Thursday, September 25, 2008

30 Weeks

Little Charlie and I are now 30 weeks! Hooray, exactly eight weeks from right now, we will have already met his sweet little face. It's getting so close! We went to the doctor today and everything is going great. I didn't gain any weight over the last two weeks, but I didn't lose any so my Doc was OK with that. Other than that she says he is measuring right on track and sounds like a very active little boy. Most of the time, it looks like he is literally trying to punch and kick his way out of my belly. It grosses Jake out, he said it looks like an alien trying to break free, sadly, he is right. Week thirty landed me in the hospital with the triplets, and thankfully there is no indication of anything signifying pre-term labor so we are all happy down here! Here is a pic of me and Surprise at thirty weeks. I'll put one of me and the trips at thirty weeks in the hospital up for comparison too!

He's a growing little boy!

OK, it's hard to tell but I was substantially larger the first time around!

The kids are doing great. Jake finally made it home last night after they were already asleep, but they were very glad to see him this morning. So we did it, we survived three full days without Daddy with only a couple of meltdowns! Here is what they were up too while Jake was away!

When Daddy's away, the babies will play!

This was before school on Wednesday

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's like we're normal......almost!

So Friday, I was feeling brave and wanted to get out of the house. I decided we would go to Chick-Fil-A for some playtime and lunch. I made the decision, that the kids could walk instead of using the stroller. It's big and hard to maneuver and getting heavy for me and Charlie. So I put on their harnesses and we walked in. No one fell, or tried to sprint away, we all just held hands and walked right in. We played for about forty five minutes and then it was time for lunch. I was going to get it to go but decided we would try to eat it there. Now we've eaten there before, but always in the stroller, and the kids always share a meal. So we all stood in line, ordered our food and walked politely to our table where I put them in highchairs. They then proceeded to each eat their own kids meal, out of the bag, along with drinking a little Chick-Fil-A cup of lemonade. Not one spill, not one throw nugget, just a quiet, dare I say it, enjoyable lunch. There was even some conversation between the four of us, albeit I didn't understand 90% of it, the kids seem to have a good chat. After we finished, we all carried our own drinks, and we walked out to the car and loaded up and headed home. It was AWESOME! Of course I called Jake and my mom as soon as we got in the car, I was pumped. It was just so fun to have a normal little lunch with my kids, all by myself, without the giant stroller blocking the aisle for the other patrons. We will definitely be doing it again soon!

With our new found independence, I decided today would be the day that we would try Toddler Time at our local library. It's a story/singing/learning time that I thought would be fun for the kids. They absolutely LOVE to read so I figured it would be perfect. Welp, apparently, we aren't ready to sit on little tiny mats for forty five minutes. We did great for the first fifteen minutes, but then we quickly realized we had been sitting still for way to long. They all wanted to climb on my lap and stand on my legs. This would have been fine, if not for just one little problem. I only have two legs, two arms, and a rapidly growing belly. So we tried sitting in the chairs along the back wall and that lasted for about, oh maybe two minutes, and then I decided it was time to go. There were no screams or loud noises, but I was wearing out quickly, so we headed to the van. We will definitely go back, just not any time soon.

Jake is out of town for a few days this week, (don't worry Mom/Dad/Nanna/Poppa, we're doing fine) and so far it's going really well. The kids are doing great and are down for a nap. I've got all our meals and days planned out to keep us plenty busy, and Daddy will be back before we know it.

Here's some pics from this weekend:

We went to the "Plano Balloon Festival" on Saturday morning and it was pretty fun. It was super hot and we missed the balloon launch, so we only got to see one balloon, but the kids liked it and I'm glad we went.

Watching Daddy water the flowers on Sunday night

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shake - N - Bake

Not only am I quoting one of the great movie classics of all time (Talladega Nights), this is also my newest discovery. I love KRAFT.COM, and check it out all the time for new/easy recipes. Well I found one and it is awesome. How in the world have I never had this deliciousness in a box before? It's an injustice! I mean seriously, you just put the chicken strips in the bag, shake it then bake it. Could not be more simple. I told Jake, it's a good thing he the kids loved it, because we will probably be having a new and interesting flavor each week. I heart Shake-N-Bake! Anyway, the kids are doing good and have had a good week. The Sooners don't play this weekend, so we are going to try something fun to do. The weather is supposed to be back up in the ninety's so we'll see what we can come up with! Hope everyone has a good Friday and a happy weekend!

