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Books can take you anywhere. They can take you to distant lands, other worlds, on great adventures, and teach us new lessons.  Reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. In the beginning it is us, as parents, reading to them. Then as they grow older they carry on reading to themselves. Instilling a love of books in your child will help them become more knowledgeable, more creative, and do better in school.

 

Read more: Why Read to Your Children?

                                                                                                          

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When the triplets were babies and very young toddlers we, like most multiple moms, got all sorts of comments and questions. "Were they natural?" "Better you then me." "I'd kill myself (yes this was actually said and to be honest what do you really say back to that)" "I don't know how you do it." and on and on. The kids were probably around 1 1/2 years old when we were standing in a line at Target to check out. There was a woman who had two small children and one who looked close to kindergarten age. She looked at me and said "I just don't know how you do it." My usual response to this was "You just do." However this particular mom had a worn look about her. I wondered for a moment if she was having a rough day with her kids. I wondered if she perhaps had a lot of rough days as a parent of three. So instead of my usual half hearted retort, a lie was born.

 

Read more: The Lie I Tell...

As you can see I have not posted for a very long time. There are a lot of reasons why: My Mom passed away, then we spent a year traveling the country in our RV, then my Dad passed away, and we decided to come back "home" to be close to Michael's family and our oldest daughter. Being on the road reminded me how much I want my children to grow up around family. Have those grandparent memories that my husband cherishes, be close so the kids can see more of their sister and I can be near grand-kids when her and her husband decides to have kids (She just got married last month). When we came back to visit this past fall the kids wanted to stay. I will say traveling was fun and we still plan on taking camping trips and traveling but not as a full-time lifestyle. 

So Michael and I again looked at all our options and what direction we wanted to head. It wasn't easy decisions though. All of them live in and around a small town in Kentucky. The closest big city is about 2 hours away and most of the jobs for my husband's field (Linux Senior Network Admin/ Web Developer) are a lot further. He still works for the company he has been with for over 14 years but small businesses have taken a huge hit over the last several years, and theirs is no exception. Which for us translates to less money.

Read more: Catch Up

This is a Guest Post by some really talented and all around outstanding 17 year old triplets. At the bottom of the post you will find links to their facebook, youtube, twitter, and other online profiles. Be sure to follow them because these guys are going places!
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Hello all! We are Gary, Rebecca, and Kimberly. A lot of our Internet friends know us better as The Coast to Coast Trips; it's our fulltime traveling nickname, as well as our band's name. Like the Barnett family, we are also traveling fulltime across the USA! However, there is something else we have in common; triplets! The three of us are 17 year old triplets, and we love it when we make contact with fellow trips (especially when they are as adorable as Criton, Caitlin, and Haley)! We were really surprised when Lisa asked us to write a guest post on her blog, what a cool opportunity! Thanks Lisa, your blog is so great and we are really happy to be a part of it.

Read more: Guest Blog: The Coast to Coast Trips

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The triplets just turned 3 years old this month and so I thought it would be fun to do a post about each child filled with a collage of pictures from birth to now.

Haley was the first one born. She is definitely our laid back hippie child, though when her temper does flare watch out! Her favorite color is pink.

Read more: 3 Years of Haley