Saturday, September 30, 2006

If I Weren't Reasonably Placid......

Mad About Mats Quick Click
by Suzanne Walker

Western Heritage
by Lisa Carter

Thursday, September 28, 2006

MOPs Meeting

We went to the MOPs meeting today. I was so nervous about going. Anyway when I arrived at the church there was no sign on the church and I wasn't sure I was in the right place so I pulled in the driveway and rolled down my window to ask if the woman crossing the parking lot if I was in the right place and I was.

I then parked the car. Unstrapped all 3 kids and told them to hold onto mommy and that we were going to walk holding hands to the school. They listened. I had the girls hands in one of my hands and my sons in the other. The woman who I asked if we were at the right place saw me and came over asking if I was the triplet mom she heard about. then she offered to help. another woman came over and helped too. I was in shock. They were so helpful. They signed the kids in and off to the play area we went with them. The children were great walking to the school. Victoria my oldest cried when we got the classroom. I was shocked as she's the outgoing one. Justin ran to the toys and Naomi stayed by my leg but didn't cry. I stayed a bit to get them used to the room and people. Then I told them that mommy was leaving and was coming back. Of course, Victoria started to cry again. I felt so bad walking out of the room with her like that. They gave me a beeper so if they acted up they would page me.

I went up to the meeting. Not knowing what to do with myself since I've been with them for 2 years. I got something to eat and sat down with the other woman. It was nice to not have to change diapers, feed them etc. Of course, the whole time I kept looking at the beeper.

Not one page which was good. They did a movie presention about identity how we lose our idenity when we become moms. Then after the movie we broke up into discussion groups and made name badges.

Once that was over I went back to get the children. Naomi was on one side of the room and Justin and Victoria were sort of together on the other side. They told me that they were very good. They had chocolate chip cookies and milk. then they went outside to the play area and went on the slide. They did some coloring and played with the toys. They didn't want to leave and started to cry when I told them we were going home.

I asked them if they wanted to go again and Naomi and Victoria both said MORE and Justin said HAPPY. So we plan to go again. We called my mom when we got home and they all were so excited to tell my mom about the school they attended. They kept saying School More. Happy. It was so cute.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

If I Could Redecorate One Room

If I had the money and could redecorate one room in my house it would be the kitchen. First I would want the designer to redesign the separation wall of my kitchen and family room. I would make it into a table top counter where we could sit and watch tv. This would be more functional and I would get rid of my kitchen table as that would replace our table. Underneath would be shelving to hold books sort of in an oval shape. Maybe even have shelves on the family side so the kids could put their books in it.

I would have tile put on my kitchen walls especially behind my stove and sink to catch all the splashes from cooking and washing.

I would add another dishwasher. Maybe get rid of a cabinet and replace it with another dishwasher. I use my dishwasher for everything. If I purchase something new I definately make sure it's dishwasher safe before purchasing it. The only thing that is not dishwasher safe is my pots and pans from pampered chef. Everything else goes into that machine and gets run once or twice a day.

My kitchen desk would be redesigned so the draws would be normal size file draws. Right now they are narrow and can't fit hardly anything in them.

The walls would be painted instead of that painters white that comes with new houses.

I also would not choose white again for my countertops as it is so hard to keep them clean. It shows everything.

The kitchen doors to my yard would be a double door that opens. Right now we have french doors but one side is a dummy door and only one door opens up to the yard. I would also put sliding doors there.

Monday, September 25, 2006

What is your Power Color?

My Power Color Is Red-Orange

At Your Highest:

You are warm, sensitive, and focused on your personal growth.

At Your Lowest:

You become defensive and critical if you feel attacked.

In Love:

You are loyal - but you demand the respect you deserve.

How You're Attractive:

You are very affectionate and inspire trust.

Your Eternal Question:

"Am I Respected?"

Clutter or Declutter?

I live in a cluttered world. I collect and collect. Let's face it I love to shop. It's only recently that I've been trying to get rid of the clutter. My children get into everything and trace it all over the house. After picking things up more than once, my new moto is off to the trash can it goes. I'm tired of picking things up day after day, hour after hour. If you haven't already seen a day in my life video that I made of the triplets. Here is the link again.

I have tried following flylady many times. I set out at head speed decluttering one area that I wind up feeling overwhelmed and burned out. I know I should be pacing myself and doing baby steps but I just always want to complete everything like now. And if that doesn't happen then I give up.

I am definately a SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive). I get sidetracked whenever I tend to do something and then it never gets completed. This is both in my daily routines and in my crafting. I have numerous projects started yet not completed. In quilting this is called UFO's (Unfinished Projects or Objects). I have many quilt tops started yet never completed. Actually Justin's closet has many boxes of fabric and quilt tops. I even learned how to knit and have never finished the project because it just takes too long to complete. The only thing I have actually completed are scrapbook pages and cards. I think mainly because a page only takes about 1/2 hour. Where a quilt takes months maybe years to complete. I feel Knitting is the same thing. I'm sure one day I will pick up the needles again and attempt to complete something.

