Am organizational genius

The most adorable photo of my children will get a few dozen likes on FB, maybe some comments too. But within minutes of posting my new organizational system, I had scores of likes and tons of comments. So I am blogging about it for posterity.

Uniforms and laundry are a big thing in our house. For the last six years, I’ve stored the boys’ uniforms (everything from socks, undies, shirts, and shorts/pants) in a large round bin. No, I don’t fold their clothes. Please. Life is too short. Everything they wear to school goes in the big bin. It’s a mess. As they’ve gotten bigger, so have their clothes. (Shocking!) The bin is frequently overflowing, plus they’ll dig through it and leave a ring of questionably clean clothes around the perimeter of the bin. I never know what’s clean or what’s dirty, so I end up washing it all again just in case.

About a year or so ago, I bought a mesh shoe organizer and put it on the back of the bathroom door to store all those little things like washcloths, extra razors, my stash of Breathe-Right nose strips, multiple colors of hair dye, etc. It then occurred to me that maybe I could do this with the boys’ clothes. But the shoe organizer pockets are too small.

Amazon to the rescue! Found one with 15 large pockets. How perfect is that? Three kids, five days a week of uniforms. And only $8!


Each pocket holds a pair of socks (matching, even!), undies, shirt, and shorts. The Friday pockets have spirit shirts because they can wear those on Fridays. Oliver gets pants because he prefers them. Fortunately, I have more than 15 shirts (uh, who knew?) and tons of socks and underpants so I only have to stock those once a week. Shorts and pants will have to be washed throughout the week, but now I can see at a glance what we need and how often I need to wash uniforms. And no more scrambling at the last minute for a pair of matching socks.

Granted, this will be easiest if you have triplets who are all the same size and if they wear uniforms but still, it can be modified to work for you.

The end! Yay! Woo!

Full color ink


It’s unlike me to not blog about this right away, but last month when we were at the Grand Meetup, I got tattooed again. Sorta.


You might recognize the three bunnies from my post two years ago.


Decided to gussy ’em up a bit. I had been thinking about color for a while, but couldn’t decide what to do. I didn’t want to just color each bunny in with the boys’ colors (I actually did it with sharpies once and it just looked blah and weird.)

When our company trip to Whistler was being planned, a group of us again talked about getting tattoos. I was looking at the tattoo shop’s website and was immediately drawn to one artist’s style. She did these gorgeous watercolor tattoos and I knew that’s what I wanted. Color that was messy and swirly and unique. (Like triplets? Okay, maybe trying too hard there.)

When the day came, we picked out some colors and she went to town. OH MY GOD it hurt. It hurt for weeks, actually. And the healing process was not pretty. Oh boy. But now, just over a month later, it’s finally ready for its unveiling.

The bunnies are green, blue, and red. The blue and the green are fairly close. I might go back to Auberon next year (if we end up back at Whistler) and have her touch up the colors to make them more contrasty, but I’m not that bothered. The only thing that bothers me is that not long after I did this, the boys changed their hair colors. Oh well, the tattoo is here to stay!


This and that

My poor blog. It’s been so neglected.

Last week was kind of nuts – the boys were out of school and they were home with me all day. I think we all went a little stir-crazy. Then George went out of town over the weekend (the first time he’s been out of town without one of us since we first started dating) so I got even more quality time with the boys. But not a lot of time to blog.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:



Sat through the Yo Kai Watch movie, and paid handsomely for the privilege.

Ziggy did cute things like lie there and chew on a stick.

We had a party while George was gone. The kids finally used the climber! I put up pretty lights!

Miles has crazy hair, Linus and Oliver on the climber.


Took them to the trampoline place.


It’s been really hot here, still. But we did go for another couple of runs.

Wait, did I ever post any pics from when we went bowling with Aunt Tee?


Speaking of, today is Aunt Tee’s birthday! Happy birthday Aunt Tee! We love you!


Love Aunt Tee!

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Me and my Tee!

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The elusive “family photo”


George’s cousin got married this weekend under this big old oak tree in Audubon Park. It was beautiful – the light was that perfect golden shade you only get in the late afternoon and woah I’m getting poetic here.

Anyway, since we were all gussied up (I could die at the boys’ bow ties) we posed for a family pic.


And more that I took. My little GQ models. 😍

Me and my boys

Contemplative Ollie

Suave Linus

Sweet Miles

First run!

Next year, when the boys are in fourth grade (!!!) they’ll be able to join the cross country team. They’re pretty pumped about it, and wanted to start practicing now. They also want to do some races, but at $30/entry for a one mile race, well, that’s going to have to wait. (I have my eye on a half mile race that’s only $10/kid, but I wish it was longer. And I wish more races had multiple-kid-friendly pricing.)

Anyway, since they don’t have school today, and it’s cooled off slightly, I told them I’d take them for a run this morning on the levee.

Once we got up on the levee, we experimented with running two or three light poles and walking for one, and for our first run, stuck with a 2:1 light pole ratio of run:walk.

At the turnaround (sun in eyes!)


On the way back, the sun was behind us, which made it a bit more pleasant. And also made for cool shadow pics. Ziggy came too, as you can see.

When we made it back to the starting point, we’d gone 1.17 miles in 18:29. I was so proud of the boys, and they’re excited to go further and faster as time goes on.

Post-run selfie!



The boys and Zigster after the run. You can see the endorphins really kicked in for the human boys!

A magic show

Well I sure don't see my card in there!

Four days in to their new obsession. Still going strong-ish. They even asked me to get them some Bicycle cards. Like, they know the brands now. So we went to Walmart after school yesterday so they could replace the free promotional decks I’d given them.

There was a sign. (At least now they’re combining their drawing and magic obsessions!)


And tickets. And a pass. Not sure what the difference is. (Dog hair optional.)


Oliver started the show with a card trick.


Then Miles wowed us with his.

Oliver then switched things up by REMOVING HIS THUMB! And then PUTTING IT BACK ON!!!! (there was no blood, thank goodness.)


Since he again had both thumbs, he was able to show us this card trick:

Next up was Linus! His trick had something to do with 10s?

Well, I don’t know about you, but I was thoroughly charmed. Bravo! (Linus declined to bow for his fans.)



The boys went from being obsessed with drawing comics last week to magic this week. (I do hope they go back to the drawing thing because I bought them sketchpads and nice pencils and stuff.)

Anyway, you want to see them do some magic tricks? Please keep in mind they’ve been doing magic tricks for less than a week. So cut them slack. And they’re 8.