Friday, August 29, 2014

Trying to ride a bike

Somehow we have only had the bike out a handful of times this summer.  Gerard pointed out to me that her school is less then a mile from our home and we could probably ride to and from if she wanted to.

Although I agree it is close I just think she is getting a little old for the baby seat on the back of mine. Now that the weather is cooling down (today was in the mid 70's) I am ready to tackle this learning to ride a bike again.  So we met up with some friends at the park because it is a nice paved spot to try. Anna was in tears because Gerard lifted her training wheels slightly.  After a few trips around she was better. I think it is going to take more effort then I first thought.  I really am in no rush to have her ride. I am enjoying this stage.

My baby on her 4 wheeler.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Disney Vacation

Earlier this year it was Gerard's parent's 50th wedding anniversary. The plan had been for us to all go to Mexico over Easter. The cost of the airfare was so outrageous that I just could not justify spending that kind of money. It would have been close to 4500.00 for us just in airfare. We then talked about going to Disney. We were surprised that it was so much more reasonable. Last Tuesday we headed to the airport with our bags packed to fly to the most magical place on earth. I remember secretly whispering to Gerard that on this date 5 years earlier he was picking us up from the airport.

Five years! I just can not believe that she has been home with us for 5 years!
 

 
Five years later
 

 
Our first day was spend at the pool at the Wilderness Lodge which by the way is becoming my new favorite place to stay. It was hot! I mean really sticky hot about 105 degrees. Also know as hot!
 
 
This is the first vacation that we have taken with AM and Eddie in about 10 years. We had all decided to go to Maine for the Lobster Festival and it was unseasonably hot (also 105 degrees). This was JM's first trip to Disney so we were happy that they let us tagalong. We covered so much in the 3 days that we were there. Anna got to meet Anna and Elsa (two of her favorite characters). We ate at the Royal Palace with a bunch of the princesses. Also at Ohana. Wow was the food good at Ohana. I highly recommend this spot for dinning. When the fun at Disney came to an end Gerard, Anna and I headed for the west coast of Florida.
 
We stayed at the Tortuga on Anna Maria Island. What a beautiful resort. It was not big but the beach, room, and pool were just the perfect way for us to decompress from our time at Disney. Next year I have booked the Disney cruise again for us but I may decided to for go that and revisit the Tortuga instead. It was so peaceful.
 
This vacation was money well spent. This summer has been busy. Every spare minute Anna and I have gotten we have been busy either camping or going to the beach. I realized that we had left Gerard out of some of the fun. This trip made up for that. In all the trip was short 3 nights at Disney and 2 at the Tortuga but still it was just what we needed to celebrate being a family for 5 short years.
 
Papa, Anna & JM at the airport
 
Grammy and Papa on the plane in their matching tee shirts
 
 
 
On our way to the Magic Kingdom
 
 
Roller coaster with Daddy
 
 
Meeting Cinderella at the Royal Castle with JM
 
 
 
Meeting Elsa
 
 
And Anna of course

 
The tea cups with AM, JM and Daddy

 
Telling Daddy secrets at the beach
 
 
 
Today has been filled with laundry, paying bills and all stuff that is boring but must still be done.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer recap

I think this summer may go down in history for being our busiest summer yet. We have made it to the beach, bay beach (yes there is a difference), gone camping (shocking I know), and even searched for shark teeth in a river that once was part of the ocean. 

I love being doing different things with Anna. Summer school is now over so we have really been able to spend some quality time together.  Please forgive me for spelling and grammar errors because I am posting this from my phone. In a few short hours my vacation will start. We have big plans for this week and I promise to post at sometime this up coming week. 

My sister let me baby sit over night while she and Bernie went away over night for the first time since the girls were born. I promptly dressed them and took them to the beach to take their pictures.  The triplets also had their first visit to the dentist.  These are poor quality but I got a snap shot of each. Here they are in birth order. 