Here's some pics of the kids from last week. I was taking some pictures of them while they were playing outside. Hudson was sitting on the little wall with his ball and I took a pic of him. I turned around, and there was Carter and Ella, each holding a ball saying "cheese, cheese, cheese". Hilarious! So now every time we go outside, they run straight to the wall and sit and want their picture taken. Think these kids aren't a little into themselves?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

We Love Fall!

We are finally enjoying some cooler weather around here (mid-80's) which has been a treat. The kids and I have been spending alot of time outside swinging and playing. Jake and I went to a Ranger's game with our friends Sam and Hollee who have 3 month old BGG triplets. We had a great time and it was good to just get out of the house for by ourselves for a while. Tuesday, we just hung around the house and played outside a little. Yesterday, the kids had school and of course were totally worn out when we got home. But they had a great day at school and got glowing reports. The chapel leader even stopped me on the way to our car to tell me how well behaved my little troops are during chapel time. Always good to here. They were so exhausted last night, we barely made it until 7:15 before bath and bed time and they were out. They even slept in a little this morning too. We also got our fridge fixed yesterday which is probable the most exciting thing to happen around here in a while. I cleaned it really well before I filled it back up and I can guarantee you we have the shiniest, most organized fridge on the block. Today is laundry day and probably alot of outside play! Hope everyone has a good one!

Here is a couple of pics of the kids before school yesterday. As you can see they don't always turn out like I would like! But their memories all the same!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy Monday

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Things were pretty laid back around here. Saturday it rained all day b/c of Ike, so we just sat inside, played with the kids and watched football. I did get to go get a mani/pedi and make a quick Wal-Mart run in the morning. While the kids took a nap, I took a nap and Jake did some work outside. We had some yummy pizza for dinner and then we were primed for some Sooner Football. Here's some pics from right before the game Saturday.



"Of course the Sooners are #1, don't you see my finger?" - Huddy

"I'm gonna dominate this slide, just like the Sooners are dominating the Huskies" - Miss Ell

"I don't have anything to say, I'm just cute, so take my picture lady" - Tarter-Man

Sunday, Huddy woke up with the green snots so I decided church was a no go. So we just hung around the house instead. We played and played and then it was time for lunch and a nap. After nap, the kids helped me bake some cookies and then we went outside to play while Jake grilled up some dinner. They played in their swings forever and then it was time for dinner. After dinner, we played a little bit more and then it was time for baths and bed. After the kids were down, Jake and I put Charlie's crib together! Hooray! I didn't really get to do anything with the triplets room, other than pick the stuff out, so I am really excited about doing Surprise's room. We got the same crib as the ones we already have, and that way, when the boys all share a room (way later on down the road), their furniture will all match. Here's what it looks like so far. All the big stuff is done, just the little things like curtains and bedding left.

The daybed - we will have different bedding (sheets and comforter), I just haven't picked it out yet

The changing table - this is the same one that was in the kids room, we just moved it over since we have one in the playroom now

The crib - I'm going to get the mattress this week and then all we'll need is a baby to put in it!

Here is the fabric that I picked for both of the nurseries. The curtains in both rooms will be the striped fabric with chocolate brown buttons on the tabs, and all of the boys frames above their beds with their letters will be done in the striped fabric too. Miss Ella's letter frame will be done in the floral fabric, and their will be a matching quilt/throw made for each of their rooms (for the day bed in Charlie's room, and for our reading mat in the big kids room). They will all have the blue/green/chocolate brown polka dot sheets, and then when we move the triplets to their toddler beds, we'll get them a coordinating bedspread with the fabrics some how worked in. I'm way excited to see it all done, I think it will be too cute!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Busy Week

Well we've had a busy week around here. Sunday, Jake had tickets to the Red Sox/Rangers game. They were suite tickets so we though that would be good for the kids. Well it would have been good, but the suite was totally in the sun and it was ninety-eight degrees. So we lasted outside for about ten minutes, just long enough to get pictures and then we spent the rest of our time inside in the A/C watching the Rangers and the Cowboys on TV.

