Sunday, February 23, 2014

Visit from Memere, Pepere,Taylor and Myah

We were lucky enough to get a visit from not just Memere and Pepere, but also our nieces Taylor and Myah over this past weekend.  Memere and Pepere had been planning to visit for a while, and then, a few weeks ago, Myah wrote an essay for school talking about how much she missed us and wished she could visit us.  I thought, why not?  Our sister-in-law just had a baby less than 2 months ago, and I thought it might be helpful to her to have fewer kids in the house, and Memere and Pepere were coming anyway.

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
Asher and Charlotte fell asleep on the way home, but Benjamin insisted on no-nap.  I had an afternoon full of fun appointments- Trouble had an infection in his paw and had to go to the vet.  He is always a hit there, such a handsome guy. It's at home, with his infection, his tummy-licking, and his  out-of-the-litter-box peeing that he's a problem.
Trouble at the vet
Pepere stayed home with Benjamin and I hoped he'd bore Benjamin into a nap, but no such luck.  Then I had to take Charlotte to the doctor because it seemed like she might have an ear infection.  We were there for an hour, with her racing up and down the hallway, and stomping on the scale.  With her shoes on, the scale said she weighs 27 lbs.  As Benjamin would say, "Her not a baby.  Her heavy!"

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
All 3 kids fell asleep on the way home from the zoo, but Charlotte woke up getting moved from the van to the bed, so I got a cranky baby.  Eric and Steve went to a basketball game, so Pat and I were at home with the kids.  I flopped around on the couch complaining I was tired, and saying that Eric was in the dog house.

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.

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