I could save things for a yard sale but hey, yard sales are just way too much work. I did have one this past summer and I couldn't believe that people wanted things for like 50 cents when I paid $10 or more for it. I also tried to sell things on ebay but after putting up like 50 items at low prices I didn't even make back the amount of money I spent to put items up. So ebay is out too. So in the end I can either give my stuff to family members or the trashman. The children's clothing always goes to my nieces and nephews as they are younger. I also donate mine and my husband's clothing to our local synagogue.

Night Owl or Morning Person?

Are you a night owl or a morning person or something in between? Do you know when this habit began in your life? Do you think people’s sleep patterns are really a part of who they are (like hair color) or can be changed with circumstances?

Before the triplets were born I was more of a morning person. I would go to sleep early and wake up early. Now, that they are here I tend to be a night owl. Once they are in bed that is when I can get things down around the house and my hobby so I tend to stay up late. I do take naps during the day when they nap though so this probably allows me to stay up late. I do not think that sleep patterns are what we are. I think it really goes by the circumstances of your daily activity.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Top 5 things you must see or do in NJ

If you were going to visit NJ the top things I suggest you do or see is:

1. Visit the jersey shore. There are tons of beaches with boardwalks that have games and rides. Seaside, Wildwood, Point Pleasant, Belmare and so much more. I'm not one for the beach but just to walk on the boardwalk and maybe take the kids on the rides can be a fun way to spend your day.

2. Drive or take a train trip to NY City. You could go for the day. There are tons of broadway shows you can see if you like entertainment. If you like to shop you can walk for miles and miles with lots of stores to spend your money at. The restaurants are fantastic. Some are pricey because they could be tourist traps but the food normally is fantastic and memorable. I used to work in the city and I can still remember the lunches I had in the city. Nothing like NJ at all. Try their bagels! Bagels in NY are so much better than NJ.

3. If you like amusement parks then a day at Great Adventure is for you. Okay, it may cost a fortune to get in but if you plan to stay a while in NJ then a season pass is well worth the cost. Not only do you have rides to go on but they have a safari that you can drive though. My kids just love seeing the large animals like Elephants and giraffes that they can't normally see in a regular zoo. Well, maybe not the giraffes. They were so frightened and screamed and cried when they came up to the car. My little girl Naomi still talks about them being so big.

4. From time to time some towns have street fairs. The fairs consist of food, crafts and sometimes there are rides or games for the kids. Last year we attended quite a few with the triplets. At one there was a clown that gave my kids balloons. Another fair had tons of seafood to eat. The towns usually close their streets down. It's a nice way to spend the day. I love looking at all the arts and crafts that are displayed at each booth.

5. If you like to shop there are tons of malls in NJ. Some of them are about 1/2 hour away from each other. There are also tons of shopping outlets. Jackson outlets are really great to get some discounts of clothing especially children's clothing. You can spend the entire day there just shopping and run up your credit cards big time. I try to go there maybe only once a year because it can be very dangerous for your pocketbook.

Top 3 Worst Things for Mom of Multiples:

1. Not being able to attend any activities that they have for Mommy and Me classes that mom's with singletons attend often. I feel like I'm missing out and my children are missing out. I have been looking and looking for something we can all do together but every thing is mommy and me which we cannot do without relying on someone and I really feel bad asking my mom to attend each week as it puts her on the spot.

2. The remarks you get when you are out with the kids. I so hate when people ask if we used medication. Like, mind your own business! Yes, we did use medication but it took us 8 years to have our children and they are a blessing from G_d. Even though my days are really rough my children are a blessing.

3. Not having any quality time with each child. I really envy those with only one child as you can draw all your attention to that one child. My days are really chaotic and about 80% of the time I have one child on top of me clinging for a hug and kiss. Or they are fighting to sit on my lap. I really treasure the 15-20 minutes I get during nap time when I have just one child to give all my attention to. These are very special times in my day.

Mom and Dad 1970

Family Heirloom Kit by Marcee Duggar

My First Pet - 1970

Family Affair Mini by Valeri Brumfield
Echoes of the past by Tina Chambers

Me - 1970

Antique Rose Kit by Lauren Bavin

Princess Laura 1971

Pretty Little Princess Page Kit by DSP Designers
Keem Em' in Stitches by Lisa Carter

Saturday, September 23, 2006

My Childhood Friend Paulette

Beautifully Jaiden Kit by Lisa Carter

Mommy and Me 1970

Granny's Linen Page Kit by Meryl Bartho

Wow check out the couch. What do you see? Plastic! Yes, when I was little the couch was covered in plastic. Sure wish they had plastic now for our couch with the triplets as it is so ruined from their milk spills, juice spills and snacks. Look at those colors, yuck! The curtains were like a goldish yellow and green. It's amazing how our furniture sure looks different now.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My Mom 1970

