Pools And Diapers

Evie, Maggie, and Josh in the pool!
Evie, Maggie, and Josh in the pool!

Today, the babies and I went to Babies R Us!  We had a blast!  I was in search of a kiddie pool for the backyard.  Yes, I have an unnatural obsession with water!  We live in Georgia.  It will be 100 degrees until October….that may be an exaggeration, but you get my gist.  I think the kids need to be fish!  It is the best way to be outside and play in the sweltering heat of summer.  I will take them to the neighborhood pool by myself, but sometimes that can be overwhelming.  The pool in the backyard is going to allow us to have a lot of fun without me being completely stressed out!!  The babies loved it today!  I hope they love it all summer.  I sure will too!

The cool water felt great!
The cool water felt great!
My girls are swimming in their shirts!
My girls are swimming in their shirts!
How fun!!
How fun!!

I have also made a wonderful discovery for the pool.  Reusable swim diapers!!!!!  Oh my gosh!  They are the best!  We can easily go through 2-3 packages of disposable swim diapers each week.  Those suckers are EXPENSIVE!  Plus, I actually feel badly about the environmental waste from our day to day diapers that I wanted to do a teeny, tiny bit to help the environment.  Yes, I would have probably cloth diapered had I only had one child.  Oh well.  I do what I can.

Evie's swim diaper...wedgie and all!!!
Evie's swim diaper...wedgie and all!!!
Maggie is modeling her swim diaper.
Maggie is modeling her swim diaper.
Josh loves his trendy swim diaper!!!!!
Josh loves his trendy swim diaper!!!!!

On with my story.  I researched and found some reusable swim diapers.  I ended up choosing the ones from One Step Ahead.  They are awesome!  I only have one for each child.  We can swim in the morning.  I can wash them while the kids are napping.  They will air dry outside before the babies get up from their afternoon nap, and we can start the entire process all over again!  I will get one or two more pairs for each of them this summer.  I just wanted to make sure they would fit first.  Even if you use disposable diapers on a daily basis, reusable swim diapers are definitely the way to go!

One more cute diaper view!!!!!
One more cute diaper view!!!!!

Also, they are really cute to boot!

I love you all.

Ginny

What Was My Favorite Vacation?


Raj and I have taken the babies on two vacations so far.  They were both so different, yet so similar.  I would probably say our most recent trip is my favorite.

Our first trip to the beach.
Our first trip to the beach.

We have taken the babies to Saint Augustine twice.  The second trip was fun because the babies were old enough to get in the water and play in the sand!  It was a blast introducing them to the water and watching them eat sand!

All of us on our second trip to the beach!
All of us on our second trip to the beach!

The trip was also special because it proved to Raj and me that would CAN do it alone.  We took no additional help.  It was just he and I with three almost 11 month old babies.  I think our confidence grew by the hour!

Daddy and Josh at the water.
Daddy and Josh at the water.

Our other trip to Saint Augustine was special because the babies were only SIX WEEKS OLD!  We are a little adventurous for sure!!  However, we were there with my entire family, so we had TONS AND TONS of help!  It was so nice getting to introduce the babies to their Uncle Casey and Aunt Susan on that trip, because they had not been able to come down and see them before that time.

Uncle Casey and Aunt Susan meeting the babies for the first time.
Uncle Casey and Aunt Susan meeting the babies for the first time.
Maggie and Evie playing under the umbrella.
Maggie and Evie playing under the umbrella.

Here is my advice to other Moms of Multiples….

1.  Order take out from your favorite restaurants.  You get to enjoy your favorite foods without the trouble of loading up lots of little kiddos.

2.  Stay in a condo and eat breakfast and lunch in.

3.  Take your own high chairs.

4.  Take a beach umbrella or a tent to shelter the babies.

5. Get a car top carrier to carry part of your stuff.

6.  Make sure you have a washer and dryer in your unit.

7.  Make sure to sit out on the balcony and drink Margaritas or Pina Coladas….or both with your spouse in the evening as you watch the ocean!!

