Our mission was accomplished...all three girls were returned, safe and sound, to their parents and home! It was such a delight to have them with us and we hope we helped to take a week that could have been a sad thing and instead turned it into a grand adventure! :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Today was a slow day...everyone was a little tired and so we made the day as relaxed as possible. S helped me with early-morning kitchen duty today.
Just before bed tonight, S and I had a sweet little exchange...
S said, "Only one more day!"
Me: "Until what?"
Me: "Ohhhhh...and what happens on Saturday?"
S: "Mommy and Daddy tum det us [come get us]!!!"
The girls are all so very excited about that!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
As I mentioned in my previous post, today was K's birthday...so the day started with a celebration of that. The kids were excited to come downstairs this morning and discover a balloon floating from each of their chairs. K was greeted with 'happy birthday's all around, and after breakfast she opened a little gift from us and the Friday goody bag. Today they got lollipops and sidewalk chalk...so after morning jobs we went outside to try out the chalk and burn off some steam.
Abigail had her regularly scheduled PT this afternoon; we left a little early so we could visit a nearby playground. The kids had a blast together.
My apologies to their mama, but K and S are obsessed with having two braids now. How cute does this look, though?! :)
These three liked me to push them really fast on the tire swing.
Abigail and S liked to operate at their own -- more docile -- speed.
They went on the slides and then went birdwatching together (although I'm not sure S ever got the point of what Abigail was patiently trying to explain about the art of birding).
They finished by playing a few games of hide-and-seek.
I love S's version of covering her eyes to count! Her counting was precious, too...they counted up to thirty and she got most of the numbers, only she mentioned the higher ones in her very own order!
K's gourmet birthday dinner...hey, it was 5 p.m. when we were done with PT, and everyone was hungry! Actually, this was planned...after perusing our schedule earlier this week, I had asked K if she would like Wendy's for her birthday dinner, and she was thrilled with the idea! Kids are easy to please. :)
When we got home, it was time for her birthday song and dessert.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Another great day! Tonight the girls were talking about missing their mom and dad and I pointed out that we are already halfway through the week and that I was a little sad about that because I am so enjoying having them here. K was rather bothered by that; she said it was kinda mean because I should be happy for them! She does have a point. :)
We opened today's goody bag right after breakfast this morning since my early-morning sneak peek revealed IcePops that would need to be frozen. Here's a birdseye view of the unveiling.
After morning jobs, we had playtime inside so that I could get some housework done. The kids compiled David's castle/knights stuff with Abigail's princess stuff and it was very amusing to listen to the interaction. David's guys, of course, were busy shooting bad guys and locking up prisoners. K finally had enough of that and told him to stop shooting princesses. Shortly thereafter, I heard A sweetly informing her princesses, "Girls, whoever falls out of the castle gets to be shooted."
K and A put the very-pink liners in the pans.
Everyone got a turn to help with the beaters (don't worry, I helped everyone...I just stepped back far enough for a picture while David was beating).
We all know what the best part of baking is!!!
After the great cupcake bake, we packed a picnic lunch and took it to the pool. That was a big hit! We had the pool to ourselves the whole time we were there today and it was great.
A has been very busy practicing her jumping and swimming (and today she practiced sticking her head out of the water for a breath while she's swimming).
K was fascinated with how David can swim to the bottom of the pool to retrieve his toy torpedoes, so they have been working on that together. K is catching on quite well and can now get a toy from the bottom of the three-feet-deep end of the pool!
The whole group, all holding still for two seconds. :)
When S wasn't swimming with me, she was busy playing with -- uh, getting a refill of -- the lemonade!
We came home from the pool and enjoyed two -- yes, two! -- IcePops each out on the deck.
By the time we finished those, everyone was pretty well calmed down. We took real baths today :) and then had naptime. This time everyone took a nap in preparation for a later bedtime due to church tonight. Even I took a twenty-minute special! As soon as K woke up, she set to work frosting and sprinkling her cupcakes.
The girls were all very excited about having matching 'two braids' to wear to church tonight. How cute is that?! (...excuse Bruce and David in the background...they were being silly so that S would hold still long enough for the picture -- she kept turning around to look at me!)
We came out from church to the sight of this beautiful rainbow. We could see the whole arch, and sometimes its double. It was precious to ride home with that view out of the front window and the sound of all five kids singing Bible songs in their sweet voices.
And, after a full and wonderful day, then came bedtime. Well, almost. I have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to them after teeth are brushed and pajamas are donned...tonight they also took turns standing on Bruce's feet/ankles. I'm not sure why; just because they're kids, I guess! Tonight S told Bruce, "You a dazy [crazy] daddy!!!"
Crazy isn't a bad thing...in our household, in fact, it's rather a revered thing. But earlier, when Abigail and A were comparing their mommies' ages (we're the same age), A turned to me and said, "You're taller [than her mom], but you're both old." From the mouths of babes! :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here is our day, mostly in pictures, with a few captions thrown in for good measure:
After I did Abigail's hair this morning, S promptly announced, "I want my hair same as hers!" A. was the next to request it, and although K was a mite scornful of the 'matchiness' at first, soon even she succumbed and asked for hers to match, too! :)
We enjoyed some outside time this morning, before the temperatures got too unbearably hot.
After that we came in for morning snack and some air conditioning...the kids all played royal family together.
Next was lunch and goody bags...then pool time!
Today's goody bags included new squirt guns for everyone!
S is so cute...and she knows it! :) (I believe that's her daddy's smirk on her face!)
By the end of pool time, S was so tired that I put her down for a nap as soon as we got home. She insisted she didn't need one and voiced her disapproval for a few minutes (like any self-respecting toddler would!) but then she took a good nap. Once she was asleep, I took the older kids outside for some slip-n-slide fun (and no, S did not know that's what we were going to do. I may be 'mean' enough to make her nap but I'm not that mean!). :) The kids had tons of fun!
(Abigail finally figured out how to go down on her belly and actually make a splash at the bottom -- hooray!)
Afterwards they got a sprayed clean with the hose (they thought it was very much 'living on the edge' that they got a hose-bath instead of a 'real' bath!) and then we came in to dry off and unwind. They watched Curious George while I got dinner in the oven. After dinner was family Bible time and everyone was starting to get very droopy...
...so after a few more minutes of playtime, it was off to bed...with a little entertainment along the way!
(A and S had both been coveting each other's bed, so we let them switch!)
Bedtime was a little sniffly tonight, but only for a few minutes... everyone was too tired to stay awake for long. Some extra snuggles and kisses, a reminder of our fun plans for tomorrow, and a countdown to when Daddy and Mommy will be home set things to right and everyone was asleep before 8.
And here are my babies last night...David has an air mattress set up in Abigail's room this week, but apparently they wanted some together-time. :)