When George and I received an invitation to attend the wedding reception for our friends Zak and Elizabeth, I knew it was an ideal opportunity for date night. We don’t have many excuses to get gussied up, and we take advantage of every chance we get. Nisey and Poppa agreed to babysit the quads at their house, and since it would be late, put them to bed. Thank goodness for rock star grandparents!!!
Zak and Elizabeth tied the knot in Ireland with their immediate family, but held the reception stateside in order for friends to celebrate their union. At the beginning of the reception, they played video of the ceremony on a large screen, and it was beautiful. It took me a minute, but I eventually realized the officiating priest was Father Tom who was pastor of our family’s church during my childhood. In fact, he confirmed both George and I, and baptized George. Father Tom was in attendance at the reception, and we had few minutes to catch up with him. He was amazed that our teenage romance transformed into a long-lasting marriage, and that we are now parents to quadruplets. A lot can happen in 15-20 years!
After we enjoyed all the dancing, cake, adult conversations, and beverages we could handle, it was time to head back to my parent’s house to scoop up the quaddlings. The gorgeous newlywed couple obliged us for a photo before we parted ways.
Perhaps the quads didn’t have a full fledged sleep over with Nisey and Poppa, but it was at least a “sleep under”. They spent the evening with their grandparents, and went to bed there until about midnight. Actually, only three went to sleep. To my horror, Rylin was WIDE AWAKE when we arrived to pick her up. Nisey described the many tactics attempted to help Rylin drift off to sleep, none of which worked. She did, however, fall asleep within about 10 seconds of riding in the van.
I think the quads sleep under counts as a sleep over with grandparents, thus another item checked off our summer bucket list! Plus, we got a much needed date night out of the deal. Congratulations, Zak and Elizabeth!
- Sea Life Aquarium
- Train ride
Fire station tour Library story time Sprayground
Bahama Buck’s Frozen yogurt
- Community pool
- Grill dinner outside
- Water Table
- Ice Cream
- Indoor playgrounds
- Lee’s Grilled Cheese
- Blow bubbles
- Chalk drawings
- Board games
- Play dates
- Summer Reading Club
Dance classes Fireworks Sleep over with grandparents
- Nature Walks
- Bounce house
Popsicles S’mores Sparklers Water pistol duels