12.24.2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS--2011!!

Wow---I know.

You may just fall off your chair or couch or wherever you happen to be when you see that I'm ACTUALLY posting on my blog! :)

What a long strange trip it's been...hard to get motivated to blog most of the time. But I wanted to share with you a Christmas greeting. I wish I could send a "real" copy to every single one of you (i.e. the two people who actually follow me....) lol but I just couldn't seem to get to it this year. I hope this e-card will suffice.

Thank you for your love and support over the past year and for time to come. Wishing you nothing but the best of love and happiness this Christmas and for all of 2012! Hopefully I will be able to get back here more often next year..... ;) Here are a few bonus pictures for your enjoyment! {{hugs}}



The girlies with their Great Grandma. Precious picture!















Mama and the girls (with crazy eyes....) :)







All three smiling...it's a miracle....




1.31.2011

*Thanksgiving 2010*

Here is a short recap of Thanksgiving. It was pretty low-key and we hosted at our house.

I asked the girls what they were grateful for. Here is what they said:

1. Ashleigh: "mommy and daddy....ummm.....ummmmm....."

2. Jordyn: : "ummmm....I'm grateful for...ummmmm......Jesus and Heavenly Father."

3. Avery: "mommy, nana, papa, all the nice food we have, grandma, grandpa, Tinkerbell, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine and Belle. And for hearts."

It was like pulling teeth for everyone but Avery, who is thankful last of all for "hearts". Um...? I don't know if she meant, like, our beating hearts in our bodies or just the "heart" shape?? Who knows. But it made me laugh. I know they are grateful for many things, but it's hard to come up with them when you are put on the spot. And when you're not even four years old. :)

For my list, I'm grateful for supportive family members who I can turn to when I have a question or need help with just about anything. I'm so blessed to have been given triplets to raise. It has been a wonderful and hard road to travel. But I've grown and learned so much. I'm learning more every day...mostly from the mistakes I make DAILY. I'm grateful for a roof over my head, a working (new) heater and food to eat when there are so many people who go without these basic necessities. I'm grateful for my talents which don't use as much as I should. I'm grateful for my Savior and for the opportunity I have to serve in His church. I feel the most like myself when I'm helping others. I have always had a strong desire for this and I hope I can do more in the coming year. I love living in California and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do so, even though it's far away from the rest of my family. The list for what I'm grateful for could be never-ending, so I will stop here.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Let's be grateful for what we've been given every day!

1.12.2011

{{ BOO! }} Halloween 2010

I tried reeeealllly hard to convince my little angels to wear any other costume.

I even came up with some pretty clever ideas...
But, alas. They only had eyes for everything PRINCESS
*sighs*

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Disney and girly princess stuff...but it's just so.....cliche, ya know?? Every other 3/4/5/6 year old girl dresses up like some sort of Disney princess, with varying stylized costumes. I don't want my girls or anyone else to think their "Belle" costume is better or worse than any other. And, most kids say stuff, not knowing they are being rude or mean...kids just say things. They are honest. Not that any of this happened, but it just makes me uncomfortable. That's why I always prefer costumes of the "homemade" variety. Guaranteed to be original.

Anyway, that was a long tangent. Back to the reason for this post----Halloween! And the girlies!

They all decided long before Halloween who they wanted to be.

L to R:

Ashleigh=Ariel (or, as she says, Ahrr-ienn); Avery=Tinkerbell; Jordyn=Belle.

It was fun to get them all ready---and of course they LOVED wearing make-up like mommy. I found some cheap-o slippers at the dollar store for them each to wear. But they didn't have yellow or gold or even red for "Belle" so I took the pink slippers outside and spray painted them with a gold metallic color. It actually worked. They looked more "aged bronze" than gold, but they were much better than pepto bismol pink. Jordyn's hair was super fun to do. It was weird doing such a "grown-up" style on her but I think it looked exactly like Belle's, even if I do say so myself.
Avery has always had a pixie-ish look about her, so her costume and hair fit her perfectly.
She looked so cute. I LOVE this picture. That sweet little pixie face!!
Then there is Ashleigh. My mom helped make the top and "fins" for Ariel and I made a quick sea-shell "bikini" using a toddler sized coconut bra, some scraps of fabric and some ribbon. I think it turned out cute. And no one else in the world has the same thing, that's for sure. haha!
That wig was something else. It had been stored in a box for several years, so it was looking a little haggard. My mom and I both worked on it to get it looking decent, but all that matters is Ashleigh loved it. I mean, LOVED it. She was convinced she was "Ahrr-ienn". And it was good comic relief for me. So, win-win. :)
It was a whirlwind week of fun and we are already looking forward to next year!

Happy Halloween!!!

1.11.2011

Another Annual ::The Pumpkin Patch::

The day after we went to Apple Hill, we all ventured over to our favorite (and closest) pumpkin patch: Dave's. The had completely re-done the layout and it was awesome. We were there on a Friday but I think on weekends they even had fair-like games (you know, like toss the ring on the bottle kind of things).

This year we were VERY adventurous----we climbed the hay bale pyramid with Papa, went through the hay-maze, rode on the hay ride pulled by a tractor AND the girls each rode a PONY!! Well, technically, Jordyn and Avery rode full sized horses. But the last one on, being Ashleigh, got the tiniest miniature pony. It was so so hilarious to see the other two on these giant horses then here comes Ash, trotting along on her shrunken one. One of the workers led the big horses but my mom and dad got to take Ashleigh around on the pony. The worker dude (whom I've dubbed "Juan") was basically trotting the horses. I had to run to catch up just so I could take a picture. Then there were my parents and Ashleigh....moseying along. Snails pace. Hilarious. But I feel like we got more of our money's worth for Ash. She was in heaven. They all were really. The other two were more like paralyzed with fear----but grinning the whole way.

After the horses, we went over to the the big blow up slide thingy. It took a little bit for the girls to figure out how to climb to the top, but once they figured it out, there was no stopping them. We literally had to peel them off of it to go home as it started to rain!

Here are a few photos and some short videos of our fun trip to the pumpkin patch:

The girls and Papa at the top of the hay pyramid!
Cornered in the hay maze :)
Loving the hay ride and the tractor
(even though the exhaust was stinky! P.U.!)

Avery atop her first horse. So proud of herself! (So were we!!)
Jordyn and her horse. They bonded instantly!
"Juan" the horse man galloping the girls
(he always poses....weird...)

Short clip of Ave and Jordy trotting along....then lapping Ashleigh on her pony. HA!
Sorry for the shakiness. I also wish I could mute myself. Sorry.

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Ash bringing up the rear..... LOL!
The girls with their horses and Papa
(notice "Juan"? He's smiling for the camera!! hahahaa!)

Short video of them stopping for a hay break. Finally they slowed down!

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Couldn't resist this shot. They are such big girls!!!
Climbing up the slide.
Jordyn
Ashleigh
Avery

Short video of a climb and a slide.

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Don't you just LOVE Fall? I love love love it. We can't wait to go back next year! Thanks for joining us Nana, Papa, Grandma and Grandpa!