#StrumoloSummerFest2017

School started on Tuesday (more on that soon). Summer is officially over. Things were so busy this summer, I couldn’t possibly keep up, but I did try to keep track. I even created a hashtag (#strumolosummerfest2017) for that very purpose. I’m sure there are moments that weren’t captured, days that will be forgotten, and milestones I’ve missed, but if you don’t follow me on Facebook and you’re just tuning in, scroll down to see snippets of our sunny summer months.

Highlights include (but I am sure are not limited to): MAJOR progress in swimming…we even took our first dip in the ocean!! Camp, visits from the cousins, our first ferry ride, our first REAL hike (on our own six feet), new friends, picnics in the park, concerts on the beach, afternoons at the bay. Catching sand crabs and baby clams (and then letting them go). Seeing skates, dolphins, and whales in the ocean. Collecting rocks and shells at the beach. And the bay. And Nana and Grumples’ driveway. And anyone else’s driveway we happened upon. Learning to ride our scooters, riding tricycles, and our new ride-on jeep. Trips to the toy store, homemade ice cream, and stomp rockets. Meeting Fiona. Breakfast at Sip ‘N Soda. The Children’s Museums (from Bridgehampton, NY to Portland, ME)! Islip, Southampton, Winter Harbor, Bar Harbor. Beaches, beaches, beaches,

My heart is full. First day of summer break 2017 in the books.

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Day 2 of summer break: Me sitting in the “special seat” to watch their “show.” I think they might need to schedule some additional rehearsals.

Day 3 of summer break: possible allergic reaction and a lot of fun with Grammie. And since allergies are lame, and I don’t have pictures from fun with Grammie, I threw in a few more from yesterday. Cows, ice cream, and snow leopards. And that was just the second half of their day. Gotta love this city.
#summerinthecity

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Day 4: we made it to the “red playground” via subway (and walking three crosstown blocks which is no joke…hence, the Oreos). Crosstown bus to Barnes and Noble followed by dinner at Shake Shack. Yay, summer!

 

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Day 5: BRONX ZOO. We also dabbled in paints and puzzles. And took a trip to Florida.

Highlights of the day: the big slide at the zoo, prairie dogs, Anikin the tiger, the Bug Carousel, discovering that red and blue make purple, finding a long lost puzzle piece and FINALLY completing the vehicle puzzle. And Pizza Friday. Oh, and baths. Always baths.

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Day 6 of summer vacation: one day lip, one black eye (okay, that was yesterday, but weekends don’t count), four bus rides, gorillas, tigers, and dinos, oh my, and a lively debate about whether or not you could eat flowers.

P.S. I nearly forgot we happened about “Kid Flicks” at the library in between bus transfers and caught an old fashioned screening of “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.” Snagged three books about dogs, three about cats, and one Peter (of “The Snowy Day”) sequel and CINDERELLA on DVD. It’s in the vault, people. I had nightmares that our children would not meet Gus Gus until they were 10. That is FAR too long to wait for Gus Gus. Rectified that situation around 5:45 this evening. Phew.

 

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Sophie found a snowman on the bus.

 

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Day 7: A million tableaus with our “new” friends, cleaning the apartment (if by cleaning you mean moving EVERY toy and piece of furniture into the middle of the room and then wiping down a few walls), packing for Nana’s, about a dozen tantrums, AMNH round two (the jelly dome was mesmerizing), a new playground, a few more tantrums, picking Daddy up at work, ice cream for dinner (because that’s the proper consequence for two dozen tantrums, right?) a visit with Alice and Hans Christian Anderson, and one tired momma.

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Day 8: The boys keeping Sophie company at the pulmonologist and haircuts for the boys. Plus a braid for Sophie. And more packing! Countdown to Nana’s is on! Lisa Lord Gillespie get ready!

 

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 Day 9: early morning slumber party and then packing. Lots of packing.

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Day 10: we finally made it to Nana’s. What a difference a year makes!

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Too bad there’s nothing to do here at Nana’s.

#strumolosummerfest2017
#toddlers

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Day 11: first day of camp. Can you feel the excitement? Don’t worry, by the time we picked them up three ours later, they were exclaiming, “But, I love camp!” It was only at dinner that we found out the real reason they loved it: lollipops. Ended with dinner at the beach with both sets of grandparents. A rare treat indeed.

