Monday, January 30, 2012

All Of Me...

This song made me sob tonight. Sob.
Listen to the lyrics.
I mean, I have heard it countless times, but the lyrics mean so much more to me now.
I hear a lot from people about "guarding my heart" with the situation we are in. I am not guarding my heart, I don't want to and I don't think it's fair for me to try and love an innocent child less to protect myself. He will have all of me, all my love, because he's worth it. He's worth facing the fear of losing him. Even if loving him fully isn't enough, I will do it. There are no guarantees in this path we chose...not until everything is signed on the dotted line. We know this. We knew this goig into it. You know what though? There are no guarantees in life in general. We could lose Tate tonight, I could lose Sean tonight, but will I love them less because there is a chance they won't be with me forever? No. We chose the path we are on, we knew the heartbreak that could come of it, it is a risk we were willing to take. This is not coming from us feeling worried about our situation being changed. We honestly feel pretty confident in what will happen in our family in regards to our placement. That confidence isn't enough for me to not be completely terrified. TERRIFIED! I have had a handful of "moments" with the new little person in our life. "Moments" when I had that aching love that physically hurt, that "moment" when you know that your love for this person has changed and deepened. I am terrified of losing this little person. It makes me physically sick to think of that possibility. What if someone said to you, "there is a very slight chance that in the next few months, we may take your child away and give him to someone else and you will never see him again. It's probably not going to happen, but we have to be honest and tell you that it is a possibility...I mean, I would be shocked if it happened though so I don't want you to sit and constantly worry about it." Uh, ya right. It would be unfathomable to think that could happen, right? If you heard that, would you think, "well, I better not love you any deeper because it's too risky. I better guard my heart."? No way.
Am I terrified? Yes, beyond terrified.
Is he worth it? Without question.
Would I change anything if I could? No way, not a chance.

We're still here...

It's been crazy. I feel like I JUST blogged and I look and it's been close to a week?!?!! I promise to go better. I am going to try and blog each night before bed.
We have been going through some delayed adjustments with our little Tater this last week. He's struggling a bit with some of the changes in our lives. It's so hard to watch him struggle. He is craving attention from us I think and will do anything to get it...whether it's positive or negative, he doesn't care. He's been getting a lot of negative attention from us this week because he is pushing our buttons big time. I know he's going through a lot so in addition to the fact that he has been frustrating us to no end this week, we know it's ultimately because he's struggling and that makes me so sad.
I am feeling that it's time for another date.
Or something, not sure what.

Oh how I love this boy so much!

Sometimes I feel like such a failure as his mother.
I need to do better. It's a balancing act, really. And we may be adding one more thing that could throw the balance off again. Eek! More on that if it ends up happening.
Sean is recovering long as his surgeon clears him at his appointment tomorrow, he'll be back at work full time on Wednesday. It's been SUPER nice having him home for 2 weeks! However, it's thrown off my routine at times. It'll be nice to be back into a routine.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

catching up...randomness

Yikes, it's been 3 days since I blogged?!?!!! There's been a lot going on, but I had no idea it had been 3 days! Look HERE...this day last year I wrote that post. It was our last night in our previous home. Ugh...I HATED that place! I love our home even more now than I did the first day we moved in and I LOVED it then! It may have something to do with the fact that there are more little bodies inhabiting this home than there were last year...not sure, but I know that when we leave this home (not anytime soon hopefully, but someday we'll HAVE to!), it will be hard and I will want to remain in this same neighborhood!

Sean is recovering amazingly well from his surgery. I must eat my words...he hasn't been that bad of a baby at all! He even took the boys out for a little over an hour today so I could do some turbo cleaning! It was wonderful and I forget how much I can get done when I'm not taking care of children in the process. :)

My voice has been almost gone and really raspy sounding these last 2 days because of a cold. Tate has looked at me at least once a day these last 2 days and said, "Mommy, you sound like Cassie." Ha. I kind of do, but I don't think her voice is this raspy all the time. It's driving me nuts!

We had DeCooks over last night and ate pizza and wings and just hung out. Lora and I even drank decaf with yummy creamer and whipped cream on top. MMMMM! :) It was nice to just hang out and the kids played and played and then CRASHED in the livingroom while watching a movie. Well, not Tate. However, he made James carry him to bed and then never made a peep again and went right to sleep. That's rare for him.

