Woolsey Family Chronicles

Documenting the journey of raising triplets and their wild big sister

Mai Tais, Relaxation and Adventure. . . In That Order October 31, 2010

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There is no other way to describe our trip to Kona this past week; it was simply first class.  Opulence is what comes to mind when I think of the Fairmont Orchid where we stayed. 

We started our trip out by driving to San Francisco and staying the night at the Westin downtown.   Chris had been wanting to take me to “his” Italian restaurant in the city for a while and now was our opportunity.  We left at noon last Saturday.  I told Chris to skid out of our driveway, so he did his best but it really was a pathetic skid out.  It is a little joke of ours when we get to go away on our own that we can’t get away fast enough from the craziness of our world, so we skid out and leave our “normal” world behind us in a flurry of dust. 

Chris’s restaurant did not disappoint and I would like to recommend it to anyone visiting the city; it is called Pazzia on 3rd Street downtown San Francisco.  It is owned by this hairy but dashing Italian man who you know upon first glance has a way with the ladies.  As we walked up the street to the restaurant, Mossimo, dashing Italian owner, ran by us at the speed of light but greeted Chris like they were pals from the Old Country.  Then we enjoyed the best homemade pasta and wine, topped off with some Sambuka, compliments of Mossimo. 

The next day we had a very serious and important goal to be poolside or beachside by 12:30pm.  We landed at 11am, caught our shuttle to the hotel and checked in with Chris’s company where they handed us a beach bag and some beach towels to welcome us.  We headed to the pool by 1:00, a little off schedule but still acceptable, and heard someone shout Woooooollllseeeeeyyyys, in a delightful southern drawl.  Our friends from Georgia, who also got to go on the trip, were many Mai Tai’s in at the pool.  Without exaggeration, within 10 minutes I was comfortably situated on my lounge chair with my first Mai Tai in hand.  I lost count after a while, but I do believe I drank five to six Mai Tais that day, along with a couple of Grey Goose Vodka lemonade beverages.  Luckily, my alcohol consumption went down the following days since I am not able to maintain that level of alcohol consumption for long. 

I won’t be exhaustive in descriptions of every wonderful event or fabulous five-star meals over the next five days.  On these awards trips we are treated to one activity per day.  Chris and I chose a massage on the beach the first day, kayaking and snorkeling the second, a Zipline adventure the third day and Sushi making the fourth. 

Everyone’s highlight was the Zipline in Kohala.  When you arrive at base camp, you get to pick out your helmet and they harness you up in preparation for the course.  It was raining in the mountains that day that we went Ziplining, which made it more of an adventure.  Eight of us hopped into an army vehicle with open sides and drove through mud and rivers up a mountain to our first Zipline.  Eight Ziplines awaited us, but we started out with what our guides called the “bunny zip.”  One by one we were hooked to the line and went flying through the rainforest.  The last Zipline ran from one mountain to the next and required that we literally jump off a cliff.  Once in the middle of the approximately 1200 foot Zipline, we would look to the right and there was a beautiful waterfall, and look to the right and saw the ocean.  Straight ahead of us was the muddy dirt hill that was our landing platform.  It was an awesome day, and definitely an experience I am glad I had.  Later that evening I sent Ava a video of myself on one of the Ziplines because she is always complaining about not being able to fly.  When she is 85 pounds I will take her on the Zipline and for a moment at least, she will feel like she is flying.

While in Hawaii, the domestics (Dick and Sherri) were faring quite well with the triplets.  They had a morning event scheduled each day and everyone seemed to be happy.  Ava was with Gigi and Gramps being spoiled the whole week with custom designed dinner menus and chauffeured rides to school with the Principal each day.  Chris and my gratitude for these wonderful sets of grandparents is bountiful. 

