Our long time friend- Tiffany Best who used to dance with Rachael and I (before we all got married and started having babies) is in town from Colorado. Amazingly her 3 kids and my 2 kids are all healthy so Rachael bravely said YES-- we could all come over. It was so awesome to see Tiff and her beautiful family!
Josef-3 years old
Eva- 2 years old
Tiffany and Charlie- 6 months old
It was pretty crazy. Little kids running everywhere. We were trying to visit, but every 2 or 3 minutes one of us would go check on the kids that were not immediately visible. Kids can do A LOT in a couple minutes though. Jimmie's little room was completely taken apart by the time we left. Rachael wouldn't let us pick up because she is going to disinfect and wipe down every item that was touched. Which in this case happens to be every book in Jimmie's bookcase. He has MANY books. And every little toy and tractor in his room. And unfortunately at one point Cole went running through the house with his fruit punch bottle sprinkling. I think we got it all. Thank goodness the living room rug is shag because there are a few threads that are now mostly pink, but you can't really tell. It could have been worse, but next time I'll do better. I always forget how different my kids- especially Cole- act when they play with other kids. Something about their combined energies spur them on to surprising destructive heights.
Jimmie slept right in the middle of the mayhem for a while. He woke up to eat, bravely fought down a puke and then seemed just slightly amused by the kids. He and Rachael were both pretty cool and calm.
The funniest part was when we put them all on the couch for a picture.
(Yes that is my daughter wearing nothing but a diaper. She had on a beautiful summer dress that was involved in a bit of a poop fiasco.)
This is Jimmie's response to the craziness. "Let me stick my tongue out at you all! But especially at cousin McKenna- who, although the jury may still be out on her personality- seems to be a very feisty little diva."
Or - "let me express how boring this is. This is nothin compared to the NICU!"
The afternoon ended with an appropriate exclamation point! I looked for my keys for 30 minutes and there was talk of Justin hot wiring my car so I could leave. Rachael finally found them deep inside the couch.
I thought Rachael was rather brave to say "yes". Although maybe she didn't know exactly what she was saying "yes" to. (-: