Life’s a dance…you learn as you go…

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It’s an old John Michael Montgomery song that says, “Life’s a dance, you learn as you go….sometimes you lead…sometimes you follow..,”  well if that is not the truth lately.  I am more like FOLLOWING these crazy little girls.  Working on my leading!  This year has gone by so incredibly fast and my heart is only preparing for all the others to do so as well.

We ended our year of preschool learning so much.  One of my favorite things has to be them coming home and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is like I almost anticipated the “INDA_BIZABLE” part and loved it so when they did.   They are working on writing their names and they for sure have a very large version of a capital letter down pat. (Usually taking up the entire page).  Their vocabulary is something that blows my mind.  One day you remember them barely saying a sentence two years ago and the next day they know all the words to Shake it Off!  I hope that is not a precursor to taking after me and my love for useless entertainment knowledge.   I may not be able to remember a chapter I just read of a certain book in middle school or a geometry equation but I could sure remember all the songs that New Kids on the Block sang.  Even 25 years later, I still do.  That part of me and my corny ways is a whole other type of blog!  Below was the first day of preschool in August.  Oh my how they already look so much more mature today!

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The girls have enjoyed continuing gymnastics and dance.  Performing was a whole other accomplishment that I am very proud of them doing.  Avery had no problem at their recent first recital standing on the huge stage in front of people.  She doesn’t lack for confidence and that is nothing new!  Camdyn has always been a little shy when it comes to trying new things and she defiantly didn’t care for this something new and scary idea.  Emily, I believe loves to shake her little groove thing, and is totally sassy about it too, but I think just to be in cahoots she joined Camdyn being utterly scared during dress rehearsal.  But, like the soldiers and darling girls they are…show time comes and they are looking for their number one fans in the crowd and they did it!  Not much to expect with four year olds other than them looking adorable in costumes.  Putting makeup on a four year old is another story.  Makeup on three four year olds and being somewhere at a certain time is not my idea of a relaxing hobby.  Dance mother may not be on my resume.

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So much talk this year about where we were sending the girls to school when there is still two years away from Kindergarten.  Then as the months went by I realized that the summer of 2016 will be the last summer before the hoopla of REAL school.  In anticipation my heart has been holding them a little closer these days.  This summer I am going to attempt to pick a Thursday each week that I will spend with just one.  Our own little day.  May not be much in the scheme of things but in all things triplets it is going to be pretty fun to have some individual time letting them decide what we are going to do that day.  There is already tears about who is “going first.”

We are blessed with sweet natured children.  Kind and really, really, darn funny.  Along with their obsessions with bathroom humor, we are working on not tattling on each other, “fibbing” to Mom and Dad, and manners.

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Recently, we were blessed in our family with the birth of our nephew, Coy.  Yes, there is a boy now in the mix.  Bless his little namesake heart he may not have a chance with all these girls including his big sister Reagan.  She isn’t tough to spot!  Cute little brown haired girl in the middle of all those look alikes.  Of course, holding a little one has made my heart just melt.  Bryan sees that look and has thrown out some, “you are crazy,” comments.  So, I am campaigning for a puppy in the near future instead!  At least they can’t whine and talk back to you!

 

We are excited for summer and looking forward to our first family vacation in September to Florida.  That blog post would be epic to report on traveling in airports with three four year olds!  But I am really looking forward to the memories.

Blessings and good luck to all the mamas who will be home ALL summer, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY, with their kiddos again. Hehehe.  We are all in this world of organized chaos.  Most days, there is no where else I would rather be!

And then they were….FOUR

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The past two years have flown by as we have watched these precious girls grow up before our eyes.  The first two years didn’t go by as fast. Haha.  I have many people ask me what is harder, when they were babies or now.  I actually think that now is when the real work begins.  The lessons, the guidance, the discipline, and the strides and milestones.  We focused so much on their actual physical growth for so long since they were so tiny at birth.  Now, we see these little girls who baffle us with their words and make us laugh with their actions.  I will have to also admit, they make us tear our hair out at times too.

