November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yeah, I know Thanksgiving was 3 days ago, but it happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Undoubtedly, Greta and I have so much to be thankful for this year, not the least of which is the miracle documented on this blog. Thanksgiving seems to be a forgotten holiday. It seems the retailers would rather to turn it into a sort of Christmas Junior. To the consumerists, the most important aspect of Thanksgiving is the retail sales of the following day. I guess we can be thankful that they have not yet invented a Turkey Claus who flies around the world delivering garbage from China to all the boys and girls of the world. It's saddening that this Thanksgiving was followed up by people trampling each other to death at a New York Wal-Mart in pursuit of Black Friday trash for Christmas. I not entirely sure that Jesus intended us to go on spending sprees, purchasing crap we don't need, in celebration of his birth each year. Something seems very wrong about this to me. 

Thanksgiving should be a time of reflection, of truly giving thanks to God for the gifts we are given. When I start thinking of what I am thankful for, my mind starts to numb up. I am so truly blessed, so fortunate and loved by my family that I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am. I like that there is a day to remind me of it all.

This weekend I also celebrated my 35th birthday, which is a little milestone in itself. A birthday celebrated much differently than the one 14 years ago in which I did a questionable number of shots and proceeded to have an altercation with roommate's pet alligator. Life has changed quite a bit since then. Lately, the kids the have been perfect. They have been so much fun, and have given Greta and I little grief. Below are some pictures from the last week, notice the difference between small, medium and large.
Life is good!

November 25, 2008

Strike One

Saturday, we took the kids to the mall to hang out in the play area and grab some lunch. Since it was not even Thanksgiving yet, we weren't necessarily in the mood to see Santa. Nevertheless, the mall was all but empty and the kids were in a good mood. We figured we could get a cute picture while the timing was right. Unfortunately, we were unable to get within 50 feet of Santa before Gabbie started trembling. The other two weren't too thrilled either. We didn't feel that a lifetime of therapy bills would be worth the photo opportunity, so we called it a day. Maybe we will give it another try before Christmas.

In other news, we briefly thought that Lukas was beginning to read. The other day he picked up a toy block with the letter W on it and yelled out "Double Uuuuuuuuuu". As it turns out, it was a coincidence as he apparently thinks every letter of the alphabet is W. The ABC song is all the rage right now, and when either of us sing it, we get a huge round of applause from all three at the end. It's actually very cute and quite hilarious. Finally, yesterday morning Niklas brought me my shoes while I was getting ready for work and said "Daddy's Shoes". It is just getting more fun everyday, especially since we have been going though a much deserved easy period lately. I literally can't wait to get home each day to see them.

November 18, 2008

First Snow

Sunday, the Triplets got out to play in the snow for the first time. Putting mittens on a toddler is the hardest thing I have ever done.

November 17, 2008

Post Fashion Show

I think our kids have been sick since the beginning of October. Someone is either leaking, coughing, running a fever or whining at any given moment. It seems like it just gets passed around and around. If we even think about leaving the house, these little carrier monkeys pick some new disease and bring it home. Greta and I have been spoiled in that our kids have slept through the night since they were 3 months home from the hospital. I could count on one hand the number of times someone has woken up in the middle of the night. From Wednesday through Saturday, however, we hardly slept at all because Niklas was not feeling well.

Anyway, the NICU Fashion Show was a success and tons of fun again this year, although Niklas was not feeling up to the task of strutting down the runway.

November 9, 2008

Heroes Of Hope

Heroes of Hope is the title of the 2009 calendar Greta has put together benefitting the NICU at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. This is the first calendar that Greta has ever done, and for each month she has photographed children that were former patients of the NICU. The calendar is $20 + $4.95 shipping if you would like to buy one, and all proceeds go to benefit the NICU. Click here to order online. Greta would like to thank the hard work of her friend (who remains anonymous) who graciously donated her time collaborating with Greta on the graphic design of the calendar. The calendar will also make its debut at the fashion show this Thursday.

November 1, 2008

Halloween Recap

The past few years Kevin & I have been on a mission to scare trick or treaters.  We have had some success, but the volume of kids has always been disappointing.  This year, I was excited to take my kids to a few houses especially since it was such a nice night.  Unfortunately, the triplets don't quite get the whole trick or treat concept yet.  First, they (especially Niklas) are scared to death of all the costumes.  Kevin was "Scotch the Reality Clown" for about 5 minutes as it was all the triplets could take.  As you can see in one of the pictures that I have on a Boy Scout costume because that is all that the kids would tolerate.  Niklas could not even handle me wearing a wig.  He would just tremble and cry and say "all done!"  They are probably traumatized and will forever hate the holiday. They did, however, enjoy dressing up as monkeys and playing around so we got some good pictures.  It does figure that the one year I decide not to go all out and scare the trick or treaters we get 20 or so groups of kids.