Christmas Magic

GIrls with Santa 2015

I can’t believe yet another holiday with this trio has come and gone with a blink of an eye.  We celebrated our fifth Christmas.  Five beautiful Christmas’ with these babies.  Boy, I remember our first Christmas.  Avery and Emily had tubes put in their ears at 10 months so right before Christmas.  We had spent eight miserable weeks with babies with constant ear infections.  At that point, I am not even sure I remember sleeping at all.  Come to think of it…yep…not much sleep really now either.

I told myself I would start early this year on shopping and planning in case the dreaded seasonal sickness hit us again as it always does each year.  I am blessed that the Type A in me went with my gut.  We spent two weeks dealing with pneumonia with all three girls.  I mean really? Pneumonia?  Last year it was the Flu.  Year before it was RSV.  Year before it was Upper Respiratory and Ear Infections.  I swear, this next holiday season we are spending eight weeks in the Bahamas!

The girls actually enjoyed Santa this year.  We had no crazy tears this year even though those pics are some of the best in our vault to date. They talked to Santa all about what they wanted for Christmas.  Go figure that it was not one of the things I had yet to purchase.  Thank God for Amazon Prime!  Amazon Prime and I are in a pretty exclusive relationship.  We can communicate any hour of the night or day and it is extremely prompt on ending up on my doorstep within two days.  Do not think we will break up anytime soon!

We shopped for foster children for our second season this year.  The girls really enjoy it.  We tell them a little about each child and give them each the job of picking out what that child would want for Christmas.  We love making this part of our giving season so they understand some day that it is truly an honor and privilege to do for others.

Look at these sweet girls on Christmas morning!  They are really spoiled beyond their heart’s desires because Santa and their grandparents and aunt and uncles.  Daddy was reading letters that Santa wrote each of the girls.  Bryan is really a little word smith when it comes to these projects.  From new babies and dolls to strollers and pretend play and puzzles and games and crafts…you name it…it is here.  Yet, are my kiddos the only ones two days after Christmas that say, “What are we doing today?”

The holidays really are so much more meaningful with these three.  As we look into the New Year, we pray for health and happiness for all of our friends and family.  Emily will be having a surgery the first part of January so we graciously asked for prayers.  Tonsils gone and a third set of tubes!  She has really been struggling hearing and actually close to failed her last hearing exam in one ear so we pray this is a solution that will make her feel so much better…and listen to things at a much,much lower volume!!!

Happiest New Year!

Blessings,

The Coys

 

 

Thursdays with a Trip: Emily’s Day

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Well, here we are again.  Another Thursdays with a Trip edition and this time its with Emily Ray.  Again, I have told the girls they can pick what they wanna do with me within reason.  After Avery came home last week from the zoo, and bragging about it might I add, where do you think Emmie wanted to go?  Yep, we were off to the zoo.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled but I saw it coming.  I had it mapped out this time!  She picked pretty much the same path as Avery so I knew how to stay focused and out of the crowds and heat for as long as we could.

The sea-lion show was first.  As you see in this picture above she picked out a stuffed sea-lion.  Like we don’t enough stuffed animals as it is, I just could not refuse that face when she picked it out.  The magical moment of that was that when I asked her to pick one she responded with, “Well, what about Avery and Camdyn?”  My heart was so happy that considered them first.  Not going to lie, but as much as I wish this was the case with them all the time, don’t get it fooled.  We are not perfect! We are just like all other families and siblings.  We do love to praise them when they shine through and this was one of those moments.  That being said, Em picked out sea lions for each sister and we enjoyed the show.  She constantly wanted to know if I was doing the same exact thing with her as I did with Avery so she wouldn’t feel like she was missing out on anything.