Where are my sunglasses Mom? - Hudson

Oh my, I am sweating all over my pretty dress, where's the shade? - Ella

I'll ask again, why are we out in the heat again? - Carter

Ella and Carter enjoying the suite life

The whole crew

Tuesday, we had a Doctors appointment to get Ella's ear re-checked and get the kids their flu shots. Ouch! Ella's ear is great and then they all got their shots and cried for about two seconds and then were fine. We went to the play place at the mall since we were over in that direction. But, we had to leave early because of the mean little girl who's mother's Starbucks and conversation was way more interesting than actually parenting her child. After about the tenth pinch and hit, we headed home. After lunch, the kids took a good nap, but when they woke up, Hudson had gunk running out of his right ear. Call the doc, they are already closed, but I make an appointment for Wednesday after school. I got his ear all cleaned up and he seems to be feeling a little better.

Wednesday was a school day, so I got everything packed, kids dressed, everyone loaded and off to school we headed. I headed to my doctors appointment and waited forever and then headed home to wait on the refrigerator man. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention we still don't have a fridge. Well we will minus a fridge until next Wednesday. Thank goodness for the Kelvinator (Jake's adult beverage fridge) out in the garage. So what if I have to put shoes on to go get my fudgescicles and moo bars, a small price to pay I guess. I went to pick the kids up from school and they did great. They loved chapel, and they finger painted, ate a great lunch, and took a good nap. After school we headed back to the doctor and wouldn't you know, Huddy has the exact same thing that Ella had, just in the opposite ear. It would make my life a little easier if they would at least act a little under the weather. But nope, we act perfectly normal until our little ear drum pop a little hole. After the doctor, we went to Target to get Hud's prescription filled and we finally made it home for the day at about five pm. I threw together some dinner the kids gobbled it up and were exhausted so it was bath and bed time! Here's some pics of the kids on their way to school!

The whole gang

Such hams those boys are

Cheesy Ella

Thursday, we decided to check out the Chick-Fil-A play place. We had never been to a fast food play place so I was a little nervous how they would do. They did awesome. They were the only kids there, but they played and climbed and ran and it was quite a chore getting them to leave. We came home and took a good long nap, and then got ready to go watch Jake in the Freedom Run. It was one-hundred degrees, so needless to say, we were all a little sticky, but Jake ran well (aka - didn't collapse and die of a heart attack), and a good time was had by all. We bathed the kids as soon as we got home and they crashed, they were exhausted!

Jake and the kids before the big race

Big Daddy crossing the finish line at a blistering pace

Hooray it's over! We're in the A/C! - Huddy and Ella

Don't worry dad, I brought you plenty of fluids to rehydrate yourself - Carter

Today, I took the kids to buy new fall tennis shoes. Even though it's still way hot here. Their other shoes are getting a little tight, and way stinky. I wash them about once a week, but we have some serious stinky feet issues. Tomorrow, we are hunkering down, bracing for Ike. It is not supposed to be terrible, but sixty-five mile an hour wind and rain is something we don't see alot of around here. Good thing there is football on all day! Hooray! Hope everyone has a good weekend! Boomer Sonner!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

28 Weeks

Well little Surprise and I are twenty-eight weeks today. I had my glucose screening this morning which sucked. I didn't have to do it when I was pregnant the first time and that nasty sugary stuff is just plain nasty. Bleh! I gained two pounds this past month and she was pleased with that. I told her the two fudgescicles and two moo bars a day must be helping! Week 28 started bed rest and a terb pump with the triplets and thankfully, there seems to be none of that in sight, hooray! Only ten more weeks! We are going to get his crib this weekend and probably a few more little things so it's all starting to come together, he'll be here before we know it. I would also like to officially announce, the spelling of his name has changed. Jake and I battled back and forth and in the end I think we came up with a good compromise. I'm a big fan of naming kids what you are going to call them. Jake is as well, since his real name is Robert Jacob, and he goes by Jake. So Jake wanted to officially name him "Charles", but call him "Charlie" spelled with and "i-e". I said if we are going to name him "Charles", we will call him "Charley" with an "e-y". I thought it was silly to call him something different and throw an "i" in there to boot, so we each gave a little, and he will now be officially called "Charlie Johnson Barron" on his birth certificate. Confusing enough for ya?!

