Abby, Izzy, Ally

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tis the Season!

December is SO busy, it's hard for me to find time to blog! But - I do have all my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and under the tree and the Christmas cards are in the mail, so it should be pretty smooth sailing from here!

Last weekend was Matt's birthday, and we took our 2nd overnight trip since the girls have been born. We planned it for months, but just went to Tulsa and stayed at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino. We're not big on gambling, but wanted to pretend we were on a Cruise, where we could park somewhere and stay all night. We had a blast! We ate at McGill's on the 19th floor, which turned out to be very nice, then just laid back, drank wine, and talked. NO SCHEDULES! NO BABIES! NO INTERRUPTIONS! It was GLORIOUS! My mom watched the girls from 5pm on Fri night to noon on Saturday and Matt's parents watched them from noon to 6pm on Sat, when we got home. After checking out of our Hotel, we met our friends, Andrew and Courtney, for lunch. (Andrew's birthday is a few days from Matt's, so we've traditionally always celebrated their birthdays by going out to dinner). After that, we did some Christmas shopping and came home. These 24 hour get-aways are few and far between, but very nice!

Right now, here are a few things they're in to:

Isabelle Rae (a.k.a Izzer, Wizzer, Monkey girl, Izzerrae, Izzy)

Izzy is still getting into everything she's not supposed to, the moment I leave the room. The others do also, but Izzy is always a given. As a matter of fact, the other day, I had a drink sitting on a side table... they could only reach it by climbing up on the couch and reaching for it from there. I checked on them 60 seconds prior to the "incident", but when I came back in, Izzy was standing on the couch, holding a large Diet Dr. Pepper upside down, letting it spill EVERYWHERE! I'm seriuosly gonna need new furniture and carpet when these girls are older. Izzy likes to say the word "no" too. (I'm sure this has nothing to do with how often it is said to her  ;)  She says it so matter of factly too, with a little "mm" on the end. "Nome, Nome".

Abigail Haley (aka lil doe, Abder, Abby, Abder Raheem, Abberdale)

Abigail spends most of her day trying to get in my lap. She has learned how to say "Up Pease", but over time, this has transitioned into "Uppies". If I'm talking on the phone to someone, you'll hear "uppies, uppies" in the background the entire time. It's also difficult to keep a shirt on her lately... every time I look up, she's taken her shirt off and is running around topless! Let's hope this is just a phase! :)  Not sure I mentioned in my last blog, poor lil doe got her fingers smashed (yes, by me) a few weeks ago in a door jam. It was pretty bad, and I loaded her up to take her to the Emergency room (1st time parent), but then decided to swing by Matt's parents' house to get a "2nd opinion". Thank goodness I did, because the fingers were a tiny bit swollen and pink the next day, but she acted as if nothing ever happened. That mommy/daddy freaking out emergency trip would've cost over $400, so thank goodness for grandparents!

Allison Michelle (a.k.a. Chubda, Ally, Allychelle, sweet cheeks, baldy 2/4/8 teeth - lost count of number on that nickname)
Ally loves this shape finder toy that's shaped like a barn. She loves to stick the shapes in the holes and claps for herself every time she gets one in. She will play by herself, but prefers to stick it up on Mommy or Daddy's lap, so she can have an audience and more applause than just her own. Needless to say, we're very tired of holding the barn all the time. She love love loves books! I'm amazed that she can recognize certain pages as if she's reading them. They all love books, but I'd say Ally loves them the most. She loves the page in the book I mentioned in a previous post when she can yell, "When I shoouuuwwwt!" It's hard to describe how cute it is, so I got a little video of it... Here it is:


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She also manipulates the situation so you'll read her a book. The other night, I watched her work her way up onto Matt's lap, then she pushed a book into his hand, and then made him open the book in front of her like you would when reading to her. Little turkey.

Our vacuum recently broke, so I had to borrow Cheryl's Rainbow vacuum to clean my house (LOVED it by the way, but can't afford it).... anyway... I was cleaning the living room with it, vacuuming the curtains, blinds etc and the babies were driving me nuts as I was trying to clean. Here's a good example of their personalities though:  Izzy is smart and ornery - she noticed how I turned the canister on, and kept turning it off everytime I would be right in the middle of cleaning. Abby, aka lil doe, was afraid of the loud noise and kept about a 15 foot distance from the canister at all times. Ally, on the other hand, attempted to ride the vacuum more times than I can count! This, in a nutshell, is their personalities.

The girls are loving to talk on the phone and my grandma even bought them 3 little play cell phones to pretend with. She did this the day after Izzy talked to her on the phone and said, "Hi Mamaw". They keep walking around holding the phones up to their ears, saying "hewow?" (That's hello, by the way). I also gave them the phones to play with at dinner the other day, and as they were tapping away at the keys, I had this vision of 3 teenagers texting at the table years from now... made me giggle and freak at the same time!

Last week, we took the girls to see the Christmas lights at Rhema in Broken Arrow. It was a cold night and they were bundled up so tight, it was hard to tell if they enjoyed it. I was mad that I forgot my camera, because they sure looked cute in their little coats and hats, with blankets on top of that!

Here are some of the pics we had taken for the Christmas cards this year....
I liked this one because Abby is so interested in what's in Izzy's stocking





The official Christmas Card:



Last night, we were on our way to Choir practice at the church, when a friend told us Santa was in the fellowship hall for the Children's Christmas party. She told us we could cut to the front of the line and get the girls' pics taken with "Santa". I knew this would happen, but it's a memory of their first sitting on Santa's lap!
Ally screaming and trying to get away....

Izzy in a panic at this strange man holding her

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Abigail looking at me like "how could you?!' and screaming her head off!


Because of our overnight trip, I typed up a schedule for the grandparents to follow. Here's a current example of our schedule/routine:

Schedule for 12/10 - 12/11


6:00 Dinner
• chicken pot pie
• pears
• pudding
• ice water

8:00 Sippies with milk

8:40 Night Night Routine
Brush teeth - Toothbrushes/paste are in cabinet in a coffee cup. Abigail – purple brush, Izzy –fat green brush, Ally – skinny green brush.
• All girls diapers changed and in jammies and zip-up sleepers, both fans should be on.
• Abigail needs Srog, Izzy needs Wigga Wigga, Ally needs bunny and a paci
• Monitors in bedroom should be on – Abby/Izzy’s room is on Master bedroom window sill, Ally’s is on floor near bathroom.
• They may cry for a little while before going to sleep. If Abby or Ally cry in the middle of the night, it’s usually best to go in, make sure they’re ok and comfort them. If Izzy cries, you’re usually best to give it a few minutes and see if she calms down on her own. If you go in there and leave, she will be mad and will cry for half an hour or more.
• If coughing at night, can give Benadryl – ¾ tsp (use syringe)

8:30/9:00 Breakfast
• Sippies with milk
• 3 pancakes (cut up into pieces), 1 banana (cut-up), Cheerios if still hungry (in Foldgers container)
• Close off living room gates and let babies play

10:30 Juice (1/4 juice, ¾ water)

12:00 Lunch
• grilled cheese
• 2 containers mand. Oranges
• green beans
• ice water
• ½ a Flintstone Vitamin

1:15 – 3:45/4:00 Nap
• All girls diapers changed and in zip-up sleepers, both fans should be on.
• Abigail needs Srog, Izzy needs Wigga Wigga, Ally needs bunny and a paci
• They may cry for a little while before going to sleep. If Ally cries in the middle of the nap, it’s usually best to go in, make sure she’s ok and comfort her. If Izzy or Abby cry at nap, you’re usually best to not go in there!
• If coughing, can give Benadryl – ¾ tsp (use syringe)

4:00 Snack & Juice
• Snack cups with goldfish & juice (1/4 juice, ¾ water)

6:00 Dinner
• Mac & chz
• Chicken & rice
• Fruit/pudding/cereal bars (depending on how full)

Medicine:
• ¾ tsp Benadryl every 6 hours, if needed
• Infant Tylenol – 2 droppers filled to .8, every 4 hours, if needed
Misc:
• Make sure front door is locked – they can reach door knob now.

• I usually set the heat at 71-72 degrees at night. It gets really warm in Izzy & Abby’s room, but really cool in Ally’s room. When you go to bed at night, open Ally’s door, so she gets some better heat in her room. It gets hot in the Master bedroom since the heater is so close, so we usually shut the vents.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday

We had a great Thanksgiving Holiday and the girls have been very busy! Here's a little of what they're currently doing:

Words they are currently saying: meow, arf, quack quack, hop hop, doggie, daddy, momma, pancake, lala, meemaw, papaw, mamaw, ears, eyes, banana, no more, hi, bye bye, boo, I love daddy, baby, night night, please, up, light, cookie, juice, thank you, uh oh, shout, and LOTS of jibberish - it sounds like they're speaking Chinese most of the time! Also, not all of these words are extremely clear, but they are definitely saying them in association with the object/person.

They love books and love to be read to! There's one book they love in particular called, God Knows All About Me. There's a part in the book that says "When I whisper" (we say with a whisper), "When I SHOUT" (we say with a shout), "When I let me feelings out" (we stick our tongue out and blow). Well, the other day, Izzy was "reading" that book by herself and she started whispering, then yelled "SHOUT!". Then she turned the page and stuck her tongue out and blew! It was so cute! It was like she was really reading her little book!

I decided to go ahead and put the Christmas tree up this year, though I seriously considered not doing it with three 18-month-olds running around everywhere, but I just couldn't go all Christmas with no tree... Here's how you have to set up your Christmas tree in a house with 18 month old triplets - (take note of the fence)


I thought about putting the tree in a pack & play, but I just couldn't bring myself to do that. This way, we can fold up the fence when the babies go to bed, and still enjoy the tree.

Because of the tree in the corner, I’ve opened up the living room more for the babies to play… this means they have access to the front door. They now know how to turn handles and constantly try to open the front door, so I have to leave it dead bolt locked at all times! Also, now that I’ve opened up the living room more, there are a few possible escape routes or trouble areas that the girls have found. I get SO frustrated, because they don’t mess with anything while I’m in the room, but as soon as I leave the room, IZZY gets into whatever she knows she’s not supposed to. The other girls often follow Izzy, even though they don't initiate it. I spank her bottom each time, but she doesn’t care and just does it again as soon as I leave the room. She is one strong-willed little girl.


After Christmas, I have plans to turn our “catch-all/guest room” into an official play room. I need to paint it a kid-friendly color and will put more of the girls’ toys in there and open up the hallway so they can go from the living room to their playroom. I’ll close all other doors. I’m considering trying to baby proof the kitchen to allow them in there too, but I'm not sure yet. They are just in EVERYTHING if I let them! If they’re in the kitchen, they love to push the chairs all over the place… a very loud game! Anyway, I realize I can’t keep them “caged” in the living room forever, so I’m going to have to figure something out. I seriously cannot wait until they play nicely and don’t knock mommy’s iced tea over just because they want to see what happens!

We had LE Portraits take some Christmas pics of the girls again this year for Christmas cards. I’ll be sure to post some of those pics soon. It was probably THE WORST photo shoot we’ve had yet. We went to her home this time, which is in Owasso, though she said she’d be willing to come to me again. She just has to lug so much equipment, I thought it would be easier for Matt and I to come to her, but I was WRONG! Abby freaked out once we were there and would not sit by herself or with her sisters for the first 20 minutes or so. Anyway, the photographer made the most of it, and got a few good shots, so I’ll share them soon. I may wait until most of my cards get out though… don’t want to spoil the fun!
After driving to Owasso for the photo session, we ate at Red Robin with the girls, then drove home so they could take naps. I usually try to keep them up the whole way home, so that when they lay down in their cribs they’ll take a good solid nap. So, there was lots of singing and playing going on as we drove home. I told Matt, I think they should just make the passenger seat in a mini van face the back seat. The person is constantly turned around anyway! After the babies took a good nap, Matt mentioned going back to Tulsa to do some Christmas shopping, and I jumped at the chance! We loaded the babies back in the car and off to Tulsa we went! It was definitely a long, but fun day for everyone.

