Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sundays and Potty Training

"These are a few of my LEAST favorite things..." Seriously though, Sundays are basically a nightmare. And it makes me so sad. I used to love Sundays. Then I became 5 months pregnant with triplets and couldn't sit in those uncomfortable pews for 3 hours and my feet would swell to insane squishy balloons. Since then.... Sundays are just an exhausting day of events. Now, its a battle for 1 1/2 hours to keep three toddlers entertained QUIETLY so that EVERYONE ELSE can enjoy the sacrament meeting and the talks and the Spirit. Then, it would be great to send them off to nursery so I could at least enjoy class. But nope. Ms. Charlotte wont be left alone (even though both her sisters are in there) so poor Jared has to stay in nursery the entire time. Then we get home almost 2 hours past their original nap time so they are cranky and sleepy and full of over stimulation. Then they wake up 2 hours later and the rest of the day is a race to see how long Jared and I can stand to keep them up, since they wont go to sleep 2 hours after a nap... Anyway, I just miss Sundays. I miss Sundays so much. Makes me cry.

Now, a monkey wrench in my life, potty training. Im seriously stressing over this. I mean, not really the actual training part, but more about how life will change once they are trained. I have a system. Anyone who knows me KNOWS they can set their clock to the things we do during our day. Now, its all going up for a loop. We have decided that next Friday is The Day. We will do the three day program (friday, saturday, sunday) and hopefully by Monday we will be done! HA! Right... 
For those getting ready to train as well, here is a list of things I purchased. First thing, 65 pairs of underwear. Thats a lot of underwear folks. Cleaned out Target and almost Wal-Mart. Then we got three of these toilets and two of these toilet seats (one for the upstairs bath and one for the downstairs bath). I also got two of these for each sink so they can wash their hands and two of these so they can step up obviously. I threw in three of these just in case of accidents in the car and one of these for the diaper bag. Yeah I spent a little money but I really think I will need all of this stuff. And of course I bought several little prizes for when we have our successes! Wish us luck, pray hard, and keep checking back for the results!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Silliness and Grandparents

Here are some great videos of my girlies.

Charli can do flips. So cute.

I FINALLY got Mia to sing all of Twinkle Little Star. HOORAY!

So... Charlotte for some very strange unknown reason calls Abbi, Bahum. HA!? Where did it come from... NO IDEA. But she does. And she can say "Abbi" she just chooses to call her Bahum. Hilarious!

 Where's Abbi? HA! Mia decided Abbi would be funny looking under all these stuffed animals. HA! Silly girls.

 Messy girls. Mamaw made spaghetti and the girls ate some yummy noodles.

Love this beautiful girl (Mia).

 This picture is so funny because Mia was sitting and snuggling right up next to her papa skip and as soon as I grabbed the camera to take the picture she moved away like this. HA! Little Stink!

 The girls absolutely loved having their great grandparents here! So did I too! Poor mamaw worked her little bum off. Made dinner, cleaned up, entertained babies, ect. I know they were both exhausted by the end of their week here. I was able to go to the temple, go shopping ALONE, I had such a great week. I love these two so very much.

 Awe! They STILL ask "Where's Papa?"

 Katelyn, my cousin, was able to come with the grandparents and spend the week with us! We so enjoyed having her here and she was a great help with the girls who of course loved having the extra attention!

So sweet! Papa with Mia.

 I made play dough! I dont know why I was so excited about it, but I was. It was so easy to make and turned out awesome. The girls loved it!

We put a table cloth over the coffee table and got out the cookie cutters and rolling pin and had a good 45 minutes of fun!

 Katelyn brought her IPAD with some pretty neat Fisher Price Apps that kept the girls entertained. They loved it!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mimi & Poppy's Visit

My parents were able to stay almost a week and we loved every second we got with them. I just love being with my family. I hate hate hate living this far away from them. Its been so long since they were here, I cant remember what all we did. I know we went to the splash pad a lot. And took walks around the block. Just things here and there. Mostly just played and enjoyed one another. Love these two people. And so do my girls!

 Poppy and Abbi, snuggling.

 So we knew the streamers would get pulled down eventually from the birthday party. But Mimi got creative and we had an Indian party (I'm convinced this is what cause the rain to stay for like 3 weeks, they were dancing around and hollering like Indians so it made a great rain dance.)

 Mimi getting Mia all dressed up.

 Even poppy joined in the fun. So did I but im never in the pictures since im always the one taking them.

 Dont forget Charli!

 My three little indians. (That sounds like a book....?)

 Charli's orange band.

 Abbi doing her best Indian yell. (Can you say "indian" these days? Is it still not very politically correct? I think its supposed to be Native American... I dont know. How about Lamanites?! HA!)



Mimi feeding her girls

 Poor Sophie waiting for a crumb to hit the floor. I bet this dog was ready to get home at the end of that week. My girls wore her smooth out. Charli especially just loves her so much.