Have you ever drank Vanilla Coke Zero?!?!!!! Oh should, it's Sean and my new favorite. YUM-O!

We got whole house DVR the other's kind of amazing. Loving it!

Someone anonymously came over to our house to snowblow our walkway and sidewalks yesterday while we were not home. Seriously, SO NICE! And if whoever did it is reading have NO IDEA how much that helped us. THANK YOU!!!

I think that is all for tonight...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

6 years of blogging!

Exactly 6 years ago today, I wrote my first post on this blog. I wrote how we had just sold our house and were moving out of Colo and back to Des Moines. Wow...lots has changed in our lives since then! I remember starting the blog and knowing that we were going to be adopting. We hadn't "officially" started the process yet, but had attended our first informational meeting at Bethany Christian Services. We knew that we wanted to have some sort of way to share our journey with our family and friends and keep them updated.

Starting this blog is something I will never regret and something I am SO thankful I did! I reference back to things on here all the time and have documented so many events, thoughts, feelings and stories that I would have likely otherwise forgotten. Sometimes I even read things I wrote and think, "I can't believe I wrote that...I don't remember feeling that way" or even sometimes I don't even recall writing certain posts! Ha. :)

In the last 6 years, Sean and I have (in no particular order) sold a house, lived in 5 different homes (yikes!), Sean has started and completed Nursing school, we've grown our family through adoption, made so many new friends, gained several nieces/nephews, moved from Colo to Des Moines and then from Des Moines to Davenport, I left a job to stay at home with Tate for a little over a year, I got a job at Wells Fargo, Sean got a his first nursing job and I left my job at Wells Fargo to stay home again, Tate started preschool, Sean's had 2 surgeries, Tate's had 1 surgery, I've still had NO surgeries, we have started and stopped the adoption process and then became a licensed foster family and began the adoption process again, our eyes have been opened to so many things that we were blind of 6 years ago, we have changed our spending habits, started living on a strict budget, started giving so much more to causes we believe in and completely healed from our pain of enduring infertility when we were blessed with the adoption world! Whew! That's a lot of things in 6 short years! And each of these events, plus 100's more are all documented on this blog. Almost every thought and fear and joy and pain and story is all right here...6 years of our life documented.

So grateful I chose to start this blog and have kept at it for 6 years. And so grateful that this blog has allowed me to meet so many of you wonderful cyber friends (some turned real friends!) and that all of you other family members and friends have continued to show an interest in our family.

Won't it be crazy when I can post about my blog's 10 year anniversary?!?! I honestly can say that I cannot imagine not having this blog, so I look forward to many more anniversaries here on A Peakin To Our Lives! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

he lived through surgery...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I thought the date was for Tate...

...I thought it would be good for him. It was. You know what? I think it was even better for me! Really, it was a blast! It made me feel like I need to take more time to spend with Tate...focus on him. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff that I blink and a month has gone by and I feel like I've hardly spent any time with Tate! We ran around and played like children...both of us! We went to Incredible Pizza. Tate ate like a horse, it was amazing. He hugged me about 20 times and flashed my the "I love you" sign and kissed and said I love you to me constantly. On the way there he said, "I am so excited to get to spend some time with you!". Ummmm, so sweet! He's heard me say that several times over this last week since we planned our date night.

We talked and talked and laughed and danced to the music that was playing and skipped around the whole place and held hands and just had the time of our lives for about 2 hours! I loved it as much (if not more) than him!

I mentioned that Daddy might take him on a date next. At first he said, "no, I only want to do dates with you, mommy", then out of no where a bit later he said, "maybe Daddy can take me on a breakfast date to IHOP"...Ha! He is too cute!

Can't wait for another date night with my little Tater Tot!

Monday, January 16, 2012

sick kids, surgery and a date!

