How To Make The Best Of An Hour

I have learned how to make the best of an hour.  I gave my beloved choo-choo wagon to another triplet family.  My trio are just too big for it now.  I’ll write a good-bye post, but that will be later.

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So, the kids and I had one hour before meeting the other triplet family.  I was tired and grumpy.  They were being slightly high maintenance, and I had to get them out of the house.  I’m not sure if I’m the only one to feel like that, but we had to go! 

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In a moment of panic trying to decide what to do with my little critters, I decided to take them to Peachtree-Dekalb Airport to play on the playground.  This was truly a moment of genius for me.  The kids were so, so excited to go to the playground AND see airplanes.  I felt almost like a miracle worker!!

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We played for exactly an hour.  They were NOT happy to leave, but I promised we would go back and play again.  Being placated by this response, we were off to pass on our wagon. 

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We sure did make the best of that hour!

I love you all.

Ginny

Busy (and berry picking)!

Man we have been so busy this week!  I love getting to take the kids and do special things together!  I’m so lucky to be able to be home with them most every day.  I love it!

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We went berry picking with some friends!  We picked blackberries and blueberries.  It was a little toasty, but not nearly as hot as I thought it would be.  The kids learned to only pick the ripe berries.  I was actually pretty impressed how quickly they figured out the plan.

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I will admit my kids are truly “city kids”!  Evie hated all the bugs.  Honestly, I’m not a fan of them either, but she takes the cake on that one!  Maggie was hot and proceeded to take off her shirt to cool off.  Then, sweet Josh wouldn’t leave his teddy bear in the car.  Thus, we had a dirty bear at the end of the day. 

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Having our friends come pick berries with us helped.  All seven kids helped to entertain one another…..and keep siblings from fighting.

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We had a really fun picnic lunch while we were there.  Actually, the kids and our friend Wendy, had a good picnic.  Heidi and I picked blueberries while the kids were eating.  Wendy has blueberry bushes at her house and didn’t need to pick any, so she got stuck with all the kiddos.  She did actually call us when the kids were getting cranky.  I love modern conveniences Smile.

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After we left the BriarPatch, we did go to the fountains at the mall.  The kids were tired and cranky, but we still had about another hour of fun before heading home.  I was thrilled to have happy and tired kids who napped great!

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I love you all.

Ginny

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the world!  Raj is the kindest, most patient father in the world!  Our kids are so lucky to have him!  I am too! 

We had a great time celebrating while eating Hibachi today after church.   Look at how far we have come!!

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I love you Raj!!

The Best Laid Plans…..

The best laid plans are often changed!  Or, at least in my house they’re changed.  Monday, I was exhausted beyond words.  I just couldn’t do it.  In fact, I just couldn’t do anything.  The kids were irritable.  I was cranky.  All in all, just a bad day. 

We went to the gym and I exercised.  The kids were happy and well behaved in the childcare area.  Then,we went home and the fighting ensued.  I had started making lunch, and finally told the kids to go to their rooms to play hoping they would stop fighting.  It worked….sort of.

Maggie had gone upstairs to her room and gone to bed.  I went upstairs to have her come down for lunch when I realized she was sleeping.  There was no way I could wake her at that point. 

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You see where this is going right?  Josh and Evie were still awake and wanted to go to the pool.  That wasn’t possible, so I pulled out the water table.  Then, I sprayed them with the hose .  They thought it was great!  My only problem was that I hadn’t put them in their bathing suits.  Neither of them like their wet clothes, so they ended up running around in their undies.  I’m so glad we live on a street few people ride on!

They were happy.  I was tired hoping to get a nap once I put them down for their naps.

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That didn’t happen Sad smile .  Fifteen minutes after Josh and Evie went down, Maggie woke up.  There went my nap.  Oh well.  Maggie and I ended up having a great time together!

We blew bubbles!  We cooked dinner.  We sampled dinner.  We play with the cat.  We did tons of stuff.  I really believe Maggie just needed some special “Mommy” time.  What was funnier to me is Maggie didn’t want to wake up Evie and Josh.  She was having too much fun being an only child for the moment!

In the end, the day worked out exactly like it should have!  Plus, we went to Fernbank two days later!!!

I love you all.

Ginny

What to do? What to do?

Now that vacation is over, I have to figure out what to do with the kids.  So, I’m thinking about hitting the library and then the fountains at the mall tomorrow.  If I pack lunches for me and the kids, this will be a completely free (and fun) day! 

Now here’s another GORGEOUS picture of my kiddos from the beach!

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I love you all.

Ginny

Beach Vacation 2011 (part 1)

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At McDonald’s eating lunch…great table set up!

Ahhhh Destin!  Gotta love this place!  Actually, Okaloosa Island to be exact.  This summer, Raj and I rented a condo from another triplet mom I know for the week.  We took the kids and my mom with us, and we all had a blast!

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Maggie racing into the water!

