Well, we survived the weekend. Actually, we more then survived; we had a great time! Cale and I also learned many a valuable lesson. For example, we were not made to have to care for children ages 7,6,5,4 and 2.5 all at the same time for more then a 48 hour stretch. Also, kids are messy. Five kids are EXTREMELY messy and ice cream outside might sound like a good idea, but a hose might be necessary for clean-up. It also takes an inordinate amount of time to load up 5 children in all their car seats when you are trying to go somewhere. Plan accordingly.
A great weekend spent bowling, playing water games, running races and through obstacle courses, shopping for and wrapping birthday presents for each other, decorating (and eating) birthday cupcakes, watching movies, visiting a farm and petting zoo, eating ice cream, playing at the playground, reading Bible stories, making crafts and lots and lots of laughing, hugs and shouting.
I'm tired. But my heart is happy as I recall all the great memories made of our time together. Hopefully I will recover in time to do this all again next year!