See we brought our highchairs, and they served multiple purposes!!
See we brought our highchairs, and they served multiple purposes!!
Me and my girlies!
Me and my girlies!

I love you all.

Ginny

For The Love Of Ice Cream

Maggie loves her Reese's Peanut Cup ice cream!
Maggie loves her Reese's Peanut Cup ice cream!

What was I thinking????????

Evie's thinking about it.
Evie's thinking about it.

Was I crazy?????

Yummy!
Yummy!

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!

I took my kids to get ice cream.

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HOW INSANE!!!!!!

Why didn’t I think about them wanting to hold their own cones?

Or stick their fingers in the cones......
Or stick their fingers in the cones......

Why didn’t I think about the sticky mess?

Finished with cone number one!
Finished with cone number one!

Why didn’t I think about the bath they would need later?

On to cone number two!  She took my cone!  How crazy!
On to cone number two! She took my cone! How crazy!

Do you really want to know why?

Then, she finished it too!!!
Then, she finished it too!!!

Because it’s…….

FUN! FUN! FUN!

This was the kids first trip to Bruster’s, our local ice cream shop!  Aunt JuJu, EmmaClaire, and OletaKate met us!  We all had a blast. 

Look how neat and tidy OletaKate is with her ice cream!!
Look how neat and tidy OletaKate is with her ice cream!!

 

I hope my kids eat ice cream like this one day!!!
I hope my kids eat ice cream like this one day!!!

Just as an FYI……Josh was the only one of the three not to eat any ice cream.  Just call him Uncle Casey ;0)!

Oh the fun of summer!!
Oh the fun of summer!!

 

 

I love you all.

Ginny

One Of Those Things

There is one thing I have always dreamed of having my children do.  Today, they did it……and I let them play as long as they wanted!  It made my day!

Josh is clearing out all the pots and pans for the girls to play with!
They had so much fun!
They had so much fun!

I have always wanted to see my children pull the pots and pans from the cabinet and play with them!  They had a blast…and so did I!

Of course the favorite ones were the ones I got from the dollar store....years ago!!!
Of course the favorite ones were the ones I got from the dollar store....years ago!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

 

 

 

 

Hysterical Story

No pics today.  However, I am making up for it with this story!! 

Today Evie had swimming lessons.  We skipped yesterday just because, so felt obligated to be there today.  It is not the easiest thing to get three one year olds out the door on time.  Here is a fantastic example of this.

I told Emily I would pick her up at 8:00.  She came along for all of the fun.  I don’t know what I would have done without her.  I got to her house at 8:30.  Do you see a problem there?  I just could not get the kiddos all dressed and out the door on time. 

Side note- Evie’s swimming lessons were from 9:00-9:30 in Peachtree Corners.  Then, all three kids had a pediatrician appointment at 10:00 in Johns Creek.

So, back to my story.  We pick up Emily and get onto Pleasant Hill Road, almost to 141.  It is at that moment I realize I left my shoes at home.  I rarely drive with shoes, and is why I had not noticed this minor detail earlier.  I  figured I could walk into the YMCA without shoes, but I would have to stop and buy flip-flops, or something else, before going to the pediatrician.

Oh the story gets worse.  Then, as we pull into the YMCA parking lot, I realize I left Evie’s clothes at home on the dresser.  We didn’t have any spare clothes in the car either.  I always dress her in her bathing suit to ride to swim lessons, thus she had no real clothes for afterwards.  I have never forgotten clothes for my child before today when we needed to go somewhere after swimming lessons. 

Now, not only do I have to stop and buy shoes, but now I also have to buy Evie an outfit.  Urghhh. 

