Colin has two biological half-siblings named Jason and Hailey. They are 11 and 13. They have the same mom as Colin, but Jason and Hailey have a different dad. They live with their dad’s mom.
They live about 2.5 hours away from us. Tomorrow, we are going to drive up there to visit with Colin’s aunt, cousins, and maternal grandma, and then bring Jason and Hailey home with us. They will stay Wednesday through Monday.
They came to stay with us for a few days this summer. I’m not as anxious this time as I was then, but I am still a bit nervous. It was a little strange “disciplining” them the last time they were here. They were both very good, but we still have to enforce things like what time they get up (if we’re going somewhere), that Jason has to take a shower at least every other day, we eat dinner together at the table, etc. Then there are little things: Our kids aren’t supposed to burp unnecessarily, and when they do, they should say, “Excuse me.” Jason is 13 and thinks burping is funny, and it makes my kids laugh. Do we say something, or just let it go? Also, our kids have to stay at the dinner table until everyone is finished, and then they take their plates to the sink. Do we announce that before dinner? Address it if they get up from the table? Just let it go? It’s strange because they don’t know the rules of our house, and we don’t know the rules of theirs. It’s strange because we are just getting to know them and they are just getting to know us. It’s not like a niece and nephew we’ve known since they were little. We haven’t had all that time to figure it out.
We had things pretty scheduled the last time they were here, but decided we would have a little more free time this trip. Hailey likes to roller skate, so I did buy a Groupon for $50 that included admission and skate rental for ten, two pizzas, and ten soft drinks. The zoo has a Christmas light display that I think is up through New Year’s, and they really liked some of the indoor stuff there, like the shark-petting tank. They told us last time that they like Chuck E. Cheese’s, so we will probably oblige and go to the Mouse House of Hell. Other than that, I guess we’ll kind of wing it.
Any other great ideas for things that will keep five kids (aged 3, 5, 5, 11, and 13) entertained?
Oh, and wish Christian luck. I have to work Thursday, so he’s on his own with five kids. (Ha!)