Our first family science experiment!

We took advantage of a nice cold day to conduct our first ever Baby Gang science experiment!

With 4 young children who take up just about every minute of our time, we are a family who loves fun and adventure. What makes that special is doing it together, as a family. That is what family is all about.

Watching the kids grow has both Corrie and myself in such amazement to see how a developing mind works. Their curious little minds like little sponges absorbing all types of information makes me wonder how they see the world around them and what they are thinking about!

Recently on a cold day we took advantage to come up with a fun science experiment with the kids. It was -12 degrees Celsius (not including the windchill) and we wondered if water could evaporate in this freezing cold water. It had the kids super excited!

Makes for a great parenting win!  Watch below 🙂

Be on the look out for more fun with the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK

The Last Week of Summer (Kinda)

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Well this is the last week of SUMMER!

I can’t believe summer is almost over and we are in the final week. That means one week left to cram as much of summer in as possible and do all the things you have yet to do this summer. One week left to be care free, stay up late, go to the park, play outside, go to the beach, eat ice cream and BBQ. I know I am already trying to plan out this next week and see what I can do with Emily and the triplets to make me feel like our summer is complete. I feel like there is still so much I wanted to do this summer and now I am scrambling to get it all done in the last week.

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I don’t know what it is about school starting that makes it feel like summer is over. It’s not like I have kids who are starting school or going back to school. Realistically we could just continue as though it is sill summer, but for some reason it’s just not the same. The weather is still nice, we can still go to the beach, go for walks, eat ice cream and BBQ, but it just doesn’t feel the same when that the school year starts. Maybe it’s because everything that was open for the summer months is now closed or only open on the weekends, kids aren’t running around at the parks or malls anymore and everyone’s holidays have ended, whatever it may be, it definitely doesn’t feel like summer once school starts.

We still have one week left of “official summer” and I plan on making the most of it! I did want to go to the Toronto Zoo today, but we didn’t plan ahead and now it is too late in the day to go, but luckily it is open all year-long and even on weekdays, so there is still lots of time to go. I wanted to take everyone to a big splash pad, maybe even two this week because I do think they close when school starts. I am hoping the ice cream truck comes by (that one is for me). I want to go to the park and have a picnic with Emily and the triplets, which I think is an easy and realistic idea for this week. I really wanted to go to Niagara Falls this summer and I am shocked we never went, so maybe I can fit that into my week as well. Lastly, I want Emily and the triplets to just have fun playing outside. I am going to set up their water table for them to play with, because they really enjoyed it the other day and then have them just run around outside.

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This week is just all about enjoying the last bit of summer and enjoying the feelings that summer brings. Soon it will be cold, there will be snow and I will be counting down days until next summer. It wont be as easy to get everyone out the door, there will be more pants, sweaters and coats to bring along and the process of leaving the house will take much longer. I just love the summer and everything that comes along with summer and I am sad to know it’s almost over.

 

Is there anything that you are going to try to do this last week of summer before it’s over?

Did you get to do everything you wanted to and planned to do during the summer?

 

 

5 Ways to Hide Veggies in your Child’s Food

There is a good chance that every parent may experience their child’s dislike for vegetables and the challenges of getting them to eat their vegetables. You may have tried bribing them, letting them watch you eat the veggies while saying how good they are or dipping them in any kind of sauce you can find and yet they still wont touch them. I have had a few experiences with Emily and the triplets, with Emily being the most difficult now that she can tell me how much she doesn’t like them. There will be days where she will eat broccoli raw or cooked and then the next day she will spit it out or throw it at me if I dare put it on her plate. It becomes a challenge and I then worry I’m not feeding them properly if they aren’t eating their veggies.

From the moment Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi tried food I was determined to feed them all of the vegetables in the world. The first food other than baby cereal that they tried was vegetables and they all seemed to like them. They would eat vegetables twice a day and since that’s what I was giving them that’s what they would eat. As they get older their tastes change, but I still want to make sure they are eating enough vegetables. I had to be creative and think of ways to make them eat their veggies, even if they didn’t know they were eating them!

