All seven children are tucked soundly into their warm beds. Brent and I sit down in front of our cozy fireplace for some "couple" time. I take a few minutes to reflect on our day.....
An early morning wake-up call by Ethan (2 years) crawling into bed with me.
"I need to 'nuggle, Mommy." he whispered. "I'll be quiet!"
I find myself sandwiched in-between Lyssie (also 2 years) at my back and my sweet-smelling Ethan at my front.
I attempt to fall back to sleep, but then Gabbey (also 2 years) wakes up. I can hear her fussing from the bathroom (her crib is in there) and wake Brent up since I'm already squished by the two-year-old sandwich.
Gabbey crawls over Lyssie to lay on my chest.
I officially cannot move or even breathe.
I look over at Brent and he whispers----"How can anyone not LOVE two-year-olds??" :)
Egg and sausage casserole feeds our family breakfast.
We head to town to run errands. Brent drops the four girls and I off at Joann's (I had two gift-cards from the Adoption Shower!).
Johanna (14) and Eliana (9) pick out a gorgeous turquoise and pink print for new Sunday dresses.
(If you're now thinking "when does she have time to sew??" the answer would be, I don't. All I know is, I am thoroughly disgusted with the lack of modest, feminine dresses for older girls so I will HAVE to find time to sew this week! :) )
The dollar menu at Burger King feeds our family lunch. The kiddos especially enjoy the play area. I love it that Johanna shows no reservations when it comes to play.
Find a couple of pairs of boots for the younger girls and Noah at a thrift store. Of course, now that almost all of my children have snow gear, we surely won't see as much as one snowflake this year.
Pick up groceries at Sam's Club. Brent and Nathaniel (7) stay in the car and listen to a football game while the baby girls sleep.
We try EVERY sample offered at Sam's and we all prefer the pie samples. Some serious YUM! :)
Avoid getting yelled at by a grumpy man in a wheelchair like our last trip to Sam's. Whew. Refreshing.
Head home. Ethan falls asleep and I carry him straight to bed.
Older girls bathe the little girls while Nathaniel and Noah (4)
Snuggle Gabbey and put her to bed.
Sing to Lyssie and tuck her into bed.
Lay on the couch with Johanna. She wants to be carried to bed by Daddy.
Eliana lets Daddy pull a tooth. The tooth fairy doesn't come to our house :) but we do put money under our kids pillows after they've lost a tooth.
Johanna tried yet again to pull one of her teeth. She's totally bummed that she lost all of her baby teeth in China and has no money-earning potential left in her mouth.
I ask her who pulled her teeth in China.
"I pull my teeth, throw them on the floor." she nonchalantly replies.
I kiss the oldest four good-night and reflect for awhile....
I'm so thankful.
For babies who sandwich.
For boys who laugh loudly.
For girls who love feminine things as much as I do.
For children growing in maturity.
For a little girls who are growing and blending beautifully into our family.
And for a daughter who no longer has to take care of things that should never have been her responsiblity.
It was a typical Family Day.