Gingerbread Houses

This is my absolute favorite Christmas tradition EVER!  Ever since I was a little girl, I mean 5 or 6 years old, my family has decorated gingerbread houses on Thanksgiving or within a few days of Thanksgiving.  When I was little, we only decorated one house.  Mimi would actually make all of the pieces and put the house together herself.  After decorating the house, we would leave it sitting is a very visible place from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  By the time Christmas rolled around, there were normally many pieces of candy missing!  On Christmas day, we would knock down the house, and Mom would let us eat some of it if we wanted!  Gross!  However, we loved getting to do that!  Over the years, the gingerbread house tradition has evolved into an event.  Mom no longer makes one house.  Now she makes at least 5 houses.  One for each of her children and normally one for her store.  However, Mom no longer has to make the pieces of the house.  Now, we order the kits and all that has to be done is putting the houses together. Normally, my mom will still do that part with a little help from some of the siblings.  This year, the day after Thanksgiving, we all got together and decorated our houses.  There were bowls and bowls of candy.  There was every type of candy imagineable.  We had Sprees, Smarties, Nerds Ropes, gum drops, Air Heads, peppermints, Twizzlers, peanut brittle, pretzels, and so many other types of candy.  Everyone had their secret ideas on how to make their house look the best.  Oh the competition!  Raj and I had a blast decorating our house.  The babies were passed around the group so Raj and I could get the house finished.  The babies did great!  Raj and I did great too!  Our house for this year is gorgeous!  We are very proud!  I am so excited to know our children will be decorating houses for years to come!  I hope one day my grandbabies will be at our house decorating gingerbread houses!!   

Rebecca Anne, Uncle Casey, and EmmaClaire are opening candy!
Rebecca Anne, Uncle Casey, and EmmaClaire are opening candy!
Aunt Ashley opening candy!
Aunt Ashley opening candy!
Our house before being decorated.
Our house before being decorated.
Dad and I have finished the roof!
Dad and I have finished the roof!
Another stage of the house is finished!
Another stage of the house is finished!
Ryan helped us a lot with our gingerbread house!
Ryan helped us a lot with our gingerbread house!
We don't have a final picture of the house!  I will post that one soon!
We don't have a finished picture of our house! I will have one soon!

This just gives you a small sample of how much fun we had!  Enjoy the slideshow of all the pictures!

I love you all.

Ginny

Morning Family Fun and Food

This morning Dad and I sat all of the babies up, and they played together!  It was so, so sweet!  Another triplet mom gave me a little flower toy that when the flowers are hit, it lights up and plays music.  The babies all took turns hitting the flowers!  It was so much fun to play together as a family!  Luckily, Mimi stopped by for a minute, and she snapped a few pictures for us!  Also, if you have ever wondered what it looks like when I feed the babies solid food, here is a great picture!  The babies were eating spagetti squash I cooked for them!  They love getting to eat solid foods, and I love making it for them! 

Maggie, Evie, and Josh are playing together!
Maggie, Evie, and Josh are playing together!
Isn't this the most precious sight ever?!
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Maggie and Josh want to look at the camera.  Evie only wants to play!
Maggie and Josh want to look at the camera. Evie only wants to play!
The babies LOVE to eat solid foods!!
The babies LOVE to eat solid foods!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!  Mom, Dad, Evie, Maggie, and Josh
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Mom, Dad, Evie, Maggie, and Josh

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you have all gotten to spend your day with loved ones and friends!  I know I have!  This year has brought so many changes in my life that I am so thankful for.  Last year at this time I could have never imagined the wonder and awe I would feel this year.  Last year, to be perfectly honest, I felt very, very sick.  I knew I had to eat, but I could not.  This year, I feel tired, but happy and at peace.  I have the most wonderful husband in the world.  I am so glad he is mineand no one else’s!  He has been my confidant and best friend.  He loves me for exactly who I am.  He is my match, and I love him dearly.  I am also so thankful for my babies.  They just warm  my soul.  I could never have imagined how wonderful having triplets would be.  I feel like they bring out some of my most wonderful qualities that I never knew I had.  They are truly the lights of my life, and I cherish every moment with them.  I am so thankful I was able to carry the babies for 31 weeks and 6 days.  I am so glad I had wonderful doctors and nurses taking care of me and the babies.  I am so thankful for my Mom.  She has been such a faithful friend and source of encouragement for me.  I will never think of a Robek’s shake or a Krispy Kreme without thinking of her.  I enjoyed every early morning visits and card games we had while I was in the hospital and when the babies came home.  I am so thankful for each of my siblings.  We are so close, and I love each of them dearly.  I am so glad Raj and I have such wonderful family all the way around.  They have all loved us and supported us in so many different ways.  I am so thankful for my friends.  I have no idea what I would do without you.  I am so thankful God brought Raj and I to a wonderful church where we can grow in our faith and raise our babies to love HIm.  I could make this list go on and on.  To be honest, I am just thankful…for life itself.  I hope everyone out there gets to list as many things as me in which you are thankful for this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love you all.