As we move forward into these next years, I like any parent, just wants their babies to be happy.  I want the girls to love each other and love themselves, but I know that realistically those probably will all have their off days too.   In a world full of messages about how to dress, how to act and what to do, I pray I have the wisdom to instill values that are consistent to helping have a happy heart to lead them down a great path in life.

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But, let’s face it.  At four, we care about playing dress up, watching cartoons, crafting, going to dance and gymnastics and seeing friends.  We also care about picking on each other and fighting relentlessly for our attention.   So, in the midst of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Calliou, I am taking lessons from ole’ Mister Rogers and Calliou’s Mommy and Daddy, who ALWAYS WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES (They must have taken notes from other stay-at-home parents), so I know how to deliver and lay down the law.  Ya right!  I think I am successful at getting their actual attention half the time but I am working on pulling up my exhausted boot straps and getting back on the horse to not let these princesses dominate the castle.

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They are funny.  Say the darndest things.  Amazing cuddlers.  Kind hearts.  Still don’t care to sleep much.  Don’t turn down a treat.  Most definitely have their Daddy’s humor and maybe Mommy’s weirdness…and never meet a stranger (which we will have to work on stranger danger more because they just love people…period…). But most of all…they are ALL MINE.  What I would have given to see into my future years ago to witness this journey unfold.  Who knows if I would have ran in the other direction instead of choosing baptism by fire.  As I have learned and stated before, God always is never wrong.  He never makes a mistake.  My four-year-olds are the most precious gift this gal could ask for and I hope they continue to be a gift to this world.

Avery,Camdyn and Emily – You provide what I never knew I needed in my life until you came along.  You make me feel like I truly did something magical and right with my life.  You force me to be young, strong and stay on my toes.  You make me love harder, pray more steadfast, and have changed my need to have everything perfect the first time.  My imperfect life was made perfect the moment you were conceived.  I am so grateful for you crazy four-year-olds!

Avery       Camdyn  Emily

Christmas is always 3 times the FUN!

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Santa Visit 2014

Where have my babies gone?  These big girls sitting with Santa and telling him “We are going to leave you cookies!!!”  This year, I am really excited for Christmas.  It is the first year since they were born that we have really enjoyed the Christmas spirit of things and I really think it will be a blast with them.  Don’t get me wrong….Every year is a great year with your children, but year one…see picture below.  Here is the girls their first time visiting Santa in 2011.  I am not sure how much of those ten months to that point I remember!

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Always loved this picture! Cute little tushies.

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And, this was Christmas 2012.  That was a real treat.  This is a photo to remember for the books.  That is about what life was like at that point with one and half-year old triplets!

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And this is about when it started getting really fun during the holidays.  Look at those darling curly afros! When they want to these sisters are so sweet to each other.  This was Christmas last year at two and a half years.

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Right before Christmas last year.  They still look like babies to me.  Insert tears here.

But, as my girls grow something magical is happening.  We are settling in with our family after years of chaos and trying to learn the ropes.  We are really getting to know who our babies are becoming in this world and it is truly magical.  Sweet souls, nurturing hearts, stubborn little mules (who knows who they get that from. insert my picture here), goofy and silly, creative and spunky and learning so much about the world they cannot stop talking!  We have decorating cookies, talked about Jesus and the real reason we celebrate Christmas, purchased gifts for children in need (which they loved doing and never wondered why the toys were not for them), been to see Santa, looked at Christmas lights, went to our first Thunder game, and now we cannot wait to celebrate with our families.

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Age 3.5…Christmas season 2014

As we reflect on the meaning of Christmas, I thank God for his Son Jesus.  As a parent, you think of God giving his only son to the world.  As a parent you know when your children have special qualities but can you imagine the magic God felt in his heart and what he knew his son would do for the world?  Children give us so much to reflect on and take us back to simpler times especially during the holidays.  It is a time to smile, share laughter, be silly, have a heart for those in need, pray for those who face challenges and health concerns and truly be thankful for each of our blessings before we close out another year.

