It was shortly after noon today (Monday) when Amber brought the quads over. I was so glad to see them. When I'm at home I am usually working. Our place is high maintenance and this morning I decided to take down a lot of the debris in the foyer. I trashed some, stored some away for Christmas and dumped the rest in the bathtub and cleaned it with a bath in Pine Sol! I may be growing up at last.
I no longer feel this compulsion to cover things up as much as I used to. I felt good about loading up a HUGE industrial strength black trash bag with copper pots and pieces that I have had on the shelves in the foyer since 1983. GONE! Two of the shelves are totally bare and I'm okay with that. For now.
I did add some
debris garlands of faux ivy and some white lights - just because it's my house and I love them! Still, by the time Amber arrived I was hot and sweaty from all my work and was looking forward to dialing it down to be with the kids.
And they have arrived!!!
Notice they did NOT scream for me! Only for Granddad!!!
I knew it wouldn't last. They are growing up and rightly so.
In anticipation of their coming, I had set out several new things that would be of interest to them.
One of Kailey's MOST favorite things is the cash register and MONEY!
They LOVED the money teaching kit Uncle Dean and Aunt Sherry and Aunt Ruth Ann got them!
The kids spent a long time over the money cards.
The kit came with lesson plans which I will start next Monday.
We are learning the 21 Rules of the House just as I taught them to Amber and Benjamin when they were little.
The collage above is Amber's done at 5 years old.
The kids used their mama's as their inspiration.
The quads did a fine job of illustrating theirs!
I was impressed with how colorful Harrison's was!
Between the currency kit and the Rules of the House - we had a pretty good time around the table!
Lunch and naps followed. Naps for ALL of us!
Since it was pretty weather today we all wanted to go outside!
We made a project of cleaning out the toy box.....which is really a patio storage piece from Sam's.
Kailey really 'got into it!' They ALL did!!
We sorted and put like things together. Some things they have outgrown and decided to give away.
It's safe to safe that nearly everything was played with this afternoon.
When Amber brought the kids this morning, she commented on my cap.
It was a bad hair day for me so I opted to cover it up,
She noticed that the cap is from Hooter's!!
I only knew it was cute!
But sure enough - it says Hooter's on the back and has the trademark owl on it.
You KNOW I got it at Goodwill and never noticed that!
Amber said she was pretty sure this would be the funniest thing she would see today!
We are just now dealing with lots of leaves from the pecan trees.
Harrison helped me blow them to the side and I filled a huge black bag with leaves, pecans and other debris.
Everyone wanted a turn and they all got one. I only got Trystan's pic along with Harrison's.
Granddad entertained them - or I should say - WATCHED them play while I prepared dinner and strung up those lights in the foyer.
The kids pronounced dinner as GOOD!!
Spinach Tortellini in sauce and green pasta salad from Ms Stephanie next door and a slice of cheese at every plate courtesy of Logan. She used a stool to get in the fridge drawers and found only three pieces of string cheese. After some deliberations, she thought it better to give everyone a slice of Colby Jack so we would all have the same thing. Chicken Tenders from Trader Joe's rounded out the easy peasy meal and Sugarplums (I still have a batch in the freezer) served as dessert.
I am so impressed with Harrison!!!
Louis Dean held court with the kids in the den while I did the dishes and prepared for baths.
One by one, as they came fresh from their bath, Granddad engaged them with the chalk/dry erase board that my friend and sister homeschooler from the past, Debbie, found for us a week or two ago at a thrift store. It was a HUGE hit and we were all so impressed with all that Louis Dean taught them in a short period of time.
Of course, he WAS a second grade school teacher for 25 years!
We had one of the best Quad Mondays EVER!!!
Who loves you, Granddad???
BYE!!!! I love you!!!!
And so ended Quad Monday with our hearts full!
Louis Dean has started writing a children's book and he went back to his writing and I went back to mine. It is late now and time for us to have our 'Boston Legal Moment' and go to bed.
That's what we watched when we were down at the ranch.
Louis Dean LOVES that show - which is remarkable as it is so 'suggestive' in many ways.
However, we do tend to end our days with a drink and a visit to recap our day.