Susan and Corey had to make a trip to Fort Worth for an appointment on Monday and the kids were out of school for MLK Day. They asked if we could meet them there to keep Aidan and Ally occupied for a couple of hours till they were finished. We told them we’d still have Beck and Jack but it would be fun to have all of the kids together for a little while. After a quick drive over to Fort Worth, we got Aidan and Ally and took all four kids to the Stockyards to wander around. They had a ball as we went through the museum, had burgers for lunch, rode some of the silly 50 cent kiddie rides, and went through the petting/feeding zoo. Rich and Aidan waited outside while I took the younger ones in to pet and feed the animals, which was a blast for Beck and Ally but not so much for Jack! Could have saved my money on him because he was afraid to get too close to the animals and didn’t want to touch them or feed them. But I think he still had fun walking around and watching from a distance. After a couple of hours, we met back up with Susan and Corey and they headed home to Clyde while we took the boys back to Dallas. Jack fell asleep in the car and continued to sleep for awhile at home. We had dinner, cleaned up the house for their parents’ and sister’s return later, bathed, read books, and off to bed.
Beck sleeps with his door open but we always close Jack’s door so he won’t wake up if there’s any noise in the house. At one point I thought I heard a door slam upstairs but I figured it was Beck going to the bathroom. Quite late, around 10:30, I went to check on the boys and noted that Beck’s door was shut. I went in to make sure he was okay and he was snoozing away in bed. Then I spied Jack sitting on the floor playing with Legos! Little stinker! I took him back to his room and let him bring some of the Legos with him. I told him he could play for a few more minutes, then get up in bed and go to sleep. After awhile, I heard the door slam again and went back upstairs to find him in Beck’s room a second time! I returned him to his room (meanwhile Beck is sleeping through everything) and told him he needed to get to sleep. He said he “had to finish!” his Lego building. Funny boy! After a minute or two, I told him to get up in his bed and he complied. He had taken a bunch of toys out of a drawer under his bed so I started putting them away. He said “No, leave it!” LOL I said we wanted to have things picked up when Mommy and Daddy got home so he agreed.
Sarah, Miles and Elle got home around 12:45 AM so it was a long day and a late night for all of them. They had a great time in Vegas; the girls had a tough soccer tournament but held their own and Elle made 4 of the 6 goals that their team scored throughout the tourney. We’re proud of that girl!
After chatting a few minutes, Rich and I came home and collapsed in bed! I had to get up early for my volunteer work so it was a short night of sleep. Another successful babysitting gig in the books! 🙂