Thanksgiving Part 2

Today we had Thanksgiving with Raj’s family! We had a blast! We’re all sorry Aaji was ill and could not come. Feel better soon Aaji! We had a wonderful complete dinner….including the turkey. Aaji made it great! The kids (nor I) had met everyone who came today, so it was so much fun getting to Megan and Jesse. The kids loved getting to play with Makenna again. Once they warmed up to them, the kids had a blast with Jesse and Megan too. I think Aaja had a wonderful time watching everyone interact. It was a very special day.

This is Megan, Maggie, Makenna, and Evie hanging out together!

Josh and Jesse are horsing around!

Jesse, Josh, Evie, and Aaja

Evie wants attention from Jesse too!

Megan and Maggie are cuddling.

Maggie was even willing to hang out with her Mommy for a minute!

Daddy is carving the turkey! Yummy!!

Daddy was the center of attention while carving the bird!

Let’s dig in!!!

Evie loved it all!!!

Maggie is hiding her smile, but she loved it all!!!

Look at that smirk! Josh loved it all!!!

Happy Thanksgiving again!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas tree. How lovely are your branches? Isn’t this time of year just wonderful? I guess I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to Christmas. I loved getting to walk the “city streets” in New York singing “Silver Bells” to myself. I married the most wonderful man at Christmastime. I love the radio stations playing Christmas music 24 hours a day until Christmas. I love sitting and watching the reflection of the lights on the tree as it bounces off all the tinsel. I love the smell of evergreens. I love the smell of gingerbread. I love relishing each moment I have with my family during this special time of year.

All of that to say, I hope to not overwhelm any of you with too much Christmas. If you can’t handle it, come back and see me in January!!!

Today we picked out our tree! The kiddos had a blast running around Pike’s. They were actually pretty well behaved. Daddy and I looked at all the trees and ended up choosing the first one we saw! He would have immediately gone with it, but I made him look around some more! Tomorrow we’ll pick it up and decorate it! This should be pretty darn interesting with three toddlers in the house…….!

Here we go! It’s off to choose a tree!

Josh isn’t too sure about this, but he thinks he likes it.

Maggie loves feeling the texture of the trees.

Evie and Maggie are checking out the trees.

See I really was there!

This is the tree we chose! It’s so beautiful!

Oh yeah! For all of you not blessed (just kidding) enough to live in the south, it was pretty warm today….Warm enough to play in the water!!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

You WILL Have The Christmas Spirit

 

They didn’t seem in agreement with this. Yesterday was the March of Dimes walk at Callaway Gardens through the Fantasy of Lights. Our entire family went. We went with nasty weather. We went even tough Maggie a child to be left unnamed cried so hard she vomited….she was throwing a temper tantrum by the way. We went because we were going to get to walk with friends. We went because we were going to get to see Santa. We went because the March of Dimes has had a major impact on our lives. We went because Daddy thought it was a 5k, not a FIVE MILE, walk. We went because WE WERE GOING TO GET SOME CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DANG IT.

They didn’t get the notice. Can you tell?

They kind of had the spirit at the soda shop before getting to the walk.

Josh did enjoy sitting on the stool.

Josh and Evie loved climbing the stairs!

Maggie didn’t want to climb the stairs.

Evie didn’t like having to wear the leash!

Maggie liked playing with the sand she wasn’t supposed to touch.

Evie liked playing in the puddles of water.

Maggie liked climbing in and out of the stroller.

They sort of got the notice while eating.

See Bo, Anna, and Alex were happy!

Evie LOVED the Christmas lights.

She is actually leaning to look at lights I’m blocking while snapping this picture!


Oh, I’m so glad Evie loved it…. These two weren’t so happy.

Josh was happy being held. Evie got mad that we stopped walking!

Maggie also loved being held by her Mommy.

Evie just wanted to see the lights.

Wow, that was a challenging day.

Am I glad we went? Yes I am.

Am I glad I got to see Jen? Yes I am.

Was it the hardest day of my life with the triplets? YES IT WAS.

Will I ever go again? Yes I will.

Will Raj ever go again? No he won’t.

Will the babies go again? Yes. I’m just not sure when.

Do I feel the Christmas spirit yet? Since I know the joy of Christmas does not come from lights and songs, yes I do.

Do I hope the season gets more fun and less dramatic? Oh yes.

Do I still think the best Christmas gift I ever got was my children? Yes I do. Nothing can beat having them.

I love you all.

Ginny

Baking Cookies

I had some help making Caramel-Chocolate Chip Cookies yesterday! We sure did have fun….. and make a huge mess! Evie was definitely the best helper of the three. I would have never thought the mixer would have scared them, but it did a smidge!

Josh and the measuring cups!

Maggie is also trying to help with the measuring cups!

Evie and Mommy are mixing up the ingredients!

Evie is instructing her Mommy on what to do next!

Evie is helping to put the dough on the cookie sheets!

Josh is thinking this helping thing has some perks!

Everyone, but Mom, now is doing their favorite part! The dishes!!!!!

Happy cookie making!

I love you all.

Ginny

A Few of My Favorite Things

Keely started this fun blog hop today! I get to PRETEND to be Oprah today and tell y’all my faves!

