Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Yours, Mine and Ours

We've got quite a fun adventure going on at our house. A couple of weeks ago our good friends moved in with us while their house is finishing being built sometime early September. As you can imagine we have non-stop activity going on with nine kids under the age nine and four adults. Two weeks ago we all went to the Yakima Bears Baseball game. We had a ball!
Each day we are trying to do at least one creative activity that the kids look forward to all day long. This picture is of the kids painting canvas bags to take the library and on car trips. We just started a unit on butterflies. Our caterpillars arrived this past week and will be chrysalis by next week. Tyler is teaching us all about the life cycle of butterflies since he previously studied this subject in kindergarten last year.
We have given up having a clean basement (not that we were too successful before joining households). At least once a day we clean everything up so we can see the floor again. We eat on paper plates, serve snacks twice- a-day, take turns going on errands, buy toilet paper for a mob, and enjoy the peace each night the kids go to bed. Overall the kids love having constant playmates. They have certainly had several "sibling" moments (you know what I mean) but each night they can't wait for the next day when they will get to play together again. Cooper even loves having another little girl to play peek-a-boo and chase with him.

With both of our families having several trips throughout the summer it is working great to have a house sitter when we are gone and as a bonus each family gets the house to themselves. I am enjoying having a friend around during the day too. I imagined more time sitting on the couch drinking lemonade and chatting but somehow between chasing after kids, serving and cleaning up meals the size for an army--that hasn't happened yet. Good friends are worth a million!

8 comments:

Matt said...

Wow...I can't believe that. You guys are great...make sure there are no matches out...

kg said...

Sara I wish I was that friend staying with you :) You have quite the house full!! You always amaze me with your creativness to keep everything fun and interesting!

Mama Nirvana said...

You guys are having so much fun. I can definitely see the benefit of having the companionship of a friend around during the day. It would help me stay focused and disciplined (although, depending on who it was, I would probably sit around and talk too much while the kids ran around like banshees).

Amy

Jessica said...

Looks like fun! So fun being with you guys last week! Wish we all weren't so far away!

Emily and Ryan said...

You guys are amazing! We miss you- come back!

Korean Hales said...

Wow! That is just a serious party. I hope you live through it.

Keri and Dave said...

That's what you get for buying such a big house!! Probably doesn't feel so big right now, though! I couldn't stay sane without my good friends...we hope to get up to Yakima to visit soon!

Cami said...

What fun. We were at my brothers, who has six kids, this last week. It was fun to have other kids and someone to help with kids, meals, cleaning and talking to.