January 28, 2009

Dominican Republic Part II

No doubt, we are a family that stick to a routine and vacation was no different. For the most part, here was the schedule while in the Dominican Republic.

8:00 am Wake Up (this is major sleeping in for us)

8:30 am Head to Breakfast. This was an all inclusive resort, so we didn't have to worry about cooking. We just piled a bunch of pancakes up for the babies and let them go nuts.

9:00 - 10:00 am  Spend an hour or so at the kiddie pool. Have first cocktail.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Build sandcastles on the beach and swim in the ocean. Continue having cocktails.

12:30 - 1:00 pm Shower babies off and take them to lunch. This usually consisted of a plate of french fries. Have a cocktail with lunch.

1:00 - 4:00 pm Babies pass out under the cabana. Sometimes this took some coaxing and head rubbing, but they went down fairly easy most days. Mom and Dad read their books, take a dip in the ocean and sip more cocktails.

4:00 - 5:30 pm Build sandcastles on the beach and swim in the ocean. Cocktails, of course.

5:30 - 6:30 pm Take kids back to room and shower up for dinner. Watch an episode of the Flintstones.

6:30 - 7:30 pm Feed the kids dinner. This usually consisted of a plate of french fries. Cocktails.

7:30 - 10:00 pm Take the kids to the disco (video to come), or whatever entertainment was going on that night. This is very late for us, but we are on vacation. We have a night capper and head back to the room.

10:00 - 10:30 pm Fall asleep watching Scooby Doo. Sleeping in the same room as our triplets was the worst part of the trip. At least half of the nights we were there, we didn't sleep much at all. But on vacation, you suck it up. By the way, at an all inclusive the cocktails tend to be weak. So, you have to either order many or learn the phrase "mucho ron".

January 25, 2009

Dominican Republic

I am super exhausted as I write this post, so there will definitely be more to come.  Today we returned from a week retreat in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. My parents, Uncle Ben, Aunt Emily, Uncle Adam and Aunt Sarah also joined us for the trip.  Thanks to all of you for making this vacation so much fun, we couldn't have done it without you.  We had perfect weather the entire time we were there, and really started to get into a groove.  Traveling with triplets is so exhausting, yet worth it.  And yes, this picture of a cabana is one the actual cabanas we camped under for the duration of the trip.

January 13, 2009

Where's Greg?

I'm not exactly sure why, but my kids took to the Wiggles a little over year ago.  In case you are not privy, The Wiggles are a group of 4 middle aged men, each with his own schtick, who live together and sing songs. They are also happen to be the richest dudes in Australia. Greg, the yellow Wiggle,  is the lead singer, driver of the Big Red Car, and a magician.  Anthony is the blue Wiggle and also is a bit of a glutton. Murray is the insanely weird looking red Wiggle whose speciality is wailing on the guitar.  Jeff is the purple Wiggle who unfortunately suffers from narcolepsy and bouts of short term memory loss.  It sounds completely stupid, but when something quiets 3 screaming babies you tend to overlook the weirdness. Come on, Mr. Rogers was kinda creepy too, wasn't he?

So one day, I find myself whistling tunes about fruit salad, rock-a-bye-ing bears, big red cars and purple octopi.  These guys have grown on me.  When you are driving down the highway with three kids and a wife with the Wiggles blasting, you have two choices.  You either open the door to jump out and end it all, or embrace the fact that you will never again be cool and just jam along.  We chose the latter.  I can only imagine what the 19 year old me would say to the 35 year old me.

A few weeks ago we noticed that the DVR started picking up some new episodes.  At first, I didn't get too excited as new episodes are usually a rehash of the same old stuff.  The first thing I noticed, however, was that the Wiggles were now in 16:9 high definition!  These guys are filthy dirty rich, and have never poured a cent back into the set of their show.  Finally, they broke down and got a freakin' new computer and a green screen.   Shortly after, I noticed something shocking.  A gentleman who was once a white glove wearing, top hat sporting, tea drinking member of Captain Feathersword's friendly pirate crew, was now sporting the yellow jersey belonging to Greg.  My kids never thought twice.  In fact, they think these new episodes are the best thing ever.  To me, this is the most difficult moment in musical history since Van Halen replaced David Lee Roth with Sammy Hagar.  Greg is way better than Sam.

January 5, 2009

Waving the White Flag

Take the last post, and substitute Lukas for Niklas and that's what we were dealing with yesterday. A few days ago, we ended up taking Niklas to the doctor and learned he had an ear infection. Considering all that could have been the source of his pain, this diagnosis was actually a blessing. The next day, Gabbie kept touching her ear and saying "ear hurts" and was not in the best of moods either. In the spirit of efficiency, I decided to take her and Lukas to the doctor together because he was starting to act fussy as well. Turns out, Gabbie had an ear infection as well. Lukas was clear, but developed a hack that got us up at 4:00 am yesterday. This cold was a real doozy, any my fourth since October 2nd. My mom has been sick for the past two weeks and has now passed it along to my dad. I caught the illness on Christmas Eve and haven't been able to shake it since.

This morning, however, I woke up for working finally feeling good after nearly 2 weeks of being sick. The kids all slept through the night and woke up with bright and shiny smiles on their faces. Greta said today was the best day the crew has had in a while. The last two times I have taken time off have not turned out so well. Maybe the next vacation will go a little better.