From the Coy crew, we wish everyone a very Merry CHRISTmas and a happiest of celebrations with family and friends!  I am sure ours will be filled with Mom and Dad trying to figure out what to do with all the “blessings” Mimi and Papa and Nana and Papa give the girls…As well as good ole’ Santa Claus.

Does it get easier? Uhhhh…no, just busier!

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How in the world with these beautiful faces could I dare complain about the life of raising triplets?  Ya, ya, I know they are pretty darn cute.  I have not posted since June.  If I were a hired writer on a deadline I would be totally fired by now!  Just kidding, I am a little more responsible than what I am alluding to.  These beautiful, hilarious, zany, witty, emotional little girls are the light of our lives.  I find myself really zeroing in on their unique personalities and wonder how in the world did I ever have these tiny whittle babies three and half years ago.   These darling girls make me want to be on my A game all the time.  I want them to remember a childhood where they had parents that were happy and funny and fun to be around.  Who doesn’t want their parents to read in a funny voice or sing a Disney song for 7,000th time, or shake their booty in the living room in the middle of the day?  The more they grow the more my heart begins to feel this overwhelming responsibility to show them life’s lessons.  I start thinking about matters of the heart, explaining heartbreak, why people are mean sometimes, why it is important to love yourself and love others, and why it is important to love and honor God.  Deep stuff right?  Well, when you think they don’t grasp certain things then they will come to you and ask why your old dog is in Heaven.  Gulp.   Trying to be simple with a three-year old teaches you a lot of things.  Simplicity is one. Over thinking  it is left for adults 🙂  I pray at night for the strength to make it through the moments where I need to have the right words and the moments where I don’t.  But, for now…we keep it simple.

Life is nothing but simple in this house!  We have started preschool, dance, soccer (ugh) and gymnastics.  We have gone to the dentist for the first time.  Started riding bikes.  Soccer was really a big fat mistake.  Lots of tears on the field.  Camdyn would only kick the ball at kick off.  They just didn’t like the contact part of the sport at all.  But, at least we tried something new!  Thank goodness our buddy Hazel knows how to score a goal.  All of the team’s goals!  They are doing great in Preschool.  Coming home saying the Pledge, telling me about our American and Oklahoma flags, singing a prayer they sing before their lunch about God, learning their letters and lots and lots of creative art projects.  Dance they absolutely love.  Maybe its the dressing up in the leotard or maybe the shoes, who knows but they love it.  We are also back at gymnastics which they did all last year and having a ball.

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Emily, Avery and Camdyn..and baby…First Day of Preschool. Aug. 2014

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Our little tiny dancers.  Emmie always loves to dress a little different 🙂 Love this pic of them.

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Fun moment!

So remember that A game I was referring to?  No time in this house to be down, sick or just having a bad day.  We are on the go and I just take it in stride with these chatty cathys right beside me.  I am a very lucky mommy to be at home with the girls.  Is it taxing?  Absolutely.  I read so many mommy blogs about how emotionally draining it is to really be a mom and they ain’t kiddin!  We look forward to making memories with friends and family this season.  Family is one of the cornerstone’s of Bryan and I’s marriage and we love being able to share our lives on a daily and weekly basis with our parents (their grandparents), extended family and close friends.  And like most families know, it takes a village to raise children!. We have been a “welcome all hands on deck” sort of family.  The girls get amazing moments like this one with my dad, their Papa Bill.  Who would know these girls love fishing!

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Emmie caught the first fish!

As much as we can slow down and take in the sun and enjoy our daughters, we do.  Bryan and I may be exhausted, but we are blessed with special memories and more adventures yet to come.

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Just a Daddy and his girls

Me and Girls with Sunglasses summer 2014

It may take sometimes months to get around to writing about monumental moments in our lives because sometimes I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning..besides a cup of coffee.  The moments sometimes remain on my mind and I have the good intention of getting them down and point blank..life happens again. In this house it is the word MOM, MOMMY or MAMA!!!!  How many times can you say it?  I stopped counting.  But it is a privilege to live it and I try to make a point to have a happy heart about that most days 🙂

Summer fun in full swing

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Princess Picture 2014

Well, summer 2014 is definitely in full swing in the Coy household.  Having three, three-year-olds, I feel I am constantly looking for ways to entertain them.  We have been to Frozen princess birthday parties, starting swimming, play dates with friends, trips to the zoo, trips to the park to feed the ducks, lots of coloring and painting….the list I know will continue to grow and we are only technically into week two.  Oh, we went and had our first manicure and pedicure!  That was pretty cute.  I may have started something a little early since I got my first manicure maybe my junior or senior year of high school for prom!  Starting them at three may run me into some big expectations 🙂

The girls are silly and full of energy.  The things these girlies say just crack me up.  Camdyn told me the other day my new kitchen table set was “soooo cute Mommy.”  She may have also told me it was “awesome!”  My little cheerleader for sure.  Emmie is being a tad sass-a-frass lately.  I think she goes through these periods to where she wants to make sure her patient little voice is heard and believe me Buggie, we hear you!  Avery has been so darn silly.  Just says goofy things and knows how to make herself laugh.  She is my one by the end of the day she is delirious with the giggles.

The following is a look into our lives the past few weeks in pictures! Enjoy and Happy Summer!

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The girls with their gymnastics coach Miss Courtney

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High flying Cam Cam

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Silly Emmie

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Go Avery Go!

Camdyn first manicure

Camdyn picked PURPLE nail polish of course…Her favorite

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This Miss Avery picked all her nail polish the second it dried.  Not very patient, not surprising 🙂

Emmie first manicure

Emmie picked BLUE…Her favorite color

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Fun at Martin Nature Park with our buddies Hallie and Rex

Fun with friends at the park

Feeding the ducks at Hafer Park with our friends Harper, Tatum and Emma.  Yep, that’s six three-year olds you see!!!

An egg-celent place to be right now…

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Don’t let these darling little faces fool you….Okay, yes, they fool their own mama every single day.  All things THREE is pretty interesting.   It’s also pretty hilarious.  You would think I live with three little boys with all the “bathroom” talk that is happening in this house. The girls think certain words are just sooo funny.  I am sure I will get a call from someone at their Mother’s Day Out telling me that one of them called someone else “Poopy diarrhea.”  Yep, those are my little angels.

We are in a phase where they are über sensitive and also filled with some quite intense attitude!  We can go from happy to full on tantrum in zero point two seconds.  It is a gift.  I must have three brilliant young actresses on my hands.  But, we also hear a lot of “I love you’s” too which melt away any day full of hair pulling and sassy back talk!

The girls are in a phase they DO NOT like people dressed up in costume.  First, it was a duck at a birthday party.  The duck even politely took off his big ole’ head and revealed that SHE was not a real duck.  That didn’t go over well either.  Then, it was Batman.  In their defense this Batman was very authentic looking.  All black costume and fully masked.  He did amazing face painting, but that even caused a meltdown because then we feared the little Hulks and Spidermans running around.  And lastly, the Easter bunny.  Ladies at their MDO said they nailed the egg hunt, but that all ended when they spied the Easter bunny.

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Emmie Bug

Update on the Bug: (That’s our little Emily)

Emily weighed in at a whopping 26lbs at her three-year appointment.  She was 37 inches tall.  She falls into the 5-10% for weight.  My little 2 lb baby is rocking the socks off of three.  She is so smart and really creative.  She is tougher than nails this one.  We recently experienced our first loose tooth.  Down the slide with sister is a way to get your mouth bonked and a tooth come loose.  She did a great job at her first dental appointment.  We hope that it will hang on for another few years at least!  No major damage.  But, I see you eyeing her lip in this picture.  Bug is a tiny little one and sometimes she creeps up on you.  I was holding Camdyn and completely tripped over her on the floor.  Mother of the Year for basically kicking my daughter in the face.  Emmie loves books too.  She will pick one for you to read and want to make sure that it stays on her bed at night.

