these when you have new clothes that have never been washed before. New clothes have a higher chance of bleeding. These are pricey so I use sparingly but they totally work. They go in white and many times they'll come out the color of the new piece of clothing! The rest of the wash comes out unscathed. They are also good if you don't have enough clothes to separate into colors. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Buried Alive!

It was a beautiful day at the beach!

The Oregon coast is so breathtaking. 
Eli made a cute little kite at camp, I was surprised it actually flew!
E was snackin'
Caleb
We had to dig a pretty big hole!
Good thing we had help from our friends : )
Identical triplets buried alive!
See ya!

Oh the funny things you can do with triplets, hahaha!

Monday, July 31, 2017

6 Yrs 10 Mo!

CET are 2 months shy of SEVEN, eeeek!
Taken a tad early since they were in CA without me on their mirthday. 
We have had a busy busy summer so far! I cannot even believe school starts in less than 1 month, ugh! I refuse to think about it and I'm ignoring all the back to school propaganda (geez can't they at least wait till August before they bombard you with that stuff!).

The boys have kept busy at summer camp while I'm at work. Since camp keeps them two hours longer than the school does I've been working a lot more. The boys love day camp and scoff at me when I sometimes pick them up early, ha! While I've also been loving the warm summer weather this schedule is wearing me out. I've been averaging 35hrs a week (I was trying to shoot for 40) and I just cannot fathom ever doing a full 40 hrs unless I hired a maid AND a cook! I'll be sad when summer is over but glad to get back to a more manageable routine : )

So my mom came a couple weeks ago to visit with the kids for a week. At the weeks end we drove my mom and the boys to California to spend a whole 10 days there with out us! We leave for CA in a few days but man have we been living it up without the kids, muuhahaha! It has been so nice to see the house stay clean so effortlessly. We've been eating out a ton too, it's sooo much cheaper when you aren't feeding 5, ha! Plus we can go to kid unfriendly places too, heehee. We do miss the boys a lot so we can't wait to see them soon. They seem to be having the time of their lives too. They are getting so much mama Elda time whom they adore. We've video chatted with them a couple times and I ask them if they want me to pick them up already. They immediately answer with a "NO!" Next summer we may have to bump it up to two weeks, hahaha : )

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cove Palisades State Park

We had plans to go camping right after the kids got out of school in mid June. As we inched closer the weather kept looking worse and worse. You think we'd learned our lesson from last year when we got rained out although that was mid May! I guess you just can't count on dry weather around here till at least July. Lesson re-learned! A couple days before he had to go camping we scrambled to find a different place so as not to disappoint four little boys. We took a chance on The Cove Palisades State Park in eastern Oregon about 3 hrs from Portland and safe from any rain. I'm so glad we got rained out of our usual camp spot which isn't terribly exciting because this place was amazing! It's our new favorite camp spot and we can't wait to go back. There are so many great things but to mention a few...amazing view points, good fishing, hiking paths, safe for kids swimming area, organized kids activities by the forest rangers, a play ground, very nice showers & bathrooms, and great paved paths for the kids to ride their bikes.

The Fishermen
Our Friends K and Oz came too : )
They caught so many bass and blue gill fish!
My handsome Thomas
Great swimming area.
The depth by the floaty thing in the background was only about 4 feet deep.
The water was pretty chilly but that didn't stop anyone but me, ha!
The lake is at the bottom of a big canyon, it's all so breathtaking.
On our hike, that's me!
A waterfall in the desert, go figure!
Phil and I with Mt. Jefferson peeking in the background. From this vista point you could see almost every mountain in Oregon and Washington, Mt Adams, the 3 Sisters, Mt Bachelor, Mt Jefferson, and Mt. Hood! That's 7 if I'm not forgetting one : )
My 3 lovely's!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wisdom From Caleb

We like to tell Caleb that he has 'long beautiful hair.'
As he napped on the couch Papi could not resist running his fingers through those long locks : )
Caleb is quite the character. His brain is full of interesting notions and funny one liners. I don't know where he comes up with this stuff but it keeps Phil and I laughing! Wish I could remember them all but here's a few that I've written down : )

Words of Wisdom by Caleb

-"I like triplets better than twins because they are more."