So it's been a rough last 2 nights! Kiddos awake puking, fevers, coughing, changing sheets, etc. I have to say, I actually laughed at one out loud to myself. It was pretty comical. And despite the getting up in the night and dealing with all of that, I have been upbeat, energized, productive and positive throughout the days. I know that I am blessed to have these kids to care for and love on and adore and I know that someday I'll have more and maybe then they'll ALL be sick and I'll wish I only had 2 sick at one time! :)

1 is on the mend, the other is fine...just a nasty cough. Sean has been working nights so during all of this, I've been home to deal with it alone. Then, he sleeps all day and I've still managed to pick up the house and have dinner for him when he wakes up so he can eat before work. He is working just as hard as I am and I completely adore that man lately! I mean, I've alway adored him, but let's be real here...we've had our ups and downs. :) This last month he has been amazing and helpful and kind and it's almost like I've fallen in love with him all over again. Oh, and he has a very uncomfortable (becoming painful) hernia that he is getting surgically repaired on Wednesday and so I'll have another "kid" to take care of after that. He's off work for 2 weeks after surgery and I've been told that the first week can be rough. Now that I've bragged about him a bit, I will tell you that he is a total baby and I anticipate his recovery won't be fun for any of us. Sorry,'s true!

On another note...I gained a few pounds over the holidays. I knew I would. I am okay with it...really. I needed to indulge a bit in order to make it. Ha. Anyway, I've already lost half of the weight I gained in the last few days. Whew. I'm really wishing I had time and the weather was nice enough to run though. I guess forgetting to eat half the time will do. :) Ha.

So Tate has had some major changes happen in his life since we embarked on a new journey in our family. He had a bit of a meltdown over the holiday, but by the way he's been acting since, I am thinking that was at least half because he was tired. Anyway, he deserves to be doted on a bit and to have all of my attention for a bit. He's been so amazing and sweet and I am just so proud of him. So tomorrow, we are going on a date! He cannot stop talking about it! He is so excited to go on a date with Mommy! I love it...I love that boy so much it hurts. Not sure yet what we're doing for our date though. I really want to do something he'll be totally excited about...maybe Incredible Pizza? Golden Corral? I know...he's strange, he LOVES Golden Corral! Ha. Bowling just he and I? A movie? I don't know yet. I'm sure I'll post all about it afterwards!

Goodnight all! Hopefully tonight I'll get uninterrupted sleep!!! I sure hope so. :)

What if?

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yummy Salmon recipe...

I posted a new recipe HERE on my recipe blog! It's been FOREVER and I am not necessarily ready to start regularly posting recipes there again (kinda busy these day!), but when I make something new and yummy, I'll put it on there. :)

So I made some yummy salmon tonight...I had to was SO EASY and SO DELICIOUS!

Thankful...even on days like today!

Ugh...aren't sick kiddos just the worst?! We have one sick baby in our house. Breaks my heart!

Tate has never been a puker. I think he's only had 2 times when he had a stomach bug and during each bug, I think he only threw up once. Last night was a different story. Yikes! Sorry for too much information, but there was way too much puke than should be coming out of a little guy! Praying Tate doesn't get it too!

So today we are having a pajama party! I am doing lots of laundry (thanks to puke all over the sheets!), cleaning and disinfecting. There are sweet sounds of our Praise Baby DVD's playing in the livingroom (love.) and Tate is being truly angelic today! When he wants to, he can be the sweetest kid in the world! I just wish he wanted to more often! Ha. :) Man I love these boys that fill my house!

This is what is playing in my livingroom right now...

I was born to worship You my King
I was born to lay down everything
To make my life a living sacrifice
so I'll sing for You
I was born to worship

I will live my life for You alone
I will make my very heart Your home
so Your glory all the world will see
and so I'll sing for You
I was born to worship

Halleluja, Halleluja, Halleluja
I was born to worship

So funny how I've heard that song a MILLION times, but the words seemed to be so much more loud and clear to me today. Man, it is so often easy to forget that I was born to make my life a living sacrifice and to live my life for Him ALONE! I love these little reminders He gives me. They're coming like a flood lately. :) I know I will be rewarded someday if I live my life for Him alone and make my life a living sacrifice...and this life may be hard the entire time I am on this earth, but knowing that I will have everlasting life in heaven is more of a reward than I could ever dream of.

So despite the germs and sickness in our house today, I am feeling overwhelmingly calm and taken care of and BLESSED! I say it all the time, I know...I am blessed, in the hard times and the good times.

