Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!

My blog is a year old!! I can't believe it! I've had such a fun time blogging, even though I am not that great at doing it regularly... :S

I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm working on a new background/layout for the blog and it's coming along. I just want to do a couple more things and tweak in here and there before publishing it.

I am going to do some 'retro' posts in the coming weeks so keep checking for some fun new things!


Update on my Mother In Law and Etc....

Thanks for all of the well wishes and support and prayers for Tony's mother. She was sent home from the hospital last week and she continues to re-gain her strength every day. We are so blessed to have caught everything so quickly that permanent damages will be very minimal. We've missed having her around for the last few weeks. But we are so glad she is doing so well! (In case you missed the scoop, you can read my previous blog post to find out).

Today we moved Ashleigh and Avery into the same bedroom. Yikes. They were really not happy. They spent the better part of 2 hours crying. No, make that SCREAMING. Avery managed to sleep about 40-45 minutes through Ash's constant protesting. We are pretty sure they called their lawyers. So...we are not their favorite people right now, and I can understand why. Avery has been alone nearly a year so having a new roommate kinda throws a wrench into things. Ashleigh has never liked change, so we knew for sure she would hate it. We just have to wait a few days and hope that it all turns out like we want it--- with sleep being had. Especially by mommy and daddy. :)

Which bring us to---we are sick---again! Dang doctors office! The girls get sick every time we get shots. And this time I got it too. Luckily the worst for me is over. It's pretty much just been a two day-er. So we haven't slept for a while again. The girls HATE being stuffy. They can't eat, they can't sleep--it's just horrible and makes for tired and hungry babies. This makes for really, really, really long days and nights. I think we turned a corner today. So, of course, we had to do something to make things harder. Who would want things to be easy?? Not us...we thrive on challenges!! Ha. That, or we're dumb..... :)

There is going to be a big baby boom over the next few weeks so I want to say good luck to everyone and I'm so excited for you all!! Hope you have quick recoveries and lots of sleep!

Update: Ashleigh and Avery slept through the night together in the same room!!! Yayyyyy! They cried off and on for about 1.5 hours but then after that (and some praying...) they fell asleep! We are ecstatic!


15 Month Docs Appointment

We went to the doctor today to get one of the last immunizations this year (one more to come). Nothing special to report, but they recognized where we were the second we walked in... and cried. They refused to get measured and weighed so we had to do something horrible---I had to get on the scale with them!! The horror! Just Kiddin. The number on the scale doesn't really scare me...I might not like it, but it's alright. Here are the stats:

Ashleigh Noelle: 23.5 lbs. and 30.5 inches, her head circumference/growth is normal this time(thank heavens!!)

Jordyn Alessa: 26 lbs. and 33 inches

Avery Bella: 20.5 lbs. and 29 inches

We had a bad night last night. Just like old times, I guess. It's been a steady build up the past few nights, but it culminated in a 2AM bedtime last night and we had an early doctors appointment, of course! They have been sleepy and a little grumpy today, so I'm sure it's a combo of the shot and the sleepies.

Our friend Rachel came with Tony and I to the doctor and helped us get the girls ready this morning because Tony's mom was unable to help, as she normally does for things like that. Unfortunately, she had a stroke on Tuesday afternoon. She came over to our house shortly after it happened (we guess) and I had to carry her into our house. It was one of the scariest times of my life. I didn't know what to do and thought it might be something low blood-sugar induced since she is diabetic. So I called Tony and Tony's dad and they both rushed to the house, arriving at the same time. I had given her some juice, hoping that would solve the issues, but as we found out, it wasn't low blood sugar (which can be dangerous, too). She has been in the hospital and had numerous tests which revealed she had experienced previous strokes and not even known it. Amazingly, she was released to go home today and seems to be doing really well. We are so blessed that we caught it soon and were able to reduce possible permanent damage by acting quickly. We are so grateful for the thoughts and prayers on her (and our) behalf. Never underestimate the power of prayer! HE is always mindful of our situation and will never give us anything we can't handle. I just have to remember that we are on the Lord's time, not ours. The minute we start to think we are in control of our lives, He sends us a curve ball to remind us we are not. I appreciate my many blessings every day.

Thank you, Rachel, for sacrificing your time to help us. Please pardon our perpetual chaos. Someday my house will be presentable. :) The girls enjoyed seeing you again!


Veni, Vidi, Vici!

