They arrived on Sunday evening, and met me and Papa in the City for a nice dinner at Olive Garden. It was going to be our Valentines Date, but we gladly welcomed Cassie and Ali to crash our party. We had the night off (from children), because ALL of them were at church for a kid's event. The 5 little kids were at the event from 5 pm to 10 pm, while Josh, Ben, and Hosanna were all working the overnight event. They stayed from 4:30 pm to 10:30 am.
After our yummy dinner, and visit with Cassie and Ali, it was time to pick up the kids. Cassie had a great time surprising all of them, since we hadn't told anyone that she was coming home. And, since Cassie worked for 2 years, full-time, in our church's children's ministry, she really enjoyed seeing all of the kids that were at church for the event.
We had a relaxing day at home on Monday, with Cassie and I both leaving for a couple of hours to get our hair cut and colored. (It only took Jim 3 days to say, "Hey, your hair's a different color.")
Tuesday: We packed a picnic lunch and joined 2 moms and their little ones at the beach for a few hours. Much fun!
Our kids LOVE to go to the beach, no matter the weather, no matter the season.
we took the kids to Pike Place Market. Jacob, Sarah, and Rachel hadn't been to the market yet, so they enjoyed this new experience.
Then, we headed to the Northgate Mall, so that Cassie and Ali could shop at a store they don't have in their town in Oregon. After coming home, feeding the kids dinner, and putting them all to bed ... we 3 "girls" had a late-night movie night, as we watched "Mansfield Park", a good girlie movie.