Cheryl (Matt’s mom) and I took the girls for their 18 month check-up on 11/22 and here were the measurements:
Izzy – Length 31 in (25th percentile), Weight 21 lb. 5 oz (10th percentile)
Abby- Length 32 in (55th percentile), Weight 20 lb. 13 oz (10th percentile)
Ally- 32.5 in (75th percentile), Weight 23 lb. 6 oz (45th percentile)
I think the lengths on Izzy and Abby are wrong though, because Abby is not taller than Izzy, but this is what the papers say. This also shows that, even though Matt still refers to Ally as “chubbda”, she is very average for her age! (On a side note, I really want him to stop calling her that, but he started it when she had those really big chubby cheeks, and he says it’s just her name now and he can’t help it. I just worry that she’ll have a poor self image if she grows up knowing her daddy calls her chubbda!)

One evening, the girls were very cranky, and we decided to get them out of the house and go play in the backyard. It was not too cold out yet. They were acutally in their jammies, but we just slapped tennis shoes and jackets on them, and we were good to go. Since we have tons of HUGE trees in our backyard, that means there are LOADS of leaves. Here are some pics from that night:




Ally & Izzy playing in the leaves

Izzy & Abby playing in the leaves

Abby getting a leaf shower

The VERY NEXT DAY, we looked out the window, only to see a HUGE branch landed on our swing set and broke it! Frustrating, but very glad we weren't playing when the branch fell... sheesh!

 The day before Thanksgiving, we went to Matt's parent's house. The girls always have fun there. Izzy and Abby rode the toy train they have set up,but this time, Ally wanted nothing to do with it.
Izzy and Daddy. Izzy's about to board the train.

Izzy riding train

Abigail rode the train too! (She was afraid last time, but seemed to enjoy it this time).

Ally was a turkey that night and didn't want to ride. Once the train was put away, she played nicely with all the toys.

Izzy likes to run up and down Meemaw and Papaw's hallway

The next day, we went to my mom's house. My brother and his family were home for Thanksgiving, so it was really nice to spend a few days with them. Here's a pic of Chad, Nora and Matt after dinner. The men look pretty full!

My grandparents with Abby and Andie (my niece)

Andie playing ring around the rosie with Ally

The girls enjoying their first real Thanksgiving dinner!

My brother's dog, Rudy, was at the house. They kept her locked up most of the day, but brought her out for a little while. It was so funny to watch the girls' reaction to her. This pic of Ally pretty much captures her face the entire time Rudy was around! She would throw her arms out to the side and wrinkle up her face and back up! They've been around dogs before, but just freaked out about Rudy!

Since Chad, Nora and Andie won't be home for Christmas this year, they brought the girls presents and gave them to them at Thanksgiving. They got a new tea set along with some play plates, bowls, cupcakes, etc. Here's a pic of Andie, Izzy and Abby having a tea party.

The babies have learned how to climb on the furniture all by themselves now. Here's a pic I took of Izzy and Ally watching tv in the recliner together.

And Abby watching tv on the couch with Srog the Frog.


I'd like to end this post with a few things about each baby. I try to be careful about saying  they are a certain way and defining their personalities at such an early age, but this is how I see them right now:

Izzy is very strong willed and a little on the ornery side. Ok, a lot on the ornery side. She is very much a leader. She always has to be first at everything! Matt and I laugh every night when we say "let's go night night", she'll knock her sisters over to make sure she is the first one to reach the nursery. It's so funny to watch her sprint down the hall! She's also does a lot of jibber jabber talking and appears to be very bright.

Abigail is still my sweet lil doe. She's very timid about most things and is very clingy to the people in her close circle (me, Matt, grandparents). She is very dainty and still walks with her little wiggle bottom, swinging her little arm. To be honest, I always wanted to have a personality like Abby... dainty, sweet, timid. I don't know where she got it, but she sure is precious.

