December 23, 2010

November 18, 2010

Oh my darlin'!

This is what Gabbie has learned at preschool recently!

Fancy Cool Car!

After all that this boy has been though, he is a complete goofball!  Yes, the lyrics are "Fancy Cool Car, Dad's a good guy."  The guitar is a hairbrush.

November 9, 2010

October 27, 2010

September 29, 2010

Ready For End to 2010

I am not one to wish away time, I feel like the years with my little guys are already going by way too fast. With that being said, 2010 has not been among the best years in recent history.  Last week, Gabbie spent 3 days in the hospital for none other than a scraped knee.  Yes, a scraped knee.  This mundane injury which usually serves as proof of a fun summer for most children somehow turned into a nasty infection that not only landed us in the hospital, but put Gabbie on the verge of needing surgery.  On the bright side, Gabbie was the bravest, most well behaved little patient I have ever seen.  For being poked, prodded and getting virtually no sleep, she was such a good kid.


September 12, 2010

The Old Stomping Grounds

Today, we took a trip up to see just about the entire family at my mom's house in Dimondale.  While we were there, we took a trip down to said village for an ice cream cone.  Afterwards, we walked over to Dimondale Elementary School where my brother, sister, and I attended.  Although most of the equipment is new, some of the items from my tenure remained, including the caterpillar you see Niklas climbing on. Ahhhh, nostalgia!

August 26, 2010

Blogging From The iPhone

My blog has been a bit thin as of late, so I figure if blogging from my phone works, I will update more often.

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August 8, 2010

Goodbye Dad!















For those who don't know, my Dad passed away unexpectedly, suddenly, but peacefully in his sleep on early Saturday morning at 61 years young. A mass will be held commemorating his life this Wednesday at St. Casimir Catholic church located at 815 Sparrow Avenue in Lansing, Michigan. There will be a visitation before hand from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by the actual mass.

July 26, 2010

He's Stuck



















On our trip to Minnesota, this moose was mounted on the wall.  All three kids were very concerned about him.  They constantly reminded me that "he is stuck" and kept asking me to help him.

July 17, 2010

Poolside

So, after all of the hoopla and controversy, our pool has finally opened.  Needless to say, we have already gotten our money's worth out of it, as we have been there just about every day.  Here is some of the footage, taken with my new iPhone 4.

June 30, 2010

Holiday Road Part IV



So basically we drove around lake Michigan and part of Lake Superior.  The occasion was my beautiful niece Gianna's baptism.  As we all know, Greta and I are well traveled with the kids.  As we will find out through some subsequent blog posts, the kids are making travel more and more difficult.  We traveled from Ypsilanti to Chicago for a field trip at Shedd Aquarium.  Once we were done, we fought 2 hours of rush hour traffic to stay the night in glorious Elgin, Illinois.

The next morning we made the trek to Wisconsin Dells.  Well, we really didn't go to the Dells, but we went to the Great Wolf Lodge, just off the exit for the Dells, does that count?  At least there, Lukas discovered water slides.  From there we made the journey to Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.  If you don't know where that is, let me help.  There were a couple of movies where Charlize Theron found a niche being ugly.  In one movie she was a mass murdering woman of negotiable morality, in the other (North Country) she was a mine worker who was "harassed" by the locals.  The latter of the two was actually filmed in Hoyt Lakes Minnesota.  In defense of Hoyt Lakes though, it was one of the most scenic and beautiful places I have ever visited.  I mean, I was on a lake fishing with by brother in law (on Memorial Day Weekend) and he was upset about the OTHER boat on the lake.  Truly an untouched and scenic place.  And, Adam and I crushed the walleye that day.  I sometimes poke fun at my sister for living in such a remote place and at other times I am jealous of the things they are removed from.

Finally, on the trip home we were destined to make it home.  In totality, it should be about a 16 hour drive.   From Hoyt Lakes to Duluth it should be a little over an hour.  Needless to say, it took us over 3 hours to make it through Duluth.  Yes, we got lost, but it was beautiful (even Greta will agree).  We went along the Lake Superior Lakeshore which looked like Big Sur in California, maybe prettier.  However, after 3 hours and not passing Duluth, our hopes of making it home in one day were dwindling.  Then, Greta decided we were taking no prisoners and completely slammed the U.P.  Other than a brief encounter with a black bear, our ride home was uneventful.

