Thursday, March 02, 2006

Welcome to the Madness

We had a houseful of guests on Tuesday. My friends at work just don't understand how 7 kids don't scare us to death. But look at them. How could you be scared of that? Well, Ruth is kind of scary with that Batman face, but the rest of them... how beautiful is that?? :)

Seth's kids got to come spend the night Monday and played all day Tuesday with the kids. We were so thankful for a beautiful day. We took 2 trips to the mailbox and a hike down to Grandma's land in search of fallen trees. Bennett had to build something with Micah and wanted to cut down trees for it. I told him to find trees already on the ground. It would be easier. Micah lost interest and Bennett was stuck hauling the trees back up the hill all alone. The girls played dress-up and dolls most of the day but they did enjoy the time outside too. Maggie has become the "one in charge" and intructs the others to "walk this way" or "come play trucks". So far Anna Grace, Ruth and Esther still listen but the time will come soon that they figure her out!

On our second trip to the mailbox we saw the neighbor riding his horse. It sure is a beautiful horse... I was told by the 5 year old. The screaming one year old wasn't the horse's favorite but he strutted on past with dignity. The kids then played in the ditch sand until the cars started zooming past after work. It's a fun place to play... just not the safest in the afternoon.

We are very thankful for the opportunity to play with the cousins. What memories we make each time. I remember playing in California... as the middle cousin... and getting left behind in the big drain pipe. Oh, and Aunt Tommae's artichoke dip stuff. And Pippi Longstocking!! :)

I must find a "Pippi Longstocking" for the kids to remember.

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