I wanted to share 5 ways that I have hidden veggies into their food:

  1. Smoothies
    I love to make smoothies and they are so simple to throw together. You can also add whatever you like into one and even hide the veggies your kids don’t want to eat. When you have smoothies with lots of fruit, such as bananas, strawberries or blueberries you can throw in veggies like spinach or broccoli and the sweet taste from the fruit should mask the flavor of the veggies. I made a fruit smoothie with spinach for Emily and she drank every last drop!
  2. Scrambled Eggs
    We go through a dozen eggs when we make breakfast for all 6 of us and the go to way to cook our eggs are scrambled. Scrambled eggs are perfect for adding in vegetables because they mixed in with the eggs so well. I know you can still see the pieces of vegetables when they are done, but if you cut them small enough, they blend right into the bite of egg. I have added in spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower to our scrambled eggs and every time Emily and the triplets eat them up!
  3. Meatloaf
    I mentioned meatloaf in the last post about freezer meals and here it is again! I made meatloaf in muffin tins for Emily and secretly added a ton of veggies. I cooked up broccoli, carrots, spinach and cauliflower by roasted them in the oven and once they were cooled, I chopped them up into the smallest pieces and mixed them right into the ground beef. The pieces were so small you only saw small specs of veggies throughout the meatloaf, but with a little bit of ketchup on top you would never know they were in there.
  4. Tomato Sauce
    One day I made a huge tray of roasted vegetables and included red and green peppers, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower and carrots and I thought Emily would eat them as a side on her plate with the pasta. Well I thought wrong and she wouldn’t touch them, so I took the veggies and tomato sauce and threw them all into the blender. I blended everything up and now I had roasted vegetable tomato sauce. I mixed that with the noodles and Emily ate 3 bowls after! This is a perfect way to hide veggies and a great way to enhance the taste of the store-bought sauces.
  5. Fruit and Vegetable Blend
    This one is more for the baby just beginning to eat new foods and vegetables. Jackson and Levi would eat anything, but Olivia was a little more picky. I would make sweet potatoes, or mixed veggies and blend them up and the boys would devour them, where as Olivia would turn her head and pucker her lips to avoid eating any of it. I knew she liked fruit, so I tried to think of different fruit and vegetables that worked together. I would mix the sweet potato with blackberries or blueberries, carrots with apples and broccoli with strawberries and she would eat them no problem. Just like with the smoothies, the sweet fruit covers the taste of the vegetables. I did find that if I mixed anything with blueberries the taste of the vegetables was always covered up and they did seem to like eating the purple stuff compared to the green or orange stuff.

There are so many other fun and creative ways to hide vegetables into your children’s meals. I am always ready to try new ways and if it means they will eat their vegetables then I am a happy mom!

P.S. I realized after that peppers are a fruit, but it is one of those foods some kids may be picky with so they work in this case =D

 

What are some of the ways you get your children to eat their vegetables?

 

11 Things That You Can Freeze to Save Time and Money

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After sharing an example of what we eat on a typical day, you can see how much food we go through. While it is a lot of food, there is also a lot of time that goes into making everything we eat. If I can find ways to save time and make things easier, I am all for it!

When I cook, I like to make more than what I need, that way I have left overs in the fridge to use for another meal. Sometimes I don’t want to use the left overs right away,so a great way to keep them for longer is to freeze them. After freezing the meal, it is so easy to just pull it out of the freezer the day before I want to use it and then it is ready to go the next day. It is also a time saver to freeze individual food items that you could eat on their own or add them to a recipe.

Before Jackson, Olivia and Levi arrived, I prepared a lot of meals ahead of time and froze them. I knew it would help tremendously when we didn’t have time to think or make dinner. Here is a list of the top 11 foods that I found worked perfectly to freeze.

