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February 16, 2017 – 17 months…

Happy Valentines Day & Greetings from the Meatball Factory!!! ūüėõ

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Have you ever been asked a question by a total stranger that made you want to shake your head in disbelief??? Imagine for a second if it happened to you multiple times on a daily basis – Welcome to our world.¬†ūüėÄ There is nothing that could have prepared us for the numerous questions and stares that we get from total strangers when we are out in public with the boys. From Finger Pointing and counting 1, 2, 3 – 3 – 3, you have 3!!! Some people¬†even try to snap a quick picture of us!¬†(Seriously – WTF? If people would just ask I would at least consider it¬†– but please do not try to take a picture of my family without asking me first!!!) I understand that triplets are rare and that it is human nature to be curious, but Geez Louise!!!

Here are just a few of the random questions that we have been asked while out and about with the boys:

This was a recent question from an older gentleman at a coffee shop –

  • Q.¬†“Wow, how did you guys get them so close together?”
  • A. Well, they are triplets… ¬†Stranger: “OH, that explains everything!” ūüė¶
  • Q. “Are they TWINS?”
  • A. Well, no there are three of them – they are Triplets…
  • Q. “Are they all yours?”
  • A. No, we borrowed them from our neighbor and decided to take them to the zoo for the day. ūüôā Yes, they are ours…
  • Q. “Are they Natural?”
  • A. Ummm, I am not sure what you mean – they were made in Mexico if that is what you are asking? lol ūüėÄ

Some of the questions can get really personal:

  • Q. “Did you guys do fertility drugs or do IVF?”
  • A. Are you asking me if I had SEX with my wife or if they started out in a laboratory? NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS…

I know most people are in awe/disbelief and that they really don’t know what to say to us. Unfortunately most of them feel the need to blurt something out¬†– even if it lacks common sense. Rachel is a lot more patient than I am and she doesn’t mind chatting with people/entertaining their questions. I on the other hand, go straight into “Protector Mode”, I pull my hat down real low, strap on my¬†sunglasses and do my best Clint Eastwood impersonation – “Are you feeling Lucky Punk? ARE YOU???” (lol, not really!)

I am a pretty big guy though – 6′ 3″, 300 lbs. so people usually don’t bother us when I am around. I really wish I had more patience with all the attention we receive – but there are only 24 hours in a day and shit needs to get done before the babies get cranky!!! ūüôā

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Are you feeling lucky punk? Are you? РKaleo & Makani!!!

Some of the crazy things we hear on a Daily basis:

  • “You must have your hands full!” Nope, only 3 babies – we have 4 hands!
  • “Bet you didn’t see that one coming!” Actually I did, I am psychic!
  • “I’m so sorry!” Why – Did you fart?
  • “Do you sleep?” Yes – quite well as a matter of fact!
  • “I just couldn’t imagine” – No¬†– probably not…
  • “Better you than me!” Yes¬†– definitely!!!
  • “I would kill myself!” – Ok¬†– please do…
  • “Three at once has to be a lot easier than just 1, at least they can keep each other entertained!” – Durrrr¬†– okay!
  • 2 more than you planned! – Obviously, but I wouldn’t trade them for all of the gold in Fort Knox!
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Keoni, Kaleo & Makani shopping at Costco!!!

On the home front, the boys are all doing really well. They are getting more agile and smarter on a daily basis. They are all able to climb on to the couch and each of them has a voracious appetite!!! They literally eat like teenagers…

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Out for coffee with – Kaleo, Makani, Keoni & Rachel…

Happy 17 month birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!!

We hope you & your families are all doing well.

Mahalo ke Akua¬†‚ÄstGod Bless!

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January 16, 2017 – 16 months!!!

Happy 16 month birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!!

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This month marks another major milestone for the boys Рthey are ALL walking!!! It is fun/scary to see them motoring around the house & our neighborhood.

  • Makani¬†was the first to walk and has the best balance of all 3 boys. He can literally run around in circles.
  • Keoni¬†was the second to walk. He is more sure of himself and has pretty good balance. But he can still crawl a lot faster than he walks.
  • Kaleo¬†was the last to walk. ūüė¶ Now he is so proud of himself when he can make it across the living room without falling. ūüėÄ When Kaleo started to take his first steps, he would lean his butt up against¬†the wall¬†and start to gyrate/move his hips in a circular motion (he looked like a mini-Elvis!) I really wish I would have gotten a video of it!!!¬†It was hilarious! ūüôā

Their vocabulary is expanding exponentially, they are so quick to pick up on new words! Man, I really need to watch what I say now…

Southern Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 88 yesterday¬†– a belated Happy Birthday to Dr. King! Dr. King’s birthday was declared¬†a Federal¬†holiday in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, but it was not officially approved by all 50 states until 2000 (32 years after his death in 1968). Here is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King, a little inspirational food for thought – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

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To take full advantage of the long weekend, we decided that it would be fun (Haha Рmore like a lot of work!) to take the entire family up to Sea Ranch. Sea Ranch is a small beach side community with a population of about 1,300 people, located on the Northern Pacific Coast of California. It is about a 3 hour drive North of San Francisco.