Mad about mats quick click by Suzanne Walker
Wedding embellishments Gold by DSP Designers
Family Affair Mini Kit by Valeri Brumfield

My Grandmas

mad about mats quick click by Suzanne Walker
vintage reds back pack by Kim Liddiard (colored to blue)
echoes of the past by Tina Chambers (colored to white)
as time goes by Meryl Bartho

My wedding

Mad about mats quick click by Suzanne Walker
Angelas Ancestry by Jamie Rousselle

My Childhood Home - scrapped

I did this page for a contest on Unfortunately after I did it I was told it needed to be a one pager so below is my reentry. Personally I like the 2 pager better but at least I tried. The journaling is found in my blog a couple days down. The challenge was to use an element from 14 different page kits. Here are the credits for the kits used:

1. element Heritage Paper Frame (changed color)
family heirloom kit by Marcee Dugger
2. BG 12 x 12 vintage red_4
Vintage Reds Back pack by Kim Liddiard
3. Element Brad
Color Carnival by DSP Designers
4. element 5 x7 frame
Western Heritage by Lisa Carter
5. Element gold Chain
Angelas Ancestry by Jamie Rousselle
6. Element BG soft stripes
Family Affair Mini by Valeri Brumfield
7. Element Scrollworkd gold
Wedding Embellishments gold by DSP Designers
8. WA echoes of the past
Echoes of the Past by Tina Chambers
9. element green ribbon (changed color)
Dragonfly Summer by Samara Gugler
10. Element Metal Word Dream
As Time Goes By by Meryl Bartho
11. Element Bronze Glass Heart
Antique Rose by Lauren Bavin
12. 49 BG Marbled
MeeMas Dresser by Elizabeth Weaver
13. Element Frame 2
Batik Butterfly by Renee Bross
14. Frame Square Scrolls
Stamp it with a Frame by Stacey Jewell Stahl
All kits can be purchased from the store at

Anyway here is my redo of the layout. Of course, the journaling had to be dropped off because of lack of space. This time I wrote a postcard to my children and this is what it says:
Dear children, This is the house that mommy grew up in. I'm sorry you will not be able to see it because it was knocked down and replaced with 3 houses. Mommy
Some of the credits have changed so here are the credits for this page again using 14 different kits.

1. element old postcard_Re
family heirloom kit by Marcee Dugger
2. BG 12 x 12 vintage red_4 (made small flower on postcard bottom right)
Vintage Reds Back pack by Kim Liddiard
3. Element Brad
Color Carnival by DSP Designers
4. BG0001 12 x 12
Western Heritage by Lisa Carter
5. Element photo oval
Angelas Ancestry by Jamie Rousselle
6. Element gross grain ribbon
Family Affair Mini by Valeri Brumfield
7. Element heart charm gold
Wedding Embellishments gold by DSP Designers
8. WA the Dignity
Echoes of the Past by Tina Chambers
9. element green ribbon (changed color put on bottom of postcard)
Dragonfly Summer by Samara Gugler
10. Element Metal Word Imagine
As Time Goes By by Meryl Bartho
11. Element wide gold mesh bow
Antique Rose by Lauren Bavin
12. 49 mat stationery
MeeMas Dresser by Elizabeth Weaver
13. Element Frame 2
Batik Butterfly by Renee Bross
14. Frame Square Scrolls
Stamp it with a Frame by Stacey Jewell Stahl
All kits can be purchased from the store at

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dad, You Are

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My Hero, My Dad

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When I was growing up my dad was my hero. He would manage to get me out of a predicament or would fix things to make them better. We were very close. Emotionally he was there for me as well. I remember one day when I was a teenager. On this particular day I came home hysterically crying because my boyfriend (now my husband) had broken up with me due to our different religions. My dad was there with open arms and a shoulder to cry on.

When I first got my driver's license I took my first long drive to NJ and my car stopped working in the middle of the highway. I was so scared. I called my dad and he immediately dropped everything and came to my rescue.

Even now that I am married my dad continues to be there for me when I need him. I would call him and he would come to the rescue. Just recently I was having troubles with the triplets escaping the play area. They would push down the gate and then escape to the 2nd floor. My days were really chaotic and I called my dad and he came and mounted the gate to the wall for me. He came to my rescue again.

These are just a few of the things I remember at the moment. There are still many more stories to tell. He was my hero when I was younger, however, even in my adult years he continues to be my hero.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hauntings from My Past

What fragments of your past stay with you even though they seem insignificant?

