Archive for June, 2011

Work Hard, Play Hard…SLEEP!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I  admit, when Max first mentioned a recruiter contacting him from a company in Utah, I was a little taken aback.  Immediately I though of Big Love and potatoes.   After quickly realizing I was confusing Idaho with Utah, I tried to think about what else I knew about Utah except from a few popular tv shows.  It was very little.  I think this state is a bit of a hidden gem and I feel so lucky we were given the opportunity to discover it.   Almost 1 month in, and I still feel like I’m on vacation.  The motto “work hard, play hard” has always been a favorite of mine.  And now, I’m beginning to realize the power of that motto even more.

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Summer is so fleeting here, this city takes advantage of every second.  There are free concerts 3-5 nights/week and festivals every Saturday and Sunday.   Then of course, there is the recreation.  You can be outdoors all day, the temps range from 50-80 during the days so it is always comfortable in the summer.  And of course, it rarely rains.  Everyone bikes everywhere, it is no wonder it has one of the lowest BMI’s  in the country!

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I am quickly adapting to the extra stress that goes along with high altitude training and am venturing into trail running.  Max is also taking advantage of the awesome fitness opportunities out here.  All of us are taking a little beating.  I admitably have taken a few spills trail running and the kids have taken some tumbles on their bikes.  But, we are all having so much fun, it is worth it!   The kids are actually working on conquering the beginner mountain biking loop at one of the mountain bike obstacle courses.   Meanwhile, we have figured out a way to transport all three kids on our bikes when we travel around town.

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The benefits of all this activity, besides staying in great shape, are SLEEP!  Everyone is sleeping great; in fact, the kids sometimes sleep till 8 AM!  I haven’t slept in this late, this often for 3 years!

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It is a little strange moving to such a small town.  We rarely travel down to the Valley; we have everything we need up here including a Super Wal-Mart and some world-famous restaurants.  But, we don’t blend in very well.  Almost everyone who meets us greets us with “oh yes, you are the ones with the triplets…I’ve seen you around town”.   Although, everyone has always been very polite and nice so far.   In fact, the other day, one of the hot air balloons that travels over our neighborhood several times a week,  came down for a closer view when they saw all three kids waving frantically from the deck.  ”are those triplets?” they yelled from overhead.   Yep, that would be us.

Potty Away!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

A few months back, Mia practically potty-trained herself (of course I’m not surprised).  It was easy, clean and fast.  There were no rewards, no bribes, no long talks.  She started telling us she needed to go potty and within a few days, she was using the potty every time she pooped or peed.  Granted, although she is a perfectionist, she is also a normal kid, so she had an accident or two.  They happened in extremem situations (HELLO….she couldn’t stop in the middle of an Easter egg hunt) and were always distressing to her.  Now, she is in underwear all the time, even overnight, and hasn’t had an accident in months.

I was hoping I could wait it out until Josie and Marcus potty trained themselves as well.  The kids turn 3 next week.  They need to be potty trained before they start their new preschool in September.  I have been telling myself over the past few months I would work on potty training as soon as things settle down.  I promised as soon as everything was unpacked in our new house, my focus would be potty-training.  After all, I had to either potty train or miss out on preschool…its a no-brainer.  I brought out the dreaded little potty.  I also equipped myself with an M&M dispenser and a signature “potty dance”.  That was all Josie needed.  After two persistant days of many “potty breaks”, she was potty trained during the day.  Over the past week, she has had several accidents, but she is well on her way.  In fact, the past several nights, she has been staying dry as well.

I talked to several experienced moms about potty training before I even thought about beginning the process..  The smart ones all said to WAIT WAIT WAIT.  You’ll know when their ready.  I always chose the easiest, most practical option when it comes to raising kids.  I didn’t even bring out a little potty until the kids were 2.5.  Sure, the grandparents played around with sitting them on the potty and got a huge kick out of seeing them pee but they weren’t really ready to be officially potty-trained, so I didn’t bother working with them at home.  It wasn’t worth my time to sit them on the potty and wait, and wait, and wait for something to happen a few times a week.  That is not potty training and I didn’t have the time or patience for it.  I think I made a wise choice.  Both the girls were pretty easy to officially potty train once they were ready.

But, then there is Marcus.  Now that the girls are both potty trained and wearing big girl underwear, he is definitely peeing on the potty more but I can tell it just isn’t clicking with him.  Sometimes he goes, sometimes he doesn’t.  And, it seems the thought of pooping on the potty is just repulsive to him.  So…I’m not going to push it right now.  I have 2 more months until he MUST be trained.  I’m hoping in those months, something will click with him as well and things will go just as smoothly.  If not, I guess I’m in for an interesting few weeks come mid-August.

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Tiramisu Please

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The other day we stopped in at Whole Foods to get the kids a treat after a long bike ride. Josie chose a brownie. Marcus chose chocolate pudding. Mia could have chosen from an array of cookies, mouse, chocolate cake, or candy but she decided on Tiramisu. Marcus and Josie tried some and despised it. Mia ate the entire cake. What’s next Mia, french truffles?

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Balance me Happy

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

By far the best money I have ever spent on kid toys is balance bikes.    If you’ve been thinking about getting them, I highly recommend them over any other riding toys; we’ve tried them all.  I saw all the videos and read all the testimonials but I had my doubts; I was especially skeptical about one of my daughter’s ability to learn (not naming any names but she is extremely uncoordinated).  Sure enough, after a few weeks of practicing daily, my kids were flying on these bikes….all three of them! And, they love them. After several months, they still cannot wait to ride them everyday!

