Monday, April 30, 2012

So emotional, yet they love it.

Jason played the triplets 1st year and 2nd year montage DVD's for the kids at some point and now they are hooked. They ask to watch "the babies" every single day. I know it makes me pretty emotional to see it, I don't cry anymore...well not every time anyway, and I think they pick up on that because they come over and give me so many hugs during the DVD's. They ask so many questions and what us to tell them over and over who is who, even though I know they have it memorized by now LOL. Today we had to watch each video 3 times...good thing they are pretty short and have great music to go with the photos LOL.

The daily hair battles continue. Haddie's hair is so pretty and getting so long, I would hate to cut it but it would make a nice donation.

We had another yummy lunch...that the triplets wouldn't touch, so they got plain cheese roll ups. Lame. Move over Taco Bell :)

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps  *Makes 6 wraps*
1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onion, finely sliced (white and green parts)
1/2 red or green pepper, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
Sour cream (optional)
6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken and rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Optional: on some of the wraps, I dotted the cheese with about 1-2 tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream before arranging chicken and rice mixture down the center – it made the wraps delightfully creamy.) Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open. Spray the tortillas all over with cooking spray. Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange 2 wraps, seam-side down, in pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

PB&J is better than anything...didn't you know.

Yummy dinner today, well lunch...since we do family dinner for lunch the weeks Jason is on swing and not home at dinner time. A few different things I saw on Pinterest, have I turned any of you into believers yet?, that I had Jason throw together. It was amazing, at least to Jason and I...the kids, not so much...well except for the biscuits of course. They are crazy, and have no idea what they missed.

Our menu:
Ginger and Cilantro Baked TilapiaWe doubled this to feed the 6 of us
2 large tilapia fillets (or similar thin white fish) - about 3/4 pound....we used Cod. My husband is all about this support and buy USA kick and the Tilapia was all from China LOL.
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
3 garlic cloves
1 inch grated ginger (1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Scallions, chopped for garnish
Extra cilantro, to garnish
Heat the oven to 475ºF. Pat the fish dry and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place in a glass baking dish.
Chop the pepper and garlic, and grate the ginger. Put in a small food processor with the soy sauce, white wine, sesame oil, and cilantro. Whir until blended. Pour the sauce over the fish, rubbing it in a little. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through. It will be very moist and gelatinous, still.
Serve immediatley, garnished with scallions and cilantro.
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
2 medium zucchini and  2 yellow squash, cut into 2x1-inch strips
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
Preheat 450. Cut four 18x12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil; spray with cooking spray. Place veggie medley on each foil piece. Sprinkle with the basil and lemon pepper. Drizzle with oil. Fold foil over vegetables so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again. Allow space on sides for circulation and expansion.
cook 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits  
2 cups Bisquick biscuit mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degree. Mix biscuit mix, milk, and cheddar cheese until soft dough forms; beat vigorously for 30 seconds. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix melted butter, garlic powder, and dried parsley; brush generously over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. Make 10-12 biscuits.

We added a little mashed potatos but only because we had some left overs, the meal didn't need them at all.

We were out side ALL day today, the kids were so ready for bed time...they were actually totally happy to be going to bed. All 4 were passed out by 8pm...woohoo!

Lily is so much her mothers daughter, even when it comes to her hordes of stuffed animals LOL. I had to take a picture of just how many she has...and she asks for more weekly hehehe.

Of course Xan and Haddie wanted me to take their picture too :) Xander insists on sleeping with a half dozen blankets. You can see we moved the kitchen into their room. We could not keep Jericho off it, and he was starting to mess with the photos we have up on the wall above where it used to be. Now he has aimed his sights on using our barstools to get up on the counter, so they are parked in the kitchen as of now. That boy I swear!
The trio have let us start branching out on their bed time stories. We have to go back through the old faves about every two nights, but it is really fun getting to read them some more of the books I read as a kid :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

March For Babies!

Time for our annual March For Babies walk again already. Time flies, and babies change so fast, you can see our first, and second years walking...what a difference. This was the second year the triplets walked it, and this time with just Jason and I, and they did fantastic. Jericho enjoyed the almost 2 mile walk from his stroller, but he would have been much happier if we let him walk too.

Our triplet group, Triplets and More, wore shirts and placards this year...they turned out so cute. The backs of the kids shirts gave their gestation and weight at birth.

The kids thought the placards that Jason and I wore were very interesting. They love for us to tell them which baby is whom...and I am afraid my affinity for "birth order" is rubbing off LOL.

Boy do these pictures bring back some old memories. Hard to believe it has almost been 4 years since they were born.

A little family pic before we got started...yes, I am aware I look like crap. 7am came way too early today :)
There were a lot of firefighters out to support the cause, so the triplets got to see their first fire trucks up close and personal. Xander walked right up to all the firefighters, said "Hi, can I go for a ride?" LOL. They let him down easy on not getting a ride, and offered to let them sit in the truck. That was a hit!

The weather was great, we have managed to not get caught in the rain on one of these walks yet. How we have had such great luck in APRIL is anyone's guess, but I am glad.
They had some special guests handing out snacks and goodies at the halfway point. The triplets weren't too sure of them at first, but once they figured out they were handing out toys their impressions changed hahaha.

Some of our group, this is what 9 three year olds looks like :)

Once we made it to the finish line we hung out listening to the live band for about a half hour, Jericho had some energy to burn off and everyone did a little dancing.

Then we headed over to have a little fun at Grandma's. She was having a birthday party for Great Grandpa! 83 this year and he still skis...yup, he is amazing!

Such a great day today! We are so very thankful to have such healthy kiddos!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Needles and scary movies.

Awww this brought back some memories. And reminds me, again, that we need a bigger bed :) Jason let the kids all come in to "wake" me up this morning, instead they all decided to get under the covers and take a nap with me LOL

A little blast from the past...we all fit a lot better when they were tiny.

Once we got up and going, the kids had an appointment with a Dtap vaccination. They did really great, only Hayden freaked out. They had a lot of fun in the waiting room :)

When we got home Xander decided to share the stickers he got at the Doctors. He shared them with the cats because apparently they made them "so happy." I did not have the heart to tell him just how unhappy they would be when we were yanking the stickers out of their fur. Before I could get to gently pulling the stickers off Xander snatched them off super fast, hair and all. The cats were stunned and just sat there. They almost seemed to appreciate it when Xan took the yanked out fur piece by piece off the sticker and tossed back on the cats LMAO!

We forgot to check back packs after school...oops. Some recent school art that was sent home :)

It was Uncle Skunk's birthday on Tues., so today Jason and I went out with Scott and Amber for dinner and a movie. Cheesecake Factory was awesome, The Cabin In The Woods was pretty good. Not as scary as it might of been had I not recently jumped on the Walking Dead (God I hate zombies) bandwagon, but it was alright.