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!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Snack Snack Snack!

A strawberry the size of a small peach!
Delicious!
"I'm hungry can I have a snack?" "Mami, snack time?" "I want a snack." "Snack mami, I want a snack." "I'm hungry." "I'm hungry. " I'm hungry."

Just writing the above annoys the crap out of me!!! I hear it ALL DAY LONG (or at least I used to). When the boys were babies I was told or I read somewhere that toddlers need to eat more frequently because they have little stomachs that can't hold much at any one time. Ok, so I stock piled what I figured were healthy-ish snacks like granola bars, graham crackers, gold fish crackers, fruit/fig bars, fruit leather and of course we always had fruit on hand. Somehow, fruit was never enough. Immediately after successfully steering them towards fruit I'd hear the dreaded "but I'm still hungry can I have another snack." They would wear me down to the point of two or three snacks inbetween meals. I mean how can I tell a child that is hungry "sorry you have to wait till dinner" and who knows when that will be because I'm trying to get all sorts of crap done while I'm cooking. And you can guess what happens to their dinner...that's right it goes almost fully uneaten because they've been snacking so much! Ugh, the struggle is real!

Well things started to go down hill even more a few months ago. I started finding wrappers behind beds, in trash cans (which I had previously emptied so where did it come from?). And sometimes I'd find a boy in the corner stuffing his mouth with a snack! Thieves! This just set me off, OH NO, something needs to change, this is ridiculous! I'm spending a small fortune buying this stuff! Then I thought, I didn't have all this growing up. All we had was cereal, peanut butter, jelly, bread, and fruit. That's all, and I didn't starve!

That's when I decided to stop buying snacks cold turkey. And let me tell you, it was the best decision I've made in a long time. All those annoying quotes I listed up top, GONE! I don't hear them hardly at all now. They know it's not in the house so no point asking for it (insert mad scientist laugh). And guess what happened to their dinners? They are actually getting eaten, and many times they ask for seconds! Now don't get me wrong little kids do need snacks and need to eat more frequently but I'm guessing somewhere between toddler-hood and 6 years they stop needing this as much. I was just a little late to pick up on this, ha! What a relief, I'm spending less on groceries and the kids are eating more real food. I don't know what it is about kids but they could seriously just eat granola bars and graham crackers all day long if you'd let them. I'd be sick to my stomach eating so much of that stuff!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

6 Yrs 8 Mo!

Boy have we been busy and I almost forgot to take their mirthday pics! I'll have to set a reminder in my calendar from now on. Can't believe there is only 2 more weeks of school left and then all the fun summer activities begin, can't wait!
CET are 6 years and 8 months old!
TEC
green boy, blue boy and red boy
We had our convention really early this year ( a couple weeks ago).
It was great and he boys did really well too : )
It was super hot last week so we went adventuring to a splash pad downtown and then enjoyed ice cream afterward. 
Here is a little video of our hike to the Ape Caves. It was really fun and a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. I was sure glad we went with a big group and had lots of helpers for the boys (and less than athletic adults, ha!).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sports All Day Long!

Eli and Thomas have become such sports fanatics! Eli is really good at basketball and Thomas is really good at soccer. And Caleb, he's good at jumping, haha! Love my Caleb, he just goes along for the ride : )

Thomas really has a knack for soccer, the boy has some crazy good moves!
Eli loves soccer too but basketball is more his wavelength. 
Caleb loves jumping : )
When you match the furniture, hahaha!
We got passes to the Adidas employee store and I thought I'd go in just for kicks to see what they had (yes, pun intended). As any mother of triplets will tell you it's almost impossible to go anywhere and find 3 of the same thing! Or 3 equal but different items for that matter. I almost exclusively buy my kids clothes online because shopping at stores is soooooo frustrating! Two of everything and NEVER three. Anyways, the boys needed new shoes bc their go to easy on shoes have holes in the soles (yes, all from playing basketball on concrete, I know bc Calebs' shoes are the best looking of the three, ha!). If you can believe it they had 3 pairs of size 11 shoes of just not any shoes but the Damian Lillard model!!! Damian Lillard is the star player for the Portland Trailblazers, someone the boys admire quite a bit. Eli has worn them everyday since we got them. I hope these last better than their last shoes, yikes!
Eli and Thomas spend a lot of time just staring at their basketball book (that contains pictures and stats of all the NBA leagues). They can name most of the teams, including the LA Clankers, hahaha! I let them go a long time before I corrected them, it was too cute and funny hearing about the "Clankers!"
This is how you spell Star Wars when you have a Boston accent, haha!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

6 Years 7 Months!

CET are 6 years and 7 months old and ready for some fun in the sun!
We are so happy to get a break from record breaking rainy days! I looked forward to today and beyond as if it was a vacation, haha! The forecast for next week is mostly sunny with warmer temps. Shorts weather for Oregon natives like my boys, ha! I'll stick to my light jacket and sweaters for now : )

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hair-sonalities

I gave the boys different hair cuts just to "try it out." Unknowingly their hair cuts fit their personalities...let me explain : )

All three with fresh cuts at the tulip festival
Caleb's round head actually allows for long hair...his long beautiful locks says he's laid back and carefree and certainly pretty silly too!
Eli's double cowlicks makes his hair stick straight up so he can only wear short short hair.... his sharp military style cut says he's a rule follower and self disciplined.
Thomas has a medium cut with some definition to it...his hair says he's very fashionable and he likes to stand out as different. 
The tulips weren't quite ready but still beautiful!
With their mama Elda whom they all adore!
Eli lovin' his mama Elda!
Eli smelling the tulips : )
Love this one of Thomas and how he matches the tulip colors!
Group shot
Family pic but not our best, oh well, ha!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Six And A Half!

