1) Kids can be frightening.
2) Kids can be a handful.
3) Having two 2 year olds and 2 five year olds for 5 hours can be a NIGHTMARE!
.... if you are not prepared.
Here are some things to consider when preparing to entertain young children:
*Get someone to help you watch the munchkins.
*Ask the parents for permission on any planned events.
*Watch your language.
*Don't talk about anything that you don't want repeated... kids have goo-ood memories.
*Make a Plan.
*Prepare activities to keep the dragons (I mean kids) busy.
*Have a few "impromtu" ideas in your back pocket in case of emergencies.
So, while Vaughn and Tasha went and saw Harry Potter, my husband and I watched Elina and Meaghan. Add in Alexis and Lily and that's four altogether.
Here's how the evening panned out...
To start, we did sparklers in the snow!
Elina and Lily Sparkle
Lexi in the warm indoors.
Our next activity is pretty straight forward. We were cold... We needed hot chocolate!! And by adding left over cupcakes from the night before, hot chocolate turned into a Hot Chocolate Party of course!
By now an hour had gone by... Everything was great, but things like this can turn in an instant, so stick to the plan.
Next up was swimming... in the Jacuzzi tub.