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We have really been looking forward to getting away! Since before Christmas we have had record low temperatures. Just in the last week, we have had historic rainfall totals and regional flooding. I think the boys (if not, both Rachel & myself) are becoming a little stir crazy being stuck in this house!!!

The calm after the storms…

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We invited Grandma, Grandpa, both of Rachel’s brothers (+family), &¬†her older sons to join us for¬†the weekend. We rented the the house below from Sea Ranch Rentals¬†in Gualala.¬†Hopefully this will be the start of an annual tradition for our family. ūüôā

Makani & Keoni dancing to some old school Beastie Boys…


Some pictures from this weekend:

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December 31, 2016 – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year Everybody Рfrom our Ohana to yours!!!

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The boys and I went shopping while Mama was home sick. (Makani hamming it up…)

As 2016 draws to a close, there are a lot of fun and exciting things happening around our homestead. First and foremost – we have 2 full time walkers! I know I touched on this subject briefly in the ‘No More Bottles’ post earlier this month¬†(I couldn’t help it, I was so excited!) – but yes, Makani & Keoni are both able to walk now. Makani can pretty much run at this point and Keoni is practicing his jumping skills. Kaleo doesn’t appear to be too far behind, we have seen him take up to 5 steps before reverting to a crawl.

We also have a lot of talking going on! All 3 boys are working on their vocal skills, plus they know a little sign language too.

Here are some of their favorite ‘words’ & ‘phrases’:

  • Wow, wow, wow!!!
  • Oh oh…
  • No, no, no…
  • Puff (puffs)
  • Wawa (water)
  • Dis
  • Dat
  • Truck
  • Fire Truck (followed by woo, woo, woo, wooooo!)
  • Dump Truck
  • Tractor
  • Tow Truck
  • Bad boys, bad boys (theme song to Cops! ūüôā )
  • Car
  • Bike
  • Down, down, down (put me down)
  • Up up up (pick me up or go upstairs to bed)
  • Blueberry
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Pease (please or I want goldfish ūüôā )
  • Mouse (Mickey Mouse)
  • Bird (followed be tweet tweet or ca caaa!)
  • Duck
  • All done
  • Book
  • Box
  • Go
  • Baby, baby, baby…
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Eat
  • Ball

and many more being added daily…

At 15 months, the average child says 14 words Рso these boys appear to be right on track for their actual age (not adjusted).

Makani has the most extensive vocabulary of the three boys. He is a natural at picking things up¬†– you can always see the wheels turning in his head. Last night when we were getting them ready for bed &¬†I heard Makani say ‘shit‘ several times (very clearly)! I am not sure if I said it first, (maybe) ¬†– but he definitely had a diaper full of it!!! lol ūüėÄ

The boys are down to 2 naps per day and will¬†sleep up to 12 hours at night. Bedtime is around 7pm and I usually go up and get them around 630am. Mommy wasn’t feeling too good on Tuesday so I stayed home from work to give her a break. Much to my surprise Makani slept in until 930am and Kaleo & Keoni did not get up until after 10am. Their sleep schedule got thrown way off as a result of the Christmas holiday and family visits. Speaking of naps, when it is bedtime these boys are Ready to Go! We say up, up, up or Who wants to go night, night –¬†once they hear that, they all line up and head for the stairs. I have never seen kids so EAGER to go to bed!!! ūüôā

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The boys caught a cold the week before Christmas. Keoni started with a low grade fever that lasted 24 hours. Next up Kaleo & Makani caught it and weren’t feeling well for about 48 hours. On Christmas Eve I took Keoni & Makani outside for a walk around the neighborhood and left Kaleo home with mommy because he still wasn’t feeling well. When we returned, I found Kaleo crying and he was SO upset that he had been left behind!!! I decided to take him for a short walk around the neighborhood and he loved it!!!

Doesn’t the picture below remind you of Ralphie’s little¬†brother¬†in ‘A Christmas Story‘?

