Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter weekend 2016

 Easter this year was celebrated in similar fashion to years past.

Because of my job as a Pastor, Easter weekend gets a little busy for me with all the services of Holy Week, so we do our best to get family celebration time when we can.

So....Because of my early Easter Sunday morning at church, we had our family Easter morning on Saturday. (We did this growing up at our house because of our church choir involvement on Easter Sunday)
I made the boys Easter baskets on Friday night, so when they woke up the next morning they could see that the Easter bunny had come! (This is such a fun age right now, because they are finally understanding what is going on)

They loved their new jammies, cars, sunglasses.... And got to try Peeps for the first time! A huge hit I think!

Once we got that tornado all cleaned up, we thought we would dye Easter eggs: it went better than expected, and the boys loved picking their colors and watching them change- and "stirring" was their favorite!

Later that day, my family celebrated Easter/my birthday. I had a service at 5:00 that night so Dave took the boys early, and I met them after church was over.

We had the standard menu of lamb, ham, creamed cabbage, gazed carrots, salad, rolls, etc for dinner.

After the Easter egg hunt, we made sure to open birthday presents before we sat down to eat... it goes pretty fast now with little kiddos helping you unwrap.

We took some fun pictures to document the evening before we headed home to get a good nights sleep for the Sunday festivities.
Singing happy birthday to mommy! 

Funny bunny hats a family friend wanted us to take a picture in for her! 

Family picture take 1 

Nana and papa Peterson with all their grand kids! 

On Sunday I was at church at 5:45 am for our 3 services we had that morning.

Dave, the boys, and Dave's parents came to worship at the 9:00 service.  They rushed out after to get to Auntie Connie and Uncle Donny's for Easter festivities, and I joined them after I was all done with church duties!

Auntie Connie filled 90 plastic eggs and hid them in the backyard for just our little boys.. (no other kiddos on that side yet). The boys loved finding them (now that they had practice from the night before) and then came in to open them- finding pennies, and candy galore!

Family picture take 2

Nana and papa  Dvorak with all their grand kids! 

Cute Easter outfits!! 

A funny Easter craft Aunt Connie made! 

The food was so good; lots of egg bakes, caramel rolls, deviled eggs, salads, and more!

I was pretty exhausted by mid afternoon- with all the people, church services, and food all week, I didn't have much energy left!

We had a quiet evening at home to wrap up the weekend!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 2016

The Here are some of the fun things that happened this month!

My sisters and I, along with dave and Waylon, took the cousins to Grand Slam for some fun! For them and for us!
We did some bumper cars, and the kiddos climbed around in the play area. Henry got a bit freaked out from the air compressed machine that would launch foam balls into the air whenever someone pushed the button... so it was a short lived trip due to some over stimulation.

We headed to TGI Fridays for lunch, where Henry had an allergic reaction to their french fries (garlic was in the seasoning). Ran to the near by Walgreens to get Children's Benedryl which helped. (We never leave the house without it now)

The boys are loving their ECFE class we attend every Wednesday morning. We are in the multiples class again, so all the kids are twins, and we are the only set of triplets. We absolutely love the teachers! Half of the class is spent together, while the second half is spent with the moms in another room talking about parenting topics while the kids have structured play! This has been amazing for the boys to socialize and work on getting ready for preschool this fall!

Graham made the local paper, when they did a story on how the community was celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Our nanny Sarah brought them to a story time, where a reporter was there. He took their pictures and asked for permission, and a co-worker of my sister pointed it out a few weeks later! YAY Graham!

My sisters and I had a great time attending our cousin Suzanne's wedding at the Ice House!  I always cherish our time together with family, but when we can get together just us sisters, it seems even more special!

Since I have Fridays off, I always try to find fun stuff for us to do! We went to Chucky Cheese for the first time with my friend Nikki and her Triplet boys, plus one older boy during their spring break. The boys had a lot of fun going on the little rides, and watching the bigger boys play their games and earn tickets!

One morning before work, as I was getting ready to leave, I was making my rounds in kisses and hugs. When I got to Nolan he said, "can I nuggle with you first?" How could I turn that down? So I sat on the couch, and it wasnt long before the other two climbed up to nuggle too....My dad snapped a few pictures while saying, "this is what parenting is all about". He was so right, I am so glad he did this, because it isnt often these moments can be captured!

My sisters and I got together again for another playdate at an indoor tumble place near our house. We had a great time!

Easter happened in is one picture from that, but I will post separately about it.

We are going to be starting potty training, like for real, next month... so stay tuned for that adventure!

and a few more cute pictures just because!

Monday, March 7, 2016

February 2016

I'm Another month down.. and I feel like our life is flying- with so much growth from the boys  and keeping them busy with constant fun activities!
Haircuts with our friend Sam! No tears shed! Yes!!! 

The month kicked off strong with Henry falling and hitting his mouth on the arm of a chair... which resulted in shifting his front tooth up and back.

We headed to the dentist (his first dentist experience) for an X-ray and check up to see what the damage was. Thank goodness no real harm was done... the tooth sits back a little more than the other, but no discoloring, or damage to the grownup tooth.

Although Henry never really likes doctors, they do an AMAZING job meeting the needs of kiddos. I LOVED the office, the staff, and their methods. Next step is getting them all in for their first "official" dentist visit.

I got to head to Anaheim, California for a work conference- i know, rough.
The weather was beautiful, the networking with friends and old colleagues was fun, and the workshops I attended were so helpful and informative.

Since Disneyland was a few miles from our hotel, I did some shopping for the boys and brought them home some "presents"- which I shouldn't have mentioned, because that is all they talked about when I would Facetime home to check in. 

Valentine's day week we went to a new music class with our triplet girlfriends. It was Love themed... and the kiddos had a blast! Arranged marriages here we come!

For work I had a confirmation retreat down at Gustavus Adolphus College... and as a proud Gustie Alum, needless to say I had a great time!

Even got the boys their first Gustie shirts! The first of many I am sure!

We celebrated valentines day as a family... with heart shaped pizza and heart sugar cookies- and even delivered candy Valentines to Uncle Donny and Auntie Connie, as well as Nana Lynda and Papa Dave. Nothing like celebrating the day with those you love!

We discovered an amazing hidden gem in our area... Airborn Extreme gymnastics in Coon Rapids. They have preschool open gym every Friday from 10-noon... this place is tailored for littles.... trampolines, tumble space, low balance beams... and upstairs is a play area, and eating area where you can bring in your own snacks.

We have gone every Friday since we discovered it. it is only 10.00 per family.
My Moms of multiples club is renting it out actually for our spring party...
Nothing like a place you can bring your 3 toddlers and feel confident they are safe and having fun!

The boys are loving their ECFE class every Wednesday morning. We are in a Twins and Triplets class, and we absolutely love the classroom, the teachers, and other kids in the group.
I think this class is so beneficial as it will get them ready for preschool this fall!

That is the one big thing we are working on now... where to send them to preschool.
It has been a long road of preschool fairs, weighing the pros and cons, location, cost, class times... man oh man!

We have narrowed it down to 2 places...
Zion Lutheran Church preschool
Anoka readiness preschool - the same location as their ECFE class.

Although Anoka gives us a better rate with multiples and focuses highly on academics, Zion offers the faith piece(which is important to me) and has an incredible staff,

We are familiar with both locations since I used to work at Zion as one of their pastors.
We hope to make a decision soon.
Next on the docket for us.... potty training...

A few more pics....
Snuggle time! 

Breakfast time! 

Bottoms up!