Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Message for Mimi and Pop Pop

Lauren wanted to tell Mimi and Pop Pop something:

I just thought this video is funny. By the way, why do we call them videos when they really arn't videos anymore. This
one is of Evan using his diper as a pocket. When I change his diper, I sometimes find crackers, bread, apple slices, and little toys. So funny,unless it happens to be a dirty diper. Then it is just gross. Oh and poor kid is sick, so he is coughing. We have had a delightful couple of weeks with all of us taking turns being sick. Anyway, I just thought this was funny. And please ignore my funny voice. Like I said, we have been sick.

Friday, January 30, 2009


I came across this story and it made me just cry buckets of tears. I could hear Lauren in the other room laughing as she was playing with the dog at the same time that I was reading about a little two year old girl who has cancer. My heart goes out to her mother. I can not imagine any pain worse then having to take you little angel home from the hospital only to have to emotionally suport her as she crosses from this life into the next. I am so lucky to have a strong willed healthy baby girl. I have been so blessed. I need to remember all that my Heavenly Father has given me and cherish every moment I have with them. I am always thinking that they grow so fast and I only have so much time with them while they are so young. But the truth is, I have all the time in the world. They can grow older. Some mom's don't get that blessing. Anyway, go to this blog ( and leave a comment. This family whose blog it is will match a dollar for every comment left and donate it to the little girls Just make sure you have a tissue ready before you go there. Then give your little ones a hug and remember that you get to do that. You are so lucky!

Monday, January 26, 2009

All about Lauren and Vin

So I first wanted to say Thank you for all the kind words you guys say to me. It truely does help me out with my "mom situation". I can't afford therapy, so I blog instead. It helps me deal with it. My friends are so important to me. You guys give me the love and support that I need. I love all your comments-they really do help me. You will never understand the value of a kind word said with a sincere heart. I really am so lucky though. I have two amazing mother-in-laws, and my brother and sister-in-laws are the best. Sorry if it gets old.
But now, to move on to something a little more positive. I wanted to do this cute tag I saw on a couple of my friend's blogs. I love talking about my babies, and here is a tag that is all about them.

How long were you married when you found out you were pregnate?
A) With Lauren, we were married for 1 year and 5 months. I found out the saturday before Mother's day. How great is that!!
B) With the boy, we were married for, hum, now I have to think, we were married for three years, I think.

How old were you?
A)23 when I found out, 24 when she was born.
B)26 when I found out, and I turned 27 a week after he was born. What a great birthday gift, eh. Now everyone knows how old I am!!

When and how did you find out you were pregnate?
A)With the girl, we had been trying for a while. We had just come home from a convention and I just had a feeling. I woke Chad up like a 6:00 in the morning and made him go to the store for a pregancy test. I took like three and they were all positive. I totally cried! I was so excited.
B)With the boy, we had tried for like a week, and then I got a call that said that I was a match to donate bone marrow. The lady asked if I was pregnate and I said, no way. Because it took me so long to get pregnate with Lauren,(5 months, I guess that is sooo long, but it felt like a very long time) I totally thought that there was no way that I could be so fast. However, after I got off the phone with her I took a pregnancy test. It was positive. So then I went to the store and got like four more, and they all came out positive. Even though we had decided to try, I was still so surprised that I was pregnate. And what an amazing surprise!! He is such a blessing!

What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnate?
I cried both times! I am such a weeper! I was so happy. I felt very honored that I got to be a mom. I understand that there are those that want to be pregnate and can't, or it takes them a long time to get pregnate. So I just felt so lucky and honored-is the only word I can come up with to discribe how I felt.

(this picture was taken one month before Evan was born)

When did you start showing?
Everyone is going to hate me! But I really didn't start showing untill I was 7, almost 8 months pregnate with both. But before you get to jelous, let me just say, I carry my babies way way way in my back. Which means from like 4 months on, I can't breath, and my back hurts so bad, right from the get go! but the up side is, I never have worn maternity cloths.

When did you first feel your babies move?
With both of them, it was pretty early, like 16 weeks. And I think it was early because of were I carry them.

Did you find out the sex?
Heck yes I did. I can't wait! And I was so happy with both results.

When was your due date?
A)Lauren was due on January 21st 2005
B)Evan was due on September 20th 2007

Did you deliver early?
Yes with both. Lauren was 3 weeks early. She was born on December 29th 2004. Totally took me by surprise. I was nervous because I couldn't feel her moving. SO I went to see my Doctor. They said that I was contracting every 3-10 min, but not consistant and I was dilated to a 3. But they sent me home. The next day at like 8, I went into labor and she was born 6 hours later. And with Vin, I got started. I start to lose alot of fluid, and I really don't have a lot of room for them to grow. So they started me a week early and he was born on Sept. 12 2007.