Em and Me at Zoo

Emily is a really funny girl.  She has the quirkiest sense of humor.  Her Daddy and I are both a little strange in humor ourselves so it isn’t surprising.  She has a very creative imagination.  She used to really like to do things on her own and keep to herself. Lately, she has turned into my little show stopper in terms of putting on made up dances and singing shows.  Her Daddy has always called her “Bug” or “Emmie Bug.”  She recently told us she doesn’t like to be called Bug.  Emmie Bug was okay or Tink (which we always thought she was like a little Tinkerbell.)   Already establishing her identity!

Emily looking over fence at zooSince birth, Emily has always been a little fighter.  We also remind her we called her Little Hornet when we first brought her home because that little girl knew how to get so mad so quickly!  My little 2 pound girl is anything of the sorts anymore.  Still a fighter by nature, but a fashionista at heart.  At our house if you see dress up clothes ALL OVER THE PLACE they usually are created by her.  Once they end up back in her room it looks like the floor of a dressing room and nothing that she tried worked!  She has a very creative style that we do have to reel in sometimes when in public but I sure love her charisma.

And…you will never see such a tiny thing put down pizza like she does!  It’s not always great on my waistline, but they love Hideaway pizza.  I mean, who doesn’t?  I don’t weigh 30 pounds though either.

Emily at Hideaway

All in all we had a great day!  It is sure fun to look forward to and its fun to hear them tell stories about their day with me to their sisters and friends at school!  One of the best parts was her running to Avery and Camdyn and telling them she missed them.  Camdyn and Avery had pictures to share they drew for her.  It was a good day 🙂  Those are the moments that make the hair raising, screaming, fighting, tantrums, tears etc…worth every minute of it.  Hopefully, something we teach them is catching on.

Until next Thursday with my Camdyn girl.  I will have to think of something new and exciting about the zoo to tell everyone.  I don’t doubt she already has her mind made up.  I am praying for rain.

Blessings,

Momma to happy and silly little girls

Life’s a dance…you learn as you go…

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It’s an old John Michael Montgomery song that says, “Life’s a dance, you learn as you go….sometimes you lead…sometimes you follow..,”  well if that is not the truth lately.  I am more like FOLLOWING these crazy little girls.  Working on my leading!  This year has gone by so incredibly fast and my heart is only preparing for all the others to do so as well.

We ended our year of preschool learning so much.  One of my favorite things has to be them coming home and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is like I almost anticipated the “INDA_BIZABLE” part and loved it so when they did.   They are working on writing their names and they for sure have a very large version of a capital letter down pat. (Usually taking up the entire page).  Their vocabulary is something that blows my mind.  One day you remember them barely saying a sentence two years ago and the next day they know all the words to Shake it Off!  I hope that is not a precursor to taking after me and my love for useless entertainment knowledge.   I may not be able to remember a chapter I just read of a certain book in middle school or a geometry equation but I could sure remember all the songs that New Kids on the Block sang.  Even 25 years later, I still do.  That part of me and my corny ways is a whole other type of blog!  Below was the first day of preschool in August.  Oh my how they already look so much more mature today!

First day of preschool fall 2014

The girls have enjoyed continuing gymnastics and dance.  Performing was a whole other accomplishment that I am very proud of them doing.  Avery had no problem at their recent first recital standing on the huge stage in front of people.  She doesn’t lack for confidence and that is nothing new!  Camdyn has always been a little shy when it comes to trying new things and she defiantly didn’t care for this something new and scary idea.  Emily, I believe loves to shake her little groove thing, and is totally sassy about it too, but I think just to be in cahoots she joined Camdyn being utterly scared during dress rehearsal.  But, like the soldiers and darling girls they are…show time comes and they are looking for their number one fans in the crowd and they did it!  Not much to expect with four year olds other than them looking adorable in costumes.  Putting makeup on a four year old is another story.  Makeup on three four year olds and being somewhere at a certain time is not my idea of a relaxing hobby.  Dance mother may not be on my resume.

