Friday, June 21, 2013

The name game...

I've been thinking it's been a while since I've written a blog post but kept coming up blank when trying to figure out what to write about.  Today Michelle and I went to one of the outdoor pools in State College and spent the late afternoon there.  We also bought season passes, figuring that the pool will be a great place for Michelle to give her body a break and for me to swim laps.  Quick funny thing about our season passes...Michelle gave them her driver's license to use to get her name entered and then the girl asked for my name and I said "Mari (and spelled it of course)...same last name."  She then took our pictures for our passes and when she handed them to us Michelle realized that mine said "Mari Stephen" on it!  Michelle's name on her license is her full legal name, Michelle Christine Stephen Therrien, but Therrien is on the second line and the girl just totally missed it.  We explained the mistake but asked her if it mattered and she said no so we decided to just go with it! =)

The pool is really nice and has a zero depth entry with lots of kid-friendly things like a splash zone, and small little kids slide, and two bigger slides.  It was PACKED with kiddos.  We sat in the zero entry area in a foot or two of water for a while just watching the little ones and thinking about bringing our little trio there next summer.  We talked about how tricky it will be to keep three kids safe at the pool and how we will have to run a "zone defense!"  We also watched moms with three kids of all different ages struggle to watch them all because they're all at different levels and we are thinking that maybe, once we survive the first year or so, this triplet thing will actually be a little bit easier.  Rather than having three kids at three different developmental levels, they'll all be doing about the same things at the same time.  Now granted, we know they'll all be different, and that they will have different interests, but it should make some things easier.  Like going on family vacations, for example; we won't have to figure out the perfect place that will be fun and interesting for a 9 year old, 6 year old, and 2 year old.  We had a nice time just thinking about that and watching the little ones and all the different parenting styles.  We talked about how we don't want our kiddos in any of the myriad of styles of "floaties" and how we do want them in rashguards and hats. =)  We also watched all the different parenting styles and totally respected the woman who left with her 1 year old and 3 year old when the little girl broke the rules and went around the slide where her mom couldn't see her despite the little ones tears. 

We also listened acutely for names because that is still something we're constantly mulling over, not having settled on three favs plus back ups yet (you know, in case the baby doesn't look like tour chosen name).  But don't even think about asking us to tell you our list because we aren't going to do it!  We don't want to hear anyone's opinions of the names we like because, really, once these babies come you're all going to love them no matter what we name them!  So while we won't tell you our top picks, we are happy to have you compile a list of first and middle names you like and send them to us via email as long as you promise not to be offended if we don't pick any of them!  We're pretty picky and we had more boy names we both liked so having to come up with this many girl names has been a little tricky for us!  So...if you have names, especially girl names, you'd like to lobby for feel free to email them to both of us. =)


  1. Why don't you two look at some family names? Maybe go back a few generations even. You could also just name both girls after yourselves. :)

  2. Looking forward to your baby names, once the little tykes arrive. We always go so archaic, I love to hear what normal folks are naming their kids these days. :)


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