I enjoyed every single second of waking up and drinking my coffee in peace.  Probably the biggest luxury on this trip was being able to go out to fabulous dinners every night: someone else cooking food and cleaning up the mess; no kids yelling; no complaining about the food put forth; no one refusing to eat after I made a dinner I didn’t feel like making.  I appreciated every second of every dinner out.

Yet, I did miss them all and thought about them throughout each and every day.  I would think about how much the kids would love playing at the pool or building sand castles on the beach or watching the beautiful sunsets.  One day when the triplets are older we will be able to share all those moments together. 

We got home at 12:30 Saturday morning and woke up to sqealing little children at 7:30 in the morning.  The domestics left on their way back home, and just like that, we were back to the real world.

This morning, after settling in back home for a day, I woke up and every counter and floor in the house was littered with clothing, food and toys.  Chris was upstairs with Ava and Violet trying to get them dressed, which was a task because Violet is having a hard day.  Downstairs I was still feeding Elsa and Preston their breakfast when I realized it was time to escape to yoga.  As Elsa and Preston were simultaneously yelling “I want more oatmeal!” I snuck out the back door.  As I climbed in to my car I could faintly hear them still yelling “I want more oatmeal.”  I cracked a smile and realized that I am definitely home.  My intention for practice today was that we all have a fun and safe Halloween tonight. 

Happy Halloween!

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


Beach Bound October 22, 2010

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3 little red heads sitting on my bed, one fell off and bumped her head, momma called the doctor and the doctor said, no more little red heads sitting on the bed

Halloween festivities

There is no dad on earth that wants to hear their son say what Preston said to Chris yesterday.  Preston walked in the room where Chris was, holding his penis.  Chris asked him what was the matter and he said “my penis is broken, I want a new one.”  Chris told him to go tell me what he just said and so he came and told me that his penis just fell off.  Chris says, “we are calling the doctor!”  Men take their penises so seriously.  I could see that his penis was neither broken and it still seemed to be attached to his body so in other words he was just messing with us. 

The Fairmont Orchid Resort, Hawaii

Chris and I are off to the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday morning.  That’s right, I know, first the Paris trip, then the Sonoma trip and now Hawaii.  Yes, I do know how lucky I am and I do not need reminding.  Chris earned the Cresset trip again for an excellent year at his job and so off we go to an all expenses paid six-day trip to the Fairmont Orchid Resort.  Thank you Chris!  The Orchid was at one time The Ritz Carlton before it was bought by Fairmont, therefore it is said to be elegant and splendid inside and out, with its own beach and high-end restaurants and here is the best part. . . .  drum roll please . . .   no kids!

The domestics are making their way up to Cameron Park tomorrow to stay with the triplets while Gigi and Gramps take Ava for the week.  Ava and Gigi go to the same school each day, which makes that arrangement very convenient.  The domestics are well-versed on the ins and outs of triplet care which makes that arrangement pretty convenient. 

I just keep thinking, please don’t let anyone fall ill or let me break my leg or something dramatic and disastrous happen before my wonderful trip.  Also, my sister is ready to have baby Lilly any time now it seems, even though her due date isn’t until November 18th.  If Lilly is born without Auntie being there to watch her burst into this world, Auntie will not be happy. 

Chris and I plan on being on the beach with a book in one hand and a Mai Tai in the other by 1pm on Sunday.  We bought a copy of Freedom by Jonathon Franzen and we will have to do rock, paper, scissors to see who gets to read it first.  I think I should get to read it first because it will take Chris 10 years to finish it.

In other news, some crazy person set the very awesome Roseville Galleria Mall ablaze today and it is burning.  I love that mall.  When I am not shopping there I take the kids there to play in the indoor play areas.  If a mall had to go down in a blaze of glory why couldn’t it have been Arden Mall or Sunrise Mall?  As my mom would say, we are all “going to hell in a handbasket,” whatever that means.  Wikipedia says it describes a situation headed for disaster without effort or in great haste.  I will say that the merchandise in Macys, which had black smoke billowing from the roof all day, is for sure going to hell in a handbasket.  The British have some strange expressions.