I grew up in a small 3 bedroom house with my sister in Staten Island, NY that had a detached one car garage and finished basement. I lived there for 25 years. Even though most houses on the island had not much land, my childhood home was landscaped by my parents and we had lots of land. We had both a front lawn and a backyard which is very unusual for a Staten Island home.. We were very lucky that our dad was very handy and could repair or make things. He made us a little play house that we would often play in on weekends and after school. We would also swim in the pool or play on the swing set. We each had our own bedroom that was in the attic. The walls were arched like a triangle on two sides. We also had a hidden crawl space in the wall where we sometimes played and stored our toys and Christmas decorations. After I got married and moved out of the house my parents decided to sell the house I grew up in and move to a house on the water. They sold the house to a builder who knocked it down and placed 3 houses upon the land.

I have not visited my childhood home after they knocked it down. I guess I don't want to see the new houses where I used to live and want to remember the house as it was. However, to this day that house haunts me in my dreams. I do not dream of the house I live in now or the apartments that I lived in before this house. I always dream of my childhood house or my childhood room. One day I should return to where I grew up and maybe that would put a stop to the hauntings.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

What is My Greatest Gift?

Well, of course, my triplets are my greatest gift but as I am not allowed to write about my children in this prompt. Let's see where do I start!

My husband would be my greatest gift. We have been together for many years. 11 years married and 8 years before that we dated. So we have been together almost 20 years. He is my bestfriend and lover even after all those years. Yes, we do have some rough days especially now that he is working non stop. I miss him when he works and think of him constantly. He will always be my friend and lover.

My other greatest gift is my mom who is always there for me. She comes to visit once a week to help out with the triplets (her grandchildren). I can't thank her enough for all that she does to help me both with the children and with helping to keep my house in order from my major chaotic life.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Little Chuckle About Children

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was "DON'T !"

"Don't what ?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said. "Forbidden fruit ? We have forbidden fruit ? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit ! "

"No Way ! "

"Yes way! "

"Do NOT eat the fruit ! " said God.

"Why? "

"Because I am your Father and I said so ! "

God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked !

"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit ? " God asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you? " said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it ! " Adam said.

"Did not ! "

"Did too! "


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY ! If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you ? THINGS TO THINK ABOUT !

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you.

In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.


Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.




Writter Unknown



Thursday, September 14, 2006

What is my happiness today?

I woke up late this morning since I stayed up extremely too late last night searching for halloween costumes for the children which mind you I did not find ones in the price range I want to spend. It is ridiculous how much they want for children's costumes which they only wear for a day and since I need 3 of them I'm having a horrible time trying to pick something out for them. I also want something that matches because you know once they get older they will be picking out their own costumes so now is the time for Mommy to pick them out.

Okay back to the subject: What is my happiness today? Well, for one the children allowed me to sleep late which they too slept later than usual. We all are suffering from some type of cold. All have runny noses. Once I was up and ready for the day I even was able to go to the bathroom without having little ones in the room with me. Now, this doesn't happen very often so this made me very happy. I know you must be laughing at that but I really mean it. It is a pleasure to be able to go to the bathroom alone (well, really with my lap top for reading.) I know most people read books and magazines, well, now that I have my lap top I read articles on line. Okay enough about the bathroom talk.

The 2nd thing that made me happy today was when I went to get my son out of his room to start his day. Well, everyday he makes me happy when he sees me and screams "MOM" and runs to me and gives me a great big hug and kiss. This is the one thing I look forward to every morning. He is so affectionate. My girls are not like that at all. I have to fight to get them to show their love.

Okay once we are downstairs and ready for breakfast the best thing today that made me happy was the brief 10 minutes my husband was in the kitchen communicating with the children. He works extemely long hours and hardly has time to spend with them and this really puts a smile on my face when they all scream "DAD" or "Hi Dad" and they kiss him good morning. The children are starting to talk and this morning my husband was telling them what each item of food was and they were all trying to repeat after him.

Well, the sudafed is starting to kick in and the children are napping so I must shut my eyes for a brief nap or I'll never make it through the rest of the day. If you are reading this please pray that I feel better soon.

What Scrapbook Item Are You?

I am Fibers!

Fun and crazy at times. You are a warm fuzzy kind of person. You run around getting things done but still find time for fun! You have so many diverse interests that it is often hard to pin you down to any one thing. People love your friendly attitude and carefree ways. You often brighten other people's days. But Fibers Beware - Sometimes people don't take you seriously because of your happy-go-lucky ways. Sometimes you find yourself feeling left out from decision making that could directly affect you. Even though you like to be happy and cheerful, make sure others know that you can also be serious and in tune with reality.

Take the Quiz Here

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Day without Consequences

If I could live one day without consequences I would eat shellfish without feeling guilty that G_d would punish me. In the Torah G_d says the following:

Of the things that are in the waters, you may eat anything that has fins and scales. Lev. 11:9; Deut. 14:9. Thus, shellfish such as lobsters, oysters, shrimp, clams and crabs are all forbidden. Fish like tuna, carp, salmon and herring are all permitted.

I so miss the shellfish. It has been a big challenge giving that up when I converted 3 years ago. I also gave up pork but haven't craved that as much as shellfish.