It is no secret that toddlers have never been the light of my life.  Anyone that knows me well, knows that young children don’t do much for me.  I love kids that can hike, bike, camp, play tennis and use  some sort of logical reasoning.  As much as I enjoy the cuteness and cuddles, my toddlers hold me back, and I have a hard time with that.  Since I retired my jogging stroller, I rarely get in any exercise with my children.   That is why I am so happy to have found these balance bikes.  I actually have to jog to keep up with my kids now!  In fact, we went on a 1.5 miles bike ride/jog today.   It was fantastic.  It gives me a glimpse into future mountain bike rides, rock climbing, and mini-triathlons together.   I know, I know, we have a way to go before my kids  belay me down a ravine but for now…balance bikes make me happy!

Opposites…

Monday, June 13th, 2011

As I sit and enjoy the sereneness of my new backyard, I sometimes get lost in my own little world.  What is that bird with the bright blue belly?  Oh wow, there is the blue heron again!  Look, it’s the adorable fox that lives in the den up the hill…

“IT’S SWIPER!”

Then, I am jolted back to reality as my children scare the fox back up the hill by loudly accusing him of swiping Dora’s belongings.

The stark contrast of the gentle rapids and my children’s loud giggles strangely seem to fit together just right in this new home.

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Now I’m just not sure if the quiet retired  couple next door agrees….

Settling In

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Change can be unsettling.  Max has known for awhile that his career path would likely take him out of the Triangle, a place we have called home for the past 10 years.  The where and the when had been hanging over our heads for the past 6-9 months.   In March, Max received a job offer that would move us to Park City, UT; halfway across the country.  The job, the environment, the great schools and sense of community were all in our favor.  It is far from family, and that will be hard.  However, I am a firm believer in embracing new experiences.  Max moved at the end of March.  I made the decision to stay in the Raleigh area until June to get our house organized, continue my business, let the kids finish preschool, and spend more time with family and friends before we headed to Utah.  It was hard on both the kids and I to be so far away from Max for so long but finally here we are, settling into our new home and enjoying life’s adventures.

Saying goodbye to our friends and family was tough.  We were very lucky to have a large percentage of our family all within the same town for 5 years or so.   It just so happens, several of us ended up moving away from the are over the past few months.  Max’s brother recently headed to Pheonix and my sister and her family are being relocated to Dallas. Certainly, it was especially tough for the grandparents to see us go.  Although we will miss seeing them so often, we do look forward to lots of long and frequent visits over the years.

I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to move to such a beautiful part of the country.  I have always been a very outdoorsy and sporty girl.  And, living in a community with the same values as me has always been a priority in my life.  One summer Max and I were lucky enough to live in Portland Oregon, which reminds me a lot of Park City.  I loved it and always wanted to go back!.  Like the Portland area, people here are outside all the time…even in the dead of winter.  Everyone bikes, skis and runs. Family is a high priority and the opportunities for families to be active together are limitless.  I am living my ideal vacation and that is pretty darn fabulous!

The kids are having a blast despite a few setbacks.  Our POD (all our processions) is MIA.  We have picked up a few toys but mostly spend time outside.  Luckily the house we’re renting is partially furnished so we have some essentials.  We are also having problems finding someone to transport our mini-van.  Max has his Outback here (which we may try to squeeze three car seats into) and we’ve been taking the bus around the small town (which has been surprisingly easy)  There is so much to do here. The kids keep telling me how happy they are that we moved to “the house in the mountains”.   And most of all, after living apart from daddy for 2.5 months, we are happy to all be together again.

Now, let’s see how I gloat over my new home in a few months, when the snow starts. Winter has always been an oddity to me so it should be interesting. I have a feeling my pair of heeled boots aren’t going to cut it…

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We’re just a normal family…almost

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The drama of having triplets is finally simmering down.  There was a time we couldn’t set foot in public without being asked about our unique situation…”oh my gosh, triplets?  I can’t imagine.”   Around the age of two, things got a little more subdued “wait, are they all the same age?”   Now, we can sometimes go several days between odd stares or ridiculous questions “did you plan that?”.   On top of that, I can actually get out and about with the kids very easily, at least compared to the first few years.   We are on our way to not just being a family with triplets but to being a normal family with three kids.

At our recent college reunion party, Max and I actually had the opportunity to sit, socialize and have a few drinks while our kids played.   My  life actually appeared calmer than my friends who were juggling toddlers and young babies.

This sense of normalcy went out the window when Yo Gaba Gaba began to play in the background.  I overheard one of the parents ask “what is this show?” and another said “I have no idea, this is really weird.”

I tried not to overreact as I practically choked on my daughter’s cheerios.  ”Did someone just ask what this show was…seriously?”  Where had these people been the past few years?

There it went.  The parents looked at me sympathetically and said “if I had triplets, I’m sure they would watch tv all the time too”.  All the other moms and dads eagerly nodded in agreement “I don’t blame you”.

Wow.  After several “I still don’t know how you do it?” and “you are my hero” ‘s the conversation continued amongst my friends and got even more preposterous.  ”Yeah, we have finally expanded her tv watching to Sesame Street but she hasn’t seen much more than that.” and “I have no problem with cartoons, I just don’t want them to get hooked” and “Oh, I know.  I love TV myself, I just don’t know if I could stand listening to all those kid songs.”

I honestly don’t even know what to say other than that conversation suddenly made me feel “not normal”.   I love my friends to death but truly, there are some things non-multiple parents will never understand.  I don’t think many of us would have a conversation about the limits we place on our children’s tv watching, whether we had “a problem with it” or not.   I’m not sure we would have the time to think about it one way or the other.  And…as our kids get older and we finally do have time to analyze whether cookie monster’s departure from Sesame Street is a good thing or not, we just don’t care.  By this time we have realized, Yo Gaba Gaba is awesome!

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