What can I say except the kids enjoyed their 'free' day off!
Audrey: Hey mommy look at the picture I drew for you! It is yooouu! (spoken most joyfully!)
Me: Oh? (long pause) It is?
Audrey: Well here are your eyes. To help you see better. Four of them.
And a rainbow head 'cause it's pretty.
Me: Oh? That is my head?
Audrey: No. Ooops. Soorrrry. (all in the tone of a slightly bemused sorority girl) I mean its your big, giant belly.
"Nope."Did I mention Audrey is 3? Not 13....
"Not that one."
"I don't like her".
"I don't like ANY".
"I think Heather can just stay with us".
I want you to play quietly with my preschool daughters for nine hours. Do fun things: pretend play, practice their writing, color in one of their million coloring books. I want you to feed them a healthy lunch. Did I mention you have to convince them to eat it...without threatening them? I am the only one allowed to threaten them. No TV. It distracts my patients. You can't let them cry because it distracts my patients. And you definitely can't let The Queen have one of her notorious temper tantrums (it would distract my patients). Can you also make sure the dishwasher is emptied, the house is tidy (you know...the patients), and snacks are ready for the big kids when they get home from school?Geez...I need convincing to work for me.
|Friend 1...a rock start climber!|
|Friend 2, a.k.a. Isabella's sister, or so they are asked ALL the time.|
|Jolene and B|
|somersaults on the stairs of course|
|indoor play-land time...for the kids|
|a captured moment|
|how cute it she!|
|undercover agent? builder?|
|Abbey followed Liam around all weekend in order to hold him at ANY given opportunity.|
|Aunt Titi and Uncle Kyle|
|Does she look cold to you?|
|Concentrating. This is harder than it looks!|
|gone...the car that is.|
"If you don't empty your bowl you will not have any dessert."
"You won't get any dessert today or tomorrow. Or ever!"
"You will not get any snacks either. No snacks after school".
"We will never feed you again...." (just kidding but that is what we would like to say; if only it would get them to eat a square meal.)Followed by this conversation:
|Abbey and her second cousin, Liz.|
|So many Viele's showed up for an impromptu dinner Jean hosted for us!|
|My Dad and the kids at the GWL. Thanks Dad, it was an awesome visit!|
|My nephew Garrison and Audrey.|
|Our cherubs with their third cousin Mickey and their cousin G-man.|
|Great Aunt & Uncle and their third cousin Da vid.|
|Great-Grandma Viele remember Isabella's birthday...and made her, her signature cake!|
|Mimi, Richard, and the kids.|
|Grandma Viele, Aunt Debbie, and my cousins Emily and Brooke|
|Enjoying game time with Steph!|
|A number 9 candle plus a number 1 candle...equals 10. Viele Math|
|Costumed and ready for the Magi Quest at the GWL.|
|Two very happy grandparents....all of their grandchildren at home at once.|