Sleep Over with Grandparents {Summer Bucket List}

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!

Father Tom

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.

Zak & Elizabeth Waddell

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.

sleeping bag

sleep under

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!

  1. Movies
  2. Sea Life Aquarium
  3. Train ride
  4. Fire station tour
  5. Library story time
  6. Sprayground
  7. Zoo
  8. Bahama Buck’s
  9. Frozen yogurt
  10. Community pool
  11. Grill dinner outside
  12. Water Table
  13. Inflatable Pool
  14. Sprinklers
  15. Ice Cream
  16. Indoor playgrounds
  17. Lee’s Grilled Cheese
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Chalk drawings
  20. Board games
  21. Play dates
  22. Summer Reading Club
  23. Dance classes
  24. Fireworks
  25. Sleep over with grandparents
  26. Nature Walks
  27. Bounce house
  28. Popsicles
  29. S’mores
  30. Sparklers
  31. Water pistol duels



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4 thoughts on “Sleep Over with Grandparents {Summer Bucket List}

    • It started that way,but it can also be a list of things to do before something ends…in our case it’s summer. We have just another week before summer break ends.


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