Friday, September 12, 2014

16 Weeks In; Lots of Work Going On!

Lots of work went on in the house this week, big jobs like wall & ceiling texture, interior & exterior paint, siding, interior doors & woodwork. It's a lot to take in, inside & out & in every room. It's really starting to look like a home! :)

Exterior paint going on...

siding up



interior doors are in

 interior paint going on

& woodwork is in.

Next week will be a very exciting week, we will finally get to see how some of the lovelies we picked out come together. :)

They NEVER Stop Talking!!!

I just wanted to share a little speech therapy update since it has been a while. There really isn't a whole lot to say other than it is going really really well with the new therapist at the Children's Hospital. Our 2 non expressive boys are Chatty Cathy's now. They talk to just about anyone, including all other children they come in contact with, telling them their name, asking them how they are or what they're doing. They talk in full sentences & use very descriptive words as of recent, ie, the big red Popsicle is cold. I love that they still use a lot of sign language too along with their words, the fore mentioned phrase is usually accompanied by the signs for red & cold, sometimes big but that's usually just Garren's sign. 

The boys primarily work on articulation in therapy now. They are still hard to understand sometimes and will need oral stimulation starting soon just to get them using all parts of their mouth, tongue & throat when talking, Kellan primarily sometimes doesn't use much jaw movement sometimes when he talks. They still use their own language a lot when talking to each other.

Garren quit participating for a while and was almost discharged because of it. The hospital hired on a few new therapists thought & we decided to try him with someone new before giving up completely. Anyone that knows him personally, knows he doesn't 'need' speech therapy but insurance approved him so he's been going along for the ride. Most of the time I wish we could turn his talking off, lol... Unless he is asleep he is usually chewing your ear off!!!

So that's it really, we just keep plugging along. I admit speech day isn't my favorite day of the week but we get it done. We will continue to bring the boys up here through the end of the year after we move but will get a referral to someone closer to home after the first of the year if they still need it. I think Caden & Kellan probably will but Garren will most likely be discharged before we even finish out the year.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kidecals

Occasionally I get emails asking to participate in product reviews or social media events. I always entertain the idea but nothing has ever matched up with our family needs or what I write about here. I really am happy to review products that fit into our family - Two moms with triplet boys, 2 dogs & 2 cats. Even products or events that would include grandparents &/or other extended family or friends. One of the emails I got back around Christmas had something to do with the perfect gift for 'your man.' Umm... Unless that includes my 3 year old little men, it doesn't really fit into our family, lol... Others have been involvement that would require us to make purchases & frankly, if I'm reviewing your product or participating in your event, I should have to dish out $$$. 

So anyways, a few weeks back I received an email from kidecals.com asking if I would be interested in reviewing their labels, they would provide labels or other products of my choosing along with discount codes for our readers. HOORAY!!! What family couldn't use labels?! We sure can, especially with 3 of everything! So I gladly agreed, picked our labels & anxiously awaited them. They came while I was out of town of course but as soon as I got home & saw they had arrived I started popping them on anything & everything I could think of, hats, lovies, backpacks, Donnas lunch box, shoes, even the ever so precious Thomas the Train that gets carried everywhere.

Fun packaging they arrived in

The labels

I also put them on cups...

the boys tablets, under & on the cover...

& even on the boys soccer balls.

These labels are durable, water proof, dishwasher & washing machine safe & have held up to the beating our 3 boys put on everything! The labels have not even slid around, you know the way some labels do, leaving a dirty adhesive trail behind. They have held up to being kicked around on soccer balls, being bit & scratched by our pups. They've held up to being dragged around on backpacks & being left in the scorching heat of the car. They've handled little feet being put on & taken off repeatedly without budging. And they have stood up to ooey gooey little boy hands playing with them all day long. 

We will definitely be getting more personal labels for the boys as they become involved in sports & start school. I love how versatile these labels are & that they can be washed not only in the dishwasher but in the washing machine too. I can't wait to stick them on the boys new soccer jerseys this weekend! :)

Check them out for yourselves at Kidecals.com & don't forget to grab one of these discount codes...

 doubles2014 = 15% off $25 or more
 threes2014 = 20% off $50 or more
fours2014 = 25% off $75 or more
fives2014 = 30% off $100 or more
 sixes2014 = 35% off $125 or more
 sevens2014 = 40% off $150 or more

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

15 Weeks In; We Have A Closing Date


We have stucco & drywall!!!

Dining room

Family room

Kitchen

Master bedroom

Living room

We were also given a closing date, October 15th. Just 5 short weeks from now we will be moving back across the state line into our home state of Florida :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Flash Back Friday

K, G, C, 14 months
I kind of miss the days of strapping them in & having them eat whatever I put on their tray ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Boys Are Paid Off!!!

It's been sort of a joke in our family that the boys would be "paid off" this year. Like many people who struggle to get pregnant & go through fertility treatments, we spent a lot of money trying to get pregnant! More money than we had!

On top of that Donna's company was making cutbacks to keep from laying people off during the recession. That meant a considerable pay cut for her and being relocated, as the company cut down on replacing managers who retired & the number of managers per station.

AND THEN WE WERE EXPECTING TRIPLETS!!!

Long story short, we took out a loan from her 401k to pay the bills we had racked up trying to get pregnant, lessening our monthly payment & enabling us to move & prepare for 3 little bundles of joy. My sister joked once asking if the boys could be repossessed if we missed a payment, lol...

Well the loan is finally paid in full, woohoo!!! Not that we will have any extra cash hanging around, the money will now just go towards insurance coverage for the boys & I (holy expensiveness but hooray for finally offering benefits to same sex couples & families!!!) Donna will start contributing to her 401k again. It is nice knowing that chapter of our lives is paid in full though & we have no debt hanging over our heads, well except the usual, car payments & soon to be mortgage. :)

It's a good thing they are cute & so funny 
otherwise we may have had to call the repo-man, lol

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