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There are two videos in this article that really fit with today's post. Even if you don't like the music I highly encourage you to watch the videos. 

With our multi-decade long war in the Middle East, other confrontations around the world, and the Jade Helm exercises, I see and hear many people putting down our soldiers. Men and Women who volunteer to be shipped to war torn areas to protect us and those who can not protect themselves. Those that are here in the US to provide protection during times of unrest, and there has been a lot lately. Some do it to have the opportunity to go to college because they have no other means to do so. Some do it for financial security for their families. Some go because they feel honor bound to do so, and usually come from a long line of family who served. Some go because of something horrific happened (like the fall of the twin towers). In the end though it doesn't matter why they chose this life, a soldier is a soldier. 

I assume, and truly hope this is the case, that the people who are being hateful towards them, do not really know what it is like to be them. I come from a long line of military family. My mother side has been in every war since the civil war. Not distant relatives, direct ones. My father's side has been in every war since the Indian Wars (his family was Native American). I also have had many friends in the military, grew up around military personnel and bases. So for those who do not really understand what it means to be a soldier, here is your crash course:

Read more: An American Soldier

Read more: Take me to Church

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I debated long and hard about writing this post.  One, because it involves a personal aspect of one of my girls.  Secondly, because it is a sensitive subject.  It's sensitive for parents and could be for her later in life,  because whatever goes on the Internet is there forever. Never the less it's a topic that I feel should be discussed and hopefully help others. 

Read more: The Potty Monster

There was a large blank wall in the playroom/ large livingroom. I usually let the kids take colored chalk and draw all over it. It makes them super happy and it just washes off. Also I won't be remodeling that room until the kids are older. It has the older concrete type walls so I will either be ripping them all out and putting up new walls or covering them in wallpaper when I do, so I don't care if it gets all crazy.

The big blank wall vexed me though. I hated sitting in there and have this huge white space staring at me. So one day while staring at it, I decided to do something about it. One pack of markers and 2 days later, this is what the kids and I came up with :)

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Read more: The Blank Wall

I went to bed super early last night with the hope of waking up before the littles this morning and forcing myself to be that "Happy moring Mom." I should have known it was a lost cause from the begining...

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To be honest there are two subjects that most moms try to avoid discussing with other moms, those are vaccinations and car seat safety. I have avoided participating in these discussions because it gets so heated, argues for their side, and can get just down right nasty to those who do not agree with their point of view. In light of a lot of things being said lately due to the measles cases in the US, I have two questions for everyone to think about. You may not agree with me and I may not agree with you, but these are questions everyone should be thinking and asking themselves. 

Read more: Vaxers... Anti-Vaxers... Yes, the hot Vaccination Debate

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Most people have probably seen the movie The Help, but I wonder if they felt as I did watching it. Movies like this make my heart ache. It's the way people treat others because they are different in some way, because they think they are better then them. The little light though is that not everyone is like that. There are some who will stand up and stand by those being persecuted whether they are different or not. I never thought I lived a sheltered life. I have had friends/ worked with/ taken care of people from all walks of life, colors, classes, and so forth. I have never really seen the type of prejudices that I see in movies like this, though I know they go on in our world, even now. I think that has more to do with the way I interact and treat people, then the fact that it doesn't exist. That one sentence sums up how we break this kind of hate with our children.

 

Read more: The Help...

I never dreamt that I would be a mother of triplets. Even when we were going through IVF and they said there was a 10% chance, I never thought about it. I suppose that is odd since I have heard just the opposite from so many other multiple moms. I also knew from the first time we saw three little sacs on our first ultrasound that we would be having triplets, even though we were told there might be a chance that not all of them would mature (develop a heartbeat). There was a point when I was around 32 weeks pregnant and started having regular contractions and the doctor wanted to put me on magnesium. I knew a lot about it from being a nurse and something inside me said to try upping the dosage of the oral medication I was already on first. Oh how I made my doctor mad but he agreed none the less, and it turns out my gut was right. After 24 hours of upping the dosage I was doing great again. My goal of 35 weeks didn't happen. I was one day shy of it but I gained 30lbs of fluid in one week (pre-eclampsia) and there was no waiting. No one required NICU and they were all healthy and over 6lbs when they were born. They didn't sleep through the night until they were 7 months old, and I still feel like I'm trying to catch up with the sleep deprivation.

Read more: What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger...

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"Parenting is a thankless job"

I hear this a lot from parents, thing is though, it's untrue.  It's not thankless, they are just silent,  shown through actions. Having adult children has made me realize this more then ever. I never heard them say "Thank you for reading to me so much when I was little and instilling the love of reading in me". I have watched them become huge bookworms, reading large varieties of subjects, advancing their knowledge/education independently, and both have a deep love for learning new things. I know that they will pass the same on to their children. 

Read more: The "Thankless Job"

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This has been my motto for almost 5 years now. Before the I became pregnant with the triplets I was an organized choatic person. That may be hard for some to grasp so I'll try to explain. I was always a strong type A personality ambitious, sensitive, always piling on work/ activities, very driven in everything I commited to, and even a control freak in some areas (floors being the biggest, if they floors are clean- it's going to be ok,lol). On the other hand I tended to choatic in where my interests led to, I went with my insticts more then what others said, I never cared about being the odd person, I would do things/go places on the spur of the moment, going out of my way to help others, and no one was a stranger (often refered to as my Hippie side).

After giving birth to the triplets my A side came out and the choas in myself retreated. I realize now this was a survival technique to having these three. I had to go from "no schedule, winging the day" to "There is a large schedule hanging in the fridge, whiteboards detailing every waking moment of the kid's feeding-dipers-activity, and posted on the blog to help others (but really it's to remeber the sleep deprived year)."  Every minute of every day was scheduled. My life became like one large asembly line that had to be adhearded to or else a choas not even I could imagine would ensue. Yes I think that acurately discribes the first year for me. I was in a type A personality wonderland while my Hippie side was fighting to break free from the structure. It was about survivial and we adapt to survive ;) Now don't get me wrong, we had fun,laughter, and tender moments, you just have a hard time seeing them when your sinking in it!

Read more: Reflections: Closing in on Turning Five

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