Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Triplet family Halloween party

Last Saturday we went to the first of what we hope becomes an annual party with the other triplet families in the area. I’m still not sure just how many families were able to make it, but I think the expected head count was around 100 people. It was a pot luck style gathering. Everyone brought something to share, I took the easy way out and volunteered to bring all of the utensils. That and I volunteered Cody to take photos.
Cody brought his studio lights and seamless white background to take a family shot for everyone that was able to make it. It think he only missed one or two families that had to leave early with their younger kids. After eating we had a trick or treating line set up. It was chaos, complete chaos, but in a good way.
The boys didn’t really understand the whole trick or treating thing at first, they were just excited to get to carry their buckets. Then they figured out that people were giving them candy. They enjoyed some candy that night. I tried to take all of the suckers away before they could get too sticky. Even without any suckers no one lacked in the sugar department.
I didn’t take any pictures the whole night due to Cody being in another room and trying to wrangle the boys, but after everyone else had packed up we (with help) were able to get a few shots of the boys in their costumes.
The plan with this years costumes was to find ones they can use as dress up items in the coming year. I think we did pretty good.

Nicholas was a train engineer, Parker the police officer and Andrew a cowboy. They were pretty good about keeping their hats on all night. The hat with Andrew’s costume had no hope of fitting his head, but it worked hanging on his back. They were laughing very hard while Cody was taking pictures due to another mom playing with pom poms behind his head. Before the laughing started we did get a full range of toddler emotions.

I promise Nicholas is not making a hand gesture, this is his excited pose. Parker was just just not interested and Andrew was just plain happy.

The next big family gathering will be for Christmas and I can’t wait. It such a wonderful group of people and we’ve (especially the moms) have formed a strong bond.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First attempt at the pumpkin patch

Thursday night we took the boys to the local patch to get some photos and look for some pumpkins. We didn’t stay long since we forgot the mosquito repellant and Cody was getting eaten alive. We were able to get one family shot before letting the boys run.

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And run the boys did. This was so much easier last year when the boys were walking and fairly confident in their ability, but no one was running, especially not as fast as the boys can run now. In an effort to slow the boys down a little we asked them to hold hands.

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It works sort of. The boys will line up, yell “1, 2, 3, go!” and take off running for about 20 feet. The stops only last about 3 seconds. At least its super cute.
We looked at a few pumpkins, very few.

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Within 10 minutes the mosquitos were swarming, you could see clouds of them following people. We made a dash for the car. We’ll try again this week.

Museum of Ancient Life

In all of our visits to Thanksgiving point we’ve only visited the gardens and the farm, but today we went to the museum for the first time. We had so much fun. We met two other mom friends and their triplets to tour the exhibits. The first room was the Notion of Motion.

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I could have spent all day in this room! The boys loved it as well. It was a room of full of moving balls and hands on experiments. On this table the center circle spins rapidly causing the balls and weights you roll over it to spin off crazily or stall and spin with it. You’ll notice in some of the pictures the boys are carrying their new Mickey Mouse plushes. Cody got them each a Mickey, in their colors. They are replacing their beloved towels as a lovey, the boys have insisted on taking them downstairs in the morning, cry for them if they are not returned for naptime or bedtime. We’ve also let them take them in the car. They seem very content to have a pal to carry with them.
Anyway motion stuff. They had spinning discs that of course looked different when spinning versus stationary. I would have loved to read all of the explanations of the experiments, but I was too busy watching the boys.

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The small balls were supposed to spin around the edges of one display, exactly like the coin donation spinners, the boys just wanted to toss the balls to make a ‘basket.’

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The were really really into throwing the balls and retrieving them below.

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The spinning table was a big hit with everyone, I even managed to get all 9 kids in one shot.

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We played in the sand and water table set up, it is meant to let you simulate a flash flood that traps dinosaurs that later become fossils. It was really hard to get the boys to look at me they were having to much fun playing. The best part of this area is the area for shorter kids is in the center of an oval table and it only has one exit. Perfect for keeping the boys together.

We had a chance to help build a dinosaur. The boys mostly kept pulling the legs off while the older kids were trying to put them back on.

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At this point the kids were all getting to the just about done stage, so we set up for a group photo. It is so hard to wrangle 9 kids 4 and under for a picture. I had no chance of getting everyone to look at me, but they were all sort of sitting still.

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After the group shot there was just one more area to visit. The quarry, it is where kids get to use brushes to discover fossils. For the most part it just meant playing in the sand.

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The boys had a lot of fun and were so tired when we left. I had to ply them with fruit snacks and chocolate milk to keep them awake on the drive home. If they fall asleep in the car for even a minute it means skipping naptime. So I do everything I can do to keep them awake.
We’ll be going back, especially as the weather gets colder and we are less able to play outside. I want to take Cody with us next time so we can spend more time playing with all of the motion displays.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mom’s night out in Park City

Last weekend I was able to join 7 other moms for a night at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City. It was so much fun and I hope we get to do it again. We met on main street for dinner for pizza and pasta then headed back to the lodge. Roxane was nice enough to volunteer to do gel nails for everyone.
We all picked out our colors, while laughing and talking.

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We stayed up past 3 am and I don’t think everyone slept very long. This is an amazing group of women.

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I know I laughed until I was crying for hours. I hope we get to do it again.
The next morning we went shopping at the outlets, thanks to a buy one get one free sale I think everyone’s kids got new pajamas. This was my first night away from the boys since they came home from the hospital, it was wonderful to have a night off. It was also great to get home and get hugs from excited to see me kiddos.

We are enjoying fall

To take full advantage of the cooler weather the boys and I have been out and about almost everyday.  We’ve been so busy I keep planning on posting a blog, but by the time I get around to it it’s old news. So a quick update in pictures.

Two weeks ago we went to the zoo. A friend and fellow triplet mom said she was going to the zoo and wanted to know if anyone wanted to meet her. So we ended up with 6 moms and 19 kids (6 sets of triplets and one big sister).

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The boys enjoyed a special treat, a corn dog. It’s so funny watching the different way they each eat the same food.

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Four days later I took the boys to Thanksgiving Point Farm. The enjoyed seeing the animals, but I think their favorite part is still the soil to market interactive play area.

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This is the first time the boys have really understood the planting of ‘seed’ or picking fruit/veggies off the trees.

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We also went for a horse drawn wagon ride, it took half of the ride for the boys to accept that we were not bringing the choo choo wagon with us.

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Baby goats were all kinds of exciting.

We’ve also spent time at the local park, in the yard and at Gateway. I don’t mind the snow, but I sure am enjoying the fall weather.