At Christmas this year, my family did something for Jesus. Each family member wrote down on a peice of paper a "gift" we were going to give Jesus this year. Afterall, Christmas IS His birthday! We didn't share our gifts with each other, rather, we sealed them in a container to be looked at next year and see if we followed through with our gifts. I wrote down a couple of things I was going to do for Jesus this year. One of my gifts to Him was to remember to praise Him and thank Him even in the difficult or bad moments in my life. To thank Him when all I want to do is be angry or beg Him to make things better. Last night was a hard night, today is going to be difficult with 2 tired kiddos who don't feel great. However, all I can think of is how thankful I am that God gave us these 2 kids to raise and love and care for forever. So yes, even today and last night...we are SO BLESSED! I thought in these moments, I would have to remind myself to thank God and praise Him. Honestly though, it's like I put that "gift" to him in my heart and it's just come naturally. I didn't have to remind myself today that He is the reason these boys are in my life, that He has given me the incredible joy of raising them, that He is the reason for everything good and wonderful in my life. I know this. I am so thankful to him...especially today!
Happy Sunday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I know this...I believe it fully...

God is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.

~Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let's talk about STOVES!

The purchase of a charcoal-efficient stove for a family in Haiti can allow them to breathe easier, cook faster, increase their disposable income, and potentially start a business or provide an education for their children. This is especially impactful in a country still dealing with extreme poverty and the devastating effects of an earthquake. All that for a $20 investment.

From The Adventure Project website: "These stoves are revolutionary, allowing families to breathe easier, cook faster, and increase their income by saving on fuel costs. The money saved is money used to send their kids to food, start small businesses, and eat more nutritious food. The stoves are produced locally in Port au Prince and sold by women entrepreneurs. It's a sustainable business model providing a life-saving product."

Today The Adventure Project is asking for supporters to step up their engagement and ask others to do the same. The hope of this particular campaign is that supporters like me each convince two friends to each buy a stove, hop on board and convince two of their friends to buy a stove. The impact would be pretty amazing and if anyone can do it, The Adventure Project can.

I know their are so many opportunities out there to give and I know many people struggle to trust certain organizations. I know the co-founder of The Adventure Project personally and your money is going where they say it's going!

$20 is's not even a dinner out, it's not even half a tank of gas, please consider supporting this cause.

I am asking YOU...yes, I am talking to you. :) I have SO MANY amazing friends and family who read this blog and even wonderful people who have been so supportive to our family when we do not even know them outside of the cyber world. I know I will get more than 2 of my wonderful friends to support this as well. It's hard to ask you all for things, but I believe in this cause. DONATE HERE! And then let me know you did...maybe I'll do a little something for you. ;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

a peace

Yesterday was eventful to say the least...mostly good events, but lots to think about. When I have something BIG on my mind or something big happens, I tend to call my closest friends and family and get their opinions. Honestly, I need to take a breath and stop doing that...I think I need to form an opinion of my own first. Live and learn, I guess! :)

My family and friends are amazing and all care for us more than we deserve. I know that any opinions or rash remarks are just given to us out of love...I DO know this. And I also know that as much as I want someone out there to make big decisions for us and just tell us what to do when we just don't know, no one can. At least no earthly being can. I know who is making the decisions in our life...why do I keep trying to make them on my own?!?! I know that when a door opens, we need to explore it and pray about it and God will give us the answer...I just forget in the heat of the moment sometimes. :) I also know that many times, the "right" decisions are definitely not the "easy" path. Boy do I wish it were! I think that so many times I have made a decision that would possibly make my life a lot harder or more stressful or more work, but the fullfillment I have gotten out of that decision being made much outweighed the risk. And I also know that I cannot count on anyone on earth to tell me what the right decision for our family is. No one knows aside from us. In fact, WE don't even know! Only God knows. I think we're handed these obstacles and big decisions as a way to be forced to lean on Him. I am leaning on Him more than ever right now. And somehow, in the midst of all of the worry and stress and fear, I feel a peace like I have never felt before. A peace that no matter what decisions we are making, God is in control and will help us. I am listening to Him more than I ever have before and it is so amazingly comforting.

We are so blessed by the support we have from so many people...even people who think we're out of our minds! :) As I've said many times before, I wish I could be completely open and honest about what's going on with us. I promise that I AM documenting all of these events in a private location to be posted on here when all is said and done. It may be 6 months from now, it may be a year from now, but I will share details when I can. Thank you for all of your love and support despite the fact that many of you don't know what's going on.

