Katie dropped Carson off in the morning and the fun started right away. The kids played at the house for a bit then headed to the playground where they met up with Aunt Mandie and Creighton.
The weather had a different idea though and temporarily rained out the playground fun
After nap time (which went surprisingly well considering Carson and Patrick slept in the same room) it was time for a rescue mission to find stuffed animals around the house...
followed by dinner, lots of dancing, balloon races and a bath.
...was jam packed with fun. We started with Patrick's soccer game in the morning. Patrick had a ton of fun playing and the three cousins hung out off-field (for the most part) watching all the 3-4 year-olds run around trying to play soccer. Angie said that when she told Madelyn she was going to put pigtails in her hair, Carson asked to have them too. It reminded Angie of Rhiannon, Mandie and her dressing alike when they were little so she put the little girls in matching jeans and pink shirts too.
|3 cool kids getting ready for the game.|
|Probably talking about pigtails.|
|Seriously though Brandon, good luck. C is already eyeing the older soccer players.|
|I LOVE Creighton's hat. Such a cool kid.|
Once soccer was over we went home and put the kids down for about a twenty minute nap after lunch then woke them right back up to head to our next big event: Jordan Barker's birthday party at Monkey Joe's. (Side-note: Carson must think all we ever do is go to bouncy houses. We took her two times around Christmas then had Madelyn's birthday party at one and now Monkey Joe's for a party. She's going to grow up thinking we're some kind of circus family that spends every weekend practicing our jumps and bouncing tricks.)
After a couple hours of running, jumping and bouncing, we went to Taco Mac with the Barker family followed by Bruster's...
|Carson, Patrick, Jordan, Madelyn and Andrew, post-dessert.|
|This is what Madelyn does when she's afraid she may fall asleep. She pops up every couple minutes to keep herself awake.|
We thought we'd take it easy Sunday because of our crazy Saturday but the kids started asking "where are we going today?" so we packed them in the car and headed out almost immediately after breakfast. We stopped to get Patrick a (MUCH NEEDED) haircut then grabbed some lunch from Hot Dog Heaven to eat at the park.
|The Little Girls playing store.|
|Admiring a kite.|
We were also surprised at how easy it was to have all three kids. We expected to be constantly chasing them around, trying to resolve sharing issues or helping someone eat or go to the bathroom but it was amazingly pretty smooth. Now, we don't harbor any delusions that having three kids is easy; but when one of the kids isn't yours it means that none of the kids ever got tired of the other one.When it's just Patrick and Madelyn, by the end of the day they each want their own space for a bit. But when there's three, they never spent enough time with just one other kid to get tired of them. And Patrick and Maddy were so excited to show Carson everything that they never got bored of toys they've played with a million times. They all played great together and Angie and I just kind of got to sit back and watch. It also helped that they were completely exhausted from all the activities and probably couldn't muster enough energy to get upset with each other anyway :)
Thank you Katie and Brandon for trusting us with Carson for a full 3 days. She was awesome for every minute of it and we can't wait to do it again soon!