Adam and Jennie are so fun! Our kids haven't seen each other very much--Hannah's only memory of Jacob was from Thanksgiving a few years ago, when she didn't like to play rough. Altogether there were 8 kids, and they all seemed to do well together. Nathan and Andrew (two and a half years old) especially became great buddies. Sam has learned from his brothers--he and Aaron "bonded" by wrestling--meaning, Sam would sit on Aaron and take his bottle. Sam also taught Aaron to climb stairs. The older boys were so good to Hannah, and they enjoyed learning ASL and using what they learned to include Rachel as much as possible. Jennie and I used the time shopping for Cape Cod, planning a baby shower for our sister-in-law, Marcy, who has done so much for me (more on that later), and, with our husbands, doing the Biggest Loser work-out video. We spent one afternoon picking strawberries and playing on the playground and tractor and another whole day making fabulous freezer jam. I feel like such a crazy Mom, and its so nice to have someone to talk to during the day. Jennie's the kind of Mom I'd like to be. So thanks for sharing your home!
We spent Nathan's birthday on the road, so we postponed the celebration-- On Sunday, we had a cake and shared with with Andrew, who was celebrating his half-birthday (the real one, of course, is around Christmas-time). Keeping it simple, we gave Nathan a dinosaur (it walks and growls) and some hotwheels, which we didn't actually give him until the drive home.
We also had one other little mishap (in addition to our Canada woes)--we got a flat tire on Sunday, and it ended up requiring four new tires plus some repair work. In the spirit of counting blessings, I have to say that I'm glad it happened in Massachusetts, because if it had happened on the road, we'd have had real trouble, and if it had happened before we left home, we would have had to cancel the trip... so here's to good timing!