Would you get a tatoo? Nope not me! There's a line in the Bible that says,
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28)

What other things would you try? I would love to sleep in all day but, of course, being a SAHM that would be way out of the question. How would my two year old triplets manage? They are not potty trained and need their diapers changed every 2 or 3 hours. They also eat every 3 hours. It's only a wishful thought to have a day off. I mean, any other type of job you would be able to call out sick and just have a day to yourself but not when you are a MOM! Your job just never ends.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Real-Life Fantasy Man

This story was written by me in 1995 right before I married my husband. It is a story of how I met my husband and how he proposed. I wrote it for a contest in a magazine which I did not win but it was nice to have this written.

At age 17, still in high school, I was working part-time at a local supermarket. After many months of dating casually from my work place, I found that there were many immature males out in the dating scene and dating seemed hopeless to me. Not one guy seemed to catch my interest.

One chilly November day that all changed. There was a tremendous sale at the supermarket. Customers in the store were very loud and rowdy as the lines were extremely long. I glanced across the way for amoment and t his is when my whole world halted before me.

I saw a man five feet ten inches tall with a muscular body. He was dressed casually. His blue jeans were dark and new which fit snugly around his hips and on his feet he wore clean white dress shoes with tassels on the top. Beneath his black jacket he wore a button-down white shirt which was open at the top so you could see his manly dark hair. He had a head full of dark black hair which was feathered back and it was slightly longer in the back. He looked in his mid-twenties because on his face he wore a full-grown beard and mustache. He was a handsome man. He certainly was not like the other guys which I had dated. He was different. Since I am an avid fan of Days of Our Lives for many years, I could not stop thinking that he looked like the actor who portays the roll Bo Brady (Peter Reckell). My heart ached at the sight of this man.

(Peter Reckell from Days
of Our Lives - 1995)
Turning to face my girlfriend, Patricia, who was on the register next to me I uttered in excitement, "Check out the new Manager!" She replied with, "He is not a manager, he is a custodian." I could not belive what my ears had just heard. How can a good-looking guy like that be just a custodian? I was eager to meet this hunk of a custodian. Could my casual dating be over? That night I made it a point to find out.

After work Patricia and I went outside and low and behold we saw that stunning custodian and another custodian pushing shopping carts back to the store. Patricia, knowing that I showed an interest in him, decided we would get to know him at that moment. Being the natural flirt that she is, she instantly struck up a conversation with the two custodians on cart duty. To my surprise I found out that both men were interested in me, but I knew in my heart that I could give my heart to only one. While the conversation was concise and informing I found out that his name was Evan and that he was involved in a long distance relationship which was not working out. I also learned that we were only three weeks apart in age. This was too good to be true.

Before I left that night the other custodian approached me to ask me for a date. I said I would think about it and give him an answer the following day as I did not want to hurt his feelings but I knew my heart would belong to Evan. I thought about Evan all night long and decided to turn the other guy down even before Evan had asked me for a date. I felt optimistic and knew I would eventually get what I wanted somehow.

The next time I met Evan was early the following afternoon, when I drove my car into the parking lot where I worked. He was working on cart duty again. He approached me and we had a brief discussion. Before I knew it, he asked me to go to a movie. I was so excited that the blood rushed into my cheeks so quickly. I tried to avoid his deep brown eyes for a moment, then I lifted my gaze to find him with a sparkle in his eyes and a flirtatious smile on his lips. It made me want to melt like ice cream on a hot sunny day. This is when I instantly replied, "Yes, I'd love to." Not only was he a flirt but he was an accomplished flirt.

While still standing in front of him, it started to become windy and I became cold. He noticed I was shivering during this unexpected confrontation so gentlemanly-like he offered me his most treasured black jacket to wear to keep me warm. His jacket had the sweet scent of Pollo on it. I entered work walking on cloud nine. But all the while it seemed that tomorrow would never come.

Thinking back seven years I can't remember the title of the movie that we saw on our first date or what we did afterwards but I do remember my parents reaction to him when I brought him home that night for the first time. My parents having the impression that he was ten years older than me, decided to ask for proof of his age. At the moment it was embarrassing but now when I think about what had happened it makes me laugh. Still to this day when we are out in public together people look at us strangely because he still looks a lot older than me.

Over the years our love had developed without either of us being able to control it. Of course, we had our problems to overcome. Our major obstacle would have to be our religions. Evan is Jewish and I was Catholic. His parents influence on his life we were forced to go our separate ways. This was an emotional and trying time for both of us which lasted for only a month. Evan could just not stay away and neither could I for that matter. We would sneak to see each other every chance we could. This only made our love stronger. We survived after this nightmare, so we feel we can conquer the world. It wasn't until Evan proposed five years later that his parents accepted me as part of their family.