Ally has the most infectious giggle. She laughs SO easily and her laugh will make ANYONE smile. Even the other babies can't help but laugh or smile when they hear her giggling. I hope she always has that quality. She is very outgoing and is definitely the best of all the babies about going to someone she is not used to seeing every day. About a week ago, Ally was telling us a story in jibberish and was SO animated while telling it. She was using her hands and using inflection. It was so cute. I think she might have a lisp though... :-)

I thank God every single day for my sweet family.

Friday, November 19, 2010

18 Months!!!

The triplets turn 18 months old today! Happy half birthday, Girls! They've been babbling like no other, lately. I've heard and read about triplets having their own language, so I don't know if this is unique to my babies, or if every baby babbles on and on in language no one can understand! They do talk to each other using this "language" though. They try to let me in on it, and look at me very seriously as they babble, but I just agree with them and move on.

They love to do the motions to the song, "This Little Light of Mine", twirling their fingers around as I sing, hiding their lights under a bushel, and blowing on their finger at the "won't let Satan blow it out" part. Very cute. They still like to give each other kisses and hugs, and when I say "Be nice to sister", they pat each others head and say "niiiii" (nice).

A long time ago, I started saying "no more" and rubbing my hands together when I was out of something or when we were done doing something. Now, they do it ALL the time! They'll cut themselves off in the middle of their milk and say, "no my" (rubbing their hands together), or if I'm doing something they don't like, they'll say "no my"!

They have started helping me pick up their toys (somewhat). They help me pick up all the little pieces and put them in baskets/buckets. They can even follow orders, like when I say, "put this on the zoo" or "this goes in the grocery cart", they'll put it where it goes.

Recently, Matt had a milkshake they were after, so we took it as an opportunity to teach them the word "please". Little Ally picked up on it really quick, and was saying "Pleathe" (with a strong emphasis on the "th") in no time! Izzy and Abby would say something more like, "Plee". I'm pretty sure if they say that to me, I'm going to give them ANYTHING they want.... it's the cutest little sound ever!

They love to play ring around the rosie, and at the "We all fall down" part, they'll sometimes start pushing each other down! I'm going to try to get it on video, because we could probably win thousands of dollars on America's Funniest Home Videos or something, but for now, I just have the video of them playing nicely (see at the end of this post).

They LOVE to play the chase game with daddy. I have a video of this, but I don't think Matt would appreciate me showing it with his rear in the air the whole time! He crawls around and stomps with his hands as he goes after them. The anticipation just kills them as he's heading towards them and they just giggle and giggle and try to run past him. They all love the game, but I'd say Ally loves it the most. If he stops because he's tired, she taunts him or whines until he starts back up. Also, often the babies will play the crawl game chasing each other, and pounding their hands on the ground with each other. I LOVE LOVE LOVE  to see them playing nicely together and giggling. It's the sweetest sound I've ever heard!

They've started following directions much better too. Like, giving things to mommy or coming to mommy. You can tell they understand what I'm asking, which is nice. I can't say they always mind, but you can tell they're understanding. One of my major frustrations is, it seems they go for things they're not supposed to THE MOMENT I leave the room. They'll play fine while I'm in there with them, but I leave and they go to open the fence, climb behind the entertainment center, open the drawers of the entertainment center, etc. The frustration is because I know they know they're not supposed to and the do it anyway. I guess this is just a typical toddler thing, right?

Izzy has become more attached to a stuffed animal/blankie, she named Wigga Wigga. She likes to have him with her sometimes during the day, but loves to sleep with him. Abby calls him "Wee Wee". Izzy loves to do animal sounds and will sit and practice with one of her animal sound toys. She quacks, barks, meows, imitates a fish, etc. She often points to pictures and identifies the people in them... she'll stand, pointing, saying "papaw, papaw". Izzy loves to watch tv and dances to music anytime it comes on. As a matter of fact, she's zoned out, watching and dancing to "Jack's Big Music Show" as I blog right now.  I don't want Izzer to get a bad rep, because she's really the sweetest thing, but she's started this new thing where she'll put her hands around her sisters neck and kind of choke them! I swear, I have NO IDEA where she could've learned this! Matt says he thinks it must be instinctual. It's not like I'm watching fight scenes on tv or anything... I promise! I know they fight a lot, but it's really tough, because they have to share EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME and they don't quite understand how to do that yet. One of the downfalls to being a triplet, I guess....