Here's a 28 week belly pic!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fun-Filled Football Weekend

Well the kids and I had a great weekend. We left early Friday morning to drive up to OK and the kids did great. We stopped at our half-way gas station and I fed them breakfast and changed their diapers. For the record we are now eating two bananas each for breakfast. My Nanna and Poppa met us at my parents to keep the kids occupied while I unloaded everything and got all of us settled in. The weather was so nice up there so we took the kids outside to play in the backyard. My aunt had gotten there by that time. We played for a while and then it was time for lunch. We had "Arby's", and the kids ate like pigs. Carter has been on a hunger strike for about a week and a half, but all was solved this weekend. He is back to his normal garbage disposal self. After lunch it was time for a nap. The kids slept great which was good b/c we had a busy night ahead of us. After nap we played for a little while, had a little snack and started to get ready for our big night. We went to the local hamburger place to eat some dinner and then it was off to the big high school football game. The kids did great! They made it until half-time and we didn't have one meltdown. Last year, Carter cried the entire time, so it went alot smoother than that! We headed home, bathed them up, lotioned them down, dressed them in their PJs and off to sleep they went w/o a peep. They slept the whole night w/o waking up once! Hooray! They woke up early, but that's OK, I'll take that. My Grandma Vicky and Nanna came over to watch the kids Saturday during the OU game, and they said they did great. They went for a long wagon ride, and played in the driveway with their "Little People" riding toys. They were still awake when we got home from Norman, so we got them ready for bed, put them down and again they slept the whole night. They woke up at 5:30, so we decided to hit the road home early. They slept until I stopped in Durant and then were peaches until we hit the driveway. So all in all it was a great trip. Here's some pics from our fun weekend!

Checkin' out the swimmin' pool before headin' out to dinner

This is the me and the kids exactly one year ago before an OU game, and then this year. I can't believe how much they've grown!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

First Day of School

*Updated* The pics are now at the bottom of the post!

Well, the kids had their first day of "school" yesterday. It is a church pre-school program down the street from our house. They loved it and their teachers said they did unbelievable! Carter and Ella had a few tears in the very beginning, but calmed down after a minute or two. They played hard, colored well, ate a good lunch and went to sleep on their little nap mats within two minutes. I was a little nervous about nap time, because they only nap in the confinement of their little cribs, but the teachers said they laid down and went right to sleep, so I was way happy. So all in all, I guess I can say it was a success.

As for the rest of the week, it has not gone so smoothly. The kids and I made our way home from OK on Monday and the trip went well. The kids slept great on Monday night so I was pretty excited for the rest of the week. Well Tuesday comes, and it starts off really well. The kids and I went to Wal-Mart to stock up for the week and the kids did great. We played outside for a while, ate a good lunch and then it was time for a nap. The kids slept great, but woke up super cranky, and that's when it all went downhill. It was too hot to play outside so we had to stay inside and confinement is never good. Jake had to work late so as I was getting dinner ready, both sinks started to fill up with water. Nasty, dirty water. Then, the dishwasher filled up with water. So there is dirty water pouring onto the floor, cranky kids and I've got not a clue what to do. Jake started work on it as soon as he got home and we have temporarily fixed the problem. Everything is now draining to the outside of house, which is probably not enviromentally friendly at all, but desperate time call for desperate measures. So the kids got to bed about fourty-five minutes late, but they got their much needed baths. So I get everything packed and labeled for school today and go to bed early knowing I was going to get up to make sure everything was in order for our big day. I wake up shower, get ready and come to the kitchen to make breakfast and make lunches and the refrigerator is totally not working! Nor is the freezer. So everything is hot and ruined. Too bad I had just been to Wal-Mart and stocked up for the entire week and had to throw everything away. Luckily peanut butter, bananas, and fruit snacks, do not need to be refrigerated. So all was not lost, just our fridge! I got the kids off to "school" and spent the rest of the day doing laundry and ironing. Oh the fun life of a mom!

Here's some pics of the kids on their way to school! They looked too cute and are absolutely obsessed with their lunch bags, which Huddy affectionatly calls his "Nak-Pak". That's "Snack" and "Bag" combined for those who don't speak Hudsonese.

The whole crew looking especially excited on this early morning

Hud-man waitin' for his nak-pak

Miss Ell posing and lookin' pretty

Carter is thinking, "Seriously, it's 7:30 in the morning, do we really need pics!"

The gang waiting at the door with their much loved nak-paks