After five years of being together, Evan decided that he wanted to make a commitment. It turned out to be a clear sunny day on September 6, 1992. After work Evan brought me to the beach near our house. We sat together with his arms wrapped around my small waist on the rock jetty watching the waves cascade over the white sand. He seemed a little restless to me. Then he told me to get him a piece of candy which was in the glove compartment of his car. When I opened up the glove compartment, all I saw was a bright sparkle from a pear-shaped diamond ring. I was in shock. He came running over, got down on his knees and asked me, "Will you marry me?" I instantly accepted. From out the car window I heard the song, "You're My Everything" playing which became our song. He placed the ring on my finger and we embraced in a long sensual kiss. The day turned out perfect. He has made me the happiest woman alive. To this day we are now planning our wedding which is set for June of 1995.

Evan has a good head on his shoulders and has a bright mind as he knows exactly where he wants to go and what he wants to do in life. He attends college at night studying computers even though he now owns his own business specializing in signs and banners. He is successful, hardworking and responsible.

Evan is also family-oriented. He would do anything for his family especially his sister. This shows that he will make a good father for our children because family life is very important to him.

He knows exactly when to joke around and when to be serious in order to make this earth a happier place to live in. He is honest, loyal and warm-hearted. We became best of friends thoughout the years. I can always lean on his shoulder when I am sad and he is always available to listen when I need someone to confide in. I am very lucky to have found my fantasy man at such an early time in my life and we will be together from now till the end of time.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)

Song by Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day.

UNITED WE STAND - Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. President George W. Bush Sept. 11, 2001

I remember that September morning 5 years ago. I was running a bit late and was just pulling into the parking lot of where I worked listening to the radio when they announced the airplane crashing into the first building. I came inside and told my co-workers to quickly turn on the tv. We all stood there in shock when we saw the 2nd building being hit live. One of my co-workers was on the phone calling the World Trade Center since the company I worked for owned a fitness center in that building. Luckily all the customers got out including all the workers. My husband called me on the phone and told me to go home as we were under attack. Our office closed and sent us all home early. I remember it taking forever to get home because everyone in the state of NJ must have been released early. The traffic was horrendous. I was so scared driving home praying the entire time that I will see my husband and family again.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

***My Five Factor Personality Profile***


You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.


You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have high neuroticism.
It's easy for you to feel shaken, worried, or depressed.
You often worry, and your worries prevent you from living life fully.
You tend to be emotionally reactive and moody. Your either flying very high or feeling very low.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is low.
You're a pretty conservative person, and you favor what's socially acceptable.
You think that change for novelty's sake is a very bad idea.
While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise.

The Five Factor Personality Test

Weeks 33 to 35 - Preterm for Multiples

Twins often are born during this time period. If they are well grown, they generally spend a week or two in the hospital and are unlikely to experience any long-term serious effects of their early birth. Quoted from "When you're expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" by Dr. Barbara Luke and tamara Eberlein.

My triplets were born at 33 1/2 weeks. Victoria weighed 3 lbs 14 ounces, Justin weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces and Naomi weighed 3 pounds. Justin was in the NICU for 14 days, Victoria 17 days in NICU and Naomi 24 days in NICU. Luckily they do not have any long term serious medical effects. They are, however, delayed in speech and receiving speech therapy to help them to catch up to other children their age.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Chores I Refuse to Do on Principal

There are many activities that I refuse to do but here are the top ones that I thought of while writing this.

I refuse to pick up all the kids toys all day long. It's like one minute they are all picked up and the next they are trashed all throughout the house. I now no longer pick up all day long. I try to wait till the end of the day and then have them help me clean up before bed time.

We have a two story house and our bedrooms are on 2nd floor and laundry room on first floor. I refuse to take down the laundry and take up the laundry. It's the only thing my husband does around the house to help out. So I leave that job for him. I have a bad back and it hurts most nights from picking up the kids. Don't you love the smell of bengay? Well, I think that's my purfume Bengay as I have to use that stuff almost every day in order to relieve the back pain.

I refuse to clean the kitchen grill. My husband wanted it when we purchased this house. It is so hard to clean. That is another job that I leave for my husband.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Fortune Cookie Memories

A couple of years ago I was on the boardwalk in Seaside where I had my palm read. I do not believe that they can see the future, however, it is really spooky when they see your past. She knew all about my very first boyfriend and that he died a tragic death (car accident) at such an early age (17). Something she said has haunted me for years, "He did not die of an accident. She told me that it was intentional". Yes, he was racing his car and yes he did tell his friends to get out of the car right before the accident happened. For years I always questioned why he would make his friends get out of the car that day. The police reports said he was going a speed of 130 and hit the pole, his car wrapped around it and he died instantly.

As for the future she said that I would have one love and will marry him. She said she saw no divorce and that he would love me and take care of me until death parted us. I really don't remember how many children she said I would have but I do remember her telling me I would have a boy and a girl. A boy first she said. I guess she didn't see the triplets in my future as Victoria was my first born. Justin my 2nd. Naomi my 3rd. She did tell me that I had a long life span and that I would live to be 85.

