My biggest disappointment of this week is that I couldn't find my camera to document it! Hopefully I will find it soon. We had a busy week, so I wanted to reflect on it and share some of the fun times we had- good and bad. We watched the 4 children of our wonderful friends, Taylor and Sarah, for 9 days. Here is what went down:
1- family night miniature golfing. Definite success! We had pizza there- so no cooking for me, also a plus. The 2 2 year olds liked the golfing a little too much, so we corralled them over to the slides. The big kids had a great time.
8- days of simultaneous naps for the 2 littlest ones. Woo hoo! Quiet time and clean up time for mom.
200- giggles I got out of Oscar.
50- times I went up and down their dirt road. (One of those times at the end of a 20 mile run that kicked my trash!)
5- number of projects their oldest daughter came up with to keep the little ones busy.
0- Number of nights I went to bed before 1 am. (I don't like being alone and Jeff and I split up for the week. It was easier for me to stay at their house.)
4- number of baseball practices in that time period.
12-loads of laundry
30- minutes it took to sweep up one full box of cereal spilled and spread all over the floor.
8- hours Jeff watched all 7 kids alone so I could go to a service activity one Saturday, and my 20 miler the next Saturday. My hero!
1- broken plate. Thrown out of the car by Alice. First casualty of the week. Sorry, Sarah, it was one of your Burgerville plates.
150- times I had to ask their next door neighbor and my good friend, Ranell, for help with something. She also provided an amazing dinner and dessert for us one night.
1- time we thought we lost Oscar. (He was hiding... apparently $5 wins this kid over...)
1- night of 3D movie watching of Monsters v. Aliens.
50- times we heard that the kids missed their parents.
25- times I hear how mean I was. (Don't worry- I didn't take it personal- Jeff said it was a sign I was doing my job!)
2000- jumps on the trampoline
500- smiles from Alice
100- toys fought over by Alice and Bryce
20- number of minutes the kids still wanted to get things ready for their parents even when they knew they were on their way.
Countless- number of friends willing to take various children for playdates to save them from me and each other! Thanks everyone!
$6- is how much the kids made at the lemonade stand.
$6- is how much the kids spent on ice cream from the ice cream man. (He bought one of their lemonades also and gave Alice her own ice cream!)
9- is how many hugs I got when I left.
2- how many parents are refreshed and ready to be with their kids.
2-how many parents are ready for their trip to Mexico in September!
Unlimited- the amount of love I have for this family! What a blessing they are in our life!
Taylor and Sarah, I am glad you were able to get some time to yourselves. You deserve it!! Sorry I have no pictures, but we had a great time. Whew!!
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