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Avery the Actress

Avery has acquired quite a vocabulary. She is my darling that I can carry on a decent conversation with.  She is really ornery.  She will deliberately look at you when you ask something of her and do the exact opposite.  She is my child who is looking for the reaction.  But I have to admit that is something I really love about her.  She may push my boundaries but she seeks emotion and demands attention!  Avery was 30 lbs and 37 3/4 inches tall at her check up.

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Camdyn or “Cama-lee” as her sister Emily calls her…

Update on Camdyn:

Camdyn is always right in the middle…28lbs and 37 1/4 inches tall.  I don’t see her as a typically middle child though.  She is still very motherly.  She tells her sisters that it will “Be okay…” and she is always finding a way to make someone happy.  She makes the silliest faces and is a total goof ball.  One thing that is very out of character for her as of late is this screaming act.   Not sure if it is a way to garner attention, but it is very scary at times as she breaks into her best episode of Mommy Dearest and acts out the wire hanger scene.  Then its back to wrapping up her babies in a swaddle.  Maybe she is learning to be a desperate housewife like her momma.  Haha.

Overall, things are calm in this house.   Words I should have never said out loud!  We are looking forward to our first family vacation this weekend.  Just a short trip down I-35.  Three three-year olds in the car and staying in a hotel room should be interesting.  But just like all of our adventures we are making some awesome memories to cherish.

And then they were THREE…

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I am certain that every year I will have the statement, “I can’t believe they are….insert age.”  But, I really can’t believe three years has gone by this fast.  Now I won’t lie.  It has been a very trying three years.  I can say though that I think we have the hang of things now. Haha.  These girls are truly amazing.  I saw a wonderful light come on at about two and half.  They actually are little people with BIG personalities.  We had a big year this year.

1. Moving to our new house

2. Moving into our own rooms

3. Climbing out of our cribs at 22 months

4. Getting our own toddler beds at 24 months

5.  Moving back into one room with our sisters

6.  Moving back OUT of our room with our sisters and into our OWN rooms…Again…Closer to three this time.

7. Upgrading to big girl beds

8. POTTY TRAINING…I could write a whole blog post on potty training triplets.  But, they got the hang of it and are rocking and rolling.  Now how to say goodbye to getting M&Ms and Skittles every time we go is another story.

9. Expanding our vocabulary.  This has really been a hoot to listen to.

10. Learning to love our sisters a little more dearly. More sharing and caring in this household is always a good thing.

11. Introduction to a true temper tantrum…Not so fun. Especially, when they all decide today is their day to have one.  Can’t wait for those teenage years when their monthly gift all arrives at the same time. Ugh.

12.  Tantrums thus leads to the introduction of TIMEOUTS.  You have to love the times they actually walk themselves to timeout.

13.  Lots of strep and sickness this year. Blah.

14. Camdyn got ear tubes in June.  Emily had a second set and her adenoids removed in December.

Needless to say, LOTS of big developmental changes.  We still are struggling with night waking.  Again, I think we will obviously have time to sleep when we are dead…OR hospitalized from sleep deprivation but at least our kiddos are the best kiddos anyone can ask for…

We had a wonderful THIRD birthday party at the OKC Zoo.  There were animals – Poppy the Armadillo and a big long-eared bunny joined the party.  We had animal shaped cookies and cupcakes.  The girls had lots of friends and family there and they were blessed with lots of toys.  On their real birthday-day, Bryan and I gave the new baby dolls and baby doll carriages.  Such little mammas.

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My girls petting the bunny

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Friends waiting to pet the bunny

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Emmie with her Papa Bill

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Blowing out candles. We sang three times of course.

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As I say goodbye to the years that have passed I truly look forward to their future.  When you have been chosen to raise three little ones, all the same age, at the same time, you do your best to embrace time.  I feel like they have let us have a little more fun these days 🙂 THUS, giving us a chance to let go a little bit more.  They are true gems and I could not ask for more precious babies.

Birthday blessings time THREE,

The Coys