The boys are super excited that they can now say they are six and a half! The years go by in no time at all, ugh...they'll be 7 next time I blink. Seven seems so foreign, so big, eek! I also can't believe I've been blogging for over 7 years now! I've seen so many blogs come and go and very few that have gone as long as mine. Hoping to keep going as long as I can though : )

CET are 6.5!
They start soccer next week although it's not as organized as basketball was with practice and games. It's more just practice once a week to get some energy out :
)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dillon's Beach

Just over a month ago we did a quick 3 day trip to California to see family. It was a bit of a rushed trip since we had to drive so far away but it was definitely worth being able to see everyone under the same roof!...I dropped the ball and didn't take many pictures but thankfully cousin K took plenty and shared them with me : )

TEC
Group Pic of the whole Pittsenbarger clan
All the couples : )
Always fun to hang out with Aunt Candy
Funny uncle Garret
The kids loved the hot tub
Oh so handsome Caleb
Eli
Thomas
Super Caleb!
The boys were getting some good air : )

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6 Yrs 5 Mo!

CET are 6 years and 5 months old!
As cool as ice and dreaming of summer...

Friday, February 24, 2017

BasketBall!

I may have bitten off more than I can chew this month cause I'm so behind on blogging! I signed the boys up for basketball and they have a practice and game once a week (so twice a week we are out doing basketball). It's a bit hectic but the boys LOVE it! I always wanted them to do sports but they were never interested in it (I don't think I'll be the type of parent that pushes extracurriculars unless the kid really wants to do it, ha!). All that changed a few months ago when they picked up a fervent love of basketball (well Eli and Thomas that is, Caleb likes it a lot). Thomas and Eli are really good at it too, both boys have made shots during games (and in the right hoop too, ha!). Anyways I have a lot of catching up to do, we went to Cali a few weeks ago and I just got around to taking the pictures off my phone. The boys have just 3 more weeks of basketball and things should get back to normal then : ) 
Trying out some summer wear while its 40F outside, brrr!
Thomas drew of our cat Nehala (Na-hayla), we call her NeyNey for short. Love how Thomas spelled it "nana" and how he spelled meow in Spanish phonetics!
That face you make when you look good and you know it!
Basketball champs!
They play a mean game even though most kids tower over them : )
Caleb drew a great rendition of Grumpy Cat from memory, I'm impressed!
Here's a little video of the boys first game, Thomas scores on the other teams hoop! So glad everyone cheered anyways : )

Sunday, January 29, 2017

6 Yrs and 4 Mo!

CET are 6 years and 4 months old!
I've been working for 3 weeks now (albeit the first two weeks were very sparse bc of the snow)! I'm back doing cancer research only with a different lab this time. I really thought 6 years off would have really hurt my chances of getting hired anytime soon. I only applied to 6 or 7 positions and interviewed with 2 and of course was hired by the last one I interviewed with (yay!). I was pretty selective about the positions I applied to. My biggest priority was that it had to be part time (no more than 32hrs/week). I do not know how you would find a good work/life balance with two full time parents, it would be so challenging! Positions of this type are hard to come by since most want full time employees. Thankfully I found the perfect position, I can pretty much work as much or as little as I want so long as I average a certain amount per year which should be pretty easy given my schedule with the kids. Plus its very exciting and interesting work and I've been really enjoying challenging my mind again! Phil drops the boys off at school in the morning so he starts work an hour later than before and I pick them up after school lets out, so it works out perfect. I guess it's on to our next chapter of life, should be interesting!

As you can imagine I will be much busier than I have been so expect regular but less frequent blog updates, I hope you understand!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snowpocalypse 2017

Last Tuesday there was snow predicted in the forecast and I figured we'd get a light dusting and that would be that....
Tuesday night we were all shocked to see it had snowed a significant amount!
Come Wednesday morning it looked like this!
It set a record for snowing so much in 24hrs or less, over a foot.
 
Oh and I started a job this week too!
What a great way to start a new job...
My second day commuting to work via a sky tram. 
Triplet snowmen
So the problem is that it hasn't gotten above freezing since it snowed and all the streets and sidewalks are now covered in 6 inches of ice. There are maybe two snow plows in the entire city and they seem to only care about the freeways because you'd think that 6 days later at least all the major roads would be plowed, but no. My first week back at work in more than 6 years has been a disaster! For example, this morning I spent an hour waiting for the bus to go into work. It never came (well I think it did eventually but not for me and it was probably so full I most likely wouldn't have been able to get on). I didn't want to risk hypothermia so I just went back home. I also don't have proper shoes for the snow and my aging rain boots just aren't cutting it anymore. This is the 4th time it's snowed this season (thank you global climate change) so the kids have missed 8 school days so far and it's supposed to snow again tomorrow morning so it might tick up to 9 days before this is over. The kids have not had a full week of school since November! And we haven't been to meeting or service in ages. It is mayhem, we risked our lives on Saturday getting to the grocery store so at least we now have a nicely stocked fridge. It rains a lot here in Portland so it's not usually something I get excited over but let me tell you, I've never wished for rain as much as I do now!

Even the kids are over the snow, they're so bored at home they've resorted to doing things like this....haha!