Alright, next topic.
2 sets of twins.
That's what it felt like I had for a mere 3 days last week. I had my 2 nieces come stay with us while Derek's brother and his wife went on a trip. And I begged Sarabeth to let me watch them because she is the best of all bests out there. She has 4 kids kids, preggo with #5 and just has this take it all in stride kind of attitude. Totally admire her on so many levels. I could never turn her down for an act of service like this, because she would do it for anyone else 10 times without even thinking twice. It was fun and really not too eventful, which is good. I was more rather sleep deprived because of my own teething child. And really it was only 3 days, and I can suck it up for that. (especially because she is doing this for me in 3 weeks. see? i told you she would say yes to anyone.)
(alli, all smiles all the time...really...)
However, I would still like to post a few notes for future reference about 4 kids 3 and under.
(poor little margaret missed her mommy the most.)
-Whenever you think you are on time, you still need 10 more minutes for actually getting out the door and making sure you have everyone and everything and they are all strapped in their seats. -Tack on another 5 if it's winter and they need bundling and extra walking/emotional support because guaranteed at least one will fall in the snow, ice or mud. (which it was, and they did.)
-If the kids are hungry, they will eat their meals and snacks, if they don't, too bad. Or you will spend all day messing and cleaning the kitchen.
-If I kept it up, I am quite confident I would lose weight. All of a sudden I'm starving and I hurry and eat whatever and onto the next whatever.
-Only clean up after the kids once, maybe twice a day (or even none at all.) It's just not worth it in between.
-I will probably not have the motivation at the end of the day like I do now to go running. So turn into a morning person. But because of the above lose weight point mentioned, I may not need to work out.
-And while your being a morning person, shower before they wake up. It's amazing what kind of trouble can be found in 10 mins, but I previously did figure that out with only 2 kids...
-I'm not completely sold on a van. I like the kids to be right behind me like in the car so I can just toss stuff back easily. But 4 in a car doesn't work, so I'd have to be sold on it I guess.
-Get all the same color of plates and cups for the children because there is a guaranteed fight over whatever the color of the day happens to be.
-4 kids in the grocery cart = no room for the food.
-prepare to be ENTERTAINED. Kids really crack me up.
(i don't know why, but this is just so ava, love her!)
So, as always, chalk another one up to all the moms out there with 1 or 10 kids. And if you have twins or more, I bow to you. I get a little sick to my stomach watching that Jon and Kate Plus Eight show.
(ah james, why don't you sleep?)
note to self...never have 4 kids 3 and under. Oh phew, just did the math, it's impossible for me.
One final note.
Dear Spring, I have missed you. It has been so long. Please stay, oh please oh please. My sanity is begging you.