#grandparents
#strumolosummerfest2017
#lollipopsforthewin

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Day 12: Happy 4th of July!

#fourthofjuly
#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 13: Duck, Duck, Goose (a new addition to our repertoire, we’re still working on the details), bike helmets that fit, and pajama protest number 372.

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Day 14 (a few hours late): Scooters, jeep rides, and skinny dipping after dinner. And (rumor has it) learning to float on their backs in the camp pool!

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 15: Waited for the green light before leaving the bedroom this morning (🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻), splashed in the rain puddles ☔️, had a slumber party with thirty of their closest friends 🐻🐶🐱🐵🐷👶🏼, drove their trucks in the rain 🚜💧, and climbed to the top of the “mountain”. Many times. And then we’re asleep by 6:30 😬😴😴😴. What are the chances that they’re still in bed when the green light goes off tomorrow morning?

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Because sometimes you just need an Easter bunny headband and a paper crown to go with your Anna and Elsa bathing suit.

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Having the best time with our besties! So happy Karen Lenahan came to visit!

#Strumolosummerfest2017
#bff

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Day 16: lots of beach time, backyard barbecues, Funfetti “ice cream” cones that are nut-free, and a shared love of French fries!! We’re going to be sad to see Emi leave tomorrow!!

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Day 17: played hooky from camp for one more day and hit up the Children’s Museum of the East End; had our first dentist appointment (cannot recommend East End Tooth Ferry enough…they were incredible with three toddlers and one mama); found the 20-pack of frozen whole wheat waffles (and the car cart) at the grocery store (side note, those waffles will last us three days); and had fun mugging for the camera and checking out their hairdos during their afternoon “swim.” They requested those videos and photos, not I!

#strumolosummerfest2017
#firsts

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Day 18 (a few hours late): a puppet show at camp and rediscovering the Slip ‘N Slide. There are still working on perfecting their form, and they opted to slide in their birthday suits, so no Facebook-friendly photos yet.

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 19: another successful day at camp, an attempt at French braids, and afternoon pool time at the beach. Oh, and a tantrum before 6am. Plus a few more sprinkled throughout the day. Lest you think it’s all sunshine and rainbows over here. Sophie learned to walk across the “little pool,” and it took us all day, but we finally found Jack’s other croc.

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 20: rainy days mean indoor fun at the library!

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Day 20: rainy days mean indoor fun at the library!

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Day 22: Pool time at Polly‘s! These kids have gone from clinging to us for dear life to jumping in, going under, and swimming back and forth unassisted. Of course, I don’t have any photos of that because I am still very much in the pool. Thanks to Sophie’s epic tantrum today (perhaps she should try eating lunch?) I snapped a few from afar.

#strumolosunmerfest2017
#toddlers
#tantrums

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Day 23: new friends at camp, foam shapes (more on that later), yard work, slumber parties, and Christmas in July (that’s a thing, right?).

A note on foam shapes: Henry has been fairly obsessed with these for a few months now. He actually requested “circles” for his birthday three months ago, and lucky for him, his godfather obliged! He saw a bin of foam shapes at camp the other day, and every morning since then, he’s said, “Maybe today we’ll use the shapes.” Well, today was Henry’s lucky day. Click for more photos if you want to see just what he did (and does) with those shapes.

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Day 24: some early morning detective work (“What’s that banging noise?” “A hammer from the house they’re building down the street.”); DOGGIE BOUNCE HOUSE (and a water slide) at camp…yes, I know the video is sideways; and an afternoon at the bay. That probably should have been a two-adult activity. Jack has a newfound fear of seaweed (“especially that brown hairy kind,”) and Sophie feels VERY strongly that I should stay next to her (and perhaps holding her) at all times. Whe

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Sophie: “Are there hugs in the pool?”
Me: “Sure!”
(Huge Sophie hug).
Sophie: “I just love you.”

Right back at ya, Soph.

Day 25: An afternoon of swimming followed by sand castles and dinner at the beach. It was a good day. Tantrums and whining notwithstanding 🏊🏻‍♀️🏖🍔😉

 

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Day 26: fast friends at the Long Island Aquarium

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Day 27: one sick sister meant only two-thirds made it to camp today. Jack didn’t like those odds, so he brought Milo along to improve them. Milo appears to enjoy art class just as much as Jack does. Staying home from camp also meant a trip to Carter’s with Nana. You can’t tell from this picture, but she really does love her new outfit. The “button shirt” earned Jack’s approval (always a bit hit or miss), and even though Henry declared, “I don’t like any of these clothes,” he is a sucker for dog shirts (provided he can still pair them with his favorite blue striped pants). Jack’s priority is style, Henry’s is comfort. Sophie’s is pink.