So our new passion is tent camping.  I know it sounds so funny and honestly it is but we have now camped on 3 separate occasions and had a great time each time. It also helps that we have had great company for all 3 trips. The first trip this summer was at Ringing Rock campground.  We tubed down the Delaware river. A couple of weeks ago we decided to take another small trip to Yogi Year's Jelly stone park in NJ. They had the tallest water inflatable slide that the girls and Hans really enjoyed.  I made it down once and once was enough for me. We have another trip planned for September.  The beach is still one of my favorite spots. 


Below are the pictures from our day of digging for shark teeth. 



One thing that I started do a while back I turn off the radio in the car. Our new past time is having Anna read to me as I drive.  Can you believe she can read.  It just is so exciting.  Her favorite series of books are about a pig and an elephant.  She tells me which are my favorite ones. How can I disagree. 

And just so everyone doesn't think that we are perfect Anna actually got in trouble for being fresh.  In a way it shocked me because she is usually not fresh or sassy. Well this time she was sassy to Gerard.  The punishment was to clean to stay home and clean. I was actually very surprised that I didn't have to push her to comply.  I like to think that she knew she was wrong.  So she was required to vacuum and dust. It started with tears and ended with her feeling like she accomplished something.  She even asked me to take her picture to send to her Daddy while he was at work.  I was so proud of her not the sassy part but that she was given a punishment and she completed it. 



Monday, July 28, 2014

Just a picture


15 minutes to put them in and now she wants them out. Best 15 minutes ever.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camping on purpose!

Gerard is still shaking his head. He can not believe that I would even consider going camping. A couple of months back Anna and I got the chance to go to a Girl Scout Camp-o-ree at Dutch Wonderland. So I took advantage of the offer and purchased a tent and we were off. Anna really liked it. She was able to run around and play, we had a camp fire. She cooked a hot dog on a stick and actually ate it.

I think what she really enjoyed was going with a group. During that trip there were a total of 6 kids. All six kids played beautifully together. It was a 3 day 2 night trip. So this summer I asked my fellow co-leader if she wanted to use up these tubing passes I had bought a couple of years ago. She agreed so we set a date to go camping.

We had hoped for a bigger group of people but it can be difficult to manage many different schedules. Sunday we set out on our journey to Ringing Rock State park. At this park there is field of large rocks that if you hit them with a hammer or another rock it makes a ringing sound. They also have a trail for hiking that was pretty cool.


 
 
We stayed at the Ringing Rock campground which was a few minutes from the state park. The grounds were beautiful and because we decided to stay midweek we were the only tent campers there. The pool was very nice but the showers were a little rough. We woke up early, had breakfast, a quick swim, and then set out for our tubing adventure down the Delaware river. Since my camera is not water proof I did not get any pictures of us doing this but Michelle did. Hopefully, I will be able to go back and put them into this post.
 
 
Tubing down the Delaware was actually pretty fun. I joked and said I would never do this again but I actually think I will one day. The tubing company we used which I HIGHLY recommend was Bucks County River Tubing. Anna and I were in the same tube and took the 4 hour tour.
 
 
After a little more swimming and a camp fire we were off to bed for a good nights sleep. I was surprised how fast I was able to get everything pack up and back into the car. The girls all want to camp again so maybe one more trip before school starts. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whew...it has been a long time!

Time seems to fly by at warp speed around here these days. Anna has finished kindergarten! How is that possible? Wasn't it just the other day when I was considering preschool for her? Here she is on her last day holding a picture from her first day.

 
 
 
We have been busy. As I mentioned back in September Anna has started Girl Scouts. I am the leader. I have to say I think we have done so much this past year with the Girl Scouts and Anna has enjoyed it. I have become friends with the co-leader which is also very cool. We hold so many of the same values and at times that can be difficult to find in a friend. She puts up with my crazy spontaneous ways and I laugh as her OCD planning. I think we actually make a pretty good pair.
 