  1. Meatloaf
    Meatloaf is the easiest and simplest meal to prepare and it freezes really well too. I have made both beef and turkey meatloaf and even small ones in muffin tins for Emily. When I find ground beef on sale, I like to buy an extra pack and make meatballs from the meatloaf mix. The meatballs are easy to make and you end up with another meal!
  2. Chicken Enchiladas
    They are so simple to put together once you have all of the ingredients ready. I set up all the ingredients in an assembly line with 3 dishes and continue to make enchiladas until all the dishes are filled. In the end I have 3 separate meals. I also made individual ones for Emily and they were handy to have when she needed to eat dinner before us.
  3. Chicken, Veggies and Rice Casserole
    This is another straight forward dish and involves taking all the ingredients, adding them to a casserole dish, mixing together and then baking. The recipe is only 5 ingredients; chicken, frozen mixed veggies, rice, cream of mushroom soup and water and you can easily double this recipe and make it in a larger dish. I cook this meal completely and then freeze it, that way I only have to worry about heating it up when we go to eat it.
  4. Spaghetti
    Spaghetti is an all around favorite for everyone and is another easy to make meal. You can make a large quantity all at once, with very little effort. I use the store-bought pasta sauce, but add in my own vegetables. The first time I did this, I had bunch of roasted vegetables that Emily wouldn’t eat, so I added them to the sauce and blended everything up. I then tried again and she ate 3 plates of pasta! I mix everything together in the pot then put it in a casserole dish or tin foil trays and freeze.
  5. Butternut Squash Soup
    I was skeptical the first time trying this soup, but after that first try I was hooked and it was so yummy. I found a recipe to make my own butternut squash soup and it is a perfect soup for everyone to eat. I made this soup for Emily all the time and she loved it, plus it is made with all veggies and she didn’t even know.
  6. Green, Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers
    I never thought to freeze peppers at first, but when I bought a barrel from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, I had to think of something to do with them before they all went bad. I couldn’t eat them fast enough, so I thought why don’t I freeze them. I looked up how to freeze peppers and it was pretty simple. I cut them into slices, parboiled them, let them cool and dry then freeze. By parboiling them I would be able to take them right from the freezer and add them to whatever I was making and it also helped to keep their bright colors.
  7. Potatoes
    I found potatoes cut into small squares are perfect for Emily and the triplets to pick up and eat themselves. I was buying the packaged hash-browns from the store, but they were too small and I was spending a lot. I thought I could just buy a bag of potatoes and cut them up myself, that way I could make them the size I wanted and it was also a lot cheaper. It does take a little bit of time to cut the potatoes all up, but you have so many ready to freeze when you are done.
  8. Banana Bread
    We go through so many bananas in a week and yet we still end up with bruised or brown bananas. When that happens I like to make banana bread or banana muffins. I can also find discounted bananas at the store for roughly $1.00 per package, which is great if I know I am going to need a lot to make a few loaves or muffins. From one package I have enough bananas for 2 loaves or 2 batches of muffins. I like to make mini banana muffins for Emily and the triplets and they make a perfect on the go snack. When I make the loaves of banana bread, I cut the loaf up and freeze the individual slices, that way I can just grab a piece when I want one.
  9. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    Now this is more for me, well all for me and I guess Dan too, but who doesn’t want to have cookie dough already made and ready to bake? I make a double recipe of cookie dough and using an ice cream scoop, I freeze the individual balls on a cookie tray. Once they are frozen, I put them in a freezer bag and they are ready to take out whenever I want. I like doing this because when it is just Dan and I, making a whole batch of cookies is a lot, so to pull out a few works perfectly.
  10. Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
    We all love any kind of berry, but sometimes they can be so expensive, especially when they are not in season. During the summer when we go to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market can find all the berries in season and a good price. I like to buy the biggest basket of berries they have and bring them home, wash them and then freeze them. I dry them really well and lay them on a baking sheet, making sure they aren’t touching. Once they are frozen I can take them and pop them into a freezer bag. Now I can have berries throughout the fall and winter… if they last that long.
  11. Yogurt
    Frozen yogurt is a good snack to have during the summer and you can easily make your own frozen yogurt pops, by putting a spoon into the top of a yogurt cup and freezing it. I also like to make smoothies with frozen yogurt. I buy the tubs of yogurt and then divide it up into ice-cube trays. Once they are frozen I pop them out and put them into freezer bags. To make the smoothies, I take 3 or 4 frozen yogurt cubes, with some of the frozen berries I have, add them to a blender with some orange juice and then I have  smoothie. I also saw on Pinterest, hundreds of recipes for different smoothies and how to make individual smoothie packages. This would be a perfect way to have smoothies on the go and all you have to do is pull the package out of the freezer, blend and you are done.

Freezing food is such a good way to save you time in the future, especially if you are freezing food you are already making. The list of foods and meals you can freeze is endless and if you are ever unsure about whether or not you can freeze something, you can always look it up. It can also save you money when you buy extra of something that is on sale or if you buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. I hope my list of foods that I freeze has helped and got you thinking of food  you make on a regular basis that you could freeze too!

 

Have you tried making freezer meals? What ones have you found worked the best for you?