Thanks to Polly Stevenson for babysitting duty this afternoon. Despite what they told you, you are triplet-approved!

#whogetsacoldinthemiddleofjuly
#buttonshirtsforthewin
#yourenotgoodattriplets

 

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Happiness is a new package of hair ties: “I want to wear all the pinks.”

I’m gonna keep working on this hairstyling thing..

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ay 28: lots of whining. Several tantrums. A broken toe, I think (mine). A play date with a camp friend and a new bag of hair ties. And in case you were wondering, this is how she “scooters” 90% of the time.

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Day 29: this is the only photo I took today. Pretty much sums it up.

#sorrySoph
#noyoucantscratchyourbrothers
#orstompontheirheads

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Day 30: last day of camp, a bike ride adventure with my boys, a thousand jumps into the pool, a sand and stone sea turtle, and digging for baby clams on the beach (not to eat, just to see)!

These kids are growing braver and braver by the minute, and the sand bar at the ocean this summer doesn’t hurt 😎 🌊.

Happy weekend!

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Day 31: a trip to Urgent Care (in and out in 10 minutes…how’s that for a win?), bug bite Watch 2017, a morning at the beach, a visit from Maggie, an afternoon dip in Polly’s Pool, and a so far successful diaper-free night. It’s still early, folks.

Oh, and Sophie found a new outfit. Can you read what it says on her sweatshirt? Truer words were never spoken. Sigh…

P.S. I threw in a corn collage because you guys never get to see what happens on the weekends! Just kidding. But it was the first time they had corn on the cob (how is that possible?), so I figured I should document. Verdict: 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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Day 32: I am definitely feeling the lack of camp this week 😝. But, I did manage to snap a pic of all three in the pool and not one of them hanging on me. WIN.

Follow-up with Urgent Care (2 minutes today…seriously, this place is amazing) and it’s neither cellulitis nor Lyme’s, so we’ll take it! A second breakfast at Sip ‘N Soda because four frozen waffles will not feed three toddlers whose most consistent meal is breakfast, followed by beach time and pool time round two.

Found a live crab and some not-so-live ones, our first sea glass of the summer, and a couple of nautilus shells. You’d think I’d have photos. Sorry to disappoint. Three toddlers plus a whole lot of sand and saltwater means the phone is mostly hibernating these days. But I do have a bag full of shells here at Nana’s house. You’re welcome, Lisa Lord Gillespie!

Jack cried at bedtime because I said the back of his neck “might” have gotten a little sunburned. He was not crying from pain. He was crying because we’ve built up sunblock so much and so thoroughly instilled the fear of sunburn in them all, that he honestly thought he’d done something wrong and might never recover…

#strumolosummerfest2017
#iamsotired

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The summer would not be complete without a trip to the ER.

She is home, and she is fine.

#asthmasucks

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Feeling much better this morning.

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Me: Do you want to do a craft, or do you want to go to the bay?
Henry: Bay.
Jack: Craft.
Sophie: Ice cream.

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For those of you who were enjoying my daily posts, I’m sorry I fell off the wagon. For those of you who were thinking, “Her again? And those kids? These aren’t even good photos…” you’re welcome.

The cousins came, and our days and nights have been so full (of fun, of sand, of sun and waves), that there’s been very little time for Facebooking. So, here are a few highlights from the week. I pared down, I swear.

Missing our cousins already!

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Maineward bound.

It only took 12 hours to pack all this stuff 🤣

Left at 7:07, and the first query, “Are we at Maine yet?” came at 7:32. Current count: 19.

It’s going to be a long drive…

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First Ferry Trip!

When your 16GB iPad only holds two movies at a time, and you are 9 hours into an 11.5 hour car trip. And this is what is happening in the back seat (you’ll need your sound on to get the full experience 😝).

Time to reload (for the second time)!

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Our first official hike (where everyone walked themselves…most of the way).