(The day we brought Lauren home)

Did you have morning sickness?
With both, I just felt kind of car sick. I didn't throw up though.

What did you crave?
Nothing, with both.

What was there sex?

How many pounds did you gain while you were pregnate?
A)With Lauren, I gained 18 pounds
B)With Vin, I gained 20 pounds, but he was also exactly 2 pounds heavier then Lauren.

Where did you give birth?
A)Lauren was at McKay Dee
B)Evan was at Ogden Regional. I like them both.

How many hours were you in labor?
About 6 hours with both. It took 20 min to push Lauren out and it took 1 hour (sheesh) to push out my little line backer.


How much did your babies weigh?
A)My little pixie of a girl was 5 Lbs 9 onz
B)MY big buddy boy was 7 Lbs 8 Onz

What did you name them?
A)Lauren Nancy Triplett
B)Evan Douglas Triplett

Are they named after anyone?
A)I just have always loved the name Lauren, but her middle name is Chad's mom's name. We surprised her. We told Nancy that we wern't going to give her a middle name. When Chad blessed Lauren was the first time that anyone in his family knew that we were naming her that. That surprise made Lauren's blessing so speacial. It really touched her.

B)Evan is named after a couple of people. Chad's Grandpa was named James Evan Sphar. His grandpa was a huge influence on Chad and he taught Chad so much. When his grandpa died, we were pregnate with Lauren, but didn't know if we were having a boy or girl. But it was then that we decided that if we had a boy, we were going to use the name Evan. And I am so glad that we did. I think it fits our little man. And his middle name is Douglas, after Chad's dad. Chad has a lot of love and respect for his dad, as do I. I can't think of two better men to name my first boy after. It is a name that Evan can live up to and wear with pride.

How long were you in the hospital after giving birth?
1 day with both! One night in the hospital is more then enough!!

How old are they now?
A)Lauren is 4 years old!

B)Evan is now 16 month.

Are you ready for an other?
When I wanted to get pregnate with both Lauren and Evan, I felt it so strongly. I needed those babies in my life. I want more kids, I would like 2 more, Chad would like 4 more!! But I am not going to even think about it untill I have that feeling again. I know that my little ones were ment to come to us, when they did. I love them so much. And I will love any other babies that come our way.

My father in law says, You could never imagine what it would be like to have children, but once you do, you can't imagine your life without them. I think that that is well said and so very true!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

You have got to understand. It never leaves me. I can go on with my life, I can laugh, I can play, and I can smile. I really am happy all the time. I often wonder if that is a blessing I didn't know that I would need untill now. You know how there are "glass is half-empty/half-full" kind of people? Well, Chad always jokes that I am a "just happy to have a glass" kind of a person. And he really is right. I see blessings all around me. I see blessings in my daughter's smile and infectious laugh. I see blessings in the arms of my little boy as he reaches for me. Most of all I see blessings in Chad's eyes in the way he looks at me, or in the sound of his voice as he says my name. But even with all that, it still is always there, in the back of my mind. It is always lurking around the corner. I try to escape it, but I can't. I know that I write alot about it, but I just can't help it. I feel broken, lost, alone, abandoned, and forgotten. Even as I celebrate all the little milestones that my babies make, even as I celebrate my good fortune to have such a man as my husband, and even as I rejoice at the life I have made with my little family, it is there. It really confusses me. As I dive deeper and jouney futher down this road called "Motherhood", it just gets more confussing to me. I know that she loves me, how can she not, I am her daughter. Maybe she loves me because she is supose to, because I am her daughter. It hits me from nowhere. And when it does, it hits hard. My grandma called me on the phone about a week ago, and ever since then, I have been half expecting a letter or a phone call or something from my mom. Nothing ever came. It isn't the first time that I have gotten my hopes up for some kind of absolution that never came. It is like being regected all over again. I do my blogs, take pictures of my daughter, declare to the cyber world about just how cute I think she is. I laugh at the funny things she says and I run to her at night when she crys out. I hold her tight and rock her gently. I play "princesses" with her and I read her books. I color pictures with her and I play with play dough. I send her to time out and then hug her to reasure her that she is still my precious baby girl. As I do all of these things, I know that she did the same for me. And I know from the hurt in my heart, that the need for a mother's love and acceptance never goes away. The only thing that changes is the way that we express that need for our mothers. I am just a little confussed, kind of like my writing tonight. But she didn't only remove herself from my life, she took with her my sisters and my brother. My sister was my best friend and now I am always looking for something to fill the void that they all left behind. Part of me really hopes that my mom does read my blog. I really wish she would have written me a letter. I wish it with all my heart. I wish it and I fear it at the same time. I am not sure if I know how to have a relationship with her anymore. But I would love to be given the option.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A cardboard playland