 

Finding Balance Between Life as a Mom and Life as Me 

Finding a balance between me as an individual and me as a mom is something I have struggled with from the very moment I became a mom. I jumped right into the role with both feet and never looked back. I threw who I was to the curb, never thinking twice about the person I left behind. I was so focused and determined to be the best mom I could be and thought that was all that mattered. Now here I am, 3 years later, thinking about that person, trying to figure out who they were.

As I said in the post about my life for the last three years, it has been filled with everything baby. From the moment I wake up, to the moment I go to sleep, and even in my dreams, it is all baby. I have a difficult time steering my thoughts away from anything baby related and the moment that I do, I feel instant guilt.

For 3 years I have put everything I am and everything I have into being a mom and I have enjoyed every moment, but I start to think back and slowly realize I really haven’t done anything for me… and I felt guilty just writing that! I haven’t taken the time to go out and do something that I love, I haven’t stopped to focus on helping me become a better me and I most definitely haven’t put time towards my relationships. I have simply just been a mom.

I am a mom 24/7 and I feel as though I have lost touch with who I am. I have lost touch with the outside world, I have lost touch with friends and I have lost touch with what it is like to be an individual person. I don’t know how to balance everything and I don’t know what it takes to make that happen. I think it is one of the most challenging things I have had to deal with in my life.

I see how unbalanced my life is sometimes and I have seen the effects it causes. I don’t give myself a chance to clear my mind or enjoy time with other people. I don’t give myself time to spend with Dan and work on our relationship and I can start to see how our relationship has changed. By not taking the time to be with each other and do things without our kids, we lose the relationship we had and the connection we worked to build for so many years. We just end up becoming 2 people raising kids together.

This is something I know I really need to work on and actually make it a priority. I need to figure out a way to take time for myself, to focus on me and reconnect with who I use to be. I have to learn to step away from my kids and learn that it is OK to do so.

Guilt has played a big role in my struggle of finding balance. I feel guilty, thinking about anything other than my kids and I feel guilty for thinking I could do something without them. I feel guilty for thinking of me and for the thought that I haven’t done anything for myself.

I start to question things and ask myself, how could I think about anyone other than my kids? And what do I need that is so important that I have to stop and think about or do for me that is more important than them? I tell myself I don’t need to go out and I don’t need to be around other people because when I do go out with them I talk to people and that is the same as if I was to go out by myself or with friends, when in reality it’s not the same thing. It feels like a never-ending cycle that I can’t seem to break.

Dan likes to refer to this stage in my life as “mom mode” and it is a pretty accurate title to have. Right now my mind is focused on my kids and being there for them. I know I will be in mom mode for the rest of my life and I don’t think it will ever go away, but I do think that the intensity will decrease with time. As they get older I know I won’t worry as much and will be more comfortable leaving them, but when will that time be?

I have always said I wouldn’t let having kids stop me from doing anything and it’s true, Dan and I have done so much with them. From going to the movies and out for dinner, to shopping and driving to Florida, we have continued to do the things we did before. Little did I know, that it has stopped me from being my own person. I want to find the right balance between every aspect of my life and I feel it is something important that I need to work on. I don’t want to lose sight of who I am and I don’t want to end up so disconnected from the outside world. I hope I can find a way to go out and enjoy time as myself with friends and Dan and be able to do things for me without feeling guilty for leaving the babies. I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I need to take on and make it work.

 

How have you been able to find balance between your life as a parent and your life as an individual?

How long has it taken you to feel comfortable leaving and not feeling guilty for doing so?

 

 

 

Embrace the Chaos

Having 4 kids all under the age of 3 is a lot of work. Heck, having any number of kids ranging in any age is a lot of work and no matter the number or age, you are left with very long and busy days. There will be days where everything has been consumed by chaos and you feel you have lost control and the only thought you have is when will this day be over. Those days may seem long and never-ending, but just know those are the days you will remember and look back on and hopefully be able to smile about and laugh at.

I have had my fair share of those days so far and I can only imagine what is in store as everyone gets older. When things get crazy, it is hard to think of ways to control the situation, but then I think, why not embrace the chaos.

This morning has been a perfect example of the start of a chaotic day. The triplets woke up bright and early at 6:30, ready to play and were not ready to wait for breakfast, they wanted in NOW! and they did not hesitate to let me know with high-pitched screams. I tried to buy some time with a tray of Cheerios, but instead they ended up across the floor, crushed into little pieces. Emily then woke up and she was able to distract them for a little bit, but she too was hungry and needed a bottle and banana ASAP. Things finally calmed down after breakfast was made and everyone enjoyed their eggs. Shortly after they then realized they were tired from getting up so early, so more crying began and then they fell asleep in their chairs. Olivia didn’t sleep and the boys couldn’t sleep for long as Olivia decided it would be fun to climb onto their chairs while they slept. Before I realized that she was sitting on them, it was too late and she woke up Jackson. And that was just the first few hours of the day.