I again had my cards read at a party about 6 months or so ago with my husband. This was another fortune teller. This woman told us that me and my husband were in different worlds at the time and that eventually we will connect again. She also said that she saw a big change coming up ahead. She said something major was happening financially in the next 3 months which she was very right about since my husband had gotten laid off at that time and we have been struggling financially. Luckily he has gotten another job. She also said that something my husband is working on will take off and we will be okay financially once that happened. My husband has been working 24/7 on some programs which I pray will take off so he can spend more time with me and the children as he's missing out on their childhood.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Favorite Restaurants

My all time favorite restaurant is New Corners Italian Restaurant located in Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately since the triplets were born we haven't been able to go there. We normally go there with my in-laws. Everything I have ordered there is really good but my favorite dish would have to be muscles for appitizer and their baked ziti is really good as they have it with lots and lots of cheese.

My husband and I have a new favorite Chinese Restaurant called Three Star. It's about 1/2 hour drive from our house. We have gone there alone but also we have brought the triplets there for dinner one night with my in-laws. The kids were really good which I was a bit surprised. Our favorites from there would be the boneless ribs and tangarine beef.

We don't get to go out that often but we do order take out a lot. Our favorites would be Fridays where we order pecan crusted chicken salad, Jack Daniels chicken strips and boneless buffalo strips.

All this talk about foods my tummy is saying I'm hungry. Oh, it's time for lunch. Gotta make grill cheese sandwiches.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

My Children Today (Age 2)

My oldest daughter Victoria. I love how you are starting to talk saying a new word or words each day. How you know where your daddy is when I ask you. How you are becoming independent by taking off your clothes. I love how most of the time you are not in any trouble but when you do get into trouble it is a doozy. I love when you come for hugs. You will eat almost anything. Because you have more words in your vocabulary you are the first one to answer a question when Mommy is doing book time. You are very brutal what I mean is you are the one who seems to hit the other two on the head with toys or push them away first. Mommy has tried time out with you but you still continue to hit and push. I hope this is a stage you will outgrow.

My son Justin. I love how you greet me in the morning with a great big hug and kiss when I come to get you from your room to start the day. I love how you say, "Mom" all day long just to hear me say, "Yes, Justin." I love your big blue eyes. I love how you come to me during the day just for a hug. You definately are mommy's little man and always will be. You are my little helper. If I ask you to help me clean up you are the first to help. You are a pickey eater like your dad. You don't like to try new things. Your favorite food would be grapes. You have tantrums now and then when you can't communicate what you want.

My youngest daughter Naomi. I love how you tell me that something is wrong. I love when you dance and smile when you are happy. I love the sweet kisses you give me during the day. You are very strong-willed and sometimes you make me crazy but I still love you. You love to eat fruit. You love to climb and take things down. You do not listen which really frustrates Mommy. You are very smart and loves to read books. You have a temper and have tantrums often.

You all changed my life. I so desparately wanted to have children. It took mommy and daddy 8 years to conceive. You all are a blessing from God. He knew that I would never go through labor again so he gave you all to me all at once so I wouldn't have to do it again. Yes, the past 2 years have been rough but with all the love I receive from you all it is well worth it.

Even though you are triplets you all are different and special in your own way. Triple the love, triple the hugs and triple the kisses. I love you all equally.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Definition of a Scrapper

Scrap - booking n. (scrap"booking)

1. Obsessive compulsive disorder consisting of pouring your grocery money and savings account into blank books in such a way that makes the act justifiable. 2. Causes euphoria and giddiness in those afflicted. 3. Common ailment among scrapbookers for which there is no known cure. The disease can be contracted through close encounters with other scrapbookers. 4. This virus is extremely contagious. Those affected must be quarantined for one week in a scrapbook store with a large limit credit card until symptoms subside.

Labor Day - 100 Words No More, No Less

It’s Labor Day! Everyone is off today from their jobs. I am a SAHM (stay at home mom) so I never have a day off? I stayed up really late last night doing some tutorials on photoshop elements and reading some blogs from Days of Our Lives actors and actresses that I found on line. I have been a fan of Days of Our Lives since I was a teenager and still continue to watch it. Here is the website So today we are staying in our PJs because I just don’t have the energy to get everyone dressed.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

My Talent

I was born with a talent to be organized. I organize everything including my routines on a daily basis. You really need to be organized to be able to raise triplets. They all are on a schedule where they eat and sleep all at the same time. Organization also allows me to be on time for any activity or event. When things go off schedule or get unorganized I become very stressed out. I'm sure I inherited this talent from my dad.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

10 Things I Don't Like Doing But Do Anyway

  1. Dishes especially when my children are awake they tend to take the dirty dishes out of the dishwasher and run off with them. I now try to do the dishes when they are either strapped in their highchairs or sleeping (napping).

