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This blog has turned into far more than I ever thought it would. When I started it over 4 years ago, I figured I would update once in a great while so that family back home (New England), and any other stray readers, would know what was going on with our little family in the midwest. Instead, nearly 2,500 unique people check in on my little piece of the web on a monthly basis and I’ve now blogged well over 1,000 posts. Wow.

Never seems to fail that just when I’m at a low point in my day, I log on and find one of you has left a sweet comment on one of my posts or on the Facebook page. I appreciate you all each so much!

In honor of your awesomeness, I’m going to run a simple little giveaway. The prizes are small, but I used my hard earned SwagBucks to buy them for you so that ups their value, right?

Up for grabs:

$10 Starbucks card

$15 iTunes card

How to enter:

Just comment on this post! One comment per person please.

2 winners will be chosen, so double the chances to win!

Winners will be drawn using random.org and will be announced on the blog on Monday, June 20th. SwagBucks, Starbucks and iTunes don’t know who I am, but I wish they did. Prizes are being provided by me.

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Brooke - Awesome!!! Got to love Swagbucks…and you for sharing your awesome swag with us :) Fingers crossed!

    Thanks,
    BrookeReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Alisha - Love you, girl!! I’m on here every day reading about the cute things your kids are doing or the fun things you do for them … you inspire me to be a better mom!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Wiley - Do those of us who read via Google Reader count in the stats or is it even more? Your blog is consistently one of my favorites. And love that you publish the WHOLE posts to the feed instead of just the title or the top. I don’t click through typically, so I would miss all the awesome shot!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Lisa Basner - Itunes all the way!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Melinda Weissman - I love reading about the boys and Lily both here and in WW world.

    Mindy4295ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Sara - I found you from the WW forums years ago and read your posts and check out your pictures at work. I also found Go Fish! from your blog, the Veggie Tales were wearing on me :) but my girls and I all love Go Fish now, so if I were to win the iTunes card, I’d probably buy another Go Fish album!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Jessica - I absolutely LOVE reading your blog….you are a fantastic mom and you amaze me at how you balance four children so well….I agree with Alisha – you are very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:34 am

    Ally - ohhhh… starbucks… :)
    I always love checking in on pictures and often share them with my roommates and they oooh and ahhh over the boys and Lily and I’m always proud to call them my cousins!! :)
    miss you, Helen, and I know that someday I will get to meet Lily… even if it isn’t until she is walking… :/ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:45 am

    MandyE - …and I always love seeing your awesome pictures and hearing about your adventures! Thanks for the opportunity, Helen! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Samantha - Helen- I’ve loved watching the boys grow up and you can tell their little sister just loves them to pieces.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Kari - Your family is SO adorable, and I love looking at your wonderful pics! It is fun to be able to keep up with your family via your blog- wish I had the writing skills to do the same. I also enjoy trying to figure out which boy is which… :D P.S. Swag Bucks are hard work to earn! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Susan - I truly look forward to reading your blogs. There are many new adventures with 4 children and new recipes and shopping tips. I love all your pictures (with or with out) your beautiful children. You are a wonderful photographer. I can say I knew you when you were very young, and wish I knew you better now. Thank good ness for Face book & your blog.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Charlotte - I love reading your blog and definitely visit most days! :) Thanks for sharing your memories with us!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Torona Reynolds - I love your blog!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Elise LaFlamme - Hi Helen! I love your blog too! I’m so glad you did this so that I can watch your adorable kids grow even though we are so far apart. :)

    Love, EliseReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Matthew Moore - Dude! You’re like – a celeb! I love reading about the kids. And you have turned full-time mom-ness into a cool thing :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Gretchen - Hi Helen, I’m a mom of triplets as well and I enjoy feeling a bit “normal” when I read about folks who are in on this crazy adventure as well. Thanks for using your Swagbucks for a contest!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Sarah - YOU are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:30 am

    Michelle P - Love your blog Helen!!! Love seeing pics & hearing stories of your beautiful family! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:47 am

    pam - Oooh fun! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Aimee - I probably check your blog every day. I love watching the boys grow and seeing chubby Lily. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog myself especially after your post about why others should blog.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 11:07 am