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So much talk this year about where we were sending the girls to school when there is still two years away from Kindergarten.  Then as the months went by I realized that the summer of 2016 will be the last summer before the hoopla of REAL school.  In anticipation my heart has been holding them a little closer these days.  This summer I am going to attempt to pick a Thursday each week that I will spend with just one.  Our own little day.  May not be much in the scheme of things but in all things triplets it is going to be pretty fun to have some individual time letting them decide what we are going to do that day.  There is already tears about who is “going first.”

We are blessed with sweet natured children.  Kind and really, really, darn funny.  Along with their obsessions with bathroom humor, we are working on not tattling on each other, “fibbing” to Mom and Dad, and manners.

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Recently, we were blessed in our family with the birth of our nephew, Coy.  Yes, there is a boy now in the mix.  Bless his little namesake heart he may not have a chance with all these girls including his big sister Reagan.  She isn’t tough to spot!  Cute little brown haired girl in the middle of all those look alikes.  Of course, holding a little one has made my heart just melt.  Bryan sees that look and has thrown out some, “you are crazy,” comments.  So, I am campaigning for a puppy in the near future instead!  At least they can’t whine and talk back to you!

 

We are excited for summer and looking forward to our first family vacation in September to Florida.  That blog post would be epic to report on traveling in airports with three four year olds!  But I am really looking forward to the memories.

Blessings and good luck to all the mamas who will be home ALL summer, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY, with their kiddos again. Hehehe.  We are all in this world of organized chaos.  Most days, there is no where else I would rather be!

And then they were….FOUR

Ballet party - girls together

The past two years have flown by as we have watched these precious girls grow up before our eyes.  The first two years didn’t go by as fast. Haha.  I have many people ask me what is harder, when they were babies or now.  I actually think that now is when the real work begins.  The lessons, the guidance, the discipline, and the strides and milestones.  We focused so much on their actual physical growth for so long since they were so tiny at birth.  Now, we see these little girls who baffle us with their words and make us laugh with their actions.  I will have to also admit, they make us tear our hair out at times too.

As we move forward into these next years, I like any parent, just wants their babies to be happy.  I want the girls to love each other and love themselves, but I know that realistically those probably will all have their off days too.   In a world full of messages about how to dress, how to act and what to do, I pray I have the wisdom to instill values that are consistent to helping have a happy heart to lead them down a great path in life.

Birthday Girls with Candle

But, let’s face it.  At four, we care about playing dress up, watching cartoons, crafting, going to dance and gymnastics and seeing friends.  We also care about picking on each other and fighting relentlessly for our attention.   So, in the midst of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Calliou, I am taking lessons from ole’ Mister Rogers and Calliou’s Mommy and Daddy, who ALWAYS WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES (They must have taken notes from other stay-at-home parents), so I know how to deliver and lay down the law.  Ya right!  I think I am successful at getting their actual attention half the time but I am working on pulling up my exhausted boot straps and getting back on the horse to not let these princesses dominate the castle.

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They are funny.  Say the darndest things.  Amazing cuddlers.  Kind hearts.  Still don’t care to sleep much.  Don’t turn down a treat.  Most definitely have their Daddy’s humor and maybe Mommy’s weirdness…and never meet a stranger (which we will have to work on stranger danger more because they just love people…period…). But most of all…they are ALL MINE.  What I would have given to see into my future years ago to witness this journey unfold.  Who knows if I would have ran in the other direction instead of choosing baptism by fire.  As I have learned and stated before, God always is never wrong.  He never makes a mistake.  My four-year-olds are the most precious gift this gal could ask for and I hope they continue to be a gift to this world.

Avery,Camdyn and Emily – You provide what I never knew I needed in my life until you came along.  You make me feel like I truly did something magical and right with my life.  You force me to be young, strong and stay on my toes.  You make me love harder, pray more steadfast, and have changed my need to have everything perfect the first time.  My imperfect life was made perfect the moment you were conceived.  I am so grateful for you crazy four-year-olds!

Avery       Camdyn  Emily