Thursday, April 14, 2016

Auntie Tracy takes on the Triple(t) Threat

Early in March Michelle and I were really debating whether to bring the kiddos down to Tallahassee with us for our house hunting trip.  We were actually leaning towards bringing them since we didn't know who would want to hang out with them for four or five days (or rather, who would feel up to the task!) and we thought maybe it would be good for them to see where we were moving and get a quick visit in with Kate.  We were on the phone with Tracy one night and she actually volunteered to fly down to watch the kiddos for us.  We must have asked her ten times if she was serious and was really up for it, but she insisted that she was.

We left on Wednesday afternoon and Hope took the first shift watching them that first night and the next day until Tracy's flight arrived.  We haven't left them since that very first time last November and on that trip the one time we Facetimed them it made them sad so we didn't do it again.  This time they were just fine with it so we got to hear about their adventures with Auntie Tracy over Facetime.  All in all it seems like they had a great time with Tracy and Tracy took it all in stride.  In fact, she was very brave and took them out to a restaurant by herself multiple times and drove them an hour and half to the mall in Harrisburg to go to Build-A-Bear!!!  Michelle and I both thought she was nuts for making that trek, but she did it and they LOVE their bunnies & bear.

eating out at a mexican restaurant with Tracy
not so thrilled about the pic, but they do love their creations!
showing off their bunnies
silly boy who let Tracy spike his hair
It is no easy task to be solo with triplet two year olds (as Tracy now knows first hand!), but she rocked it and the kids had a great time.  We can't thank her enough!  Hopefully as they get a little older it will get even more manageable and Michelle and I will be able to get away for a fun vacation sometime!  The trip to Tallahassee was anything but relaxing, but it was productive and that's what matters!

Tracy stayed for Easter too, which was more fun this year.  Avery LOVED hunting for Easter eggs!  Here are some cute Easter pics:

dying eggs with toddlers means eating 1/4 of all the dyed eggs five min later!
new Frozen sunglasses
our little egg hunter!
showing off her stash
cutest little easter bunny!
pushing her bunny at the park
Avery giving her bear in a bunny costume a ride down the slide

A fun visit from Grandma Stephen

Oops!  These pics have been sitting in an unwritten blog post for over a month now!  Early in March Grandma Stephen came to visit and the kiddos had a blast with her as always!  I didn't take enough pictures, but here are a few that capture some great moments!

This first series is of all the kiddos re-enacting the story of the three little pigs with Grandma over breakfast:
I'll huff...
and I'll puff
and I'll blow your house down!

two little pigs hiding from the wolf

this must be the pig in the brick house because she is just amused!

one last huff and puff!

We also went to gymnastics with Grandma to show her all the things we are learning.  Grandma & Grandpa gave us money for gymnastics at Christmas time!
balancing boy!

"big jump!"

upside down Ellie

just hangin' around
(I put Avery up first...thus catching her falling in the pic!)
Where's Waldo, er I mean the triplets?!

And then we had to take Grandma to the pool to show off our swimming skills

And our hairstyling skills!
looking good buddy!

The Triple(t) Threat is flying south

Wow!  It is already the middle of April and it's been a month since the last time I actually sat down to write a blog post.  And as usual, I had to get up before the kiddos to do it.  Likely I'll only get ten minutes before at least one of them wakes up.

Many of you already know this, but Michelle accepted a position as a professor at Florida State University so this summer we will be moving to Tallahassee, Florida.  We never saw ourselves living in Florida, but this job sounds like a great fit and after getting two inches of snow here last week, the idea of warm weather year round sounds pretty darn appealing!  Michelle and I went down to Tallahassee a month or so ago on a house hunting expedition and found a great house.  It has a mid century modern feel and is nice and open.  It still needs some updating (kitchen & baths) but I think it's going to be a great house for us.  And if you ask the kiddos about our new house in Florida, the only thing you will hear from them is "It has a pool!"  They are already so good in the water, but now I have new incentive to have them truly swimming by the time we move!  Yesterday I took them to the pool in the morning and when I mentioned going to the pool Avery says "my pool in Florida?!"

This impending move is probably the biggest reason that I haven't had any time at all to blog lately because it feels like every spare moment is being spent comparing/contrasting mortgage estimates, homeowners estimates, answering emails, scheduling moving companies for estimates, or selling things on Facebook mommy swap sites.  I am in major purge mode, trying to get rid of toys they don't play with anymore or have outgrown, clothes that don't fit or that we won't need once we move to Florida (good bye snowpants!), and generally trying to pare down our "stuff."  What I really need is a weekend, probably more like a week, of kiddo and work free time to really be able to focus on this, but that's not likely to happen so I just keep doing little bits here and there.

Michelle is in the middle of collecting data for her dissertation and there is never enough time in a day for her to do everything she needs to for school either.  I have a feeling that we aren't going to see much of her this summer as she comes into serious crunch time and I know she is already feeling sad about it.  But hopefully, once she gets this done and gets settled into her job at FSU we will get more family time.
check out the girls in their new FSU Seminoles shirts!
8:45pm Well, that wasn't too bad...I actually got to write a little bit this morning!  And tonight Michelle is at a friend's house writing so I am letting the laundry sit unfolded in the basket and ignoring the mess on the train table to take a bit of time to finish this.

When we were in Tallahassee house hunting I had a meet-n-greet with a pediatric clinic in town.  An hour later they called and offered me a job.  (note: they did not ask me a single question, which confirmed my assumption that this was NOT an interview!)  Anyway, after a lot of thought I decided not to accept the job.  They were very willing to work with me on a part-time schedule, but a few things just didn't feel right to me.  I was struggling to figure out how to write a "sure I'll take the job, but I don't really want to" email when I got a call from the Early Steps coordinator for the area and after that conversation I felt very confident that the best plan is for me to start my own business seeing early intervention clients and billing the state directly.  It will definitely take a bit of additional work up front (just what I need, right!?), but in the end, I know it's the best plan.  It gives me the most flexibility to do what I want to do, when I want to do it, and how I want to do it.  I am excited about this new venture, but now I need to add "start a business" to my already long to-do list!

We are planning to move towards the end of July. We will close on the house in June, but our lease here goes through July 25th and we aren't in a rush to leave, especially since the weather in Florida in July is going to be super hot and sticky!  And we are trying to eek out as many fun adventures with our friends here before we leave.  We are so going to miss our Moms of Multiples crew here and the kiddos are going to miss their friends. Thankfully, the new house has lots of room so we're hoping they will come visit!

I mean, who else is going to let our kids mooch all their picnic
dinner like this & not be phased!

As always, we welcome visitors, both here in State College before we move (ahem...Auntie Mary & Uncle Phil, that spaghetti dinner still hasn't materialized!) and after we arrive in Tallahassee!