Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas - Part Two

Christmas morning as a family!
We had a wonderfulo morning - a little crazy, as usual with 3 toddlers! They LOVED their stockings (my mom made them!)
Jason and his new sign for his shop. His most exciting present thought was new tool boxes for his shop and some new tools. Spoiled guy! :)

I got some very nice gifts too! I guess I would say I got spoiled too! :)

Cameron and Daddy!

My boys - LOVE these guys!
It was funny how much Madison loved the trucks we got for the boys! She is going to be her Daddys girl I think! She was playing with trucks all night at the McKinneys too! I don't know about her! :) She was having tons of fun getting inside the dump truck - as you can see!
Cam and his stocking - He LOVE LOVE LOVES balls! He really has a good arm at throwing too! He might be our baseball player!
Blake and his stocking. We haven't really seen a toy that he just loves yet. He LOVES his blanket though! :) He just kinda wanders around, quietly and does his own thing.

Madi and her stocking! They all three LOVED their stockings from Grammy!
My three Christmas Miracles!!! :)

Merry Christmas-Part One


We had a wonderful Christmas celebration this year! Back to the busy holidays! It was hard at times, I was really missing my Grandma and Grandpa!! We spent Christmas Eve morning having breakfast with Brian and Sheila, very yummy and lots of fun!! Christmas Eve evening was spent with Jason's family. It's always a fun time, visiting, lots of kids and good food! We also went to the Christmas Eve service together as a family. The kids did great! They sat through our churches the night before and then the next one. I was very proud of them. Of course they had to have a LOT of crackers to keep them occupied! :)

Me and My Honey (and Cams head!!)

Braden reciting the Christmas story for us! Very impressive!

Nathan also had it memorized but he read it to us instead.

Brian, Sheila and Briscoe (soon to make an appearance!)
Miss Madison Joy - Love this spunky little lady!!

My Boys! They are getting so big and handsome!


Grace and Tyler

Cam and Grandpa Curt

Aunt Boo and Blakers
There were a lot of babies at this party! :)


Monday, December 14, 2009

The weeks that Jason is home are SO full and happy! It's been a great week! It was so sweet to see how excited the kids were to see him this time. Usually the first day they are happy to see him but they just want me. This time they were so happy and excited and stayed that way all week. They just toddle around saying Daddy, Daddy! So cute!

I got a break Wednesday to just run some errands and take my time doing things in town. That's always nice!! Life right now seems to just be hurry hurry hurry. I LOVE the time when I can just be slow and not rush onto the next thing! A couple nights while Jason is home he sends me into bed early to just veg - which I LOVE!

Thursday we hung out together adn had a good slow day. Jason was able to accomplish a couple things too.... :) Brian and Sheila came over for the evening! We don't get to do as much with our friends lately so it was so nice to hang out and visit! The kiddos always love to play with Brogan too! So fun to have a friends and cousins!

Friday Jason and I got to go to Boise for the day! YAY! My Mom and Dad watched the kiddos so we could take the day. We did some Christmas shopping and errand running. I love that - we don't do that much cause Jason HATES shopping. So it's fun when it happens! :) We went to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, one of our all time favorites. All around a great day!

Saturday I got to go to Boise again to go shopping!! How great is that??? I shopped until I dropped!! First I stopped at my parents house to help do a little Christmas decorating. Then Kristen and I took off to do check off our Christmas list! We had so much fun, although she didn't make it the whole day! ;) It can be hard to keep up with my shopping habits! I got snowed in Boise and stayed the night with my parents. Jas had the babies all day and all night until I got home. I missed all of them SO much! It was hard to stay the night away but my sweet hubby wanted me safe! Can't beat that!!!

Sunday was a wonderful family day! Lots of vegging and hanging out together! There's nothing I love more than hanging with my man! And of course our kiddos! They are getting so big - we just try to soak up every minute!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

14 Months

This post is a little behind - but it's here non the less! The time just keeps on flying by! It feels like ages ago that the babies had their first birthday. It was only 2 months but they just keep changing so quickly, growing so fast!
The last few months has been a struggle with these kiddos. A lot of it is due to Jason being gone so much! It's stressful being a 24-7 single parent! They are starting to act out more too - I suppose that comes with the territory though..... :) I think we are just experiencing things sooner than most people because there are three of them! Most kids at this time are not having to learn that they have to share and they have to be nice. There is not an older more understanding child - they are all the same age and they want the SAME thing! We just continue to work with them, teach them to share, not to hit and to love their brothers and sister! :) Although they do just get at each other, it's so sweet to see that they already love each other also! They crawl up to one another and try to give hugs and kisses! It's SO cute! I love it- it does my heart good!