Now, as I am writing this post, Emily is in the process of dumping out all the toys and I can’t help but watch as Jackson, Olivia and Levi are laughing along and probably thinking now this is going to be fun. I guess I can thank her for that, because before she did, Olivia and Jackson were climbing into the buckets and trying to get behind the TV.


Toys are everywhere and although there is a ratio of 20:1 toys per baby, they are still fighting over the same toy or wanting to play with the converter. On top of all of this, we don’t have air conditioning and it feels like it is 40 degrees in our house. Everyone is sweating and sticky from running around and I don’t know if it’s better to be outside in the heat with some wind, or inside out of the heat. What I do know, is that everyone is having a great time and they are happy.

It does get hard sometimes to let things be and embrace the chaos, but I have to remember that they are only little still and continuously learning and growing. By exploring, trying new things and experimenting with different places, toys or just stuff around the house (nothing dangerous of course) they gain independence and experience. They don’t understand what they shouldn’t do and what will happen if they do something, so they need these moments of complete chaos to learn.


Watching Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi playing together is the cutest thing and they really do make each other laugh. Whether they are all running around or jumping on the couch, they are always smiling and laughing. As a mom, to have kids who love each other and love hanging out together is the best thing I could ask for. When they play together, it tends to become crazy and very chaotic, especially trying to watch everyone and make sure no one it getting hurt. Emily is the initiator almost all of the time and I know I say this a lot, but to the triplets, Emily is the funniest person they know.

The video below shows just how funny they find Emily, especially Olivia and how she is the ring leader. It was when I recorded this video that I realized how much fun they have together, even when there is chaos all around. I absolutely love to hear their laughter, so if that means we have to live in a crazy, non-stop chaos filled house to hear it, well then I guess that’s the house we will live in!

 

 

 

My Life For The Last 3 Years

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For the last 3 years my life has been all about babies. From finding out I was pregnant in April 2013 to now having 4 children under the age of 3, all I think about day in and day out is baby.

When I wake up each morning my first thought is usually “okay, time to get everyone up and get going” and is usually accompanied by 1, 2 or 3 crying babies. Even on the rare chance I am up before them, I would still think to myself, “okay, when will everyone be getting up.” My second thought would then be “what should I make for breakfast” followed by “what should we do today?”

The rest of my day is filled with questions and thoughts, such as:

Who needs a bum change? Oh no, not another poop!

Who is hungry? Who is still hungry? Are they really hungry again?

What time is it? What day of the week is it?

When is Paw Patrol on again and did we already watch Tinga Tinga Tales?

Did I just feed Jackson or Levi? Who is this, Jackson or Levi?

Emily where are all the nummies? Can you help me find them?

Okay what is going on and why is everyone crying?

You all have to share!

Stop! No, don’t do that!

Emily why are you naked and where is your diaper?

Who want’s a bottle? Who wants Cheerios?

Okay, everyone off the window sill!

No don’t touch that! Don’t put that in your mouth! Eww!!

Who is ready for a nap? I am!

The list is endless and I could go on and on about every thought that goes through my head or every question I have to ask during the day, but if there is one thing they all have in common it is that they are all baby or child related.

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After thinking about all that has happened over the last three years, I have come to realize that I have put everything else that was once in my life on the back burner. Everything from my relationship with Dan and relationships with friends, to taking care of myself, they have all become a faint thought in my day-to-day living. I am surrounded by everything baby and I think about them morning, noon and night. I can’t help it and I find I don’t have the space in my thoughts to worry or think about anything else.

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When I ask myself, why is it like this? The only thing I can think of is, just because… Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi depend on me, need me and rely on me to be there for them all of the time. From getting them out of bed, to feeding them, changing their bums and just being there to socialize, teach and play with them, they need me. How could I stop to think about anything else? To me they are the most important people in my life and I would do anything and everything for them, even if that means sacrificing other aspects of my life.