We can already tell that 2012 is going to be a crazy (crazy GOOD, we hope!) year for us!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tate's Hawkeye Snowman...

Tate was sent home with homework from preschool yesterday. He was instructed to decorate a snowman they had created at school. It said to be creative and do whatever you wanted. He wanted to make a Hawkeye Snowman. He picked out ALL of the pieces to it himself and glued them on. I asked him, "what do you think the Snowman is thinking?" He said, "He thinks that the Hawkeyes are SO COOL!" So we changed the wording up a bit...

He wrote it all by himself...

He was so proud!

I was too! :)

Birthdays Galore!

On Sunday night, we went to Muscatine for a couple of hours to celebrate my sister's 35th birthday with her family and my parents.

This is our creative way of representing "35". :)

Ayla likes being this is normal...

And she takes blowing out the candles very seriously!

Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world! Really, she is the best!

January has become a SUPER BUSY birthday month in our family! Today is my niece Abby's 1st birthday and my mother-in-law's birthday...I believe she's 45(ish) ;) ;). Happy Birthday to both of you as well! We will also celebrate, Aunt Sarah's birthday, Tyler and Leah's birthdays and even that strange blob has a birthday in a few days! ;)

That's 7 Birthdays in January!!!

I love me a birthday celebration, so I'll take it. :)

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Maybe I should write stuff...

You know, instead of just posting when I have pictures. It's hard right now...I have SO MUCH I want to write and SO MUCH I have to say, but I just can't. It's frustrating.

This time in our life is such an important, wonderful time and I hate that I can't share about it all. I look forward to the day when I can. :)

This week will be is my life. Sean and I were speechless about a very generous gift we were given and also have an overwhelming amount of love and support that has been given to us by all of our loved ones. The blessings we are receiving are humbling and making us realize our downfalls and how much more we can and need to do for others.

On another diet MUST be in full force again. For reals...I gained a few pounds over Christmas. Fully expected that to happen because I gave myself a break and WAY over indulged, but I am back at it now. Planning on joining the Y, not only will I use the Y for some exercise for myself, but I know the family will use it as well...the little ones especially! Hoping I can join and get to using that membership in the next month or so. It's just crazy busy right now!

We had the Burback kids last night. It was so much fun. Seriously, LOVE having them all stay! They are amazingly well behaved and sweet and loving and fun and hilarious. We went out to dinner and dessert and had a dance party when we got home, played some xbox, watched a movie, slept all over the livingroom and then had donuts for breakfast and played all day today. Oh my goodness it was a blast!

I have really been good about implementing a much earlier bedtime these last several days. And on that note...goodnight! :)

How could I forget this one?!

Love this picture of Abby and her grandma!

Love it!

Abby's 1st Birthday Party!

I cannot believe that in 2 days, it will have been a YEAR since Abby was born! It seems just like yesterday! She is so sweet! We celebrated her first birthday yesterday and she is just such a big girl, walking all over the place and cheesin' it up for the camera.

Love her...

And of course, she had an Abby Cadabby birthday party!

Poor thing only smashed her cake this much. Cake eating time fell right at nap time and Abby was DONE by then, so she fell asleep instead. :)

It wasn't long though when she woke up smiling!

Abby and Tyler...

Abby and her mommy...

All the kids had fun at the party at Happy Joe's!


It was a great time spent with the Peakin Family!

Happy Birthday Abby!!!!

That darn blob...

The Peakin Cousins

Tyler, Abby, Tate, Kayla, strange blob, Leah...

I must need to check and clean my lens. Sorry, just disregard the blob. ;)

Pure talent...

Apparently, eye crossing is in the Peakin genes.

Leah is at the professional status...

Kayla is a professional in training...

Tate obviously doesn't have the Peakin genes...

At not even 1 year old, Abby will likely be a professional one day too...


Friday, January 06, 2012

Neglect and an update...

I know, this blog is getting neglected. So many of the exciting things in our life right now, I just can't share. :( Boo for confidentiality. Ha.

Tate is struggling a bit with some of our family changes as well as his return to preschool. Could you pray for him?

Sean is having hernia surgery on January 18th and his body is wishing it were sooner. He'll be off for 2 weeks after his surgery. Should be interesting and different having him home with us all the time. I'll enjoy it. :)

We're getting whole house DVR...totally excited about this. :) It's the little things, people.

