Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We Love a Parade!

A few weeks ago (I know, I know its been months since we've posted! So sorry, I blame it on mommy she's just such a slacker lately. She's always telling us "not now, I need the computer".) on a Saturday morning, mommy and daddy told us they had a surprise for us. They said we were going to pack up the car and head to a "parade". At the time we were all a little leery, since we had no idea what this "parade" is. Of course, since I am the oldest and wisest though, I assured Jordan and Addison that mommy and daddy must know what they are doing and that we should not worry about where they were taking us.

On the way to the parade, we drove by Auntie Dawn's house which only made Addison even more annoyed. She loves going to her house and jumping on the trampoline, swinging and of course just snooping around. Mommy tried to tell her it was all okay, that she'd really love the parade and carnival we were heading to. Well, now once mommy mentioned a "carnival" and "rides" I knew exactly what kind of a fun day was ahead for us!

We arrived at the Broiler fest (that's what mommy says it was called, I like to refer to it as "Grandma's Carnival" since its in the town she lives in.) around lunch time and were told to help daddy find a spot for us to sit. This really confused us all, because they wanted us to sit along the street! Up until this point, we've been told to stay away from the road because cars might hit us. Now we're sitting on the curb?!  Things got even more interesting when the parade started. Mommy handed me a bag and told me to run out in the road when people threw out candy at us. Ummm...what?! Since when is it okay to A. Run in the road and B. Take candy from strangers? This really confused me, but if they said so, I really couldn't complain.

Needless to say, we had a blast at the parade getting candy, balloons and seeing a bunch of kids dressed up in fun costumes. My favorite was definitely the pirate ship. Addison of course loved the Sesame Street float.

After the parade, we headed up the hill to the carnival and got to ride on a bunch of fun rides!! Jordan even met a girl while waiting to get on the train and she asked to sit next to him. So, he's already getting girlfriends. Mommy says "boy...are we in trouble!". Mommy and daddy ate some of the charcoal chicken (its supposedly the best around, we couldn't try it though) and then we ended our day with some ice cream sandwiches.

Here's a few more pictures from the day...Enjoy!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend 2012

We had a really fun Easter weekend, but the week leading up to it was a rough one for us! We all three got sick with a cold and then pink eye. I was disgusted when I first realized that Jordan and Jack had gunk all over their eyes. I assumed it was just because they're boys and gross. Then, when I woke up one morning (after a few days of a fever and runny nose) and couldn't open one of my eyes I realized pink eye can happen to anyone! Because we were all sick, all of our normally scheduled activities were cancelled. This just made for a very long week for us and for poor mommy who was stuck inside with us for hours on end.

Finally- by Friday, we started to feel a little better and we're able to go visit g'ma and g'pa. We were really excited to get out of the house! We only stayed for a few hours because Auntie Brittany called to say she was having her baby so g'ma had to leave for the hospital. We were happy though, because we are really loving babies lately. I acted all cool like I really didn't care about this new little girl entering our lives but really I'm a little excited to finally have a GIRL to hang out.

On Saturday morning around 2:30am, Auntie Brittany had little baby Emily. Mommy showed us a picture and she's really cute. Now, baby--er--I mean Noah is no longer the baby and has a little sister! Take a look at how cute she is...
Sunday, we spent the day at Auntie Dawn and Uncle Mark's house for dinner and an Easter Egg Hunt. We had such a fun time with our family and loved searching for eggs. We also learned to say "He is Risen!" Here's a few pictures of the weekend...enjoy

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

We've Been Banned

If you've been wondering what happened to us, no worries. Mommy and daddy just banned us from using the internet. Since we got our iPad (from memere & pepere- thank you!) we've been spending our time searching YouTube for videos to watch. I've become a huge "Angry Bird Addict" (according to daddy) So, between me wanting to play and watch all things Angry Birds and Jordan demanding to watch any home video on YouTube about Thomas & Lightening McQueen together we've been told we no longer get internet privileges.

I tried to tell mommy that it only means that our blog will suffer, but she didn't budge on this one. I finally snuck the iPad into my room during "quiet time" (you read that right, we all stopped napping for mommy) just to get you this much!