 

I¬†would like to take a moment to thank all of you for taking the time to read this blog and follow our journey.¬†All of your comments & support along the way have meant so much to us, it has been quite a wild ride so far. We have been very fortunate to be able to connect with other families that are just starting out on their journey of parenting multiples. We are grateful to be able to share our experience, strength and hope with the¬†community that was so helpful to us. Together we have been through so much joy and grief. Sadly, we have lost a few of our little angels! May God watch over them and take care of their families. My heart goes out to all of those who have experienced losing a loved one this past year, especially the parents…

Please take a moment out of your busy schedule each and every day to LOVE¬†your little ones and each other!!! Life is short, life is precious, tomorrow is not guaranteed…

In Hawaiian to MaŐĄlama, is to take care of, to serve and to honor, to protect and to care for.

MaŐĄlama each Other,¬†MaŐĄlama Keiki (kids),¬†MaŐĄlama Ohana (family)…


Mahalo ke Akua – No Keia la,¬†No Keia Po, A Mau Loa (Thank you God –¬†from this day, from this night, forever more)

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December 16th, 2016 – 15 months!

Happy Holidays Everybody!

Today’s cover photo is of Weaver’s Winter Wonderland which we took the boys to last weekend. When we arrived, all the boys could say was WOW, WoW, wOw, WOw, WOW, woW, Wow!!! This will be Scott’s final season after 22 years of putting on this fantastic display. ūüė•

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Weaver’s Winter Wonderland

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Family photo ūüôā


Latest Update: We have 2 Walkers! Keoni has literally followed in Makani’s footsteps & is now walking. He’s not quite as stable¬†as Makani (yet), but he is getting there. Because of this recent¬†development we have had to accelerate our efforts in baby proofing the house version¬†2!!! They are literally getting in to everything! lol ūüôā

Mele Kalikimaka!!!

 


Here are some recent pictures, just because they are cute!

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Because Boys Love Boxes!!!

 

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Kaleo, Makani, Rachel & Keoni in their new chairs!

 

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December 5th, 2016 – NO MORE BOTTLES!!!

Greetings everybody & Happy Holidays!

What a GLORIOUS DAY! I have been waiting for this moment for what seems like an ETERNITY!!! Over the weekend Rachel & I¬†decided to wean the boys from bottles¬†entirely! In September I posted that I have personally made over 6,000 bottles since the boys came home. I think that number has grown to over 7,000 by now! But alas, no more!!! ūüôā

At the peak of bottle usage, we went through 24 bottles per day. That’s 3 bottles, every 3 hours each and every day. Then we scaled back to 15 bottles per day & most recently we were down to 9 bottles per day. Now if it were just the bottles, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But we decided to use Dr. Brown’s fully vented bottles that promised to help reduce spitup & gas. We had our doubts if it was really worth it early on. We had major leaking problems and our¬†refrigerator shelf would end up looking like this:

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Each bottle consists of a nipple, bottle collar, vent tube, aerator and disc cover for storage. That is 5 more pieces that need to be washed & assembled to make each bottle!

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A special Thank You goes out to all of you that helped to wash bottles, parts & pitchers these past 14 months. My beautiful wife¬†Rachel, Grandma Anne, Hillary, Becca, Jacqueline, Aunt Mary, Susie, Marion, Ce Ce and anyone else that I may have omitted. I am very grateful that I did not have to wash over 7,000 bottles!!! ūüėÄ

We use the sippy cups (shown below) with each meal for milk & we also keep them filled with water throughout the day to keep the boys hydrated.

In other news – WE HAVE OUR FIRST WALKER!!! Makani boy has officially taken his first steps and continues to use that skill as his primary means of getting around the house.

Makani’s first steps:

Keoni has been paying extra attention to his brother’s new found skill and I have witnessed him ‘secret walking’ when nobody is looking!

Mahalo E Ke Akua No Keia La (Thank you God for this day!)

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November 15th, 2016 – 14 months…

Happy 14 month birthday to our growing boys!!!

Surprisingly, we don’t have any walkers yet. We haven’t exactly been encouraging the boys to start walking, so I am sure that has something to do with it. Makani is the closest to being able to walk on his own. Last night I saw him take 2 steps before he did a controlled squat. The last 2 weeks we have been walking all around the living room and kitchen while he holds on to my hands for comfort/support. Keoni could probably walk on his own, but I think he has decided that crawling is much faster than trying to learn this new skill. Kaleo is still happy just sitting on the floor and spinning around in circles. ūüôā

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We officially transitioned to cows milk 2 weeks ago. The boys still require bottles, but hopefully as they get used to using their sippy cups we will be able to phase out making bottles completely. As it stands they are each drinking 3 – 6 ounce bottles per day after meals.