I came, I saw, I conquered!

Well, I'm working on the conquering part.

We all need to toot our own horns occasionally, so I am going to take a brief moment to do so.

I know that whenever I get anything done, it makes me motivated to something else. Do you feel that way too? It's like the momentum takes over and you just start rolling! I usually roll right into a brick wall (i.e. children, etc.) And we, as parents, don't get the praise we should sometimes because it's just expected we do 'stuff'. Well, I have pretty much just made sure no one died in the past 15.5 months and the effects on my house are very evident. I like to be neat and organized. I hate clutter. Well, I've been living in massive amounts of clutter and it's just overwhelming and depressing, but it's not like I'm ignoring it on purpose. I make a small dent and it gets covered up 2 seconds later. Can I tell you how sick I am of filling the toy bin to just have the girls think I did it just so they could come empty it??? I just have to breath and deal because that's what babies do. *Sigh*

So this is what I've been able to do over that last few days, weeks, and months:

1. I cleaned out my pantry cupboards. Man, it's amazing how much more room you can have when you organize!! I do not want to keep buying cans of something, thinking we are out, then finding three more deep in the recesses of the cupboard....

2. I planted some heirloom tomatoes and an herb garden with such things as basil, oregano, parsley, mint, chives and some other ones but I can't remember which. Now all I need to do is remember to water them..... :S

3. Tony and I have had our own 'biggest loser' competition----minus the trainers and the 8 hour work-outs. He has lost 60 pounds and I've lost 35. Boys can always lose weight easier. Drives me crazy.

4. I got rid of all the girls too-small clothes and packed them away. (for who knows what reason....all I know is that if we have another girl, she will never have to wear the same thing twice! Well, technically she might wear the same outfit three times, but not the same EXACT piece of clothing!) :)

5. I organized all their clothes and have them in different piles to hang up. Now I just need to find a time when someone isn't sleeping in the room to hang them up....small detail.

6. I filed and painted my fingers and toes. I know that sounds stupid and trivial, but I haven't had a chance to do that since the girls have been born. My nails have been really awful---uneven, broken and just not well taken care of. So Tony watched the girls while I took a long shower and had some 'me' time. Granted, all of my fingernail polish has chipped off by now. Don't you hate that? But at least I got to do it once and have it look nice for a day!

None of these things are important in the grand scheme of things, but I truly believe that it's all connected. If you are failing in one part, you can't truly succeed in another. I've got a long way to go, but I'm getting there.

Thank you to my husband, my in-law's, friends and family for encouragement and especially my Heavenly Father who allowed me the time and capacity to accomplish these, even if small, tasks. It truly buoys you up and helps motivate you to get more done. I for sure need that.

And pats on the backs of all the moms (and dads and grandparents, etc.) who do even the smallest things like change diapers, wash bottles and take showers!!! They might be expected things, but it's still not easy sometimes. So good job to you!!!!


Belated Easter Greetings

I know, I know....Two posts, two days in a row. It's a miracle! Just kiddin'.

I figured since Easter came early this year, I would just post our Easter pics late to balance it all out. Fair enough, right?

My mom made the girls cute little dresses and I decided since it was so nice outside I would try to take some 'nature shots'. Well, as you can see, it didn't go as planned....But I got some pretty cute pictures anyway.




I took some inside later.

Then later that night the girls tried on the bunny ears they got as presents. They didn't really love those either, but we got a couple cute blurry shots of them. I think they're cute, anyway.

Here is our second attempt at a family photo. The first one was so bad... I don't even want to think about it. (Note to myself and everyone reading: Photos taken at an up angle are NOT flattering. On ANYONE. Just watch ANTM. Tyra tells us that every week! We did not listen.) So here is our next attempt. Trust me, it was the best one of the bunch. That's not saying much.

