Friday nights. Work is done for the week. It’s relaxing time with the kiddies without thinking of any deadlines for the next day. Oh… I love Friday nights!
We have had to get a little creative since the addition of Henry to the family. It’s not as easy going out and about with a 3 year old, 2 year old, 17 month old and 12 week old. Especially when it’s dark by 7pm. And especially when the weather is not cooperating. Last night it was rain, rain and more rain.
The boys wanted to go to our local YMCA and play on the playground and run along the hiking path. Unfortunately the rain prohibited us from doing either.
Then they wanted to go bowling. We drove by the Bowling Alley near us – Rock and Bowl was going on and it was absolutely packed solid. And (truth be told) we knew we would be chasing Benjamin around the alley. Heavy bowling balls and 17 month old boys do not mix.
So what did we do with these 2 boys who were anxious to get out and get moving? We brought it inside. All of the fun they wanted to do. Our night started at 6:00 and lasted till 9:30. Seeing their faces – the smiles, the laughter, the excitement.
One thing I’ve learned, it’s important to take the older guys and make their night special, special, special. We have given them the greatest gifts — love and siblings, but it’s times like this when I know the most important gift they need is time with Mommy and Daddy. You know, when the little ones are fast asleep. They had the time of their life!
We made our own “hiking paths” throughout the kitchen, dining room and living room.
We raced. Oh, yes. We raced!
We built forts and read books under them with flashlights.
It was a wonderful night.