"Aunt Jennifer's here! Guys, Jennifer's here!" shouted Zackary when I arrived at his house last Friday to babysit with my mother. Now, I'm not sure if Zackary was truly happy to see me or if it was because my arrival meant they could finally have dinner.They had ordered pizza from Domino's and it was sitting on the kitchen table, waiting to be opened and eaten. And eaten it was! The five of us - Mom, Matthew, Andrew, Zackary and I - finished off two pizzas. Let me tell you, those kids can eat - especially Zackary, who went on to have a popsical and then finished mine.
Zackary is such an excitable kid, always smiling and laughing (for the most part). He showed me his "new" room - the crib was taken out and he's now sleeping in a bed, which he likes jumping up and down on. He did the same thing the week prior, when he was visiting at my house.
The twins, who will be six years old this month, were more interested in watching movies than anything else, so Mom and I played with Zackary. We played Superheroes Memory Game - a new take of the Memory game of my day. In this game, you had to match up the Superhero's top with its bottom, both of which where covered with an egg shell type casing. Of course, not only do you need to remember where the part may be, hence it being called 'Memory', but in my mother's and my case, we had to know what they looked like.
Zackary was so cute. Every time he got a match, he'd throw up his arms and say, "I'm a winner!" He did this the whole night, even when we were just sitting around the kitchen table playing with play-dough.
Matthew is into the Star Wars movie and watched a couple of them that night. Since I was going to be leaving shortly after 9 p.m., while my mother stayed on as she was sleeping over, I said about getting changed into their pajamas.
"But it's not dark yet," said Matthew.
"I'm not saying you have to go to bed, I'm just saying let's change into your pajamas," I assured him.
He had a popsical first and then all three of them went to their bedrooms and got ready for bed. Zackary and Andrew wanted to watch some Superheroes-type movie, but Matthew protested that he needed to see Star Wars 4 now. It was time for a little chat.
"Matthew, come here," I said, and I picked him up and sat him on my lap. "Boy, you're getting heavy."
I pointed out that Matthew had seen two Star Wars movies that night (he actually corrected me to say he saw three of the movies) and that now it was time to watch something the others wanted to see. I pointed out he could see Star Wars 4 in the morning.
"OK?" I asked hopefully. "OK," he said, grudgingly. Mom and I actually couldn't find the movie that had initially been suggested and, since she was hoping for the kids to go to bed soon, Mom wanted to find a video that was short in length, but all the names they were throwing out were at least ninety minutes or two hours. And they were starting to disagree with each other.
"Quiet," I called out. "Matthew get on the couch with your brothers. I have two movies in my hands - pick one."
They picked the Diego video and settled in to watch that. Mom got her book out to read while they were seeing the movie - and I went home and went straight to sleep!