Well, all three kids took a nap today — at the same time!  That might not be big news in your house but in ours it has NEVER happened. Mari had been running a fever since yesterday which is why she napped, the boys are both pretty good nappers — a fact that I don’t take for granted because Mari was not (quite bad actually!).  So, we had a peaceful hour & half:)

 Mom stuff: We were supposed to have date night tonight but had to cancel because Mari was sick.  We have been doing a once/month date night swap with our friends Mark & Mary for 5 years now. It started when we both just had 1, now there are 6 between us and there were times when it was harder than others but it has always worked out. We have hardly ever had to cancel because of sick kids-a special blessing from God I’m sure!  Here’s how it works: each month one of us gets a date, the date starts around 5ish and the “datee” couple (the couple getting to go out on the date) prepare a meal for the other (and their family).  The “sitters” (the couple providing the babysitting) stay at the “datee’s” house until bedtime when the “sitter” husband take their own kids home to put to bed.  The “sitter” wife stays with the “datee’s” kids, puts them to bed and hangs out until the “datee’s” get home, generally between 9:30-10:00–I know, we’re such party animals. The cool thing is that no one’s kids are out late, bedtime is still the same and the “datee’s” get to come home with their kids already put to bed. It’s free and worth the effort, you all might want to give it a try:)

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