Is everyone happy?? I finally posted pictures!!! There. I'm good for a while now :)


New Tricks

So Avery woke up from her nap one day and I could hear her on the moniter playing and giggling as usual. I never run and get them when they wake up because I want them to be comfortable in their crib and enjoy having their alone time. That doesn't happen very often around here. :) So I hear her start to cry a little and went in to get her. When I reach to pick her up, I feel that she is SOAKED! I mean head-to-toe-soaked. I looked down at the mattress while holding her far away from me and notice the sheet is completely drenched. I am thinking to myself, "She never wets this much, especially after just a nap....weird". So I hurry her to the front room and start to change her. As I un-snap her pj's and notice only one side of her diaper is still attached!! She must have somehow reached through the gaps in the snaps of her pajamas and un-stuck one side of her diaper. Who knows how long it had been like this. Apparently a while, since she had wet everything in sight, free-willy-nilly. So I start to change her (stop reading here if you are slightly squeemish about bodily functions and etc..........) and as I start to get her feet out of the little footie part, I notice there is a heavy lump in the bottom. "Oh no...", I thought. So I peer into the tiny foot compartment and notice a small little Avery foot impressioned poop. yuck. It must have fallen from her open diaper (or something else!), down her leg and under her foot. Who knows how long she had been walking around on it before I got her. (she often does laps back and forth in her crib) SO GROSS. So I threw her into the bath, get her dressed, change her sheet, Tony started the laundry and I kind of forget about the whole thing. WELL...the next day I went to go get her in the morning and she was kind of wet, but nothing really unusual. She doesn't usually wet, but I figured because she had slept for so long that she just overflowed. Ashleigh does that every nap and every night. I have to change her outfit EVERYTIME. Anyway. So I start to unzip her and notice (seriously stop here if you don't want to know the rest of the ickyness) her suit is all brown in the crotch area. I am thinking blowout city, right? Wrong. She had completely undone her diaper on both sides, except instead of a neat poop like last time (relatively speaking), she had decided to have massive runny's. Yeah. Everywhere. Squished all the way up to her neck in back and down to her tippie toes. The worst part is I was alone and had two other children trying to grab at the poopy diaper and outfit. Can you imagine three poop covered children smearing the ickys all over your house??? I was. And I was screaming. So I wrap the diaper up in the outfit and set it inside the bathroom sink while carrying Avery upside down by one foot with one hand and then filling her tub with the other hand. I was able to get it taken care of but Avery was relegated to zip-only pj's......until she figured out later that day how to unzip herself!!! Seriously, where is she coming up with these things??!!! She is hilarious but soooo much trouble. We banned her from zip front and snap front pajamas so now we have only snap back ones. Those are hard to find, let me tell ya. After a while of wearing just those, we put her back in zippers and she hasn't unzipped herself....yet....Cross your fingers.
Still, you gotta love this face!!

Jordyn is my girly-girl. She loves shoes, loves carrying around purses, is facinated with chapstick/lipgloss and she loves to get dressed and try on clothes. I painted her toe nails (not an easy feat, I must add) and she couldn't stop staring at and touching her toes. She watches me do my make-up and wants to see me at all times. She is a mini-me in several ways (including some of the undesirable ways, but that's another story). If we happen to have any laundry out, she will find it and try to put it on. She especially loves to wear mommy's, er, well...it's something that I wear on my top half. It's hilarious. I don't know if the shoulder straps make it easy for her to put on, or what. But she just puts it on like a beauty queen's sash and struts back and forth showing it off. I figure a picture of that would be a little crass, so I found this picture of jordyn wearing one of my tank tops like a cape. She really did it all by herself. She's so funny.

It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No! It's..


Ashleigh figured out a way to get a black eye last week. Well, it wasn't her fault at all actually. She had just woken up and her other sisters were already awake. I sat down on the floor to change her and she was screaming and rolling and trying her hardest to get away. Yeah. We are at THAT stage right now. So I finally get her on her back again and get the new diaper on when Avery decides to stroll by with her full cup of milk. We got these new 'big girl cups' that have a straw instead of a nipple or a sippy. The refused to drink from sippies and would have used a bottle until 7th grade if I would let them. :) So these new cups have that gel insulation on the insides. You know, you put it in the fridge before you fill it and it keeps your drink cold for longer? Well, they have that and heavy rubber bottoms. So Avery walks right by Ashleigh's head while she's getting changed and drops her cup right on Ashleigh's eye. She layed frozen for a moment and then let out the BIGGEST scream/cry I've ever heard her do, and that's saying something! I have to admit, I wasn't really paying any attention to that whole situation because I was trying to strap a diaper on her squirmy body. So I didn't see it, but I HEARD it. Instantly her eye turned black and red and blue. Poor baby. All the pictures I got were a little blurry, but here are some of the best and most pathetic looking ones, all taken on different days and stages in the healing process.

Here she is: Ashleigh "Prize-fighter" LaPlaca!!