 Here's our slide thats now an indoor toy! HA! Yeah Im running a nursery out of my living room.

 Coloring with Mimi

 Charli getting quality time with poppy!

Girls' 2nd Birthday!

Finally!! Yeah!! Here is the post of the girls' two year birthday party. We decided to celebrate on July 4th this year (their birthday is on the 6th) since it seemed to work out better for the family we had coming in. The weather was so great. Overcast, warm, windy, so great! We started our birthday off perfect by hitting the splash pad/pool! The girls loved it. We spent all morning there. Afterwards, was a much needed nap time. Then it was presents! That lasted for a good while. HA! They got so many awesome toys. Then we grilled up some super yummy food, had cake and ice cream, baths and bed. All in all a great birthday.

We had Mimi, Poppy, (& Sophie of course), Aunt Randa, Natalie and Nicholas here. It was hard. It was painfully obvious who was missing from our family and it was silently breaking all of our hearts. But we pushed on and put on a wonderful birthday for our little angels. I honestly did not want to do the decorations and the party and the "song and dance" as it were. No one did. But my mom insisted we do it, for the kids. Not just mine but Randa's too. Celebration is hard when your grieving, almost impossible. But we did it that day and Im so grateful that we did. The girls had probably the best day of their lives and I could see it all over their faces. From the beautiful balloons and decorations, to all the attention they were getting to ALL the amazing new toys. They were just beside themselves. And that made it worth it. But not one minute went by that I, and certainly all the grown ups, didn't swallow back that sob because our Nathan could not be there. Im afraid that is how it will be for a long time... 

Our "Balloon Rainbow!" Rainbow was the "theme" this year and Mimi and Natalie did a wonderful job with this idea I found on Pintrest (of course).

Rainbow colored streamers were a must. The girls were just in awe. HA! 

Cousin Nicholas teaching the girls how to use their new kitchen. Thanks Grandma &  Grandpa!

I think Nick had as much fun with the toys as the girls did.

Mia with the new shopping cart. This hasn't been as big a hit as I thought. It tips over a lot and scares the girls but I think they will get the hang of it eventually.

Above: All of our loot! My girls are so very blessed with family who love them so much.

Below: Grandma gave the girls these beautiful bracelets, which they just loved. Unfortunately, they are a little big and slip off, so Im saving them until I know we wont loose them!

Cousin Natalie was sweet enough to give the girls her old Minnie Mouse doll for their birthday because she knows how much they love Minnie Mouse! Thank you sweet girl! They love her!

Above (Mia) and Below(Abbi): getting into the new books!

After enjoying our inside presents we took it outside to see what Mimi and Poppy got for us! A new play house! They love, love this thing so much. Its pretty awesome!

It even has a mailbox! Tehehe

Also from Grandpa and Grandma was this totally awesome slide Abbi is climbing on. This is now inside our house. After their  birthday, it rained for like 2 weeks straight, so I brought it in so they could play with it and they just love it! HA! (We wanted to bring in the play house too, but there's just no room! HA!)

Below: Our yummy BBQ! Grill BBQ chicken, burgers and corn on the cob. So yummy!

Ok, so the story with the cakes..... It was my original idea to do the girls own little individual cake, instead of a slice of cake or a cupcake. I made 2 circle cakes (I used Funfetti since it is a rainbow theme after all) and then I got a biscuit cutter, cut out the circles, layered them, ect. THEN Mimi got the idea of making different colored icing for in between the layers.... Good thought, in theory. However, it just kinda ran together and it was a lot of extra work for nothing. It turned out looking tye dyed more than anything and I tried to salvage it with some sprinkles. Honestly, they were hideous. But they tasted good and I learned a lot about icing... HA! The girls didn't seem mind...

Ms. Abigail in the party hat. HA! Loved her cake!

Ms Charlotte enjoying her yummy cake too!

Ms Mia had no complaints about how ugly her cake was! HA!

I made an individual cake for Nicholas and Natalie as well. 
I also made the adults a layered funfetti cake to share. We were stuffed by the end and had major sugar rushes but what a day...!

Like I said, the girls enjoyed themselves more than I have ever seen and Im so glad my mom pushed me to make it special for them. They don't understand what we are feeling. They only know they had an amazing day with their family. And thats how it should be at this age. Im so grateful Maranda was brave enough to come and do this with us. She is by far the strongest person I've ever met. I adore her so much and have such a great respect for her after all of this.

As I mentioned before, it was painfully obvious who was missing the entire day. We cried after Maranda and her kiddos left and my girls were sound asleep because the hole in hearts is so huge, there was nothing else we could do. Above is the picture I took this year for the girls birthday. Below is the picture I took last year for the girls' birthday and I cry every time I see the difference... Its just not fair. Its just not fair.

Here are the videos: