1. It's a treat to have Andrew and Rachel home for Easter.
2. Make sure to find out that your brother and wife will stay in a hotel and won't need your bedroom before you spend all afternoon cleaning it. (I promise I didn't know this before and I would say I'm sorry Erica, but it was nice to see your carpet again.)
3. Our cats don't like little dogs. Stubby spent most of Friday evening glaring and growling at Christina's friend's cute little Shemu Emu lapdog. The cats probably thought, "It's not a dog because dogs are big. It's our size but it's not a cat. If we glare at it long enough, it might leave."
3a. Speaking of dogs, Christina learned that if she didn't shut her bedroom door at night, Mally, the Beagle we're babysitting, likes to climb in bed with her and snores. If she's not diligent to make sure he gets outside at the proper times, he leaves "leetle bombs" on her bedroom floor. :)
4. You never know quite what to expect when you ask your Dad to borrow his swim trunks.
5. A great way to amuse yourself while waiting for church to start is to take pictures.
5. Walk carefully during the "Greet one Another" time in church. Erica will be glad to explain why it's important to make sure one shoe is not tangled up in the other shoe before taking a step and how to save face if you've tripped when you're sitting in the front row.
6. Check your husband's wardrobe before he leaves the house for church. (Does your pastor wear suspenders and colorful ties?)
7. Be sure the crockpot is turned on before you leave for church or your meatballs will be cold when you arrive home expecting to be greeted by the luscious smell of a ready Easter dinner.
8. Understand that it takes awhile to corral the kids to take a family picture.
(Two's a good start. Can we get the rest of you over here? )
(Could you all please simmer down?)
9. Plan to take at least 50 pictures before you get one that works. Stand on a little bench if your children are taller than you.
10. Cherish the moments when you can all be together. It's a part of life for children to grow up and live their own lives, but it's really nice on occasion to have all the chicks in the nest at one time. Bye Andrew and Rachel, we'll miss you! Thanks for coming home.
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