#flyingmountain
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We had an amazing summer. So filled with adventures that I couldn’t keep up. We are grateful for grandparents that live nearby, Disney favorites that make the long trip to and from Maine more bearable for all, and daily access to the gorgeous beaches, bays, mountains, and backyards nearby. There was tons of sand, sun (and sunscreen), and water, and while we’ll miss it as we trade in the sand for skyscrapers, we are all very happy to be home. As the sights of the city crept into view, the shouts from the backseat began: “Hello, New York!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

#strumolosummerfest2017
#maine #southampton #family #beaches #mountains #roadtrips#backtoschool

 

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June 2017

The Bedtime Battles Continue

June 1 · New York · 

Apparently these kids were so excited about the new sheets they earned for staying in their beds that they could not sleep last night. Or stay in their beds. Oh, the irony 🤣! Hard to be mad at these faces though.

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Divide and Conquer

June 3 

 Today, we divided and conquered (for a couple of hours at least). So amazing to spend time with these kids one (or two) on one. We SO rarely have adventures like these, preferring to spend our weekend moments together as a family of five, but boy is it a completely different (and amazing!) experience when we have the chance. I feel like I finally get to BE WITH them and not just managing them.

Early this morning and later this afternoon they were back together again, and that too was a ton of fun.
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Workout Buddies
June 4  

They may have cut my workout short, but this has gotta count extra towards my fitness goal for the day (ahem, week) right?

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I love me some weekends!

 

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As if we didn’t draw enough attention to ourselves already…

 

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Keeping Up and Summer Adventures

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Henry, Nana, Sophie, Daddy, and Jack

I cannot keep up with this blog, but perhaps that’s appropriate, because I cannot keep up with these kiddos, either! They are growing so fast and moving so fast and talking up a storm. Some of our favorite mispronunciations and grammatical mishaps are “Hangurbers” (hamburgers), “Panio” (piano), “I right be back!” and “All of thems.”

This summer we enjoyed our first round of summer camp, trips to visit family, dipping our toes in the ocean, collecting stones, swimming, digging in the sand, and hitting up every playground, zoo, and museum we could find. Oh, and potty training. At least for some of us. A little less enjoyable for the rest of us.

Phase 1: Camp in the City

Henry, Jack, and Sophie had their first separation experience at summer camp this June and July. They went for two hours in the morning twice a week to cycle through art, music, and gym classes with several other playmates. This was a big deal for them! It took a while for H and J to adjust, but soon enough all three were saying, “Bye! See you later! Go get a coffee?” and waving us out the door as soon as we stepped off the elevator. Pictures are limited since they spent most of their time in those classes without us, but here they are waiting for the bus:

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Riding the bus to and from camp was its own adventure. Jack thought it was like the merry-go-round, and he would say, “Again?” every time the driver stopped. Three toddlers on the city bus is still a two grown-up job, but fun to have more transportation options than triple strollers and wagons!

Park Time: 

Summer days in the city also included a lot of time at the park. Raising three toddlers in the city certainly has its challenges, but boy, are we grateful for our proximity to Central Park. There is SO much to do. So much to explore! Here we are hitting up The Carousel, The Central Park Zoo, and the newly refurbished (do you refurbish a playground?) Ancient Playground. Sprinklers in general are a HUGE hit.

Lunch at the zoo:

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And if we get tired of playgrounds and carousels, there’s always hide-and-seek. Hard to believe this is in the midst of a bustling city like Manhattan. Can you tell I love Central Park?

Weekend in Norfolk

The first part of our summer also included some time visiting Grammie and Nonno (and Pheobe) in Norfolk, where we enjoyed “riding” the train at “Grammie’s library,” “swimming” in Tobey Pond, and a visit with Grandma (Great Grandma).

“Grammie’s Train:”

Visit with Grandma:

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Tobey Pond:

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We also enjoyed running down the hill at the Norfolk library and playing hide-and-seek in the windows.

 

Other highlights included a trip to The Farmhouse (that’s now the second restaurant we can add to our list), chalk graffiti on the new stone patio, and of course hanging out with Aunt Addie.

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Mmmm….grilled cheese and french fries!

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Our First Week at Nana’s

The Wengers Come to Visit

In addition to fireworks, summer camp, and countless hours in the park, July brought our annual cousin visit with the Wengers: one week at Nana’s house with ALL FIVE GRANDCHILDREN. That’s six adults and five children under the age of four. In what is technically a three-bedroom house. For EIGHT days.