Ginny

We Have The Bib!

No.  I am not talking about baby bibs!  I am talking about my bib for the half marathon in two day!  TWO DAYS!!!!  I am so nervous.  What have I gotten myself into?  Oh well.  There is no turning back now.  The babies and I went down to the expo today and picked up all of my stuff!  They were definitely the highlight of the event.  I was asked numerous times who I was picking up the bib for(as in not for me…for someone else).  I wanted to say, “Do you really think I am stupid enough to drag my three babies down here, all the way from Suwanee, to pick up a bib for someone else?”.  No way!  It’s for me!  I am the crazy mom of triplets running The Weather Channel Thanksgiving Day Marathon and Half Marathon ….when they are six months old!  I am actually not doing it just for me.  I am running for them.  I am running for their future health.  I running so I will have the energy and stamina to play with them.  I am running so my kids will want to do more than play video games and watch tv all day (sorry Dad).  I am also running because I want to do it, and I have a husband who has supported me 100%!  Thanks Raj for cheering me on and watching the babies while I train!  I can’t wait to see you and the babies at the finish line!

All of my "stuff" from the expo!
All of my gear from the expo!
Don't forget this number!  My first 1/2 Marathon since the babies were born!
Don't forget this number! This is my 1st 1/2 marathon since the babies were born!

 Oh yeah.  The only goof up at the expo was I bought $20 worth of stuff and was so ready to get out and go home, I left the bag of goodies there.  I didn’t realize it until we got back to the parking garage.  I just left it, because it was so not worth dragging the babies back up find it! 

I love you all.

Ginny

Thanksgiving with Granddaddy and Nanny

Yesterday, we went to Milledgeville and celebrated an early Thanksgiving with Granddaddy Clyde and Nanny.  We had a blast!  It was so much fun to get to visit and show off the babies!  I think Granddaddy and Nanny thoroughly loved getting to spend time with them!  I know the babies had a lot of fun!  I was also so proud of how the babies behaved!  They did great on the way down and on the way home!  They loved getting to play and with their cousins and grandparents!  Nanny cooked some fantastic food which was great for all of us!  I think fun was had by all!

Granddaddy Clyde and Nanny with OletaKate, Evie, Maggie, Josh, and EmmaClaire
Granddaddy Clyde and Nanny with OletaKate, Evie, Maggie, Josh, and EmmaClaire
Granddaddy Clyde and Nanny with Evie, Maggie, and Josh
Granddaddy Clyde and Nanny with Evie, Maggie, and Josh
Brett, Joy, EmmaClaire, and OletaKate
Brett, Joy, EmmaClaire, and OletaKate
Daddy and Josh
Daddy and Josh
Daddy and Josh with a turbin on his head!
Daddy and Josh with a turbin on his head!
Is this not awesome?!  EmmaClaire is already an awesome cheerleader!
Is this not awesome?! EmmaClaire is already an awesome cheerleader!
Miss Eve and Evie
Miss Eve and Evie
Granddaddy Clyde and Evie
Granddaddy Clyde and Evie
Grandaddy Clyde with Maggie, Josh, and Evie
Granddaddy Clyde with Maggie, Josh, and Evie

 I will post another post with some more pics!

I love you all.

Ginny

Maggie Rolled Over!!!!

Maggie rolled over today too!!!  She finally sis it!  I put her on her back when we got home from Granddaddy and Nanny’s house, and all of a sudden she rolled over!!!  She did it!  It was amazing to watch!  She has come so far! 

