So in this crazy adventure we call Triplet parenthood, we have had a chance to meet some great triplet parents who are either at the same stage we are, or somewhat ahead or behind us. Between Facebook, Triplet Connection, and Blogspot, I have met close to a hundred or so other triplet families. It is pretty cool because we are a part of a large community that we can share info, war stories and help each other out. A while back, I started following one of the parents blogs that seemed very interesting and fun to see. The wife had a blog and the husband had one of his own. They were a true inspiration for us and were a huge wealth of information that really help us thru that first year. It was pretty cool to see the two different perspectives, from the mom side and the dad side, of daily life with triplets.
When I first started following them, I knew they lived in Birmingham and that the dad grew up in the same area I did so I knew we had a lot in common. The two of them also went to the same grad school that Crystal did so that made it even more interesting. Well, low and behold, when we decided to move up here late last year, we knew we would finally be able to meet them and hang out with them. We first went over and spent the afternoon with them when we came to town once to look for a house and had such a great time. It is SO AMAZING how much our three are similar to their three. They have two girls and a boy just like we do and they each have similar personalities.
Today I went and had lunch with the dad. We both work in the downtown area so it was real easy and convenient to meet. We met at a local sports bar, that is famous (at least I think so) for its burger. We had a great time catching up and trading stories about the craziness that is triplets. I probably could have spent the entire afternoon there trading stories and getting advice on making life easier, but had to get back to work. The waitress came by and asked if it was together or separate and we told her separate. When she came back with the checks, I reached for my wallet, and got the WORST feeling in the world!!! I realized that I left my wallet on my desk, back at the office! I felt like such a schmuck!!! Said dad, looked at me and was like "Did you really just pull the oldest trick in the book? That really sucks. Wish I could help." It was rather funny, but I still felt terrible. He took care of the check after I promised my next born, golf lessons, steak dinner at Flemings (ok, maybe that was a little much). To beat all, he still wanted to try and get the families together and hang out soon.
I know this was long winded way to say it, but thanks again Gary! Crystal and I are so glad that we have finally been able to meet you and Heather and are looking forward to getting our kids together and having some fun along the way!!!
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