Friday, July 31, 2009
I can’t believe that was ten years ago. In one breath I can say it was a very long ten years, yet it has gone by so fast. We have had many ups and downs, and life wasn’t always easy. I look at all that we have accomplished in ten years. We have remodeled two houses, taken many vacations and have four beautiful children. If you would have asked me on our wedding day where I would be in ten years – I probably would have answered, ‘oh, we will probably have two dogs, four kids and I will be teaching’. It is funny how we are at that exact destination, yet our journey here has been far from what I thought it would be. I definitely didn’t see having four kids less than two years apart.
I am living a very full and blessed life. I couldn’t ask for more. I am married to my best friend and have a wonderful family! Thank you to Jason for taking this wild ride with me. I can’t wait to see what the next ten (and more) years have in store for us!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Ellery – 13 pounds 6.5 ounces, 24 ¾ inches
Gianna -13 pounds 5.5 ounces, 23 ¼ inches
Easton – 12 pounds 12.5 ounces, 23 ½ inches
Gianna, Ellery and Easton
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ellery with Monica and Jeff (Jason's brother and his wife).
Of course the wild card of the day was Quin. Considering she doesn't usually sit for more than two minutes, I had a feeling that a whole church service might be a bit much to ask for :) She actually did very well, although she did provide one of the most memorable moments of the day. During the baptism she said she had to use the bathroom (mind you, I took her ten minutes before and she didn't want to go because it was 'too loud to flush'). As she re-entered her pew for the second time, she loudly called "Mom". Trying to ignore her, I heard my name again. I turned to smile at her as she announced to me (from her pew as I was standing in front of the church) "Mom, I went pee-pee in the potty" as she sported one of the biggest smiles ever! Oh, I just love her! At least she is proud of her new found potty skills :)
It was raining as we left the church, and I had a moment of panic. I didn't plan for rain, what were we going to do! We don't have room for 30+ people in our house. Fortunately, it was sun shining and barely damp out by the time we arrived home. We enjoyed food, visiting, cornhole and the kids. We are so thankful that everyone was able to join us for this joyful day!
Ellery with her Popa (my dad).
Gianna with her Great Grandpa (my grandpa). Easton with his Uncle Jeff.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Abbey (R) and her friend Lisa.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
For me it has never been a question of IF I was going to go back, it was a question of WHEN. If I was asked to finish a list of ‘I am…” I would list wife, mother and then teacher. If you don’t know, I am a first grade teacher. This coming year will be my twelfth year, in the same school and in the same grade. I really do love my job. Don’t get me wrong, there are many days when I ask myself why I do it. But, overall, it is extremely rewarding, challenging and ever changing. I am able to go back to work because I have a supportive husband, wonderful co-workers and great students/families. Teaching does afford some flexibility. It is not as easy as some people think though – I work hard on my weekends and nights so that I am prepared each day. And as far as getting three months off for summer, I can only say I wish. After closing my room in June and then getting it ready for the new school year in August I really have closer to two months off (although, I often take classes in the summer to keep my certification current). But, it is a wonderful bonus that the children and I will be on the same schedule once they are in school.
I think teaching has made me a better parent, and parenting has made me a better teacher. I expect the very best from each person who interacts with my children, and can only imagine that the parents of my students feel the same way.
What about daycare you might wonder? Well to bring all four kids to daycare would cost much more than I make each week. We are currently in the process of finding a person who will come to our house each day. We initially planned to keep Quin in daycare and find a person to watch just the babies. As time as passed, we are now thinking that all four children will stay home. The process of finding just the right person has been a long road, but again, I expect only the best. It will be so nice to not have to bundle them all and bring them in somewhere. I also dread our first winter. The least amount of germs the babies are exposed to, the better.
I know that our lives will drastically change. When I am making dinner in the afternoon, doing laundry in the middle of a Tuesday or I actually have time to vacuum, I think how much less time we will have in about five weeks. The experience of having triplets has taught me to be more easily going, less stressed about the small things and has armed me with the knowledge that things really do work out for the best. These lessons will hopefully serve me well come mid August! :)
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I took Easton to the doctor's office last week because I thought he had an ear infection (turns out he was fine, and just wanted some alone time with me). He weighed 10 pounds and 12.5 ounces. We do not have a doctor appt. at 5 months, so I'm not sure what the girls are weighing in at, but I am sure it is more than Easton. Here are a few pictures that were taken in the last few days.