Abby has become the biggest daddy's girl! When he's home, she will hardly leave his side and becomes pretty whiney if he's not holding her. It's a little annoying, but you can tell he loves it! She's also become a little more demanding lately... some may refer to it as bratty! She whines and whines if there's something she wants, pointing to it until you get it for her. She's still crazy about Srog the Frog and won't go anywhere without him.

Ally has the most infectious giggle I've ever heard in my life! I love love to hear her giggle, and luckily, it happens often. In one of the videos I'm posting, you can hear her belly laugh, as she plays with her sisters. She's also becoming a very picky eater! Argh! Abigail will eat almost anything I give her, Izzy is iffy, but Ally will turn her nose up to many many things! It is so FRUSTRATING! Eventually, I'll just let her go hungry and she'll learn she needs to eat what's on her plate, but at this point, I feel like she's still too young to do that. Ally still loves her pacifier, but only gets it at night while she sleeps. I just tell her, "we only get pacis at night night" and she seems to understand. She loves to play a game where me and Matt pick her up and have her be our "baby" as we rock her. We do this with the other babies too, but Ally really likes it. She'll come up to us and say "baby" because she wants to be our baby. It's so sweet. Ally also has this precious little voice.... it's hard to describe, but it's kind of deep and raspy, but still sweet and high at the same time. I just love her voice for some reason.

Here are a few recent pics of the girls....
I came in one morning to find Izzy sleeping like this.... I thought it was so cute, so I grabbed the camera!

The girls' toy basket is broken, so I put all their little toys in a laundry basket. They love to take all the toys out and climb in the basket themselves. They fight and fight over the basket, so I usually have to take it out within 5 minutes before someone gets bitten. I have enough laundry baskets for each baby to have one, but they still find a way to fight over them, so they get "no more" very quickly.

If the weather is nice, we'll go play in our backyard. Here's a pic of Ally getting ready to slide and Abby swinging.

Izzy on the left, Ally on the right running around and looking at the dogs next door.

Izzy loves to explore the backyard and run around everywhere!

Izzy also likes to push Abby in the swing!


Ally doesn't really like to share her slide... she is really good about climbing up the ladder by herself and sliding down. The other 2 can climb up and slide down, but aren't nearly as coordinated at it as Ally. She gets a lot of practice though!

I pulled out the wagon, so they could push it around the backyard. Here's a pic of Izzy pushing it. Ally LOVES to push things around and would push all day if I'd let her!

Playing is serious business for Abigail...

Babies riding in wagon around backyard...

Here's a video of Ally hiding in the hole between the couch and the fence. Abby and Izzy are making her laugh!

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And here's a video of the girls playing ring around the rosie:
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Every now and then, I like to post a schedule of our typical day. Not sure how much it's changed since my last schedule post, but here it is:

8:30/9:00 Wake up. Change diapers and eat breakfast. The babies usually eat a cut-up pancake and banana with milk.

9:30 - Noon Play in the living room with toys. All babies usually poop during this time. They get juice at about 10:30. Sometimes we'll go outside and play during this time too.

12:00 Eat lunch. Typical lunch is: Scrambled eggs w/ toast and fruit or vienna sausage wieners with green beans and fruit, pb&j or grilled cheese. The girls drink ice water with their lunch.

12:30-1:00 Mommy cleans up, babies play in living room. The babies usually help me pick up their toys before they go down for a nap. Mommy changes diapers yet again.

1:00-4:00 Babies nap. I still put them in zip up sleepers that kind of look like snuggies. I really like them because their blanket stays on them while they sleep and won't get up around their faces. Also, at this point, it's kind of a que for them that it's time to go to sleep. One more advantage: I really think it keeps them from climbing our of their cribs, since it's kind of hard to walk in (like you're in a sleeping bag or something).