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Speaking of meals – having 3 growing, hungry boys has forced me to get more creative in the kitchen! I usually make breakfast before I leave for work and something for dinner when I get home. (Plus I have taught myself how to bake!!!)


Here are some of the boys’ favorite recipes:

Banana Squash Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (one of the single serving cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh organic squash (yellow or green)¬†‚Äď uncooked (you could also add shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, or shredded spinach leaves¬†(all raw) to really pack it full of veggies!)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup¬†Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons¬†Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350¬į F.
  • Put the first seven ingredients (applesauce, egg, vanilla, squash, banana, honey¬†and coconut oil) in a blender or food processor and blend.
  • Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a smaller mixing bowl.
  • Add the wet spinach mixture from blender to the dry ingredients.
  • Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. You can use a spoon or spatula. The mixture might be dense. Add a splash of milk to loosen it up if you need to, but the mixture should resemble a thick pancake dough. It won‚Äôt pour easily, will need a spoon.
  • Scoop the batter into greased muffins tins.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes

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Slow Cooker – Hawaiian Curry Beef Stew

Curry Stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs lean stew meat
  • 1 box S&B Golden Curry
  • Carrot, Celery, Onion, Potato all cut to preference
  • Fresh green beans (cut in to 1-2 inch bite size pieces)

Brown the stew meat in a small amount of olive oil.  Put all the vegetables, the meat, the curry and 2 1/2 cups water in the crockpot, cook for 6-8 hours on low. Just before serving you may want to add a little flour slurry to thicken the curry.  Serve over rice.

Flour Slurry

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 cups water

Thicken Stew:

Mix flour and cold water well, using a wire wisk to remove all the lumps, and slowly add a little at a time to stew stirring briskly to prevent lumps.  Add enough flour/water mixture until the desired thickness is reached.

Serve over steamed rice

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Slow Cooker – Chicken

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
  • 2 (1 oz) packets dry Ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a slow cooker combine place chicken, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until chicken shreds easily.
  3. Once chicken shreds stir with a large fork or spoon, so the chicken shreds and all the ingredients combine.
  4. Add in crumbled bacon and stir to incorporate.
  5. Serve warm (over pasta).

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This one is strictly for the adults – we might let the boys try some¬†when they get older…

Halloween Candy – Cake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups assorted candy, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350¬ļF/175¬ļC.
  2. Chop your Halloween candy into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl, mix sugars and melted butter, whisk until mix turns lighter (around 8 minutes).
  3. Mix in eggs and vanilla, then salt and flour until completely blended.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool. Cut into squares.

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Malama pono, Ke Akua pu a hui ho!!!

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October 26th, 2016 -13 months & counting…

Hey everybody,

Just wanted to post a quick update. We have been getting out a lot more with the boys, that leaves even less time to update the blog!

The boys are doing really well. We don’t have any walkers yet, but we¬†seem to be getting closer. Makani & Keoni can stand unassisted & Kaleo is not too far behind. We are slowly transitioning away from formula. We have been giving a 50/50 blend of formula & whole milk. We are down to 3 bottles per day, given with each meal.

I have been getting fairly creative in the kitchen. Some of the things currently on the menu include banana, blueberry pancakes, banana muffins w/squash, applesauce & cranberries, quesadillas, hamburger curry, beef stew w/potatoes, green beans, carrots & celery, cauliflower cheese bakes, ham cheese & egg muffin bakes and pasta w/homemade meat sauce. The boys like pretty much everything that we give them – EXCEPT Avocado, a BIG disappointment to¬†Rachel… ūüôā

All of the boys have a couple of teeth now РYay! I feel like I jinxed Kaleo, because I photo-shopped an image of him and added teeth for an April Fools prank Рhe was the last of the boys to get a tooth (they are just starting to come in)!

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April Fools!!!

The boys all weigh 24+ lbs.. I think Keoni is 26, maybe 27 by now!

Here are some pictures, just because they’re cute!!!

Mahalo ke Akua¬†–¬†God Bless!

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Day at the SF Zoo!

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Pacifica – Best Taco Bell in the World!!!

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Pumpkin Patch

 

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We took the boys to visit the Giant Costco Bear!!!

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Visiting Uncle Rob at the Chilly Billy RCR Run…