My house is a disaster...I have a feeling this won't be changing anytime soon as I still have much to get the hang of due to our family changes that have occurred. I'll figure it out...hopefully sometime in 2012 I'll figure it out.

I honestly don't know how I'm going to be able to do my photography stuff anymore. Not sure how I'll manage to find editing time. This makes me a little sad and concerned. We'll see if Jennie Peakin Photography is still up and running later this spring. I am praying I'll be able to figure something out to make it work, but in this moment, I am concerned it might be too much right now. :(

Tate got an iPod for Christmas and he is ADDICTED! He has his headphones on constantly and dances all over the house. He's so cute...he loves to dance almost more than anything else.

It feels like spring here. For reals...I wore a 3/4 length sleeved shirt yesterday with no coat and was comfortable. I would be fine with no snow this year...totally fine.

My showers are becoming shorter and fewer. I like long showers. :(

We have the best family and friends ever. Period.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I just couldn't resist...

Just act like you don't see the weird blob in this picture...okay? Okay. ;)

All of my parents grandkids...

It is virtually impossible to find a time when all of the kids are awake, let alone looking at the camera and not crying! This is pretty much the best we could do!

From left to right: Our Tater Tot and the strange blob that you don't notice, Bode, Brigg, Boone, Lani, Ayla. :)


His curls, his dimples, his persistence, his dancing...oh my goodness he is adorable and we love him so much! Every time we see him he's changed a ton! He's at that age that change happens quickly and we cannot wait to see what he's like the next time we see him!

I just had to share these pictures...

Who I rung in 2012 with...

Unfortunately, Sean had to work at the crack of dawn on New Years Day, so he went home to get to bed early and missed out on the night time festivities at my parent's house.

This was our crew (after all the kids were asleep downstairs)...the ones I rung in the new year with (aside from a certain 10 year old who was playing photographer).

I love each of these people more than I could ever describe in words...

This may be a bit more realistic...

Or maybe this one...

And Brenda's face just cracks me up in this one!

With a toast and lots of kisses, 2012 began...

2011 was good to us...GREAT to us actually.

We are not deserving of all of the amazing blessings we have received this past year and certainly don't deserve any more in 2012 either, but are prayerfully looking forward to what is in store in 2012!

Happy New Year to all of you!

Girls Day...New Years Eve (before the festivities!)

Cassie, Brenda and I spent the afternoon of New Years Day together chatting, laughing, going out to lunch and getting some drinks...oh, and at the tattoo shop. ;)

I was the good one who didn't get anything done! :) I wanted to though, not gonna lie. Ha.

An old highschool friend (who covered my foot tattoo recently) works here...

He is an amazing artist and did an unbelievable cover of one of Brenda's tattoos and then did an awesome tattoo on my sister too!

You can't tell in this picture, but she got her nose pierced too. It's totally cute and her.

It was so much fun to spend the afternoon together without husbands or kids. :) And we may have been completely annoying to Aaron (the tattoo artist), but we had a blast.

So glad I got some time with Cassie and you guys!

Stewart Christmas 2011

We celebrated Christmas with my side of the family starting on Friday when Chris, Brenda, Bode and Boone arrived in the afternoon. The celebration extended through the weekend when we brought in 2012 all together as well. It was such a wonderful weekend!

Chris and I when I forced a picture on him right after he woke up from a snooze...

I couldn't pick between these next 2 pics. Almost all the kids got Owl jammies and so we captured a few of them in a picture. Oh my I love each of these kiddos so much and they are all just so sweet!!!

Tate got an Orange iPod from my parents...he was ecstatic! He loves music and dancing and cannot wait to listen to his iPod with his new Iron Man headphones he got with it. :)

Happy boy!

We laughed SO MUCH this weekend. We played board games, card games, ate way too much great food, talked, reminisced, laughed and laughed and laughed some more. The kids played non-stop all weekend and got along so well! We went bowling and had a blast, the kids built forts out of pillows and chairs, played XBox Kinect and the Wi, all slept on mattresses and couches in the living room and even had a sleep over at Cassie and Paul's one night and fell asleep in their living room by the fire. I didn't want the weekend to end...none of us did!