OK, blogging world. Here's the recap.
I've saved the funny stuff for Coco to post and I'm doing the official play-by-play. Yes, we discussed how we'd fill you guys in. Otherwise, you'd be bored to tears with 2 versions of the same story. Totally lame.
Overall, the kids did really well together. Tessie Mayes and Lainey created their own language, cleverly attempting at times to out-smart us. Fail. Bram was smitten with Carter and they got along well. Jack......precious Jack......is 1. a weird kid and 2. at that awkward three year old stage where he doesn't have the social etiquette to blend in. So, Bram was annoyed with him at times and Tess, frightened.
The circus arrived late Thursday night. I had my 3 in bed in hopes of a smooth transition in.....her 2 worn out and ready to sleep......so that we could get down to the very serious business of drinking wine and chatting. Mission accomplished. Until 2am.
Gifts brought by Coco:
For me.....a super cute sap bucket full of goodies. Cupcake wine, an Orleans candle, birdy hooks for my wall, etc, etc. LOVE it. Jen sent 2 Christmas wine glasses for each of us and a bottle of wine.....which Coco insisted she broke in the car last week. I think we all know that bottle was not broken, but drunk instead. Forgiven.
For the kids.....same idea......but alcohol-free and child-friendly. Carter scored a t-shirt, which he proudly wore to school the next day. Also, a whoopie cushion and some fake bloody scabs. Nice.
We stayed up entirely too late and then woke at 5:30am to clothe, feed and entertain this gaggle of children, all sleeping in my house. We pushed through and had a fun day.
First, to the Ernie Miller Nature Center for lunch and a walk.
At one point, Coco tied Jack's scarf and nearly strangled him. Southerners.
Love the look on Coco's face......which can only mean....."What in the hell is Jack doing now?"
The hike back up. Kids sufficiently tired......moms, too......time for naps.
Bram barely made it.
After naps and some playtime at home, we dressed the troops for a night shopping at the Plaza.
Tessie Mayes and Lainey sported the same dresses worn a year ago, here:
Definitely a tunic now and not a dress. Still cute.
Out on the town. Love how bundled Tess is compared to our Colorado born Laine. Neither of the girls enjoyed the cold......boys didn't seem to notice.
The Plaza was fabulous. Would have loved to partake in a carriage ride, but didn't think we had the funds to cover a law suit, which would have surely been the end result of our 5 on the ride.
You have to think ahead, people.
We opted for some hot chocolate and graham crackers instead.
And, Jack made a train with the chairs at Starbucks. Shocker.
Part 2 coming soon, including a glimpse into Coco's dance routine. You don't want to miss this.