recently, my friend donna told us she would keep our four kids so that brian and i could get away for a night. we were so thankful. it seems the more kids we have, the less offers we get from others to keep them. i just can't figure that one out.
needless to say, if someone does offer, we say, "yes!"
this time as we planned to get away, it seemed like everything was preventing us from going. plumbing issues, last minute company, two families with four kids' schedules, and more contributed to us not even booking our hotel until the day before we were supposed to leave. all day, as i was supposed to be writing "how to care for ..." lists for each kid and finding help with getting kids to and from all their places, i kept procrastinating because i thought it wouldn't really happen.
and lo and behold that night, oliver threw up while we were all sleeping.
our hearts sank.
not to be overly dramatic or anything, but seriously! we've been dying for some AWAY time!!
oliver has a sensitive stomach. there have been many times that he just gets sick and it's not anything contagious. there was still hope~ foolish though it may have been.
we decided we would wait to see if he had his appetite by lunch and if he was feeling better. he certainly seemed so... and donna was still willing to come. amazing.
i'm afraid she is regretting it now though. she is sick today and one of her daughters who came here with her got sick last night!! how horrible do i feel?? i know i couldn't control it and i wouldn't have done it had i known, but still. i. feel. so. bad.
any ideas on how i can make it up to them??
there were other funny things about our night away. not that giving someone nausea for keeping your kids is funny, but you know.
this is part of her email to me after she kept them that just cracked me up:
see, i told you they can be like oil and water!!
and the last thing, not included in the email was about nic. he realized at bedtime of course that the next day at school was going to be "twin day." he desperately needed to talk to his friend about what they were wearing as twins. he would be DEVASTATED if he was the only one without a twin!! donna had to call me while b and i were out to dinner to find the phone number for nic to work it out with his buddy. she felt bad. we didn't mind. we know how nic can obsess about the next thing in his mind. donna and he called his friend and found out that "twin day" was actually not for a few weeks. after all she did for him, he says, "well, that was a waste." she said, "well it was good you found out when it was and now you know." he replied, "yeah, it was a waste."
i just can't understand what is hard about keeping my kids.
good thing i like keeping them so much!
THANK YOU again donna!! you made us feel so loved even though you're suffering now from it! i'm so sorry!!