  2. Laundry why is it never ending. I finally finish for the week and then it starts all over again. The kids clothes alone I have a load each day. Then my clothes, my husbands clothes, towels, sheets. etc. etc. Okay I don't mind putting the laundry in the washer and dryer. It's the folding that stinks. Especially the sock matching. I now no longer match the socks and just place them in our draws unmatched.

  3. Vaccuuming why do I need to vaccuum all the time? It's these kids. They eat a snack and it gets all over the living room floor. Why can't they keep the crumbs in the bag? Nope it goes right onto the floor. The goldfish crackers are the worst. Lots of little crumbs all over the floor. Their play area (our living room) has to be vaccummed every day because of this reason.

  4. Diaper Changes okay who wants to change 15 diapers a day? Of course, I have to or they will get a rash but it's no fun job especially when they are now not wanting their diapers changed and they kick you in the stomach, scream and twist on the changing table. It's a major challenge day after day. Can't wait till they are potty trained.

  5. Picking Up Clutter. My children seem to know whatever is clutter they will go into it and track it throughout the house. I am constantly picking up things and now I am tossing stuff in the trash especially if the item has been picked up 3 or 4 times a day.

  6. Recycling. I hate cutting up the cardboard boxes that we received throughout the 2 weeks for the trash. We get a lot of cardboard as we order from lots of different places so the boxes just pile up bi-weekly. Not to mention that if we forget to put out the garbage we have to wait another 2 weeks before they come again to pick up this stuff.

  7. Foodshopping. I try to run out during nap time (DH works from home most of the time) or when they are sleeping for the night but on occasion I really need to go so I tug them along. I have found that Shoprite has the shopping carts with the car and you can put 3 kids. 2 in car and one on top. But I rush frantically up and down the aisles getting what I need before they act up as they are in their twos and you never know when a tantrum will errupt.

  8. Cooking. Many nights I suffer from "What are we having for dinner syndrom" I just don't preplan and then when it's time for dinner I am frantically trying to figure out what we are going to have. Lately the microwave has been doing the defrosting most days. We can't order out as much as we did since we can't afford. Cooking has been a challenge especially when you have a little on attached to your leg, saying, "Mom" "Mom" "Mom". Why she has to hang on my legs when cooking is beyond me. But it certainly frustrates me and this is when you will find me screaming for her to get off of me.

  9. Getting up in the morning. I've been so tired lately that it's been rough getting up in the morning. It's like you are sleeping and all cozy under the blanket and then when you need to get up you come out of the covers you are freezing because of the air conditioning. I'd much rather stay in bed all cuddled up in the blanket. But as you know being a SAHM (stay at home mom) there are no days off. No sick days, no vacation days. So getting up I have to do.

  10. Getting the mail. Lately I've been dreading going to our mailbox to get our mail. We have had some surprise bills lately which have been stressing me out. Like the outrageous electric bill for July. Once I go through the mail I sigh with relief when there is no surprise bills or things to do, people to call because of errors or being over billed on things. It's like a never-ending stressful experience getting the mail each day.

Friday, September 01, 2006

How I feel about WATER

Okay my first reaction to this topic was WHAT this one is a hard one! How I feel about water what can I really write about WATER? But after giving it a bit of thought here is my opinions on playing in water, seeing water, using water.

Well, I think it is crazy that we have to pay for it. The summertime bills can be outrageusly high since the sprinklers are running for the lawn. We had to stop running the sprinklers due to the high cost of our water bills. So the lawn suffered a great deal this summer but hey we have to eat, right?

Pool water. I don't like to swim. My mom has a pool but this summer I didn't even get a chance to go in it due to the triplets. It's just way too stressful. You have to hold them and worry that they will drown. So how much fun is that? Not fun at all! My son is literally afraid of the pool. As soon as he sees the pool when he walks into my mom's yard he starts to scream on the top of his lungs. He won't even go into the water. So I guess that is a good thing as he will stay outside the pool while the girls go in but I can't be in 2 places at once. So the pool was out this summer. Maybe next year we will try it.

When I was pregnant I would drink tons of water trying to keep the triplets healthy for their birth. Actually it was the only thing I drank while pregnant. You would see me with this big water bottle every where I went. But now that I have had them I haven't kept up on the drinking of water. I really need to add that to my daily routine.

When I look at the ocean I think it is beautiful but I do not like to go in the water. I hate the idea that there are fish in the water and I just feel so skeeved and dirty when I come out with all that sand and salt. If I really needed to go into the water for some reason I would choose a pool over the ocean.

As for using water. I use water every day for my shower. I like to take a very hot shower before I begin my day. I try to wake up eariler than the triplets so I can start my day with a hot shower. It's my only 20 minutes of alone time where I can think straight without little ones tugging at my legs. I usually come up with great scrapbooking ideas or plans for the day while in my shower. If I don't get my shower for the day for some reason I am very grumpy so my shower is the first thing I do in my daily routine for me. Speaking of showers I must be off to start my day now.

Wow, I certainly had a lot to say about water didn't I?