Madison is all walker now! She looks so cute doing it to cause she is so small! It looks funny seeing such a small person cruising around! She has been much happier since she started walking too! She LOVES it! She just walks and smiles and looks back to make sure you are as impressed as she is. SO cute! She is a whopping 17lbs 2oz now - still not even on the charts! HAHA! She is at the 45% for height though so we may have a good basketball player on our hands! She is a funny little girl! She is a handful but a blessing just the same! Madison has learned to say please in sign language and is working on thank you. She can say : Momma, Dadda, hi, cracker and dog. Everything else I don't understand yet! :)
Blake is not walking anymore yet. He can do it - just chooses not to I guess! :) He LOVES to cruise around on his knees! It's the funniest thing. I am not sure why he likes it so much but he does. He is even starting to get calluses on his knees from doing it so much. Blake is starting to have a bit of a jealous attitude and a little temper start to show. He is getting VERY possessive and does not like to share Mom OR his toys. I do feel for these kids, they have had someone constantly steeling toys or pushing or climbing on them since - well since they were inside me! I understand the frustration but can't allow it just the same. So we have been working on that the last couple weeks. They all love to "give loves" to each other! That just makes my heart so happy! It's so cute!! Blake is at 20lbs 10oz now. Still on the small size for weight but was in the 75% for height. I think he might be a tall one! Blake doesn't talk much, he is our quite guy. He says momma, dadda, dog and hi. They all have pretty much the same vocabulary so far. He says please and thank you very well in sign language. He can do the touchdown hands too! :) Daddy thought they should know that! :)
Cameron is getting really close on the walking. Still a little unsure of himself! But he loves it when he does it. He continues to be my happy go lucky kid! He is so funny all the time! He has started whining a little more lately though. :( wanting more attention than he gets! There is just not enough mom to go around! He is my little snuggler too! I LOVE that! Cameron is 21lbs 11oz and all chunk! Although, he is at about the 50% for height and weight. Cameron signs please and thank you very well too! He says: Momma, Dadda, Papa, dog, hi and cracker. Cam loves to laugh. You won't really even know he's around, having a conversation and start to laugh - then in jumps Cameron laughing just as hard as he can to show you he is there! :) He loves to clap and do any kind of trick he can to make you laugh and pay attention to him. He can also do the touchdown move. Very important skill!

Each day grows busier and busier! And most days more and more challenging! But I was reminded today about how blessed I am. I have triplets! Triplets that came 2 months early with NO complications!! They are now growing and healthy just like they had a normal start. There are a lot of multiples stories that are not that happy. As hard and as challenging as it gets, I have three amazingly healthy, beautiful babies!!! God is so good! I am thankful for the reminders he gives me right when I need them!

Christmas Trees

I LOVE the Christmas season! Such a special time of the year! A great time to be reminded of our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice He came to make for us! I am SO thankful for His love and salvation! I need it!!!

I also love the traditions, the family, the snow, the decorating and everything else that goes into this time of the year! One tradition we have - although we have had to miss the last few years for one reason or another - is going with our friends up into the hills and getting Christmas Trees. I LOVE doing this. I have turned to the dark side since we got married and have wonderfully perfect, pre-lit, fake tree. However, I do like to have a real one for the porch and fresh branches and twigs for the house! So we went with everyone one and found a great tree! We had to forge to creeks and climb a couple hills but we got to it and it looks great on my front porch! Jason hung some lights (that are now falling hopefully we can fix that soon! ) and it looks great! :) The day was so fun! The kids had fun with Grandma and Grandpa McKinney and Jason and I enjoyed a day to ourselves!! Kristen and Sage came along for the first time which was a lot fun too! I am glad they are married and living close and can do all this fun stuff with us! There was quite a bit of snow up there too which made it feel even more like Christmas. The leaders of this outing did go as far up the mountain as we could - the snow got deeper and made the last leg of the trip a little scary for my taste!! There was a drop off on one side of course and the snow was deep and slick on the last part of the road. So the slip and sliding towards the bad side of the road had me nervous. Although my husband tells me we were never in any danger I still get scared! But that's cause he almost killed himself just months after we were married fourwheeling in his truck. But that's a different story...... :) Anyway, fun day - fun traditions! Now - to finish the decorating.....

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy (Late) Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was a very fun filled week!! Jason got to be home so that made it especially nice!! I started off the week getting to go see New Moon with Kristen and do a little shopping - SO fun! We got lots of fun visiting in too which is always nice! We don't get to do that as often as I like so there is always so much to catch up on! Wednesday I got to spend a couple hours with Jen visiting over coffee - much needed visit! Thursday was a yummy Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Boo's. She always does a WONDERFUL job on the dinner - we love being there! Last year we weren't able to be apart of Thanksgiving or Christmas cause the babies were too little. So this year was especially special! :) My family also came so we had the whole McKinney clan and the Martindale clan. That is always nice, that way we don't have to switch off or jet really fast to the next get together! Friday was up there as one of my FAVORITE days!! Sheila and I got up and went shopping ALLLLLLLL day! We had so much fun! I can't remember the last time I have gone shopping, all day, no time limits and money to spend......Can't beat that! Saturday we went with the whole gang to get Christmas trees. That was SO fun! Curt and Rene' watched the kids for us so Jason and I got to spend a lot of time just being together and visiting. That is such a rare thing for us right now that it was SO needed and SO good! Such a struggle to have him gone SO much!! We found a great tree and lots of extra branches and twigs to decorate the house up with. The rest of the week was pretty quite at home, the babies got sick so we just stuck close and hung out. Jason helped me get some decorations up which was so sweet of him! Now I just need to finish.......