-"I like little puppies because they don't chase kitties."

-"There is a store that everything costs 5 dollars. And there is a store that everything costs 2 dollars. People like it better than the 5 dollar store because 2 dollars is not too cheap and not too spensive."

-Points to cemetery and says "that's where the dead mans are." A few seconds later, " dead mans have broken hearts."

-When asked if he would like a little sister. "No because sisters are just girl-brothers."

-"Someone thought I was in high school. For reals, they did."

-"I can carry Kirk, really I can." Kirk just happens to be a 6 foot tall 13 year old.

-"My earwax is black because it's Chinese earwax."

-"I only watch cute kitty and dancy dance videos."

-See's a graphic somewhere,"It's a skeleton guy looking so cool."

Without his knowledge I recorded Caleb deep in conversation with me. He's cute to watch and listen to. I think he has the most subtle of lisps which makes his babble even cuter. Here he shares some wisdom about bees, black widow's and blue widows : )


The other two boys have had their moments and have said pretty cute things too:

Eli: On the reason why school was cancelled during the snow storm. "There is no school because how would you go pee with all your snow clothes on!"

Thomas: During my first week of work Thomas must have overheard me telling Phil that I was so busy that I hadn't gotten to eat my lunch two days in a row (not too big of a deal since I only work part time). The next morning Thomas tells me, "Don't forget to eat your lunch mami!" How sweet that he'd think to remind me! Well what's even sweeter is that he even remembered to ask me if I had eaten my lunch after I picked them up from school. I told him I did because of his reminders : )

Eli: We went out to eat at a restaurant and Eli ordered a corn dog and fries. We were half way through our meal when Eli turns to me and says, "Mami I want you to tell this for me because I will be too scared to do it. Tell the lady that brought us our food that Eli really liked the corn dog and it was sooo good!" So when the waitress came back I told her, "my son Eli wanted me to tell you that he really really liked the corn dog, so compliments to the chef." The waitress laughed and said she'd pass it on to the chef. What a silly boy but very thoughtful : )

Thursday, June 29, 2017

6 YRS 9 MO!

Lots of happenings to catch up on!...I'll save the other half for later, haha!
CET are 6 years and 9 months old
(or 6 and three quarters as they like to tell people)
Papa Ed and Mama Sue came to visit in early June, here we went strawberry picking and our combined 14 hands picked 25 lbs of berries in less than an hour! Our freezer is exploding with the sweetest strawberries you ever did taste : )
Winery cats are the best!...That is until they are not.
This cat flipped out the second I finished taking the picture, haha! 
The boys had their last day of kindergarten!
See how much they've changed in the next pic. 
First day of kindergarten. They looked like such babies!
I loved the boys' teacher! She is from Cuba. I was hoping the boys would come out of K speaking Spanish with a Cuban accent, but no dice, ha! She previously taught at an English school in Suriname. Then she came to Portland to get her master's degree and then became the boys' teacher....AND she's a single mom! What an amazing person : )

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Can We Get Some Love?!

Caleb says give the Pitts Trips page a thumbs up!

I just started a Facebook page and it's awfully lonely. Show us some love by giving us a like or a follow!

click here: Pitts Trips Facebook Page

I should have don't this years ago! I'm kind of late to the boat on this one because I'm a bit of a reluctant Facebook user. I LOVE LOVE it for selling and buying used kids clothes, for all the triplet groups and other random funny stuff. But I never share personal stuff (I think because I already have two social media outlets: my blog and Instagram). With FB being so popular it's probably a great way for others to follow my blog and not have to just go on memory to check on it. So never miss a post and get notified right to your FB news feed when there is a new post by showing us some love : )

Those who aren't on FB but still want to get reminders for new posts you can also follow by email (you'll simply get an email of my actual post, so you don't even have to come to the site!). Just scroll down and on the right hand side of the screen you'll see an option to follow by email.

We appreciate the love, thanks!