QOTW: Ice Cream!


This week’s question on the Multiple’s and More site is all about our favorite thing:


What’s your favorite ice cream? Where do you like to go for ice cream?

In fact, it’s so great, we have to spell it out loud when talking about it.  The kids go CRAZY for it.

And yes, even the 3 year olds now know what i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m means.

We like ice cream so much, we always have ice cream cakes from Carvel for our birthday cakes. We like the Carvel cakes because of the little chocolate crunchies in the middle, and that it is ALL ice cream. None of that pesky cake on the bottom to get in the way of cold sugary goodness.

Butterfly 6 Birthday 2011

My kids are strange when it comes to birthday cakes. They don’t care what is on the cake. They don’t ask for rainbow cakes or cakes with a specific thing on the top. All they want is ice cream!

Birthday candle

Stick a candle in it, and it’s absolutely perfect! (This is from Juice’s cake this year.)

Professor 3 birthday 2011

The boys were happy with their ice cream logs this year. These were actually REALLY good. Professor had a cinnamon roll flavored one.

Pirate 3rd Birthday 2011

And Pirate had a chocolate chip one. So so good!

But if we want to go out for ice cream, like we do on the first day of school, we always go to Bruster’s. Or if it’s raining, we go to Bruster’s. Why? The second scoop is free if it’s raining or snowing.

And the ice cream is goo-oood!

I always get the vanilla ice cream with maraschino cherries in it. Juice always gets vanilla, Butterfly gets strawberry, and the boys get (free) baby cones with faces on them.

Okay, I think I know what we’re doing for family night tomorrow!


PS- Juice and I had ice cream cake at our wedding too.

QOTW: Fast Food and Toys


This week’s question on the Multiples and More site is about fast food.

What do you think of the toy ban?



The toy ban?  This is referring to the proposed law to ban toys from fast food kids meals.  Read more about the story here at CNN.

So what do I think about this?  I think it’s silly.  Parents, we are in charge of what we give our kids to eat.  They are the kids.  You are the parent.  The big person, and therefore the decision maker in the relationship.  You decide if you drive the car (hey look, you are the one that drives the car as well!) into a fast food place or if you drive home.

Our family does go to fast food places on occasion.  But I have to say, my kids know NOTHING of toys or even french fries at these places.  We never buy a kid’s meal.  I typically will only buy the chicken nuggets.  Period.  We have water in the car.  My kids call any fast food place, “The Chicken Nugget Store”.  And they do beg me to go inside.

But we don’t.  If we’re going to be out around lunch time, I pack something.  If we’re in a tight spot and need to feed children NOW and I have nothing with me, we will go.  But it’s a very big treat.

People argue that kids meals are quick, easy and cheep.  I beg to differ!  3 kids meals runs me at least $10.  I can buy 3 meals of chicken nuggets for the kids at Whole Foods for the same price.  If I bought kids meals every day for a 5 days for the kids, it would cost my $50.  I can buy my entire week’s worth of groceries at Aldi for $50.  An entire week of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for 5 people for 7 days for the same price as 3 lunches for 3 people for 5 days.

It’s a no brainer for me.

I realize that there are people in our country that do not know what a healthy meal is.  I also think that they don’t WANT to know.  With all the information of the world at our fingertips (literally) all the time, I find it hard to believe that people are ignorant to food choices.

Blaming the toys for obesity?  Silly.  It’s the choices and the people making these choices that are to blame.  And don’t punish my kids for others poor choices by taking away their treat and occasional crappy toy.  Let’s everyone make better choices.  M’kay?


QOTW: User Submissions


This week’s question of the week is all about what we want to ask questions about!  There’s a lot of good questions (and some good answers) out there this week.



I thought I’d make my question light and fluffy:

You’ve won two airplane tickets to anywhere in the world.  Where would you go and who would you take?

This is a tough one for me!  There are so many amazing places to see in the world.  And I’d love to see them all!  Paris, Holland, Germany, Rome, Australia, South Africa, China, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Aruba, or New Zealand.  Seriously, I could go to TONS of different places!

But the one place I would love to see is Iceland.  Weird, I know.  I don’t see many people making trips there, and it just seems so interesting.

Who would I take?  Either my mom or my BFF.  And no, I would not take Juice, my hubby.  Why?  Let’s just say he’s not the best traveler.  Besides, someone has to watch the kids!


Question of the Week: Childfree


Today’s question of the week is about being child free for the day.

If you were given $1,000.00, and 24 completely responsibility-free hours.. what would you to do with it?

First off: sleep.  I’d sleep as long and as much as I wanted to in the morning.

Out to breakfast:  I love going out to breakfast but we never do.

Shopping!  Mommy needs some new shoes for winter.  I’m sure I could find some boots to fit in that budget!

Out with friends:  Let’s go see a double show with unlimited popcorn and soda.  Yummy!  Or maybe we would rent horses and ride somewhere.  Or maybe a boat trip around the Chesapeake?  Or a bike riding/photo tour of DC or Mt. Vernon.

An afternoon nap:  or maybe some reading time.  Nah, I’d probably sleep!

Out with hubby:  We’d go to our favorite Indian Food place and just sit and talk talk talk.

Sleep:  All night long.  No interruptions.

So who’s giving me the $1000 to do this?  :)


Question of the Week: Potty Training


This week’s question of the week at the Multiples and More blog is about potty training. And wow am I so not the expert on this topic.

What are your tips and tricks for potty training?

* What age did you begin with your child(ren)?

Butterfly I started when she was a little over 3 years old.  See, I was going to start her when she turned 3 but I had twins 3 weeks later.  I didn’t want her to regress when the boys were born.  So I waited.
* How long did it take?

For Butterfly, she was basically trained in about a week.  She had one accident and then was done.  With pee, anyway.  Pooping on the potty took a little bit longer and little bit of bribery in the form of matchbox cars from the movie, Cars.  Night training came about a year later.  We are STILL working on that one though and she is 5!
* Did you use a “system”, or just wing it?

We mostly just took her to the bathroom when she said or every half an hour, whatever came first.
* Did you use specific rewards for incentive? How did that work for you?

Like I mentioned, we used matchbox cars as her incentive.  We tired a lot of other things; candy, cookies, stickers, etc.  Nothing really worked except the cars though.  And now we have every single car from that movie, some doubled.  Works out great because the boys LOVE these cars.  Butterfly still does too!
* If you could change anything about the experience, what would you do differently?

I’m not sure.  Probably nothing.

* Did you use Pull-Ups?

Yes, when we were going out places, we would use pull-ups.  But at home, it was underwear all the way.  And of course, night time pull ups.

* Do you think it’s easier to potty train multiples at the same time, or separately?

I have NO idea about this one!  Guess we’ll see!