Every Wednesday is date night.... every other Wednesday Matt and I eat dinner alone while they watch our kids (and theirs)! On the off weeks Matt and I eat dinner with 8 of the greatest kids on the planet.
This was our week on kid duty. And this is their Eli - the littlest of the bunch :) [Our Julianna is the oldest - we're a young crowd!]
Eli slept through dinner and when he woke ready for his own supper my two girls were eager to practice their big sister-ing skills.
While I supervised this peaceful little scene Matt had an ever-so-slightly less peaceful supervisory role :)
Five boys - ages 5, 4, 2, 2, 1 - all sharing the same car ramp. They are a noisy bunch! Especially when racing matchbox cars down plastic ramps.
Here's the beauty of it all: we live two buildings away from each other. So when bedtime rolls around I take their boys home to their beds and Matt gets our kids all tucked in.
This little arrangement is a huge blessing to our family. We love it. Maybe we love it ever so slightly more when it's our week to 'date' :) But I truly do enjoy the times we have all of the kids too.
These Wednesday night dates plus sweet little text messages like this one..
... mean we get lots of opportunities to spend good time together away from the kids. So grateful for friends who bless us like this. And grateful for date nights - even the ones full of children!