Saturday, April 30, 2011

March of Dimes!!!

It's that time of year again! Our March of Dimes walk was today!!! For those of you reading this and don't know, our family participates in the March of Dimes walk (with our group, Mothers of Multiples) every year.

This year was a little different to say the least. First of all, Daddy walked with us! It was so much fun for the babies (and for Momma since he pulled the wagon most of the way!).

But we also recruited an additional walker: Brette!! Brette is my niece through my stepbrother, Dennis. She is such a delight! The kiddos love her and she is so good with them. It was nice to have an extra hand.....especially this year. As you will see below, the kids got to walk as well as ride!

Before we started the walk, Mollie thought it would be a good idea to remove the string from her arm that was holding her balloon. Needless to say, she learned a basic lesson in physics. We finally got her another balloon from one of the booths and convinced her to say "Goodbye red balloon". Within seconds, she was back on track.

Oh Preston.....he's such a ham!!! He was so excited about the walk. I don't know if it was the idea of riding in the choo-choo wagon, seeing the overly crowded walkers, or the pure enjoyment of having his Daddy and GaGa nearby....but he was happy!

And then we have Elise.....our baby girl that takes full advantage of any opportunity of pleasure that presents itself. Here she is laid back with her snack cup full of goldfish, sippy cup full of water, enjoying the ride.

About half way in the walk (1 1/2 miles), Mollie, Elise and Preston decided it was time to experience the joy of walking....or in Mollie's case, running. Oh how she loves to run! Like the energizer bunny, she kept going and going. Everyone around us kept saying she's a ball of energy bouncing off everything. And my response was the same, "Boy, don't you know it!"

Elise didn't do a lot of running.....she stayed behind with GaGa and Brette. Every once in a while, she would challenge them by going off the route. She loved to take off laughing (I'm sure laughing at whoever had to chase her down). Definitely a handful!

Preston was somewhat in the middle with Mollie and Elise. He loved to try and catch up with Mollie and run with her a little bit, but then lagged behind and "wander" to other areas of the route with Elise. He thoroughly enjoyed being with his Daddy most of all.

All throughout the walk, there were signs like the one above. In addition, we saw countless of shirts memorializing babies that didn't make it either past birth or longer than a month after birth. It broke my heart to see these families that have lost precious, beautiful babies that they haven't even gotten to know. And it reminds me of how much Bronson and I are blessed. The triplets may have been born at 32 weeks gestation; 2 months premature....but they were born healthy. It was because of organizations like March of Dimes that have done all kinds of research to increase the chance of surviving premature birth that helped our three little miracles.

Watching them grow in body and spirit every day is a miracle in itself. They have survived the odds of premature birth and continue to excel in every area of life. They are more than I ever hoped for and everything I ever dreamed. I'm thankful to God every day that I have these dear ones in my life. And I'm grateful to all of you who have supported us either monetarily or in prayer. Thank you for being a part of our lives.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Busy Month!!!

We've been extremely busy since the last post!!! So, I have combined just about everything into this one LONG post. We'll start from the most recent: Easter!!!!
We did go to an Easter Festival that Bronson's parent's church was holding. The kids had a great time. I did get some pictures; however, I'll be posting those on our family photo website (you should see those soon). We tried very hard to take some Easter morning pictures....but as with toddlers, you take what you can get!

The girls were very eager to get their dresses on that G-pa had bought them. But Preston was refusing to change out of his pjs!!! We're going through a phase where pjs are better than regular clothes. It's a fight almost every morning. If it weren't for Easter, we probably would have had him go to church in his little jammies. (Yes, it was that difficult). But alas, he changed into the outfit his Aunt Ginger got for him!! Very cute!

On Good Friday, Bronson and I were both off work (my contract work) so we decided to take the babies to the zoo for the first time!!! They thoroughly enjoyed it! And just like we thought, the monkeys were by far their favorite exhibit!!

It was great to see what their reactions were to seeing "real live" animals opposed to the animals we see on TV or the My Baby Can Read video. They got to experience everything; the smell, the sounds, the behavior....everything!!!

The week before Easter, I participated in the MS 150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin. It was an amazing experience and I have decided to make it an annual tradition. Since Bronson and I would be gone that weekend and I had contract work the following week, the kids got to stay with my mom (GaGa). Six whole days and six whole nights. Pictured above is the trio eating a watermelon GaGa cut for them. They had a blast!!! And even GaGa had a good time!! I was told they didn't even want to come home (that's a good thing!). We'll get to do it all over again coming up this weekend....but this time, they'll be staying for two weeks! We'll see who lasts....GaGa or the trio!

The Friday before they left, Elise had her cardiology appointment. She was asked to come back this April to find out if the heart murmur had closed. It hasn't. So, our cardiologist recommended we see one of his colleagues for surgery. We made a pre-op appointment on May 17th. We should find out during that time if it's really necessary, what the surgery entails, what are the risks and any other questions we may have. Although this procedure is common and I'm sure they do it hundreds of times a day, please keep her in your prayers.

The Tuesday before Elise's appointment, Ben & Jerry's had a free ice cream day to celebrate their anniversary. I thought it would be great to have an outing with the kids and have ice cream too!

It was CROWDED!!! But the babies were AWESOME! They patiently waited in line to get a cone. To be on the safe side (they didn't like vanilla before), we tried strawberry.

They LOVED it! Mollie inhaled hers (just like Momma). Elise ate hers quickly, but neatly (neat like Daddy). And Preston took his time (just like Daddy). He did take so much time that we ended up having to "share" the rest of his cone as it was pouring ice cream everywhere!

After they finished their treat, I let them play in the bouncy that was there. It was so neat....they had a DJ, a bouncy, games, etc. Needless to say, the kids went to bed very early that night!

This coming up weekend is the March of Dimes walk. Be on the lookout for another posting about the event. GaGa will be taking the kids again this Saturday and keeping them for two weeks!!