Tess was the only one that didn't spend the night on Sunday. She's breastfeeding and can't be too far from her momma. Plus I think I would've gone completely over the edge if I'd added a newborn into the mix. The other four T's just had me teetering on the brink instead.
These photos were taken when Tess was 16 days old. I'm just throwing them in this post cuz she's so stinkin' cute! And I thought you guys might want a baby fix. :)
After mom and dad dropped the kids off, we went for ice cream. See, I've learned a thing or two in my experiences with them. I hyped them up on sugar BEFORE we went to the park. Not at the end of the excursion only to load them up in the car. It's not a good idea to trap four kids on sugar in a tight confined space. Especially when they can touch each other. That was a huge rookie mistake made in the past. But I've learned from it. I didn't get many pics of the oldest, Tanner. He's at that age of starting to get obnoxious. He doesn't like to have his pic taken anymore. Hence the look on his face when I snapped this one.I let them run off as much energy as possible before we headed back to my house. Here's Travis and Tatum in a rare moment of peace. These two don't mix well. Like oil and water. They have a typical love-hate relationship. Well, mostly hate. Normal sibling interaction, I guess.This is Tatum showing me all her scars, bruises, cuts, scrapes and bug bites. This girl plays just as rough as the boys.Teagan loves trucks. All the cool stuff to play with at the new playground and instead he found a truck to push around. He's a simple man.I have no idea what the meaning of the thing between his teeth is all about.For dinner we ordered pizza. It's a sure fire winner every time. And the only food that all of them will agree on. Then they picked a movie to watch. To my surprise they chose Mulan 2. And the oldest actually chose it. I was shocked. Especially since there were way cooler selections to be had. I made a little bed on the living room floor for the two youngest. The other two took the couches. The little ones were asleep before the movie was over. I should've taken some more pics cuz it was pretty adorable. But at that point, I was just as exhausted and counting the seconds until I could go to bed, too.
Everyone slept well. No problems at all. I was a little worried if Teagan would get through the night because he's never slept at my house before. But not a peep from any of them until almost 9am. Hallelujah! After they woke up and had cereal, they played a little and watched another movie. This time it was Toy Story 2. Again picked by the oldest. I guess he's not as grown up as he tries to lead us to believe.
I took a quick shower while I thought they were all occupied. "Thought" being the key word here. In only 5 minutes of no adult supervision, Teagan managed to come upstairs, find a piece of gum and sneak downstairs without me even knowing it. I only found out because Little Miss Tattletale caught him chewing it. How does a kid sniff out a piece of gum that quick? These are trained professionals here. Then they suckered me into taking them back to the park. Since they were bouncing off the walls, I agreed. It was about 90 degrees outside. They begged to go into the sprinklers. I finally relented even though nobody had a swimsuit. So yes... if you were at the park on Labor Day those were my white trash kids running around shirtless in their jean shorts. LOL! Uh-huh... even the girl. Their momma met us at the park to gather them up. I was glad to see her. I think 24 hours with all four is my limit. That's a lot of work. Kudos to any single moms out there who are managing a household with more than 2 kids. Cuz it's really hard when you're outnumbered. All in all, we survived the sleepover. And even had some fun. But it might be awhile before I do all four at once again. I need to recuperate first.