Over a week ago, I was surprised — and ecstatic — to get a text message from my stepsons’ mom telling me she may need the boys to spend the night Friday night. She was having a girls’ night out so she wanted us to take Kaleb to his game the next morning. Of course, you all know how I feel about my stepsons and the history behind me, Barry, and their mom — now that we are back in town, we’re all learning how to change things and it’s working out wonderfully so far. They are awesome little boys and we are always elated when the opportunity presents itself for us to spend time with them! I knew Tre also had a football game that next day and wasn’t sure what time or what we would have going on, but whatever our plans ended up being, we would certainly work around them. So Friday rolled around and we got the boys — as well as their little brother, KJ, because he wanted to come and we didn’t want him to feel left out — for what we thought was just one night until 8am the next morning, but it turned into the whole weekend and we had a blast! It was only the second time they had ever spent the night with us, and it had been over four years since the first time!
Barry picked them up around 7pm and came back home to cook them some chicken wings and homemade cole slaw… I made some beef pasta to go with it and Barry dipped out to go grab them some cupcakes for dessert. I learned something about Kaleb that night — the child ALWAYS wants seconds :) I swear, to be raised so far apart, it’s uncanny how much him and Tre have in common. Even their fast and constant talking (haha)!
It wasn’t long before it was bed time because Kaleb and Tre both had morning football games the next day. Have you ever tried to get two rooms full of kids to go to sleep? LOL You’d be amazed at how much of a difference three kids make… We had one room with four girls and one room with four boys and neither of them were trying to go to sleep. Well, I take that back — Briyana and Kylan were, but couldn’t because of all the rest of them. They were excited about being together… my kids had been bugging me from the moment they got off the bus about when we were going to pick them up and the anticipation lasted them all the way into the evening! By the time we got them all together, the anticipation turned straight into energy — energy Barry and I couldn’t match and didn’t think would ever die!
Finally, the girls fell asleep and Barry decided to go lay down with the boys because we figured they’d be up all night long if left to their own devices. It was the sweetest thing what happened next — Kylan did NOT want Barry to leave the room. Barry’s oldest son is such a sweetheart. You can tell that he thoroughly enjoyed being with his dad. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child say “Daddy” more than he did in those two days. I heard him at one point tell Briyana, “Close the door, sis!” My heart skipped a beat in that moment, I believe. I realized that distance nor time could compromise the bond these kids share. I was immediately grateful. Eventually, the boys did pass out… and I did what any good blogging mom would do — snapped a picture :)
Saturday morning, we got up bright at early to get Kaleb ready — his game was at 9 and he had to be at the field no later than 8:15. Barry made the kids a breakfast of eggs and sausage and everyone crowded around the table again. :) When we get to see the boys, I try to make a significant amount of time wherein Barry is able to spend with them without ALL the kids around. I think it’s only fair that they aren’t always forced to share him since our kids get to see him every day and always have… so when the time came for Kaleb’s game, it was “boys only” and all of the girls stayed home while Barry, Kylan, and KJ went to watch Kaleb play. Their mom got Kaleb and KJ from the game since Kaleb had to participate in homecoming afterward but Kylan was stuck like glue to Barry and Tre and wanted to come to Tre’s game. Briyana and Zoe didn’t go so it was just me, Barry, Avalyn, Talia, Kylan, and Tre. (See photos from Tre’s game by clicking here)
After the game, we came home and the kids played for a while until around 6:30 when the guys left to go to Gatti’s Town for a football association event. When they got back, Kylan kept asking what time he had to go home. Since neither of us knew, I think he was getting a bit antsy with the uncertainty and he finally asked if he could stay the night again. Barry had him call and ask his mom — you should have seen his face when it was made “official” that he could stay another night! It was priceless… precious… Kaleb also wanted to stay so Barry went and picked him up from home. That night, he already knew the bedtime drill so he went to sleep in the room with them. Kylan kept his foot on him so he’d know if Barry tried to get up LOL! When Barry thought he was asleep, he tried to move and Kylan immediately said, “Daddy, where you goin‘?” :) He finally got to bed around 3am!
Sunday, we lounged around while the kids played … and played … and played some more! Barry dropped Kylan off at baseball practice at 2:30 then had to leave to go to Lafayette for business. The kids and I went to pick up Kylan from practice at 4, but he was going to a fall festival with his coach instead so we went back home and I let the rest of the kids play in the water hose since it was warm. None of us wanted to see the weekend end, but it was drawing to a close. I got Kylan from the festival at a quarter to 7 and he called his mom to ask if they could come home at 8. We went by the Dollar Store to get him some chili fries, but they didn’t have any so I promised to make him some when we got back home. :) The kids played video games while I made two huge plates of french fries and chili, then topped them with cheese. They pigged out and we left to get them home before 8… on our way there, Kylan was already scheduling the next weekend he would be free from baseball so they could come back. This is exactly what makes moving back here so worthwhile… Family. Together. No words can express that feeling.
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