Thank goodness for the big backyard.

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And the bubble machine.

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And the beach.

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We spent a lot of time negotiating (and renegotiating) sleeping arrangements in an effort to establish at least a couple of hours when all five children would sleep at the same time. This is harder than you think. Or maybe it’s not if you’re thinking to yourself, “That sounds nearly impossible.” It doesn’t help that our kids already treat bedtime like a slumber party every night. Poor Lily. Their attempts to soothe her, “It’s okay, Lily,” and “Don’t cry, Lily,” were rarely effective, but adorable nonetheless.

If negotiating sleeping arrangements with five under four was tricky, managing a *good* family photo of the cousins was impossible. Getting the five of them to sit in the same place was its own sort of struggle.

Managing a decent photo once they were there proved even more difficult. Adorable matching outfits? Check. Adorable children? Check. Looking at the camera? Check/check minus. Smiling? Check minus.

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There were MANY cookies involved.

We did end up with several hilarious outtakes. Scroll through to get a glimpse of what our photo shoot looked like.

This one makes my heart melt a little though:

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On cloudy days, we were glad to have the Children’s Museum nearby.

And we were always glad to have big cousin Noah leading the charge.

Phase 2: Setting up Shop at Nana’s House

DSC_0370Ok, Grumples lives there too (and Dorothy), but if you ask Henry, Jack, and Sophie, they’ll tell you it’s Nana’s house. Sorry, Grumples! As July came to a close, we set up shop at Nana’s house for three full weeks of beach days, concerts in the park, swim practice, and various backyard shenanigans.

Here we are getting ready to go (plus a gazillion other bags):

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Summer in the suburbs has a whole different feel from summer in the city. Traveling around by car (well, minivan), walking outside in bare feet (and with bare bums!), going to Target…these are all perks of Suburbia. A five minute drive to the beach? Yes, please.

Backyard Time

Grilling, driving, mowing, snacking, cooking, reading, digging, swinging, running, sliding…endless hours of fun in the backyard.

Beach Time

Two (six?) thumbs up for sand. And Nana’s house has sand in the backyard AND at the beach (ocean side and bay side). There’s digging to be done, sand castles cakes to make, and feet to bury. When it comes to the water, Sophie and Jack enjoyed the ocean,  while Henry was more interested in the bay. We all developed an affinity for collecting stones, though none of use were too discerning when it came to choosing our favorites. I’m pretty sure Nana still has thirty to forty rocks scattered about her house. And her backyard. And the patio.

Other highlights from Nana’s house?

We finally experienced Play-doh.

They are kind of obsessed. It’s a little unhealthy.

Potty training. The short version: Henry is totally into it, Jack wants to be into it sometimes, and Sophie couldn’t care less. We’ve got one potty covered in stickers and another growing a bit dusty in corner. So…winter break?

Target and Shop ‘N Stop!

In the city, EVERYthing is delivered. In Suburbia, we do the shopping ourselves. I swear these carts were designed specifically with us in mind.

 

Swimming Pools, Scooters, and Ice Cream

Ok, that last one is in Islip, but we went there during “Phase 2” of our summer. So nice to have so many family members nearby!

Challenge: Can you tell who is who in the picture on the left above? Hint: That’s me in the middle.

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They liked it. I swear.

And best of all? Adventures. Loads and loads of adventures. We have those in the city too, but long summer weekends and laid back summer days meant even more time for frolicking about as a family. Our days at Nana’s were so full of adventures that the minute they woke up in the morning, Jack would ask, “Where we goin’ today, Mama? What we doin’ today, Mama?”

Our adventures included the aquarium, the game farm, the children’s museum, the ducks at the lake, and of course, the usual playground hopping.

The Aquarium in Riverhead

A HUGE hit! Even the shuttle to and from the parking lot was a success. And yes, there were monkeys at the aquarium. Go figure.

The Long Island Game Farm

Not gonna lie: this place was a little creepy. But everyone had their favorite part. Henry’s was the alpaca pen. Sophie’s was the ostrich. And Jack’s was probably the puddle. Let’s be honest. They all really liked the puddle.

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Summer Nights

Our days would often end with a concert in the park or dinner at the beach.

Phase 3: Maine!

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This began with a 10-hour drive. Enough said.

