Saturday, December 2, 2017

7 Yrs 2 Mo! (Funny Story)

ETC are 7 years and 2 months old!
This might be the longest time between posts in several years, ha! I've been very preoccupied, first I had a crazy two weeks at work followed by Phil and I jumping into a full bathroom remodel. Then trying to host this years Festavus during the remodel. Anyways, it's good to be back and just because here's a funny story: 

A couple of months ago, we stopped by my work so I could do something quick. I told the boys one of them could come with. Phil and the other two boys waited in the car for us. As we were leaving I told Thomas that we should use the bathoom before getting back to the car. As I'm in the bathroom stall I hear Thomas next to me unlocking the door then an immediate "Oh I thought that was Eli!"

There so happens to be a very large mirror right outside the stall, hahahaha! It cracks me up that he confused himself for Eli and he wasn't anywhere near him : )

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Mirthday at the Coast (7yrs 1mo!)

We spent last weekend at the coast. It was perfect, we took long walks on the beach, bought way too much candy at the candy store, swam in the hotel pool to exhaustion, and ate delicious food!
CET are 7 years and 1 month old!
Eli finding "treasures"
It was misty and foggy but that did not stop us!
The boys found this large hole someone else had dug and had a blast jumping over it
You know me, I love action shots! (Caleb)
Eli
I'm surprised that I still find their feet cute, ha!
Eli's beach tradition is to reconstruct a crab : )
Parental fail #874, trying to capture a sweet moment and
you don't realize the bird droppings, hahaha!
Their silly picture : )

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Identical Triplets 7.0

Personalities Update!
At their 7 year check up, as healthy as can be!
Boys just keep getting older and their personalities are becoming clearer and clearer. When they were little they'd sometimes flip flop. For example, one boy would be quite the papi's boy for a while then they'd get over it and another would become the papi's boy. For the last several years there's hardly any flip flopping. They are staying true to their own ways.

As a whole they are good boys but they are still boys and act like boys. They fight, they play, they compete, they laugh together, they scheme together, and then they fight some more...and then fight some more. If you could only see the huge eye rolls I make when I hear someone running towards me while sounding off bone chilling screams...it's the same old story, same old song. Brother A was bothering brother B so B smacks A and A comes running to seek justice. All I can say is "OH BROTHER!"

They have grown up a lot since starting elementary school, they say things like "come on dude." They don't take baths anymore, just showers. They have refined tastes in food, for example they love pho, sushi, Thai food, ceviche (raw seafood cooked in lime juice) and tacos (the real kind, not those crunchy things that some call tacos). They will watch House Hunters with me and really get into it! We discuss the budget and what's wrong with the house and what they like and don't like, I love it, ha! They can carry on a meaningful conversation about basketball, the players, and the various teams. They can read and write quite well now too. AND they can finally spell their ridiculously long last name now, ha!
CALEB

The first to go toothless up top!
Our Caleb is such a snugly boy, he wakes up tired and just wants to lay around wrapped up in a blanket until he's ready for the day. Still laid back and easy going. Caleb is a homebody and loves to just chill at home. He loves to tease his brothers and get under their skin. Caleb loooooves mushrooms, he will even eat them raw! He is not that into sports, I asked him if he wanted to do basketball again next winter and he said "yes because I like playing with the team but I just don't like to practice." I think that describes Caleb very well, haha! He is currently the biggest triplet at 45.25 inches tall and 43 lbs.
Caleb in the morning, many times he'll turn off all lights
and everyone is like "hey we can't see now!"

ELIAS (aka Eli)

Last one to loose his teeth, the top two are barely holding on!

Eli is our smarty pants. The boy is quite the math wiz, you can ask him pretty complex (for a 7 year old) addition, subtraction and even division problems and he can do them in his head! He is always the last one up in the mornings, he must need to rest that hard working brain! Eli is so motivated, if he wants to do something he will accomplish it. He LOVES basketball and he's really good at it too because he practices a ton. Eli speaks with lots of emphasis and uses lots of hand gestures. He's pretty cute when he's telling you something he's excited about. He is the shortest triplet at 44.75 inches tall and 43 lbs. But out of shear will power I think he'll manage to grow taller than Caleb at some point, ha!
Showing us how he gets his beauty rest : )

THOMAS

Mr. T

Thomas is quite the fashionista, he likes to look good and he likes to be different. He can be a bit clumsy and rash at times. Thomas is always the first one up in the morning by at least a half an hour. He's great at sports, the monkey bars and climbing the trim in our house (see video below, it's impressive!). Thomas loves to draw and transcribe books (yes really). He's great at Legos both building with instructions and free hand building. His brothers frequently ask him for help on their Lego creations when they get stuck and Thomas always figures it out! Mr. T is right in the middle at 45 inches tall and 43 lbs.

Thomas literally climbing the walls!

Despite what they may say they do love each other, haha!
Eli the math wiz, see him in action...warning, it's a bit long so this is mostly for the grandma's : )

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SEVEN!!!

WE ARE SEVEN!!!
7 years ago today I evicted these 3, hahaha!
CET
This morning : )
Pretty much the start and end of every picture taking session, sigh!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Summer Wrap Up!

The first day of fall came and went, which made me remember that I hadn't posted anything from our Cali trip that happened in early August! It's usually the highlight of our summer so to wrap up the season here are some cute pics of our trip!