June 24, 2010

Go Wonder Pets, Yay!



The blog has been completely neglected following back to back trips to Northern Minnesota and then Lithuania.  I just returned from Europe on Monday and will be without the wife and kids for over 2 weeks.  Although I will miss everybody, I am going to take advantage of a much needed recharge and, of course, updating the blog with all of the fun stuff we have been doing this summer.

May 23, 2010

May 13, 2010

May 2, 2010

Neurosurgery Update

















 
Last week, we had our yearly check up with neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. Prior to the visit, I had a conversation with one of the nurses. Originally, Niklas was scheduled to have a CAT scan, but I thought that maybe we could skip it for a few reasons.

1. Niklas is doing absolutely fantastic. He is speaking and understanding 2 languages. His athletic ability is amazing for what we have been through. He can throw a wiffle ball up and hit it with a bat. He can punt a soccer ball and throw it up and bounce it off his head. He is a good dancer. He has a great sense of humor and even lies and deceives. He is inquisitive and has an amazing personality.

2. Why subject him to the radiation if there is no reason? I don't know what a lifetime of yearly scans will do to him and don't want to unnecessarily subject him to a procedure that he finds terrifying anyway.

3. This is the least of all reasons, but we are on a high deductible health plan. If everything is fine, why spend $3,500.

Keep in mind, I told the staff that they, along with God's grace, have made Niklas what he is today. If they, for any reason, wanted to do a scan I would go along. I will do anything that staff suggests, but I just wanted to ask the questions. The agreed that it wasn't really necessary and were very impressed with Niklas's progress. They told us to come back in a year.

April 21, 2010

Oh, Good Grief!

I haven't posted in a while because life has been, well...challenging. Our kids are sick of each other right now and really crave one-on-one attention. The problem is, there are three kids and two parents. Greta and I have been leveled with exhaustion each and every day, and have sometimes questioned our skills as parents. It sometimes seems as though our house is a sanitarium full of screaming inmates of various ages and size. I hate to complain, as the outcome for our children is nothing short of a miracle. At the same time, the challenge of triplets seems to sometimes off set that. It seems like raising kids is a battle, and in the midst of all of it, there are some really cute moments.

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Had a great day today. Started the day off with candy from the Easter Bunny, a nice morning at church followed up by a wonderful dinner in Brighton with Grandma, Uncle Ben, Aunt Emily and Cousin Jack.



March 24, 2010

Good bye dad!


This is a post to remember my very first best friend and mentor, my dad. He was a person who showed me that life should be lived to its fullest. He taught me to be brave, take chances and be smart. He passed away today at 7:15 pm Lithuanian time at the young age of 66 years old. He was an athlete and an avid downhill skier. I had the privilege of holding his hand until his last breath, beside my mom,my sister and my favorite uncle Algis. It was an experience I will never forget.

My dad fought until the end.He was bravest and the kindest man I have ever known.

Dear dad, you were a great family man and THE BEST DAD anyone could ever ask for. Thank you for beeing my dad, I feel lucky and honored that you chose us. My dad will be missed by many. His friends, but mostly by his closest family members, my mom, my sister, me and the rest of the immediate family. I do have one small regret that my children only have known you for 3 years. Dear Jajai ( pronounced "Yai Yai" as my kids called him) you were a funny person who spoke to us in a funny language that at times we could not understand. We loved you very much. Thank you for our future.

One day we will see you on the other side.

Until The, Love Always,

All of Us.

March 7, 2010

Spring?

What a great weekend. It's amazing how 40 degrees and a little bit of sun can feel. We spent a lot of time outside, cleaned the garage and got the tricycles in working order. Saturday we had some friends over, fired up the grill and the kids got to play some elefun. Sunday, we got in the car and headed up to Uncle Benny and Aunt Emily's for the afternoon.

February 25, 2010

My Greatest Gift Of All






They say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I am including a little fun session from Monday,we snow day. Kids school was canceled, we were snowed in and the light was just wonderful. So I have pulled the big guns, my Nikon 700. In the afternoon we have attempted to build the snow man, but I think it was too cold, the snow wouldn't stick together. So instead, kids sat in the sleight and Jason pulled the around the neighborhood.
Tomorrow is my Birthday and i know that my family is my greatest gift. I love seeing my kids getting along, not always, but for the moment we had a perfect moment. Sorry for the random post ( this is really Jason's gig) and I could never write as well as he does. So cheers to me and looking forward to the lovely dinner downtown tomorrow with my faves Niki, Luki, Gabbie and Jason.