4:00 Change diapers, come into living room and have a snack and juice. A lot of times I'll open up the play area and let them run around the house at this time.

5:30/6:00 Babies eat dinner. A typical dinner includes mac & cheese, chicken and rice, pudding, cereal bars, etc. I usually feed them things I can spoon feed them, so I don't have a ton to clean up. I get frustrated, because a lot of times I try to give them what we're eating, but they don't want it. I gave them some cut up pork roast with potatoes and carrots the other day, and they just threw it everywhere. After that, I gave them some chicken weiner stick things and they gobbled them up! I would SO much rather have a pork roast over mushy wiener sticks any day!!!

7:30 Baths every other night

8:00 Milk (and sometimes a snack).

8:30 Brush teeth, change diapers and go night night.

By the way, if you have any ideas on what I could feed them, I'm very open to suggestions...

We have a Dr's appointment for the girls' 18 month check-up on Monday, so I'll post updates on weights, heights, etc. after the appointment.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ring-Around-The-Rosie

Here's a video of Izzy and Ally playing "ringa", as Abby calls it. Izzy tends to get a little aggressive with the "we all fall down" part if sisters don't cooperate...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Weekend

We had a fun-filled 4 day weekend this Halloween! I always love when Matt is able to take a few extra days off, this way we can sprinkle in a little fun with a little rest and give the girls a few extra experiences. Here are some pics from the weekend:

Thursday, I got my hair done during the day, but in the evening, we went to Tulsa. We ate at Outback Steakhouse... Here's a pic of Daddy and Izzy...

After eating, we went to the mall and walked around a little...

On our way home, we got stopped behind a train. The girls found the sights and sounds of the choo choo very entertaining....


Izzy and Ally giggling at the train....

Abby and Izzy watching the train...

On Friday, we got some work done around the house, but on Saturday we went to the First Church of God Pumpkin Patch. The girls liked running everywhere. Here's a pic of Izzy and Ally picking their pumpkins.

Abigail picking a pumpkin...

Izzy liked running thru the hay tunnel...

I tried to get Abby to run thru the tunnel, but she just ran away!

Ally running...


The girls got to see a real pony for the first time!

They even got to ride them! This is Ally, Izzy and (a very unhappy & scared) Abigail on Momma Sox.

A lady from our church, Jessica, was there and saw we could use an extra hand. This is a pic of her helping Ally ride on Sweet Cheecks. A very appropriate horse for my little sweet cheeks.

Izzy riding Momma Sox. Don't worry, she wasn't riding by herself. The adult just stepped out of the shot to get the pic. (which still made me nervous, btw).

Abby was supposed to ride Hershey, but she preferred to just watch sisters ride. We figured we shouldn't traumatize poor lil doe.

The girls even got to go in a bouncy castle, though not much bouncing happened.

We borrowed a wagon to get around in....

We even got to go on a hayride! Here's Abby and daddy on the ride.

Jess and Ally on hayride


Me and Izzy on hayride.....

We found time to pose in front of some pumpkins....


And there were lots of pumpkins to play with.... the girls thought these little ones were balls and kept spiking them on the ground.

This is a silly pic of Ally, but I was trying to get a pic of the rash on her cheek. I think she may have a hay allergy, because this is what she looked like by the time we left the pumpkin patch.... By the way, check out that molar!

On Sunday evening, we took the girls back to the Pumpkin Patch, where the church was having a trunk or treat/fall festival. The girls went as the Martin Farm, which turned out to be pretty cute! I used a pig leftover from the 3 little pigs last year, my brother gave me Andie's old Chicken costume from when she was this age, so we just had to buy the cow and decorate the wagon! I was proud for being thrifty!

Izzy (chicken), Abby (cow), Ally (piggie)



Have you ever seen a pig & chicken hug? You have now!

Izzy found someone else's halloween stash...

Ally in the pumpkin "balls" again!

lil cow abby

We had a lot of fun, but boy were we tired Sunday night!!

By the way, a lady from the Pryor Daily Times Newspaper was at the Pumpkin Patch and wanted to take a pic of the Martin Farm. So, they should be making the local paper for their cuteness!