We go to swimmning lessons.  We basically got there on time too!  Emily took Josh and Maggie for a walk.  Then, we leave the YMCA at 9:36.  I drive past Old Navy.  They are still closed.  It is too early thus wasting 3 precious minutes.  Then, we go to Target.  I know they are open.  I run in at 9:44 find a cute outfit for Evie (and the matching one for Maggie) that is on MAJOR sale.  Then it takes me five minutes to find the CHEAPEST pair of flip-flops.  I refused to pay $10 for plastic.  After that, of course, there is only one register open with four people and buggies filled with merchandise in front of me..  They finally send me to customer service to check out.  I get back to the car at 9:56.

Remember the pediatrician appointment is at 10:00.  I call them and tell them we are running a few minutes late.  We get there at 10:08.  I think that is pretty impressive.  I did not even speed too much.  Emily dressed Evie.  I got the choo-choo out and put Maggie and Josh in it.  Then we finally get into the office at 10:12ish.

Guess what time we finally saw the pediatrician?  11:15.  Guess what time we left.  11:50.  It was brutal.  The kiddos got the rest of their one year shots.  I have chosen to space mine out a little bit.  They all got their ears examined.  All ears were in good shape.  I had to get a few more referrals for Josh and Evie.  Routine stuff. 

Emily and I put them back in the car, and they were asleep before we got out of the parking lot.  Emily and I wished we were too!

Whew.

I’m tired just retelling that story.  I hope I am not the only mother to forget her own shoes and her child’s clothing!

I love you all.

Ginny

Have I Mentioned I Love The Farm?

Well, I do!  I look forward to going to the farm every week to pick up our fruits and vegetables for the week.

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I love trying new foods!  Here are some examples….

Napa Cabbage- I made a Blue Cheese Coleslaw with it…..Awesome!

Kale- I made Sweet and Savory Kale…..Amazing!

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Green Beans- I made….green beans!!  They were so yummy though

Summer Squash-  The babies have eaten all of that! 

Maggie loves the farm!
Maggie loves the farm!

Strawberries- I made strawberry muffins!  Oh how good!

Swiss Chard- I made a Swiss Chard Quiche!  We loved it!

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Fresh Garlic-  Oh how yummy…..and the smell was fantastic

Green Onions- They are so good on everything!

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These are just a few of the fruits and veggies we have gotten.  However, even better than that is the experience.  I love taking the babies to a working farm where NO chemicals are used.  It is amazing how wonderful the farm is.  I really think the babies are starting to enjoy going too.  Soon they are going to be helping me cut the herbs.  Ack!  How crazy is that?!?!

Oh yeah!  I also get cage-free, organic eggs at the farm!  They are to die for!!  They taste SO, SO different than store bought eggs. 

Okay.  That’s it for now.

I love you all.

Ginny

To The Daddy Who….

Daddy and Maggie
Daddy and Maggie

Let’s us bang on his computer,

Evie, Maggie, Josh, and Daddy
Evie, Maggie, Josh, and Daddy

Let’s us chase (but not hurt) the cat,

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Sings the best “Sweet Potato” song.

Josh and Daddy
Josh and Daddy

Cooks the best maple sausage,

Josh loves Daddy's sweet potatoes!
Josh loves Daddy's sweet potatoes!

Let’s us watch t.v.,

Evie, Josh, and Maggie are getting ready for some good t.v. with Daddy!
Evie, Josh, and Maggie are getting ready for some good t.v. with Daddy!

Loves to tickle us,

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Will get on the floor and play with us,

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Loves to rough house with us,

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Maggie

Will take us to the pool,

Daddy and his girlie girls!
Daddy and his girlie girls!

Will give us hugs and kisses on the spur of the moment,

On the way to the pool!
On the way to the pool!

Treats each of us like individuals even though we came as a group,

We were a group from the beginning!
We were a group from the beginning!

Can recognize our voices better than Mommy,

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Who loves us unconditionally,

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WE LOVE YOU DADDY!!!

Happy Father’s Day!

Your little cherubs (or wild ones!),

Evie, Maggie, and Josh