Here we go!

I don’t have a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in Pink… but I sure would love one!

Macbook Pro

Not Your Daughters Jeans…the BEST ever

Brooks Running Shoes

Stride Rite Shoes

Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte

RBA for helping make babies!!!!!

I put a lot of things on this list I don’t have, but maybe once the triplets are all out of medical school and law school I’ll at least get my pink Kitchenaid mixer!!!!!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Hot and Healthy Through the Holidays

Week #2

H&H Button

This week was better than last week! Go me!!! My eating leaves something to be desired, but I’m becoming much. Much more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth! My real problem….coffee. Okay, coffee isn’t the issue. I love a little coffee with tons of creamer. I mean TONS of creamer. I do use light creamer. Does that help?!?!? I’ll work on that this week.

I am sort of trying to do the pilates with the help of Maggie. I’m trying to do the exercises we have been taught about. However, Miss Maggie prefers if I do toddler pilates. This consists of her wrapping her arms around my calves, me laying on my back, and me lifting her as high as I can with my legs! It is DEFINITELY working my abs, and she’s having tons of fun. The other exercise I’m doing is called “Lean on the Beanbag and Flip the Kids Off the Coffee Table”! The kiddos also love this. It can go on hours and hours each night! My arms do burn from it!

The most exciting part of the week is cardio!!! I did 213 minutes of cardio this week!!!!! I exercised 5 days!!!!! I actually did my long run this weekend. I’m so glad to have my sista’ training on the weekends with me now. We have a big race in March we are already preparing for! Now that I’m in the groove, I hope I can continue it!

I love you all.

Ginny

More Christmas Stuff!

So, I have 2 more links to cool sites!

The first link comes from a friend I have known since my Baby Center days! Thanks Cindy! So cool!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=72022374396

The second comes from another triplet mom I know!

http://www.natnys-bowtique.com/gallery.html

Also, you can always make your own gifts! I made this wreath all by myself! Aren’t I all grown up now! I’m trying to be honest, but I think it turned out great!!! I thought we needed a “fun” wreath this year!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

How to Make a Gingerbread House….By Miss Evie

  1. Climb in the chair and act interested

  1. Begin to taste the open candy.

 


  1. Look innocent when caught testing the candy


  1. Continue trying ever different type you can find.


  2. Ask politely for another piece.


  1. Try not to look too upset when Mommy moves you from the candy.


  1. Eat your one hidden piece while playing innocently with a toy to not be noticed.


  1. Watch your brother and cousin play knowing they have missed the best part of the night.


  1. Try to count all the cups of candy ready to be put on the Gingerbread Houses.


  1. Go home and go to sleep. Make Mommy and Daddy do the hard work!


  1. Have Mommy work hard on the roof.


  2. Make sure Daddy is methodical with all of his work before you leave.


  1. Know Aunt Ashley will have a cool house.


  1. Be so excited to know EmmaClaire is going to help Mommy put the “kid” touches to the house.


  1. Dream of next year when you can stay up long enough to help.


  1. Be amazed by the incredible talent of Mommy and Daddy


  1. Check the house out from all angles.


  2. Make sure everything is in its place.


  1. Think of ways to “taste” the candy on the Gingerbread House without being caught!!

If your family has never decorated Gingerbread Houses, you MUST do it! It’s the BEST, BEST, BEST family tradition ever!

I love you all.

GInny

 

Men (and a Recipe)

Men

Men

Men

Women


Yes, the “men” were watching the football game through Miss Evie!!!! They never moved from this position. Can you tell?!?!?!

Healthy Recipe for Hot and Healthy Through the Holidays!

Salsa and Black Bean Soup

I absolutely adore www.crockpot365.blogspot.com It has the MOST WONDERFUL recipes! This is one I believe is wonderful, great for fall and winter, and very healthy (It can also be HOT if you so chooseJ)!!!

–1pound chicken (fresh or frozen)

–1 cup dried black beans (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)

–4 cups chicken broth

–1 cup sliced mushrooms

–1 cup frozen corn

–1 jar salsa (16 oz)

–1 1/2 tsp cumin

–1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream (to stir in at the end)


–low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices, cilantro (all optional)

Drain and rinse the beans.
Add to the crockpot.
Put in the chicken, and add the broth and salsa. Pour in the corn and mushrooms, and add the cumin. Stir, but don’t disturb the beans—let them stay at the bottom of the pot, closest to the heating element.

If you are using beans you soaked overnight, canned beans, or pre-cooked beans, you can cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5–similar to normal soup-cooking time.



If you’d like to thicken the broth, you can use your immersible blender to blend a bit of the beans and chicken. If you don’t have one, scoop out 2 cups of the soup and carefully blend in your traditonal blender. Stir the mixture back into the crockpot.

Stir in the 1/2 cup of sour cream before serving, and garnish with shredded cheese and avocado slices.

I copied this recipe from Crockpot 365. The only thing I do different is add more black beans, canned tomatoes, and anything else that looks like it would be good from my pantry!! I like mine to be thicker like a stew. Enjoy! This recipe is almost zero points on Weight Watchers by the way!

I love you all.

Ginny