Chad brought home some cardboard boxes from work today. Lauren and Vin went crazy for them. They had so much fun. Chad made them a little tunel. They played in it for hours. Vin has been asleep for about an hour now, but Lauren is still at in. Who needs expensive electronical gadets for your kids when you have 3 boxes, duct tape, and some crayons.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Triplett Legacy

Chad comes from a long line of amazingly sucessful people. He has greatness in his blood. The Triplett's all started out in illinois, but one by one, they made there way to California. One was a boy who loved speed. Ernie Triplett (Chad's great uncle) was a racecar driver. And not just any race car driver, he was the Bellvedear Bad Boy, the Blonde Tornado, the King of Speed. He was the best race car driver of his day. He drove on the dusty tracks of Ascot, and was even in a movie. In 1991, he was named into the National Dirt Car Hall of Fame. Unfortunatly, in 1934, he lost his life while he was racing. He was only 27. If you google him, you will see lots of articals and pictures of him. He is even in Wikipedia.

Chad's other great uncle, his Uncle Trip, also has his name in history and google. He worked in the sound industry in the movies. He worked on The Jazz Singer, which was the first "talkie" picture. He was just hanging out when a truck pulled up with all this sound equipment. Trip walked up to the guy and asked what they were doing. When they said that they work in sound for the movies, Trip asked if they needed any help-and they gave him a job. I think that is how the story goes anyway. (Debbie, correct me if I'm wronge.)

He recored the MGM lion that roars at the begining of all the MGM movies you see even today. (Trip is the guy who is sitting down) Everytime Lauren sees that she says "Uncle Trip recored that." He worked on movies from the 30's all the way to the mid 60's when he retired. You would think that he would just relax and enjoy the rest of his life, but nope. At the age of 70, he started a new company along with my father in law called Convention Seminar Cassetts. He died when he was in his 90s. He lovingly called Chad "the boy". Chad now calls Evan "the boy", his way of honoring Trip. My father in law is now a sucessful business man. He has a reputation of being the best at what he does. It is because of his sucess that we are able to do and have so much. If it wern't for the conventions we go work on a couple of times a year, we wouldn't be able to make it!! I have a lot of love and respect for my father-in-law, as well as the example of Ernie and Trip. It is because of the example of these highly sucessful Triplett men, that I know we will make it on top. They came from very humble beginings. They made lemonade from lifes lemons. Chad has inherited their brains, and common sence. He has the ablity to look at a situation, figure out what needs to be done and just do it, without stoping to think of all the reasons he doesn't want to do it. I believe in Chad. Not only because I love him, but also I know where he came from. He has it in him to sucessed, and he will.

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Babies..

I havn't bloged lately. I guess it has hit me hard that my kids really are growing and growing fast. When Lauren had her 4th birthday, it really reinforced that idea. Next year she will be in school. I only have a small amount of time left where she will beg me to play with her, or read her books. And Evan! The kid is getting big! He is already 16 months old! The time has just gotten away from me. So I took a blogging holiday to really drink in my kids. Their innocence and their light, their laughter and their tears. I want to hold on to each and every moment. I am fine with them growing up, I just don't want to miss it.

Cleaning and scrubbing
can wait till tomorow
For babies grow up,
we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs
dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby,
and babies don't keep.

Lat night I was reading "Oh the Places You Will Go" by Dr.Suess to Lauren. And the end of the book it says
"And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
I looked and Lauren and said, "You can move mountains too, if you want to"
She said "No, I'm too little" Then I pointed out the little boy in the book and said "So is he." Lauren then thought for a minute, you could totally see the wheels turning in her head. Then she said, "I am going to need a rope."

Evan is always destroying things! He is so funny. I have decided that it is a good thing that we don't have the money for nice things, that way I really could care less when my little kid distructo hits! All I do is grab the camera instead. He is so mischevious! I should put together all of his misadventures and post it all. One good thing about my whirling dirvish is that he is always keeping me on my toes! What a sweet cute little boy!

They are such funny kids. They are creative and smart. I really believe that they can do anything and I want to instill that confidence in them. Because..

They have brains in their heads and feet in their shoes, and they can steer themselves wherever they choose!

So please excuss me from my neglectful blogging efforts. I have had more important things to do this past week :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

My friend Maczil took some picture of the kids, and I think that they turned out amazing! It it such a gift to me because I have never really had good pictures of the kids, and I can't afford to go somewhere to have them done. Only pictures from my digital camera. And so to me, this is like getting their picture done professionally-even though Maczil only does it as a hobby. She is very talented, at least I think so! I am very grateful that she did this for me.