haven't updated in a while, but things have been quite busy
around here. The big news is we are moving to Orlando. I
am transferring jobs so that we can live closer to family
(Ricki's parents live in Orlando). The move date is set
for June 1.
are doing great and getting big. They are crawling all over
the house and Zachary is beginning to walk. It is so fun
watching them play together. Of course, they are getting
into everything. We put child proof locks on all of the
cabinets, but Zachary's already figured out how to open
love whole milk and we are trying to start them on sippy
cups. Zachary is still nursing and he is also learning how
to use sippy cups.
french fries, spaghetti, chips, crackers, cheese, and vanilla
ice cream. We've been taking them out to dinner at restaurants
about once a week. We usually go to larger chains (Chili's,
Applebee's, etc.) because most smaller places don't have
at least three high chairs. They love to go out in public
and being the center of attention.
constantly talking and learning new things, this has definitely
been the most fun stage so far.
to Orlando on June 1st. We're living with Ricki's parents
until our new six bedroom home is finished. It is expected
to be complete in September. Yes, it's a little cramped
and stressful living with them, but it allows us to save
money until we move into our new home.
has stopped nursing and is drinking from a sippy cup. The
girls are weaning to sippy cups. They're been off of baby
food for about six weeks, and now eat whatever we're eating.
are starting to walk with the help of a walking toy; while
Zachary is starting to take a few steps (5-8) by himself.
All of them are talking up a storm. Their new trick is that
if you ask any of them where a sibling, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma,
Papa or Cleo
is they'll point to that person. They're also learning where
their body parts are. So far they've mastered nose, eyes,
them a huge kiddie pool and they love it. They sit and splash
and Cleo joins them. We also bought them floats so they
can join us in Ricki's parents' big pool.
a 'Mommy an Me' class in Orlando and she takes them every
Thursday. It's different from their class in Jacksonville,
but the kids love it, and it's another chance for them to
get out of the house.
been so busy building web sites for other people I haven't
had time to update my own site!
lot has happened since our last update. We are still living
with Ricki's parents, and our new six bedroom home should
be done in THREE WEEKS!!!! We are very excited and anxious
to move in; we were originally scheduled to be in around
August 15th, but it was delayed six weeks.
went cold turkey on the bottles and pacifiers. Now all three
of them are solely drinking whole milk from sippy cups.
They love spaghetti, crackers, cheese, turkey, vegetables,
and all fruit (especially strawberries and blueberries).
is walking and running all over the place. The girls walk
with the help of walking toys and can stand up on their
own. They will take one to two steps on their own; they
should be walking very soon.
is growing every day. They can say Mommy, Daddy, Papa (for
Ricki's dad), cup, ball, football, "Go Gators",
Cleo (our dog), and much more.
to watch TV, especially Barney, Blues Clues and Teletubbies.
They've also become big sports nuts, and love football!
Especially UF football!! Our kids really do bleed orange
18 month checkup today, the doctor said they are all doing
great and are perfectly healthy. His only comment was that
we need to increase Lindsey's caloric intake (by adding
Carnation Instant Breakfast to her milk) to help her gain
the kids signed up for the Fall Session of Mommy & Me,
which started last Thursday. This time she's taking it with
a friend and her daughter, so she knows one other person
in the class.
10-year high school reunion was in August. She was very
busy with that over summer, as she was on the reunion committee
(we designed the Lake
Brantley Class of 1988's Reunion Home Page).
It was a lot of fun for her to see people that she hadn't
seen in 10 years. Although there was no official award,
Ricki had the distinct honor of having the most kids at
one time (there were also two sets of twins born to classmates).
finally moved into our new house in Orlando. It is so big
(6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms) that we do not have enough
furniture to fill all the rooms. The kids love it. They
each have their own room and have tons of room to play in
the house. We also have a fenced in backyard, and they love
to play in it. They have learned to climb the stairs by
themselves, but still are not sure about coming down by
news is everybody is finally WALKING!!! They are also eating
with us at the table. We took the trays off their highchairs
and pulled them directly to the table. They love it!
I can't believe that the
kids are already 21 1/2 months old! Time is flying
by! We've been in the new house over two months now,
and we're loving it. The kids really like having their
own room, and love to go into their siblings room in the
morning to wake any late sleepers.
They've all become "little
people" and are no longer babies! They're talking
up a storm! They're all saying two and three word
sentences! They're also their parent's kids, as they've
become HUGE Disney fans and are obsessed with Mickey Mouse!
Right now we're planning on taking them to the Magic Kingdom
some time next month for their first visit there.
They love to watch t.v,
we have four Mickey Mouse Sing Along Song videos that they
watch every day! They also love to watch Blue's Clues,
Teletubbies, Barney, and Big Comfy Couch. Their other
obsession is with football (especially Hannah). We're
getting worried about what we're going to do after
the Superbowl next month.
We've turned the backyard
into a playground. We've bought them a Little Tykes
Playhouse, the tugboat sandbox which turned into a ball
pit, a car, and a Treehouse Clubhouse. We also bought
them a redwood play system (formally known as a swing set).
It has three swings, a fort with a steering wheel, and a
slide. It's HUGE! It was installed last Sunday
and the kids have played on it every day! We put up
three toddler swings for them and are saving the regular
seats for when they're older. All three can climb
up the ladder to the fort and can slide down head first.
One thing we liked about this set was that we can add onto
it when they get older. We're planning on adding monkey
bars, a "penthouse" which is a smaller fort that
sits on top of the monkey bars, and possibly a 360 degree
slide when their five or six.
We took the kids to Disney
World last month. We bought a annual pass so we can take
them whenever we want (one of the great advantages of living
in Orlando). We weren't sure how it was going to go,
and I was planning for the worse; but amazingly they loved
it and were very well behaved. We had pictures
taken with all the Disney characters. We went on "It's
a Small World", "The Country Bear Jamboree"
and the "Tiki Birds". They had a blast.
In fact, we're going back to the Magic Kingdom tomorrow!
I have off for Presidents' Day, and we thought we'd take
them on more rides this time.
We've signed them up for
pre-school starting in the Fall. They will be going three
days a week from 12:30-3:30. There will be a total
of twelve kids in the class, including another set of triplets.
All three are talking up
a storm now! They're saying four and five word sentences.
Zach loves to play with cars, especially his Matchbox cars,
and the girls have really gotten into dolls. It's
neat to see them develop into "small people."
We are also planning their
second birthday party (3/5/99). It's hard to believe
they are turning two. Time is flying by!!! We're having
a huge party here at the house for about 50-60 people.