I am so proud of my babies!  I can’t wait to see what they do next!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Josh Rolled Over!!

This morning Mimi and I were playing with the babies, and Josh rolled over!!  He rolled from his tummy to his back!  We had put him on his tummy for some “tummy time” when all of a sudden I felt him on my foot.  It did not hit me with what had just happened.  Mimi said, “Oh my gosh!  Josh just rolled over!”.  It still took me a minute to process that bit of information, but once I did, we had a celebration!  Josh had no idea why we were so happy, but he just smiled away at us! 

Now we are just waiting on sweet Maggie!  She is so close!  I know it will happen any day now!

I love you all.

Ginny

Girlfriend, You’re Killing Me!

I think this is all Maggie has heard for the past few days!  She is finally figuring out how to roll over!!!!  However, she has not been able to get completely over yet!  It is driving me nuts!  Do I help her?  Do I let her continue to work on it?  Am I a mean mom for just sitting here watching her?  I just want to see her do it!  I know she can!  I am certain it will only be a few more days before she figures this one out!  I am so proud of how far she has come! 

Evie is trying to figure out to get up on her hands and knees!  She is not there yet, but I am certain by Christmas she will be crawling all over the place!  She is definitely one wild woman!

Josh.  Oh sweet, mellow Josh.  He could care less about any of this.  I think he wonders why anyone even wants to make the effort to roll over!  Every once and a while he will roll on to his side.  He does not seem disturbed at all that his sisters and getting all wiggly!  I know he will roll when he is ready.  No fears there!

Maggie's attempt number one!
Maggie
Maggie's attempt number two!
Maggie
Maggie's attempt number three!
Maggie

Now do you see why this is killing me?  I am only showing three of her attempts.  She did this at least fifteen times this morning alone!

I just love this of Maggie!
I just love this of Maggie!
Evie is just being wild Evie!
Evie is just being wild Evie!
Evie is showing Josh how much fun it is to be on her tummy!
Evie is showing Josh how much fun it is to be on her tummy!
Josh is just happy as can be as Evie tries to roll over him!
Josh is just happy as can be as Evie tries to roll over him!

I love you all.

Ginny

March for Babies

Well, I am starting to feel better.  Today’s treatment went much better than yesterday’s treatment.  Because I think I feel up to it, I want to share some pics from the March for Babies.  I wimped out and did not take the kiddos or Raj.  I was afraid it was going to be too cold.  In the end it would have been fine.  Oh well.  You live and learn.  Next year they are all definitely coming. 

The walk was so neat!  I loved all of the lights.  I learned that Callaway Gaardens actually closes to the general public for this one night!  I think that is fantastic of them to support the March of Dimes in this way!  We ended up walking seven miles instead of five miles.  Jen and I did not want to ride the bus back to the front!  My favorite lights were the white lights that looked like snow!  They were incredible.  They all had the “Twelve Days of Christmas” done in lights.  That was really neat, but man I was tired of that song by the time we had walked through all of those lights!!  There was also the neatest frog in lights who was “jumping” into the lake!  It was so cute! I will take a flashlight next year so we can see where we are going.  It got pretty dark out there a couple of times!

I had a blast walking with Jen!  She left her kiddos at home with her hubby too, so it was a girl’s night!  We actually met at the coolest soda fountain in Pine Mountain before the walk!  I want to go back there again sometime!  We actually met up with another triplet mom and her family!  She brought her babies, and they did great!  They are 11 days older the kiddos!  They were born at 34 weeks and 4 days though….a little bigger!  It felt so good to do something for premature babies.  I know I don’t want to have to experience that again!  i definitely want to thank everyone for donating!  It meant a ton to me.  Enjoy the pictures.

Jen and me at the soda fountian!
Jen and me at the soda fountain!
Jen and I are all ready for the walk!
Jen and I are all ready for the walk!
Jessica, Jen, and me...all triplet mommies!
Jessica, Jen, and me...all triplet mommies!
Me with the 10 Drummers Drumming!
Me with the 10 Drummers Drumming!
Me and Jen with the giant teddy bear!
Me and Jen with the giant teddy bear!
My awesome shirt Jen made!
My awesome shirt Jen made!
Jen's awesome shirt!
Jen
Jessica and her family!
Jessica and her family!

I love you all.

Ginny