Poor Melinda stayed behind with her ailing son and baby while the Daddies and I spent the day with the 4 healthy children at a yummy local breakfast joint, Bass Pro Shop, a movie, Mellow Mushroom and the bowling alley. We made the epic mistake of getting the children really fired up about the bowling--only to arrive and find a wait list an hour and a half long! We attempted to keep the children entertained with dancing. This lasted a song or so until it degenerated into tackling. Next we offered to exchange 4 quarters for the arcade for a game of bowling. Everyone enthusiastically agreed until the quarters were gone and we had to leave. It was an ugly departure. Literally 3/4 of our crew was WAILING as we ran out into the rainy parking lot.
We returned to the house for a bit of vegging in front of the television while we prepared an early dinner--and the children capped off our evening with a contest of who could make the craziest faces with their ice cream and a rousing hour long game of hide and seek. Giggles abounded and we put another rainy day in the books! I am always reminded that the simplest activities are the things they love most.
I have found great entertainment in watching K interact with the boys. She is right in the thick of things until she decides not to be--then she flips her "damsel in distress" switch. One of the funniest interactions happened as the children were playing around the house. She & C (the other 4 year old boy here with us) were playing alone in an adjacent room when we heard C declare angrily, "I am NOT paying any more!"
To which K replied, "Oh, yes, you are!"
And he did.
That sweet boy (with no sisters) had no idea what hit him.