On Friday, January 31st, a few hours after all the boys left; Penny, Zoe and Mom arrived for our last tea party! Weston had been asking for Monkey Bread, so I thought I would try my hand at some “from-scratch” Monkey Bread. Cuz, you know, why not?? I had nothing else going on! Ha! Anyway, this monkey bread you start the night before and let the dough rise overnight. Then you roll the dough into balls. (Penny, stop it! I know you’re cracking up right now! Haha!) And dip them in butter and then sugar and cinnamon. This is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven. Smells. So. Good. Then this is what it looks like when you flip it over and drizzle the homemade caramel sauce over it. Oh, yeah. From the top. And, in case you are wondering if it is as good as it looks. It is.
It was a true labor of love, hence all the pictures. Then the girls baked their Valentine Cookies for the tea party also. And arranged them just so on the plate. See? Aunt Penny has been doing tea parties with the girls since their first furlough in 2010. This time Mom, Zoe and myself joined them for this special last one. Pinkies Up!! The girls played with Zoe for a while on the living room floor and then put her to sleep. Then played with her again when she woke up. :) And took tons of pictures. Little Momma. Aunt Penny brought the girls flowers. So sweet.Aunt Penny, thank you for all of our tea parties. We loved each one~~whether it was in the basement, in our living room, in the cabin, at the farm or at Dunkin Donuts. We loved them all! Thank you for spending time with us! We love you very much!! Pinkies Up!!
So, the same day that Jack came over to play with trains(Thursday, January 30th), we were also hosting a big boys night here! We had Asa, Josiah, Nathaniel and Christian! Soon after they arrived, Ethan had to go out for chores, so Nathaniel and Christian went out with him. They have goats also. Nathaniel and Christian’s mom, Heather, brought chicken and turkey pot pies for the boys to have for supper. They devoured two each!! They balanced out the pot pies with carrot sticks. ;) Then they headed down to play a game of Monopoly. Penny came over to get some pics of the boys and grab a plate of dinner. With all the packing, she couldn’t really cook. Wes was gone to deliver their stuff for shipping. Choco tacos for dessert! Weston tried hard to keep up with the big boys. But after supper, he was out like a light! Movie time! The next morning, Friday, January 31st, I made chocolate chip pancakes and sausage for the hungry crew. The girls had their own private dining area. :) Wii time! We had a great time and enjoyed having all the boys here for one last fling before Asa and Josie head off for five years!
Continuing on the same day from the previous post…..Tuesday, January 28th, we dropped the boys off and headed to piano. Sometimes I have to go grocery shopping during that time and sometimes we can go play at the park. Today was park day! Brrr! We found some ice to slide around on….. Sweet kiddos! The sun was shining through this tree and it was just beautiful. Of course, my little point and shoot didn’t quite capture it, but it was so pretty. Hopefully you get the idea. Lyvie and Weston wanted to run down and see if the pond was frozen. Only part of it was. That night, I made two batches of soap. Here were my Energy bars. Not, as in Energy bars to eat, but as in soap. Mmmm, smelled so good! By they way, anyone interested in these bars~~they are no longer pink, but are now orange! I knew it would change, thankfully, or it would have been quite a shock!I hit the pillow hard that night!
So, I dropped Jay and Zoe off after lunch and a couple hours later we had Asa and Josiah over for our last kids’ night. They had had their boys’ nights, and for the last one (with just the six of them) we wanted to include the girls. This is their favorite pastime, making music on Garage Band. This last kids’ night really had a different feel to it because Josiah had broken his foot. Normally they are out romping through the woods building things or hunting things, but this time, we did lots of indoor activities because of course, we wanted everyone to be together. First on the agenda was a really difficult candy puzzle. Josiah did great! The girls helped and Asa too. And if you ask Ethan he would say he helped too, but in all honesty he wanted nothing to do with it. By chore time that evening, the whole border of the puzzle was complete! Doesn’t Josie look proud?! Haha. He should! As carefully as we could we had to move the entire puzzle downstairs to another table so I could start on supper. Yeah, that was fun. And, by the way, Josie–the puzzle is still sitting down there very sad-looking just waiting for you to complete it! His broken foot didn’t stop him from boxing on the wii. The last supper~everyone’s favorite~hot dogs, mac and cheese, baked beans, and baby carrots with hummus or ranch dressing. And chocolate milk! Another favorite pastime~all huddled around the computer with Uncle Sam/Dad to watch a funny video or something. Movie time! The next morning it was chocolate chip pancakes and sausage for breakfast! I think after all of these meals, once I got them set up and eating, I would go in the bedroom and cry. I couldn’t stand the fact that this was it, this was the end of their childhood memories. This is the end of their childhood memories together. When they are together again, they will be adults. No more romping through the woods hunting squirrels or playing down by the creek together. I think that is what is the hardest for me. Just knowing this is it for them for childhood memories. I loved watching these kids play together. Mmmm.After breakfast, they played Go Fish, hide and seek, and their skits they do together.
Then they came up and played Take Two. We took the boys home on our way to piano that afternoon.