I don’t mean to make it sound as though I am the only one they need or who is capable of doing things for them, because that is not the case. Dan is so involved with everything and does so much for them when he is home. I am only talking specifically about the times I am home with everyone by myself when Dan is out working. Mom’s and dad’s play just as equal roles in a baby or child’s life, but as the one on maternity leave with Emily and the triplets, I am the one responsible for their care during the day.

Each day I try to follow a routine for the triplets, especially when it comes to their naps and eating. If they don’t nap they are over tired, which makes it harder for them to fall asleep and then stay asleep and if they wait to long to eat they become very fussy and cranky. I base my entire day around their routine, from the time I eat or clean up, to when we go out to the store.They control almost everything that happens during the day.

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I am so focused on making sure everything is perfect for them and I am doing things right, I have pretty much forgotten all other aspects of life. It is hard to step away from that and try to think of something else. It is hard to go out without them because I worry about everything, although I am getting better as they get older. I just want to be with them all of the time and if that means not going out or doing something for myself, then that’s what I do.

The last three years have been the most challenging, yet the most rewarding years of my life. I have learned so much about myself and how to be a mom and I can honestly say being a mom is the best job I could ever have. With all the late nights, early mornings, spit ups, diaper changes, crying, screaming and endless laundry comes laughing, hugs and kisses, the biggest smiles, cuddles, happiness and love. Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi have taught me what unconditional love is and what true happiness looks like. It is so much work to raise children, no matter how many you have, but it is so worth it in the end!

 

How has your life changed since having children?

Has there been aspects of your life you forgot about after having kids?

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A Typical Day of Food

There is no doubt in my mind that we will be spending a fortune on food as Emily and the triplets get older, but I thought for sure I would have more time before that happened. Emily is 2 and a half now and the triplets are 14 months and already we are going through more food than I had ever imagined at this stage. I was always under the impression we would have until they were at least 10 years old before our grocery bills equaled our mortgage bills, clearly I was very mistaken.

My parents always made it very clear that we were not to waste food and whatever we had on our plate we had to eat. I can now understand exactly what they mean and I know I will be saying the exact same thing to Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi as they get older. Not only does the cost of food add up, but your time and effort put in to preparing and cooking everything adds up. After spending a couple of hours preparing dinner, the last thing I want is to see no one eat it and have it all go to waste.

If I am not making extra dinner for another day, I try to make close to the exact amounts that I know they will eat for dinner, to avoid wasted food. I have a pretty good idea of how much they can eat now, but there are days where they want more and days where they want less.

After talking about the three meals of the day I thought it would be fun to share all the food we go through in a typical day. After stopping to write it all down, I am shocked at how much we go through and I can only imagine what it will be like when they are a few years older.

So here it is!

Breakfast

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Breakfast for all 6 of us.
I try to make a good breakfast for Emily and the triplets each morning with a variety of food to eat. Eggs are a big part of our breakfast and with so many ways to cook them or ways to use them, they make it easy to switch it up for everyone each day. From scrambled, to hard-boiled or used for pancakes or french toast, we eat eggs pretty much everyday.

This would be our breakfast for all 6 of us.

  • 12 Eggs – 2 for Emily, 4 for the triplets to split, 3 each for Dan and I
  • 1/2 bag of spinach chopped and mixed with eggs
  • 5 Bananas – 1 for Emily, 2 for the triplets, 1 for Dan and I
  • 6 yogurts – 1 for each of us
  • 1 package of Strawberries
  • 1 package of raspberries

Lunch

Lunch does vary depending on what we are doing, but I find making some kind of sandwich to be the easiest. I haven’t tried the triplets with a full sandwich yet, so they have a deconstructed one. I would give them the tuna separately and then break up the bread for them into little pieces.  I like to give them a little side of something too, which is usually some kind of fruit, or crackers.

If all of us were home this is one lunch we would have.

  • 3 cans of tuna mixed with mayo – split between everyone
  • 9 pieces of bread – Dan, Emily and I have a sandwich and the triplets have a piece each broken up
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries for Emily and 1/2 cup for the triplets to split OR
  • 1/2 a cucumber cut up for Emily and the triplets to eat, 1 whole one if Dan and I eat some too

Dinner

Dinner also varies and changes with what we buy for the week or what we feel like eating that day. Chicken is an easy dinner to go with, as it’s easy to prepare and cut up for the triplets and Emily loves it.

Here is an example of a dinner all of us enjoy! It is the typical meat, veggies and potato dinner.

