Monday, May 18, 2009

Road Trippin'

One would think that I was on some heavy medication when I thought up the idea to drive down to Orlando, Fl and back with 3 children under 3. Heck, for a while there, I thought I was crazy too. But to my pleasant surprise, all 3 of the Lebanik kids did amazingly well on the 18+ hour drive there and again on the 19+ hour trip back home. Why was the trip back longer? It's because I had never seen New Orleans and Kevin wanted to drive thru on the way home. How, do you ask, did the trip go so well? Well, first got up each morning at 3:00 and were out the door by 3:45. That way, the kids were still groggy and slept for the first part of the trip. Once they got up we always made sure to find a Cracker Barrel for them to play "checker cheese" and fill them up for the long day ahead. The best thing I packed for the entire trip was the kids' baby potty. Bathroom breaks on the road averaged less than 4 minutes total time. We pulled over, let them go, I rinsed it out and we were back on the road. Seriously though, my kids were great. There was minimal whining, a total of 3 temper tantrums and a mommy that was willing to play flight attendant that made the trip a success.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Countdown Is On!

Till our vacation. I can not beginto tell ya'll how excited we are as a family. The girls don't go a moment with out mentioning the trip and the thought of some time to sight see, try new things and even visit some family just gets me plain ol' giddy inside. We leave Saturday and return home the 16th. In that week's time, we will see Epcot and the flower show going on there, ride rides at Old Town in Kississimmee, have dinner with 5 different princesses, spend 2 fun filled days at Magic Kingdom, spend a day at Dolphin Island with my cousins and then have breakfst in New Orleans' French Quarter. I am itiching to is my camera! I am hoping I get some great shots for you guys. :)

Practice, Practice, Practice...

Since my children are none to happy with me making them sit there so I can take thier pictures, I have branched out and I am now resorting to bribing friends, family and neighbors to let me practice on them!


Kelly Beans Photography!
No, I am NOT in business, but since I am taking pictures of my friends and family to practice and eventually, maybe, go into business I wanted to look a bit more professional. So Kevin and I took the plunge and got a domain name. My site isn't up or anything, but look how cute my little logo is! It's got a jelly bean for each one of the kids!

Happy Easter

Yes, I am well aware that this post is WAY over due, but wanted to share our Easter with ya'll anyway. We had a great time. Now that the girls were old enough, we ventured out to some commuinity Easter egg hunst in addition to the 3rd Annual Lebanik one. The Roanoke Easter egg hunt was kind of a bust though since it literally took all of 30 seconds. I was lucky to get one picture in while there were still some eggs on the ground. Even Matt had a good time landing himself 2 eggs that he refused to let go of for the rest of the day.

The following weekend, I took the kids down to our community's egg hunt. Boy oh boy was that different. There were over 13,000 eggs there that day. Can we say EXCESSIVE?!?!? There were bounce houses, face painting, crafts and of course, the Easter Bunny. Too bad Matty was worn outfrom all the activities by then. Seriously, this snap shot is one of my all-time favorites!

Anyways, they all had a blast even if Kevin WAS working that day.

I Lost My License!

My blogging license that it. Well, at least my friend Jessica told me I had. And she is so right. Our house has changed so dramatically and the whole point of this blog was to keep ya'll abreast with all those changes. If anything, I have been so wrapped up in the changes that I haven't shared them with you all. My bad. :(

So where were we? Well, last time I posted, mom was getting ready to leave for Las Vegas to handle all her legal stuff in one big ol' swoop. Meanwhile here, we were starting to enter the torturous three's. Yeah...what can I say to that one? Matty was taking his first few steps and Kevin and I needed a break.

Let's fast forward oh, let's say a month. ;) Since we have transitioned Matt into his own room, our lives have become much more "normal" for a lack of a better term. All 3 take a bath at the same time. They all go to bed at the same time. They're on the same schedule. Which is nice because it gives Kevin and I some MUCH needed parent-alone time. Now he doesn't sleep through the night all the time, but I must say that I am a MUCH happier mom now that I get a few hours of rest. We took Matt to his 9 month well-baby visit and Dr. Hopkins was very impressed with my little man. He was 18 lbs. 8 oz., 27.75" tall and way ahead of both gross and fine motor skills. Matt is no longer walking, but now he is running. And climbing. And getting into every possible thing he can. He loves dog food, trash cans and the steps. He is definitely taking after his sisters.

Speaking of which, Hailey and Emma are entering full-blown diva stage. I have said it before and I'll say it again, I will take on four 2 year olds as apposed to ANY 3 year olds. EVERYTHING around here is blown way out of proportion. And now that Matt is mobile, the amount of frustration that they have is astounding. They're good girls though. Nothing makes a mom happier than when she picks her kids up from church preschool and having the teacher tell you how good that your kids are(especially compared to the others in the class!). And they are smart too! We've been doing Parents As Teachers now for a few months and the girls had their 3 year old evaluations. They both are doing things at a 4-5 year level . I am so proud of my little girls. All three of them really. I have the best kids a mom could ask for!