    Jill - Thank you for sharing your boys with us! It makes me feel so good to have another mom going through such similar things as out family :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Kacia - You are awesome, Helen, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Selena - How awesome! Plus we could all use a little more Starbucks or tunes in our life!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Melissa - I love checking in on the boys and now Lily! They always manage to bring a smile to my face even on the worst days!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom - Yours is one of my favorite blogs! So glad we’re following each other on Twitter now too. It’s fun to have bloggy friends!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    Andrea - Thank you for letting us read your blog about your kids and your life. Often I find that your blog posts help lift my spirits during the day! Thanks for letting me be a part of lifting your spirits from time to time too. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Ashley - i came across your blog off multiples and more and right from the first sentence i have to say i am hooked, your boys are adorable and your daughter is precious… i am thinking about starting a blog myself as i have family all over Canada. thank you again for sharing your daily adventures with your children :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Gretchen Miller - I love reading your blog! :-) Thanks for the giveaways.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Emily - Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. Your kids are delightfully adorable and I always enjoy reading about your family. You don’t have to enter me in your contest as I live in Canada but I just wanted to comment anyway!ReplyCancel

    • June 14, 2011 - 2:33 pm

      Helen - Does Canada have Starbucks and i-Tunes? I assume they do and I will happily mail you a prize if you win!ReplyCancel

      • June 15, 2011 - 2:53 pm

        Alisha - You bet we do!!!!!!! LOL Though we have to take out the dogsled to get our java fix. :PReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Lori - Your posts are awesome! Thanks for all that you do!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Stephanie - Aww Helen! You are so sweet for your giveaway! I love how he is holding the cards too!! LOL Your boys’ pictures just crack me up!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Sarah - That is so nice of you. Cute photo. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Mardi - Pick me Pick me! I love your blog and your cute kids. I have to say the triplets in their tuxes and aviator glasses made my day.ReplyCancel

    • June 14, 2011 - 3:36 pm

      Dana - Woo hoo! We love giveaways! Maya would very much like the iTunes card to put some stuff on her iPad and I would love the Starbucks card because I live for coffee :)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    Brenda B - Do I get extra credit since I’ve been with you since day one of the blogging experience (or very shortly afterward anyway)?ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    Kirsten - Glad you blog! I enjoy reading about your boys and miss Lily. Oh, and your photography skills make me jealous.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Nellie Bragg - It is such a treat to follow you and the family. The years pass very quickly, that much is certain, although there may be a few days that seem endless.:-)

    Blessings and love to all,
    NellieReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Stephanie - I love Swagbucks! That is so awesome that you are using your hard earned swagbucks on some lucky person!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    Lucie - You and your family make me smile-thank you.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    Sara D - Love the blog! Your kids are adorable.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Lisa H. - Thanks so much for your blogging. It make me want to make my kids little again. I did the boot camp also. After 6 workouts I had to quit. My knees were so swollen that I could not even walk. I did lose 3lbs and will start doing water aerobics instead. thanksReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Kris Dudley - How cool! I love reading your blog!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    Jenna - You’re a fantastic mom! And Nick seems to be doing a great job to be a father to the children. I love waking up in the morning and reading your blog to see the pictures of the kids. It makes me excited because I realize that one day, that might be my future. I also adore blue eyes! And a Christian family just makes it so much better! I have been raised in a Christian home all my life and loving God has been one of the most important things to my daily life and seeing the boys’ childlike faith is awesome! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    Hannah - Thanks for sharing!!! What a treat Starbucks would be! Thanks for always being so open and honest about the ups and downs of mommyhood.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Susan Schnitzler - Hello! Love your blog and wouldn’t dream of missing a post. Thanks for being so generous with us, your readers!

    Susan
    smschnitzler@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    Heather - I love your blog. I’ve been following your story since you were pregnant. I was pregnant with my son at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 11:39 pm

    Shelley - Love your blog. Love gift cards!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 6:15 am

    Zoie - Just checking in. I love to see what the boys are up to and I have to re-read your potty training posts. We are working on that will a hard headed almost 3 year old boy.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 8:13 am

    Erin - Thanks for such a thoughful giveaway. Love your blog and you have given me some good parenting tips for my 18 mo son!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Jess G - I don’t comment very often, as I have no kids and have absolutely zero experience with 3 kids, but I do enjoy reading about your cutie pies :) Oh – and the three of them dressed up for your sister’s wedding, ::::CUUUUUTE::::ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Alison Gilmore - Thank you for sharing your swagbucks with us! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the past years. If it wasn’t for inquiring about the diaper coupons on a weight watchers message board (at least 3 years ago), I never would have found this blog. I’ve loved watching your children grow!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    CAMMY CAMMERSON - Cammy wants to win.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Anna Grabrian - Thanks Helen!!! Love your site, your kids and you :) You’re a brave woman to let us follow your life !!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Libby - I like watching your boys grow up and go through similar things as mine.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Auntie Laura - ooo I love give aways! :) and I love my sister and her family :)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    Melinda - Thanks for offering this giveaway. I found your blog just recently, but I greatly enjoy reading your blog.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Mary - Awesome giveaways!! I can’t wait to schedule a photo session! Best of luck with the new business!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    April Sloan - You have helped me a lot. Everytime my boys are doing something and I don’t know what I am going to do. Then you will post on your blog, and it will be what I am need to hear. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2011 - 6:07 pm