The boys with their beloved mama Elda. The boys spent a full 3 weeks with her this summer (Phil & I joined them the last week of their stay). They loved it and didn't seem to miss us too much, ha! 
In Santa Cruz
With cousin Natalie
We tried to do a little photo shoot but the kids weren't having it and the lighting was bad.
But we still got a few good ones : )
Looking at those crazy boys
In Davis we recruited cousin Korina to take family pictures of us. 
ETC
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The boys love their tia Janet
This photo shoot was like pulling teeth. It was over 90 degrees which for the boys this photo shoot might as well have been in the middle of a volcano! They were so hot and complained every chance they got so I'm surprised we got any decent pics of them, ha!
We tried, ha!
Out to dinner with mama Sue and papa Ed on our last day in Davis!
While on our trip we went swimming and I discovered that the boys can swim, like actually really swim! Check it out, I'm so proud : )

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Day of 1st Grade!

The boys started back to school a couple weeks ago. They are again together in the same class. It's a bummer because most of their good friends were assigned to the other 1st grade class. The boys don't seem to mind though. Their new teacher seems nice although I haven't spoken but a few words to her in the chaos of pick up. Back to school night is coming up so hopefully there is more of an opportunity. The boys say that first grade is a lot more boring than Kindergarten, but when they explained themselves I got the sense that they actually mean it's harder. I looked over their schedule and it's definitely a more rigorous schedule with lots of reading, math and science. Should be good for them, they coasted through K without missing a step so I think they need to be challenged more. I'm sooooo glad to be back to the boy's school schedule. I have so much more time to manage our household when I'm working a little less (I was working more over summer since the boys would go to day camp for much longer than the typical school day). I don't think I will volunteer myself to work more next summer, ha!

CTE, first day!
Caleb
Eli
Thomas
On our way to school!
We walk or bike to school everyday, it's only half a mile from our house.
I love that we live so close and don't have to deal with cars, carseats, and parking to get to school. 
Silliness
The teacher said she did not have a chance to move Caleb's name tag to another table. I was worried they would misbehave being together. They were fine of course and two days later Caleb was moved to another table were ironically he got into a scuffle with the boy he was put next to. I guess they were sword fighting with their pencils and they ended up stabbing each other. No one fessed up as to who started it first. Eli said he saw that the other boy started it. I want to believe him but maybe he's just standing in solidarity with his brother, ha!
Let start learning!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Multiples Illuminated take two!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this review, these are just my honest opinions!
Multiples Illuminated the sequel!
Read my review to the first book, click here.

Helpful tips, funny stories, deferring perspectives and opinions. That's right, more of the good stuff from the first book! There was bit too much poetry for my taste but I can over look it because I found the content very enlightening. My kids are still quite young and we have a long road ahead of us, so thank you for this.

Some highlights:

I loved the explanation that things don't really get easier, it's just different. It's a hard fact to accept but it's true. While it's not physically as exhausting as being up all night feeding babies or changing 9-12 poopy diapers a day. But now we're faced with the mentally and emotionally exhausting tasks of trying to settle arguments and fights were sometimes no one will fess up who started first. Or keeping the fairness/equal balance in check. ALL DAY LONG. Like seriously who care's who went through the door way first! I'm constantly reiterating "life is not fair, get used to it...do you see me crying because the neighbor has a nicer car than I do?!" But I loved what another contributor wrote "Fair does not mean equal; it means everyone is getting what they need." I'm adding this to my arsenal of sayings and will use it every chance I get!

I also LOVED the author who pointed out my pet peeve, the idea that modern psychology views the twin/triplet/etc bond as some kind of disease which the children must be cured of. All the recommendations suggest that if a twin/triplet is to be an individual you must not dress them the same, not have them in the same class room, not have them in the same sports or activities, not share the same bedroom, etc, etc. This notion simply infuriates me. I've seen my kids blossom into distinct individuals despite pretty much sharing everything right down to their underwear. Like an unstoppable force they have become different persons with different personalities all by the age of 6. But in reality, they've always been different. Following through on all these recommendations is unfeasible, unpractical and financially unattainable to MOST families. As the same author pointed out, her method is to simply provide a loving and supportive environment. With this she has seen her twins share a strong bond all the while being their own persons. This is my aim in parenting too. It was very interesting how she also talked about an anthropologist (& identical twin) who wrote that, "identical twins actually have a more finely developed awareness of their uniqueness than do singletons." "Having an identical twin does not compromise one's self at all- instead, each twin enriches both the self and the other." LOVE LOVE this!

After reading this book I got the notion to ask my kids a couple questions, it's been a long time coming. I've asked them the first question many times and up until now they've never known why people mix them up. They've had to learn or be convinced that they look the same. For the second question I wanted to see if it mattered to them. They all answered the second question the same, I like to think it's because they know they are their own person, an individual. They've always known this and do not need convincing otherwise : )

Here is what Eli, Caleb, and Thomas have to say (please excuse Eli's cutesie voice, he was in some sort of mood, haha)...


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Astoria (6 Yrs 11 Mo!)

It's kind of a tradition now but after Phil runs Hood to Coast we stay in Astoria for the night and hang out there the next day. Astoria is a cute little town in the northern most part of Oregon. Many movies have been filmed here like Goonies and Kindergarten Cop to name a couple. Anyways we always have a good time exploring this tiny town frozen in time : )

CET are 6 years and 11 months old!
Looking for snakes bc last time one scared us here!
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Even the California sea lions are moving to Oregon, ha!
Riding the trolley with C.
When my kid tells me he can't find something. 
When my kid asks me to snuggle : )
Pretty much sums up life with triplet boys, ha!