So...The Canadians are here!!
I don't know which is a better way to do it - I mean, if you tell me ahead of time, I have time to get stressed out about how exhausting it will be. But if you tell me at the last minute, I won't have time to get rested up and save my energy. I told him it was fine, except that on Monday I have to take a trip to the university hospital to see a new pain specialist and I was like, "When the kids wake up on Monday morning, you get them right the hell out of the house. I need every bit of energy I have to get through those hospital visits and I can't have the kids waking me up every on the hour screaming and running around." He laughed like he thought I was joking but he did say they'd get out on Monday morning. Other than that, I guess it really did work out okay. They told us a month ago that they had planned to come the first of August. but couldn't afford to lose the money from TCWife's unemployment by leaving the country for a week, so it would probably like 95% not happen and not to tell anyone, especially Mom & Dad, that they were even thinking about it. So, I guess we kind of had a warning. I actually think this worked out pretty good, but what a surprise, my brother being spontaneous!
We had actually already planned on having The Niece and Nephew for the day on Saturday, while my brother was doing some work around our house for us. We'd planned a picnic lunch at the park and then got some sand art to do on the back patio with the kids - we just had to keep them out of the house and out of my brother's hair. The Canadians had arrived by lunch on Saturday, so we all ended up at the park; Mom, her dog, Sister, Canadian Brother, TCWife, TCNiece, TCNephew, TCDog, Me, The BFF, Little Brother, Wife, The Nephew & The Niece. I can count on one hand the number of times my family has all been at the same place at the same time in the last decade, so this was actually a real treat.
Anyways, I should get this posted and hide the IPad before they all get back from the Detroit Zoo. The kids are gonna wear down my battery on this thing, I swear!