It was such a treat to have them here! They are helpful, polite, and sweet (so maybe I wasn't doing their mommy any favors by having them here for the weekend...). They play so nicely together, and played nicely with our little ones.
They arrived Thursday afternoon, and Memere went with Eric to pick up the kids from school, and I got home from work as they got back. We made dinner and had a nice dinner together. Then bedtime was a little bit of a fiasco... we had planned to have the girls sleep with our boys on a mattress on the floor, but all the kids were overexcited (especially Asher), and so we had to pull the girls out. Then there was some shuffling around- Pat and Steve decided to sleep in our room with the girls on the floor in there, and Eric and I went into the guest room. Apparently Steve decided he didn't like our bed, so he ended up in the couch in the living room, Pat was in our bed with the 2 girls, and Eric and I were in the guest room... which is a pull-out couch with an air mattress, and the air mattress had a leak. So uncomfortable! We were all exhausted the next day.
Fortunately for Memere and me, everyone under the age of 10 was energetic enough to make it to the Please Touch Museum on Friday. Eric had to work, and Pepere stayed home to work on house things, so it was just Memere and me and 5 kids. The place was pretty busy, but we didn't lose any children, so it was a success.
|Taylor on the carousel|
|Asher and Myah on the carousel|
|Benjamin on the carousel|
|Myah and Charlotte on the scooter|
|Trouble at the vet|
On Saturday, we had perfect weather. We, along with the rest of the city of Philadelphia, went to the zoo. No lions, but we did see tigers. And orangutans. The weather was so nice, we were able to have a picnic lunch outside. The boys have been eating twice as much as usual, which I love. I love watching them enjoy their food.
|Taylor, Benjamin, and Myah at our outside lunch|
|Tired mommy and beautiful baby|
|3 seconds later and the baby is fading|
We had a big spaghetti dinner, and around bedtime, Eric rushed down to the basement to find our sewer line had backed up. Who knows whether it was from overuse of water (9 people bathing, toiling, and washing dishes) or from flushing too many flushable wipes when Benjamin pooped in his pants. But, ugh.
Our family left at sunrise this morning to get back to Maine, and we had a day to get back into our routine, too. I managed to get in a jog, and Eric went to the Endurance Sports Expo with our neighbor, and I made him take Benjamin. The few hours of peace I had this afternoon was very restorative. It was a good weekend, and we can't wait for our family to come back.