  • 5 Chicken Breasts – 1 for Emily, Dan and I and 2 for the triplets to split
  • a mixed variation of vegetables, either frozen or fresh
    • frozen would be almost 1/2 a bag
    • fresh would be 1 head of broccoli, 2 zucchini and carrots
  • some type of carb component – 2 cups of rice, 3 packages of sidekick noodles or potatoes
    • 3 large sweet potatoes, or 6 medium white potatoes

Snacks

I cannot forget about the snacks. Throughout the day Emily and the triplets have some snacks, sometimes to keep them occupied and sometimes to fill them up a little longer. Whenever I take them out, I always make sure to have some kind of snack for them to eat, that way if they get a little fussy before we make it home I have a way to keep them calm and buy myself a little more time.

There are so many snacks that they enjoy, which is good because I can always add them into a meal or switch up a part of their meal with one of the snacks as a side.

Here is a list of some of my go to snacks!

  • Cheerios
  • Puffs
  • Crackers
  • Fruit of any kind
  • Mum Mums
  • Homemade banana muffins
  • Carrots for Emily
  • Cheese

What we eat changes everyday and I try to mix it up a little bit for each meal so everyone has a variety of foods to eat each day. Some days it is hard when they decide to be picky, especially on those days I spend more time making a good meal and they want nothing to do with it. In the end I have to decide is it worth trying something new and having them not eat, or keep it simple and make the same thing, knowing they will eat it.

I find the best thing to do is keep a very big list of what I know everyone likes and what they will eat, then go out and buy as much as I can from that list to keep on hand all the time. If I have everything at home then I can easily grab what I need or if I need to quickly make something new then I have that option. By knowing what they like and what they will eat I will also save money by not spending it on things I know they wont eat. Hopefully I can continue this way, as I know it will be important when they are older and eating more!

 

What are some of your favorite meals to make that you know your kids will love?

 

 

 

Thank You Baby

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Dad’s do it best! 😉

If you were to ask me 3 years ago before ever having children if I was ready to be a father, I would probably say no. Thinking about bringing life into this world and the little to no experience I have in that field, was it really something I was prepared for? Could I even prepare myself to be a dad? How? My wife and I had been together for so many years. High school sweet hearts in fact, but I am not sure if it counts because we both went to different high schools… Maybe that was a good thing to give us good space ha-ha. By the time we had Emily in 2013 we had already been together for a number a years, so prior to her birth the topic of children came up quite a few times. A topic I would avoid and brush off most of the time. “Can we talk about this later!?” “I don’t want to talk about this right now.” Yup, that sounds about right. Those questions were always running through my mind and just being a recent graduate of college and still living with my parents the main thought I had was – am I ready to be a father?

When it all comes down to it, is being a parent something you can totally be prepared for? In my opinion no. You can always have tips, advice and best practices but until it actually happens you can never prepare for the experience. The best experience. Being a parent and being a father has honestly been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Cliché to say I know, but it is so true because I have the experience. With Father’s Day just passing, I am one who prides himself on being a dad. a fun and motivated dad! I think it is awesome to have a day where we recognize all the efforts dads across the world put in to be the best possible figure in their children’s lives. A day of reflection and recognition, because just like moms, dads are dads 24 hours, 7 days a week 365 days of the year! Every day is Father’s Day.

I had recently had the opportunity to be apart of my 1st twitter party in celebration of Father’s Day brought to life by our amazing partner Pampers. I must say, what a WONDERFUL experience. It was well organized, and full of participation surrounding the topic of dads and their babies. It was truly inspiring to see all the different answers to each of the asked questions and one thing I did note is that no dad is the same! We all have the unique title of being a father but how awesome is it to see all of the different moments we each hold dear to our hearts. From different family traditions to the way we celebrate, fatherhood between us is a true bond that cannot be broken between us fellow dads!

Also, check out this amazing video! When a baby is born, a dad is born #ThanksBaby

In this time of reflection and celebration of this yearly tradition, to celebrate dads across the globe allows me to understand how truly blessed and thankful I am. Being a parent is no easy task and comes with endless amounts of work, frustrating times and of course the long hours. But it is totally worth it! To appreciate the smaller things in life and to really see that copious amounts of happiness are literally within reach at all times. From their first cry, first laugh first smile, first cuddle, first words, first steps and endless list of precious moments that give us unforgettable memories. Thank you baby.

To all the dads!