The trip down went so much smoother that I could have ever expected!  The kids were great, and we got there fast!  Our condo blew me away!  It is on the first floor, walks directly out to the pool, and has a beach view.  It is decorated so cute and kid friendly!

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Josh exploring the ocean!

After arriving, we put the kids’ in their bathing suits and went straight to the beach.  Maggie ran straight for the water.  That child is fearless!  Josh actually warmed up to it pretty quickly too.  Evie, on the other hand, didn’t like getting “dirty” from the sand.  Oh that girlie girl. 

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Evie and Josh

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Mom, Maggie, and Evie

We took the kids to The Crab Trap for dinner.  It was okay, but a bit much for the kiddos.  After dinner, we took the kids to the pier.  They loved it!  They loved seeing all the fish.  They loved looking in the ocean.  They loved it all.  The only part  they didn’t love was having to leave because of the storm that popped up.  However, they did love playing in the rain when we go back to the condo.  Oh the life of a child Smile.  It sure is good!

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Maggie, Mom,and Josh eating  dinner.

Dad and Maggie with Maggie wearing Dad’s hat!

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Josh, Maggie, and Evie on the pier

Josh, Evie, and Maggie in the rain

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Maggie and Evie

I love you all.

Ginny

Playing In The Creek

I have learned that I must be spontaneous….or at least attempt it!  We had met up with some friends at a park a good ways from our house.  One of our friends ended up getting sick and having to go home less than an hour after we had arrived.  Well, I wasn’t going to let the trip go to waste.  I’d heard another parent talking about walking to the creek.  I bet you can guess what happened next!

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We went to the creek!  It took me a while to figure out how to get down to the creek.  Once I did, the fun commenced!  I (honestly) hadn’t planned on them getting into the water.  In retrospect, that was the stupidest thing for me to think!  I thought they would be happy to put their hands in and splash.  I was wrong!

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Before I knew it, Josh and his tennis shoes were in the water.  Once I blinked, Maggie was in the water.  Evie, the rules follower of the group, took the longest to hop in!  At first I wanted to be upset.  Then, I decided we would just have fun.  I knew I had panties and undies in the car, so I could at least take off the wet clothes and put those on. 

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The kids had an absolute blast playing!  I’m so glad to know I can relax and have fun even when the kids are doing something that goes against everything “civilized and acceptable” to me!  I hope I can remember the fun we had while at the creek.  We can really have more fun when making the most out of a “bummer” situation!

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I love you all.

Ginny

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

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The kids and I went to a Gwinnett Braves game and had a blast!  Get this, the first game my kids ever saw was Braves vs. Yankees!  There is nothing better than that for a first game ever!

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I love the lawn seats!  They are so cheap, and they don’t keep the kids contained.  I have learned that the thing I hate about the games is the inflatable bounce houses they have.  You have to buy either tickets or armbands for the kids.  That can get quite pricey in my opinion.  I think I need to learn to say no a little more Smile

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The kids loved watching the players throwing the ball between innings.  That was much more fun to them than the game itself!  Now, they did love the sound of the bat hitting the ball!  It was cute hearing the go “WooooooW”! 

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The other highlight of the game were the dogs.  Much to my surprise and pleasure, the first Sunday home game of every month is “Bring your dog to the game” day.  The kids got to visit with some very friendly dogs!  I had to stop the from feeding the dogs their popcorn though!  We were lucky to be sitting around some very kind families who allowed the kids to pet their animals!

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We didn’t make it through the entire game.  We left in the sixth inning.  I decided to leave while they were all still happy!  Knowing they would most likely fall apart at some point made this option much easier!

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I hope to take the kids to another game this summer.  I do want to get “real” seats next time.  The kids would really see the game better…..and maybe not want to jump on the inflatables!

I love you all.

Ginny

A Day On The Town

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So I took the kids plus three of my nieces to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta last week.  We had a blast!  I was pretty nervous taking one  11 year old, a 6 year old, a 5 year old, and three three year olds downtown by myself, but we had a blast!  We saw Beauty and the Beast, and it was amazing.  What was even more amazing was ALL of the kids were quiet and watched the entire show.  Honestly, I was surprised and pleased the show lasted more than an hour.  It was a little terrifying wondering my trio were going to fall apart before eating lunch at nearly 1pm.  They didn’t.  I think it helped having their cousins there to distract them. 

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Rebecca Anne

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Evie

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Maggie

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Josh

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EmmaClaire and Evie

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We went to The Varsity for lunch!  It was crazy being there with my kiddos.  I remember going there all the time as a kid.  Granted, I loved it even more because we sat in the car and ate.  This time, we all went in.   We did get a few odd looks from people.  You could tell they were all thinking all six were mine Smile.  The kids loved sitting in the old school desks to eat.  I liked that no one could touch each other or steal food!  The only hard part was I could never really sit and rest.  The kids loved it all.At the Center for Puppetry Arts

We get to go to some fun places.  I hope to be posting our adventures here as we go!

I love you all.

Ginny