February 24, 2010

February 21, 2010

Weekend Away, Weekend Alone

Just prior to last weekend, Greta spontaneously booked a last minute getaway to the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.  We were getting to the point where we basically needed to get away for the health of our relationship.  Thank you Mom & Dad for staying at our house the entire weekend on short notice and watching our sick kids!!!!!  The kids had been sick for quite a while, and we all had the winter blues.  Not to mention, Greta takes the brunt of the abuse from the kids.  For some reason, they feel the need to beat up on her.  The are good at preschool, they are nice around the grandparents, they behave in public, and are basically angels when any random stranger is around.  But for some reason, they feel the need to treat their Mommy like garbage.  It's strange how their behavior goes down the toilet almost as soon as Greta walks into the room. 

I am sure that thy are just vying for her attention, because Greta is a wonderful mother.  She cooks them 2-3 meals a day, reads them books, does crafts with them, hauls them outside, takes them to playgroups, Jungle Java, Urban Toddler and just about every thing else.  I feel bad because I come home from work and am perceived as "Captain Fun", while Greta does all the hard work and takes all the abuse.

This weekend, I was alone with the Trio while Greta was in Chicago.  Granted I didn't cook any meals or do any laundry, but the kids were relatively easy on me.  I hope that this week they don't set out to drive her crazy again, because if this continues she may make me stay home while she goes out and works.  There is no way I could do Greta's job!  Pictures below are from the Winter Festival in Traverse City.



February 8, 2010

Poo Poo Potty

Last Thursday, I was at the highest possible point in the maze of the indoor play structure at Jungle Java when Gabbie says "Daddy, poop is coming!"  It is amazing how nimble I was at climbing ropes, sliding down slides and going through tunnels with a three year old on my back. We made it to the bathroom just in time! Since then, Niklas and Gabbie have both been going fairly regularly. Hopefully Lukas will soon figure out that he can earn some suckers too!

January 25, 2010

The Boss

Ok, so this slide show is dominated by Gabbie. Greta will be the first to tell you that Gabbie gets photographed so often because she is willing and she thinks it's fun. The photos in this shoot that do include the boys, obviously say something about the dynamic between them and their sister. It is becoming very apparent that a leader or boss is developing and there is no reason for anyone to feel sorry for this little girl growing up with two brothers. In fact, I often have to tell Gabbie that she is not the Mother of the family when I catch her yelling "One!, Two!, Three!..." at one of the boys. I can't say we didn't see things developing this way, Gabbie's personality was apparent from the moment she pounded down her first bottle in the NICU. I think she was determined to be the first one to come home from the hospital so she could get a head start on the two little trouble makers that were soon to follow. I don't want to brag, but she is also such a looker. Thank God, what a miracle these kids are!

January 16, 2010

Back From Lithuania

Last Sunday we arrived back in Michigan from a 2 week hiatus in Lithuania visiting the family. The trip was very nice, despite some of the travel hiccups. It was nice to finally see Lithuania in the winter for the first time (for Greta it had been in excess of 15 years). On the way to Lithuania we were supposed to fly from Detroit to Frankfurt to Prague to Lithuania. We boarded the plane for Detroit on time, but ended up sitting on the runway for a couple of hours which pretty much guaranteed that we were going to miss our connecting flight to Prague. As good fortune would have it, Delta airlines had anticipated our late arrival and had already routed us directly to Lithuania on a different flight. Missing our connecting flight was a blessing in disguise as it eliminated a stop.

The way home, however, was a bit more of an ordeal. Apparently Frankfurt was having the storm of the century. People were cleaning out the grocery stores and stocking up on water as they had not seen such a storm in decades. We flew from Lithuania to Prague with no issue, but ended up delayed for 3 hours before we boarded the plane. After boarding we sat on the runway for another 2 and 1/2 hours before taking off because Frankfurt airport was so overwhelmed by the intense blizzard.

Arriving in Germany, and most certainly missing our connection to the United States, I was surprised to see only a few inches of snow. Apparently, they do no see much in the way of it around there. To make a long story short, we ended up spending the night and extending our journey home to over 40 hours. Needless to say, we are still recovering. Today, we spent the whole day sitting around the house doing absolutely nothing.














January 4, 2010