 
 
 
 
We did a beach clean up in May. It was such a beautiful day that I even got a little sun burn unexpectedly. Anna and her friends even got to play in the surf a little bit even though the water was cold.
 
 
 
One of the girls from the Daisy troop has a pony. Her Mother offered to let them ride Rocket. To say Anna loved it was a severe understatement. She was so excited and talked about it for weeks. She is currently saving her chore money for a horse.
 
 
The triplets have grown too. They are so amazing. I a truly amazed how my sister is able to hold it all together everyday. Her lifestyle has changed so drastically but I think it was a good change. I can not imagine our family without these smiling faces.
 
This is Jillianna, Jacqueline (At the table) and Jennalynn. This is the first official time they got dirty.
 

  
Hans is growing so big. I can almost not believe that he is now five! It seems he was just born the other day. If only I had 1/8 of his energy I could easily move a mountain. It is so funny how much he loves the babies. Here is a picture from Easter of the two clowns dyeing eggs as they do every year. This time they were dressed as super heroes.
 
 
 
I have decided to take the summer off from school. It was not a hard decision because the next three classes require me to work in a doctor's office 24 hours per week. That is just too hard to do during the summer time. I do welcome the break. I woke up bright and early this morning with the plan of cleaning up my office and writing this blog post.
 
Gerard is doing well. His summer has been busy as usual cutting the grass and putting the boat in the water. Since we can not afford a horse Gerard is willing to step in as any good Dad should. She saddles him up and they ride around the living room. I am sometimes forced to break out my magic Mommy wand and turn him back into Dad so he can answer my questions in a human voice rather then a horse voice. I don't speak fluent horse yet.
 
Yesterday I took pictures of Me-Me, Greg and Hans at the beach. Lets see if anyone can decode this picture for fun.
 

 


Ice, Ice,_____!




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Its cold

It is cold here. Not as cold as it has been but I feel cold today then I have in previous days. I think it has something to do with the snow melting which makes the air very damp feeling or perhaps it is because I choose to never wear a real coat. We played at the park today. Anna loves the park. She alternated with wanting to wear her gloves and not wanting to wear her gloves. I look at her and I am just amazed by the things she wants to do.

One of the Girl Scout programs includes low line zip lining or what Anna refers to as zip locking. At first she thought she would be scared but now she is telling everyone about wanting to go zip locking. I already had it on the calendar so I guess it is good that she decided that she wants to go.

Did I mention she lost another tooth? About a week ago she was at Grammy and Papa's house playing with JM and out came her upper front tooth. I really do need to get a good picture. I love a cute little toothless grin.

So after the park today we went to the hospital where I work to pick up some contrast medium for my sister (Mother of the triplets). She has a hernia that needs to be repaired. She has been putting it off because she hates the idea of another surgery. I can not say that I blame her. The recovery will be difficult because she will not be able to pick up the girls for a few weeks. When we dropping it off Anna decided she wanted to stay. Okay we were all a little shocked because Anna has a hard time with the triplets at times. She jumped right in and started playing with them. I think now that they are moving around she is better able to relate to them. Jillianna (the baby, baby) is trying to stand on her own. They joke that she will be the first one who tries to move out.

My mother is going to Sloan-Kettering tomorrow for her yearly evaluation. I am staying home but that does not mean that I am off the hook I have baby sitting detail. I hope to get some homework done while I am there but lets get honest I would much rather play with the girls if they are up.

I am in the process of completing week # 5 of this semester. This class is only 14 weeks long so I feel like I am making some real progress. No homework is due the next two weeks. Hopefully I take advantage of this little break to work ahead but again lets be honest I probably will not.

Pictures, pictures, pictures...well for some reason I have not taken any recently. I so need to get a few good ones of Anna but did I mention it is cold...really cold here? So now I am off to write a crazy long paper on hypertension and play a little bit of Anna's my little pony game (mostly just collecting the coins so she can play the games) but I did not want to get too far out without writing  a little something.