About a week ago, we (my in-laws and our family) had a family over for dinner and fun. They usually don't get invited many places and were thrilled to come!
It's not like any of them are weird or unsocial...it's just that they have
4 Quadruplets, who happen to be TWO years old, plus a 6 and 8 year-old. So, needless to say, they're quite the houseful!
We decided we could handle them and got ready for them to come over.
Mom and Dad Dooley made dinner and got activities ready, Ethan provided the jungle gym (he's going to be a great uncle to climb all over someday!), and the rest of us just served as the "big people" that the mom and dad of these special 6 would need.
We started the night by listening to Brooklyn, their oldest, play a song on the piano, then listened to Jayna play a song on the harp. One of the little quads was just mesmerized by the harp and tried to sneak off to it and touch those strings all night (she succeeded many times...)
Then we made peanut butter playdough! They loved it and it was all completely edible! We sent it home in baggies so we could get ready for dinner, tater tots and chicken nuggets, with steak for the adults. :o)
Then we led them all downstairs to watch a Disney movie they'd never seen. They picked "A Bug's Life." None of us had seen it in a long time: what a cute movie! Ethan got attacked by 4 two year olds, over and over and over, and was such a good sport by letting these little ones climb all over him!
Afterwards, we had cake and ice cream for dessert, played some more, discovered Ethan and Jayna's Halloween candy (woo hoo!) and after getting to know them all very well, they went home.
We all let out a sigh of exhaustion, wondering how these parents did this EVERY day!! They are so wonderful and a great family to share the ward with.
That night I doubled up on my birth control :-P