I’m pretty sure this a mash-up of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.” Musical genius? Perhaps.

The drive included a stop at the Children’s Museum in Portland:

When in Maine…

Our week in Maine included SUPping (well, land SUPping if that’s a thing), hiking, drawing, and of course, popovers. JoPoHo. ALMOST worth the wait and the incredible lack of parking. ALMOST. Sorry, Aunt Addie!!!

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Top of Cadillac Mountain

Beach Time

The biggest hit was probably the beach. Every afternoon at low tide we would venture down for some stone collecting, cake making, and toe dipping. No ocean is too cold for these kiddos.

We also caught a parade (“I don’t like these friends!”), went swimming in Echo Lake, and had our first guitar lesson. And a trip to the 5 and 10 was a fun (and inexpensive) way to kill some time. So was hanging out with Pheobe.

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Whew. Up next? These kiddos are headed to school tomorrow!

The days are long, but man, the summers are short.

 

Three’s (Almost) Never a Crowd

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I LOVE having multiples. Sure, there are times when it’s difficult. Like when I have to get all three from the upstairs to the downstairs at my parents’ house, and nobody wants to be left alone upstairs, and nobody wants to be left alone downstairs, and they can’t walk the stairs by themselves (or sometimes they just won’t), so you try to make a break for it with one before the others notice, but they’re too fast and they get out the door before you can close it, so you end up carrying all three down the stairs at once because you can’t leave them alone at the top of the stairs. Yeah, that was hard.

As some of you might know, I’ve been a member of several “Moms of Triplets” groups online (there aren’t actually enough moms of triplets in my area to be in a group that meets in person), and someone asked a few weeks ago, “If you could have all three of your triplets as singletons instead, would you?” The resounding response was, “No!” And I have to agree. Would I have chosen to have triplets? That would also be a no, since I would never willingly put myself, my husband, my family, and my three little fighters through any of the risks and worries that come along with a triplet pregnancy. We are reminded nearly every day of how lucky we are that we made it through a high risk pregnancy, a 28-week birth, and a two-and-a-half month NICU stay without much drama.

But I really do love having multiples. Logistically, it can be challenging (see the upstairs/downstairs conundrum above). There is no easy errand to run with three toddlers in tow. Traveling takes an INTENSE amount of planning and then those plans fail, and it takes a lot more patience and flexibility (my patience meter generally runs a bit lower than average, I think, so these moments are especially challenging). I am convinced there is far more mischief during nap time than there ever would be sans triplets. And let’s not forget: They outnumber us. Every day.

 

But I LOVE that I have three smiling faces to greet me every morning when they wake up, and three rounds of kisses to send me off to work each day. I love the moments when we hear three sets of giggles, each one making the others laugh louder and longer, and it seems like it will never stop. I love that they have each other to chat with when they’re up early or can’t fall asleep at night (yes, I have my selfish reasons for loving this, but the built in friendship is really what makes me happy). And I love that they’ll bring each other their special animals if ever one of the other two is upset. Or even if they just happen to find Sophie’s monkey, “Monk,” lying around. I know I’ll need to worry about them not being treated as individuals as they get older, and I know there are times when none of them get the attention they are seeking (it’s getting harder and harder to snuggle three at a time), but I also know they will always have two best friends looking out for them, four other shoulders to lean on, and two extra sets of arms for that hug when they are feeling sad.

There is no question that it is utterly exhausting parenting three two-year-olds at once. Potty training three at a time? Don’t get me started. And the days when they don’t nap? Oof. But at the end of the day (well, most days), I really love it. And I couldn’t imagine our family any other way.

We’ve recently begun reading “Babar and His Children,” (also sometimes published as “Babar At Home”). Did you know that Babar and Celeste had triplets?*

Babar and His Children

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Anyway, the story is filled with the drama and mischief you might expect that comes with raising triplets–Flora nearly chokes on her rattle,their pram (probably too heavy with the weight of three baby elephants!) begins to slide down the hill the instant Arthur is slightly distracted, Alexander uses Cornelius’ hat as a boat and begins to float away–and while our story has thus far been free of any angry crocodiles, I do think Babar sums it up perfectly at the end:

“Truly it is not easy to bring up children, but aren’t they worth it! I can’t imagine how I’d get along without them now.”

How right you are, Babar. How right you are.

 

 

*There are several sets of famous triplet characters in children’s literature: