Monday, August 19, 2019

3 Polar Bears! (8yr 10mo)

I know this mirthday post is waay over due but I'm not even gonna make excuses...haha! Summer is going well and I've been working on being ok that I'm not vacationing in Spain anymore. Gah! It was so nice. The boys spend the weekdays at sports camps. They are outside and active all day long. You think they'd come home exhausted and go to bed early but neither is the case. SO MUCH ENERGY! I started a new job soon after we got back from Spain and I've been really busy working. Thankfully I'll be able to cut back a little once school starts, I'll go back to .8 FTE. Life will be much more manageable, I could never work full time year round. I don't know how people do it. Only one more week left before they start 3rd grade, yikes!

CET are 8 years and 10 months old!
Two being sweet while the other one was mad at something, ha!
One of the other two took over the camera and got a sweet candid of Eli and I.
Excuse the pjs and messy hair : )
At the zoo!
Papi and Eli
Internal tandem triplication, haha! (science joke)
Boys passed Seal level and now we have 3 Polar Bears!
They were working on their back stroke and diving, they
are great swimmers. I'm envious!
Among the manliest of men!
They are so full of testosterone, help me please!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

8yr 9mo them, 15 yrs us!

CET are 8 years and 9 months old!
Phil and I celebrating 15 years in Spain with NO KIDS!!!
Our first spot was San Sebastian. 
It is the nicest beach & city combo I've ever been to!
San Sebastian is in Spain's Basque country and on the Atlantic side.
Our second stop was Cadaques, on the Mediterranean side of Spain.
This town is so nicely preserved.
The streets, buildings, shops, and restaurant are so original and authentic. 
 
Our last stop was Barcelona so of course we had to tour the Familia Sagrada church. This building is so unique and the interiors are simply jaw dropping. Definitely one of the most interesting pieces of architecture I've ever gotten to see up and close. 
Spectacular views of Barcelona from atop one of the spires.
We ate amazing food, saw jaw dropping sights, and had a spectacular time in Spain!
With cousin T in California.
It's debatable who had more fun the boys or us!
So grateful for my family!
My mom and sister watched the boys for a full two weeks
so we could celebrate our anniversary kid free!
Getting to meet new cousin L!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Camping! (8yr 8mo)

I'm waaaay late on this post but I did take their mirthday pic on the correct day! I've been wanting to post this for quite some time and have been having some technical difficulties with getting my pictures off my phone, ugh, I hate technology sometimes!
CET are 8 years and 8 months!
Went camping over memorial day weekend.
As a special treat we rented a boat and fished Lake Billy Chinook which is full of bass and trout!
The boys and dad caught a ton of fish. 
They said scrambled eggs for breakfast was "gross" and requested the fish they caught instead. They ate the skin, fins, and eyeballs but of course eggs are gross, ha!
Thomas
Caleb and Eli
On a short hike
Ok so who else gets annoyed by over packaging?
I ordered 3 small to very small items. A sprinkler for the hose, a box of eye drops, and a box of color catchers...and I got all this in a box big enough for my triplets to fit in!
We recently found our cat comb and the kitties have been getting pampered ever since!
Trying out some Russian hats, hahaha!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spring Is Here! (8yr 7mo)

CET are 8 years and 7 months old!
Somehow when the rain subsides and the weather warms up, we become infinitely busy! Weddings, weekends away, soccer games, home improvements, yard work and the list goes on. I'll try to catch you up with pictures!
On our way to a wedding we took a ferry ride in Seattle to Bainbridge island.  
You can't tell but that's the ocean back there.
Washington is such a beautiful state, so lush and the Puget Sound is simply breathtaking.
Only in Washington can you get married in the forest by the sea!
 
Caleb in a cabin in the woods : )
T and E, everyone thought they were just so dapper in their corduroy blazers!
We tried soccer for the very first time! Gotta say their basketball games are so much more exciting but they are enjoying themselves : )
Ever since we watched Free Solo the boys are super obsessed with rock climbing.
They ran straight to this wall the day after they watched it, ha!
Thought T was looking particularly cute in this outfit I picked for him : )
In April Phil got to display his art work in the largest venue yet!
Powell's book store in Portland is a big tourist attraction.
It's a pretty awesome place and gets lots of foot traffic.
Phil sold 6 or 7 pieces!
Caleb and Phil
Proud of papi!
If you are interested in seeing more of Phil's artwork his Instagram @pittsenbargerwatercolor
and he also has a blog http://pittswatercolor.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Victoria, BC (8yr 6mo!)

CET are 8 and a half years old!
Headed to Canada for spring break!
On the Ferry to Vancouver Island
We traveled light, just our backpacks and we let our feet do the walking : )
At Beacon Hill children's farm they have the friendliest goats.
We probably spent a good 2 hours hanging out with them!
Eli with one of the many babies running around
Caleb with a slightly older kid, ha!
Look at these hobo's bumming around!
In China town
Fan Tan Alley
Eli by the beach
You can't tell from this picture but those rocks on the beach were so pretty, so many different colors and patterns. We kept a few as souvenirs, shhh don't tell anyone, ha!
After checking out some tide pools, Caleb said in his silly extra deep voice,
"I saw lots of oysters, muscles, and some clams." 

I'm guessing he probably didn't, maybe a barnacle or two, hahaha!
Thomas, do you see his little otter hanging from his jacket?
Victoria, BC you are so lovely!
Folks, it's been months since we had a proper vacation! Spring break couldn't come any sooner. On Saturday we drove approximately 4 hours to Port Angeles, WA. We ditched the car there and hopped on a ferry to Vancouver Island. The boat ride, at 17 miles an hour, took a little over an hour before arriving in Victoria, BC. Phil and I have been here many times before but this was the first time for the boys. They just loved riding the ferry and they even saw some seals and otters from the boat. Downtown Victoria is super walk-able and there is lots to see just by foot. Some day it will be nice to bring the car onto the ferry and explore "up island" as they call it there. We stayed 3 nights and the night before we left Eli tells me "I really feel like I don't want to leave." Earlier Phil had said the same thing, ha! I'm afraid that's the sign of a good vacation my friends.

We didn't know what to expect weather wise but Victoria is jam packed full of stuff to do both indoors and out. Thankfully the weather conditions were lovely so we mostly meandered outdoors for those 3 days and had a blast doing it.

Day 1: Highlight of the day was the ferry ride! We arrived downtown around 4pm and walked to our hotel in Chinatown. After resting a bit we wandered around Chinatown until we found a place that looked good for dinner. We were not disappointed, it wasn't traditional Chinese-American (or do they call it Chinese-Canadian here?) but it was super delicious. Don't know what any of it was called, we just pointed at pictures and gawked at what others were eating and picked that way, haha!

Day 2: Ate a yummy breakfast then headed to the Children's Farm at Beacon Hill Park. We got there just in time to watch the goat stampede. Who needs Pamplona's running of the bulls when you can watch 3 dozen adorable dwarf goats and their babies run out of a barn to their play area!? Seriously the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. There are lots of other animals on the farm too but the goats are the main attraction. I should mention the rest of Beacon Hill Park is beautiful and there is a great playground for kids. After spending a good part of the day here we headed off for some Fish n Chips of course. It is said that Victoria is more British than Britain, ha! After lunch we hung around the harbor and watched a street performance where both Phil and Thomas participated in. Thomas even made $5 CAD for it! Besides that, we gave the boys some Canadian money, which they were fascinated by. There was no shortage of gift shops for the boys to spend it at too. Some rest was needed then we found some Vietnamese for dinner. The best vermicelli bowls we've had in a while, or maybe we were just so hungry that it felt that way. 

Day 3: Another yummy breakfast, followed by a short bus ride to the beach. We spent hours here just looking at the cool rocks and tide pools. We also walked through the neighborhood and admired the beautiful Victorian and turn-of-the-century houses. Similar to Portland but with their own style. Later we stopped in at a very hip coffee shop where the boys played chess, Phil painted and I admired my family and it filled my heart to be enjoying this trip with them. After some snacking at the coffee shop we wandered our way back to downtown were there may have been some more souvenir shopping while papi sketched and painted. Of course a trip to Victoria is never complete unless we have dinner at Millo's Greek Restaurant! It's been around since the 60's we hear, but it's not surprising because it's sooo good. The boys agreed with us as they gobbled up fried calamari dipped in tzatziki sauce, fresh baked pita bread, hummus and their lamb shank & veggies. We went to bed with full bellies and hearts content : )

Day 4: Home again, home again. At least we have the rest of the week to bum around at home : )

Victoria is a great place for a family vacation and it's a bonus that the US dollar goes a little farther out there! I've gone a total of 5 times now and it has never disappointed me! Phil and I both talked about on how every meal we had there was so delicious. Most of which were found by just walking around and seeing what looked good. There is still so much for the kids to see and do there, we'll have to go again soon!