Here's a few pictures of us mommy got this week...enjoy!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cold, Snowy Days!

Its been a long, cold winter already! I know what you are thinking, "really? its just finally snowed!" Well try being a Riplet, it feels like we've been inside now for YEARS. As of January first, we haven't had a lot to do around here because our in-home therapy stopped. I was a little worried it was because I was being naughty or something (I swear I didn't make them leave, ask mommy!) but then I heard it was something about our health insurance switching companies and now we are no longer covered*. At first I liked having a break from school (so did Addie, she kept asking for more Elmo to watch and I didn't object), but once I realized it wasn't that nice outside to play AND I had all day to play with my toys...well the days got longer and longer!

Lucky for us though, we started up again at our college program (CAP for those of you that remember us going last year) and we even decided to take Jack along with us this time. Its fun to get out of the house each day again and to be able to socialize with all of the college ladies. Addie says its not the same there without Vinny (she says to remind you that's her boyfriend), but she has fun.

You'd think because we had all of this time on our hands that we'd be back to blogging full time again, right? Well, you have to remember we have to entertain mommy now all. day. long and that just gets so tiring! (don't tell her I said that, we pretend like its not a big deal)

Anyways- after a week or two of really cold weather, we finally got lucky and found a day to go outside and play! Here's a few pictures from our fun in the snow. Enjoy!

*Just an FYI, we are on the waiting list to be a part of the WAIVER program that will then kick in and cover us to have in-home therapy again. It looks like July for me and August for Addison though, so we'll have quite a few months without it. Lucky for us though, mommy is helping keep some of the programs (by being our teacher) going so that we can stay on track!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Its Almost Christmas...

This Christmas, as you rush around trying to get that perfect family photo...

Stop to enjoy the cards you've received this year... remember the ornaments (and memories) of year's past...

laugh at disaster instead of cry...

take a break if you need it...

pay attention to those small details that make this time of year so special...

But most of all, don't forget the reason for this season...

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What To Expect {GIVEAWAY!}

Mommy was offered the opportunity to work with a company she says she "lived by" while she was pregnant with us. Its called What to Expect and they are notorious for the book "What to Expect When Expecting".
Here's mommy to tell you more...

Before I even became pregnant, I had heard from a bunch of moms about the book they referred to as their "reference guide" to being pregnant. So of course when I found out we were expecting-- this book, "What to Expect When Expecting" was one of the first things I ran out and got. The book gives you details about you pregnancy from the very start and goes week by week so you know exactly what to expect! You can choose to read each section as you go or browse through it as a reference each week or even to look ahead.

Since my days of being pregnant--What to Expect published two additional books "What to Expect: the First Year" and "What to Expect: the Second Year". After browsing/reading through the copies I was sent, I found these books to be perfect guides for anyone with newborn to toddlers. I love that you can track milestones and be able to have an idea what goals you should be focusing on for your child at each age. Since we all have questions, its the perfect book to have on hand for those moments you just "aren't sure".
Beyond the books, What to Expect now also launched a website: http://www.whattoexpect.com/ This is gives you the opportunity to join groups and find information out about preconception through toddlers. Its a great way to join a community full of individuals (and families) that are similar to you and your stage in life. Joining is free and its very simple to do. Once you are a member, you can find local groups and/or stay with online groups-- its a huge wealth of knowledge at your finger tips!

You can also make your own profile pages that can be personalized and shared with friends and family (My WTE) or even follow your favorite (or find new) bloggers! Its all part of What to Expect's community.

What to Expect is giving away one of their books (winner's choice from below) to one lucky reader!

-What to Expect While Expecting
-What to Expect: the First Year
-What to Expect: the Second Year

To Enter-- sign up to become a member of What to Expect's site and leave a comment below telling me you did along with your email linked to the account. I'll email the winner when they are chosen!

extra entries (not mandatory):
-Follow The Riplet's Blog and comment below
-Like What to Expect on Facebook and comment below
-Follow What to Expect on Twitter and comment below
-Tweet about this giveaway (daily) and comment below

Giveaway is open for entries through December 30th at 11:59pm (EST).


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I wasn't paid to write this post, these are my honest opinions and may vary from your own. I did however, receive the items mentioned above at no cost to me.