While we were working on the house, the renters (well, now owners) were great about the kids roaming around the property. They have chickens around and my kids had a love hate relationship with them. Catherine was supremely interested in them, but always wanted a supervisor around. Luckily the kids had 2 grandparents, 1 uncle, and 3 surrogate grandparents at their beck and call. Catherine just has to stick her hand out, make a grasping motion and say " 'mon" (i.e. Come on) and she had someone ready to go protect her or investigate whatever she wanted to see.
Or if needed, Uncle Matt was always up for a ride on the shoulders:
After an entire table of grandparents and uncles and aunts etc. filled our kids up with donuts, juice and patriotic sprinkles (apparently these folks have forgotten how to say no) we took the kids across town to the park to run off (okay, maybe spin off) some sugar.
This weekend was also the weekend before the big pig roast, so our cousins invited us over for some trial roasts.
And around their property:
Here's an internet image of the creepy hand bank. It basically winds up and then a hand comes out and drags your quarter from the green circle into the bank.
There was very important cuddle time with Teta (behind her is the "green house" we were cleaning out:
And everyone has to visit the outhouse (newly redecorated by the renters) once in a while:
*Please note he was not actually going in this picture, lord only knows why he is making that face*
In the evenings we took turns hosting dinners between grandma and our cousin's houses and then it was time for stories, cuddles and nights.
While we were at Grandma's we pulled our camper into the backyard for the two weeks. It was a good opportunity for the kids to "learn" how to sleep in the same room, though I would never say it went swimmingly. For example, one night Catherine started fussing as I shut the door to leave and asking for cuddles. Matthew offered to give her cuddles:
Which as you can probably guess was this cute for all of 3.5 seconds before chaos erupted :-) They got a bit better but we still have a ways to go before they go to bed nicely in the camper with James and I in there to supervise.