Tonight as I was saying goodnight to the little girls Elsa said to me, “mommy, I like you sooooo much.”  That was the sweetest thing I heard all day. 

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


Napa Girls October 12, 2010

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I had such a great weekend this last weekend.  My girlfriends and I took on Napa and we enjoyed and appreciated every second.  Wendy and I have been great friends since we were 5 years old, sharing many of the same classes throughout elementary school; she is my oldest friend.  After Wendy and I birthed our first babies we joined a mom’s group.  I joined out of desperation to find other moms who thought this job was damn hard like me, and to get advice on how to make it through each day of motherhood.  Wendy probably joined for different reasons like so she could meet other moms, since she had the easiest baby in the world. It was at this mom’s group where we met Kari and Andrea, who both had baby boys.  The four of us have all been friends for six years now.  When our kids were two we sent them off to the same preschool. We have also had many playdates with each other throughout the years. Now our kids are all in different stages of school and at different places but the girls manage to get out and have some fun when we can.

We had been talking about going away for a girls trip for years and we finally made it happen.  We headed to Napa as early as we could get out of the house on Friday and didn’t get home until Sunday night.  In between we packed in as much eating and drinking, relaxing and laughing as we possibly could. 

We got to Napa around lunch and this is when our eating and drinking extravaganza began.  We immediately found a place to go for lunch and ordered food and a bottle of champagne.  Afterwards we headed to The Westin and put on our bathing suits and laid by the pool until the sun went down. 

The next day we had a wine tour with our aggressive Iranian tour guide.  She led us in all the places she wanted to go and we didn’t care because we enjoyed our stops along the way.  Because I am not great at drinking a lot of wine during the day, I did get nauseated and light-headed about half way through, but after about an hour I was able to work my way out of it and enjoy the rest of my day. 

We literally ate and drank ALL day on Saturday.  While we were sitting in the hot tub that night around 6pm we discussed whether we should go out to dinner since we were all stuffed.  We decided to go out a little later and just have a few appetizers.  We got to our restaurant and our stomachs were very full, but the entrees just looked so great that three out of four of us had to get one.  Even though we were ” so stuffed” we all managed to clear all the food off of our plates and enjoy every bite.  I love that about my friends; we all love to eat and when we are on our girls trip we didn’t care about how much we ate or counting calories or any such nonsense. 

At the Westin Wendy and I slept in one room and Kari and Andrea slept in the other bedroom.  Saturday night at around 11pm when we were drifting off to sleep I said to Wendy “don’t you think it is funny that we were all so stuffed and we were just going to get appetizers and we ended up ordering huge entrees and eating them all?” Well, this set Wendy off in a laughing fit of epic proportions, that then set me off in a laughing fit.  We couldn’t stop laughing for a long time.  It was so funny because it reminded me of when Wendy and I were little and we used to do this all the time.  We would think something was the funniest thing in the whole world and we would start laughing hysterically and couldn’t stop.  It is interesting how some things never change, no matter how old you get. 

We ended our girls trip with a wonderful massage at this cute spa in old Folsom called The Dream Spa. I realized on this trip how priceless a weekend away with your girlfriends is.  It is during this time that you can share, learn and laugh with people who share the major common bonds of womanhood and motherhood. 

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Kahlil Gibran on Friendship

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


Cheeeeese!! October 3, 2010

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Here ye, here ye, a big announcement from the Woolseys!  This is the very first picture ever taken of the four kids where they are all looking at the camera smiling.  I am so excited.  I will say that I did have to perform some pretty insane acrobatics in the background to get all four of them to stay in one place and smile at the same time.  For maximum enjoyment, click on the picture to make it a little bigger.

And I love this picture of Ava Rose.

I will share a few adventures and a slideshow of Apple Hill Part 2 from today with my parents, The Hosseinis, The Mummy’s and The Mannions next time.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.