      Helen - Oh April, THAT is why I blog! Well, that and so the kids have a neat record of their lives. Thank you for sharing that :)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    Kathie - Nick’s mom and I kind of grew up together and when she told me about the boys I checked it out. I have watched them grow and now Lily. I know she is a proud grandma and wishes she could see you all more often.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    RoseAnne - so grateful for your blog – I can’t imagine living so far away with out it.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    Hannah Yelin - This is so generous of you, thanks so much! I love your blog (I actually found it somewhat recently), and I must say, your children are adorable! (Though I’m sure they’re also a handful at times, lol.)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Regina - I love your blog, Helen! Thanks for offering these giveaways.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Jennifer Johnson - Congratulations on your new venture!!! You will do great, I can’t wait to see your business grow! Very excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Mollie - Thank you for sharing your swagness! I really appreciate it! I started following your blog after finding you on the bump. I have a set of multiples as well!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Taryn - How lucky I would feel to be the winner :) thanks for thinking of all us!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    Taryn - Can’t wait to hear who wins :)ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Christy - Wow Helen! Just looking at all these responses is amazing! You have a huge following and that is largely due to your humorous ways of communicating your life. I know I love hearing your antics. :) Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Kimberly - Good luck with the photo session! That’s so neat. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Amanda - I love reading your blog! I have 2 boys–although not multiples they’re 4 years apart, and I love hearing what your boys are doing. Let’s me know that I am not alone. Plus, I love your pictures–always so pretty!!!

    Starbuck’s…yummy!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Lisa R. - Thanks for doing this, Helen! Hope you and the fam are having a great Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2011 - 8:30 am

    The Awesome Winners | Three Times the Giggles - […] Commenter #59 – Kathie […]ReplyCancel

I realized something very profound this weekend. My boys are growing up. They’re getting older and bigger and more daring. I know, I know… Not exactly a newsflash here! Back in February when I registered the boys for preschool for this coming fall I found it weird to say they’d be in the 4 year old class, but that also still seemed so far away.

This weekend I was talking to my dad about how we were sad we weren’t going to get to head east this summer after all. I said “I know I say it every year, but hopefully we’ll get back next summer”. Then I realized something… by next summer, when we hopefully will make it to New England again, the boys will be about to turn 5! Oh my goodness. (That also will make it 4 years since our last trip east.) Yep, we will go to New England next summer.

In just over 2 months the boys will be 4 years old. Four! How did that happen so fast?

Finding playgrounds that are totally suitable for small toddlers is tough, so we’ve always played at playgrounds that have features that the boys really shouldn’t be attempting. High spots, openings at said high spots, and crazy ladders have always made for interesting and, at times, nerve-wracking trips to the park. Last night, I noticed the boys handling one of those crazy ladders with ease…

I sat by Lily’s stroller and just watched the boys climb quickly up the ladder, run to the triple slide, slide down and repeat. I didn’t once have to worry about someone falling or someone getting to the top of the ladder and being too scared to step onto the play structure. In fact, there wasn’t anything at this elementary school playground that I had to worry about with them. Last year I would have worried, but last year they were only about to just turn 3. Four seems so much older than three, doesn’t it?

Random side note about the coming birthday – I’d love to do a big series of giveaways again this year! If you have a business and would like to contribute or you know someone who has a business that might be a good fit, shoot me a message via the contact link above! Your prize can be good for kids or good for moms or dads!

  • June 13, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    Sarah - Adorable photos. They do grow up WAY too fast.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 7:09 am

    Stephanie - Little Happys - My litle one is eight! not so little anymore. They definitely grow up way to fast. Count me in for the giveaway. I’d love to be a part of it.1ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Sara - I had the same realization about my two girls who are 5 and almost 3 about a week ago as I watched my little one climb up and stand on the swing and proceed to swing herself standing up with quite a bit of control, just 3 months ago when we assembled the swingset, she fell off the swing 3 times in 2 days just trying to sit on it!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Emily - My oldest is your boys’ age. I feel the same way about him and my almost 2 year old. I’m still a nervous wreck at the park due to my crazy monkey of a younger son though. I figure by the time my oldest outgrows the park, then my youngest will be able to truly enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2011 - 12:24 am

    Stacey - Super cute post! We have triplet boys too, and they will be 2 at the end of August. RIght now parks are crazy stressfull for me, I am glad to see that there is an end in sight :)ReplyCancel