|Our street and walkway, looking out our dining room window, which the kids spent a lot of time doing.|
|Every last twig and leave was encased in ice. It was gorgeous but treacherous!|
Doing all the laundry, dishes and clean-up for quintuplets plus three bigger people seems a never-ending task. The amount of laundry is truly staggering! All this to say, I DEEPLY appreciate all the help we receive. I'm also glad that in Papua New Guinea it's very affordable to hire local ladies to clean and do laundry (where we line-dry everything); in fact, it's expected - it's a vital part of the local economy. If I couldn't get the help, I can't imagine having time to do anything BUT laundry, and we have to cook from scratch over there, too. Plus things get dirty very quickly due to the dirt roads that are either dusty or muddy depending on the season or even time of day. Mud becomes dust very quickly in the Equatorial sun, and dust becomes mud nearly instantly in the tropical rains. Whenever I am tempted to buy darling outfits for the babies to wear when they get older, I remind myself how quickly Ukarumpa will reduce them to brownish, stained play clothes.
Anyway, to help the days at home pass more quickly we got a little bit inventive: I cleaned out one of the cupboards so the kids could use it to play in, and from then on they've considered it "their" cupboard, even when the pots and pans are still in it!
|Will and Marcie|
|Will ascending the "loft"|
|Don't you love the fox on his bottom? [Cue the viral YouTube music video in your head.] Each of the boys has one of these snuggly sleepers, thanks to Carlene, and Marcie is wearing an outfit that used to be Megan's. So sweet!|
|Now David is on the top shelf|
We were so bored we got a little silly:
|Gracie in a mixing bowl. A very serious thing.|
|Will, Grace, David|
|David finds three pacifiers (one in the mouth, one in each hand) much more comforting than just one.|
Isaac was a huge help!:
|Isaac and Seth with David behind them|
|Gavin, Isaac, Gracie|
|Pretty little Grace, whose new nickname is "Mouse" because she squeaks and quivers when she wants attention.|
Another super cute thing David did recently was try to give Seth his inhalers: He put the mask right over Seth's mouth and nose and even tried to depress the canister to deliver the meds! Both boys thought it was great fun. :)
Marcie has taken up to 30 steps at a time. She decides to go on adorable, cautious little walks throughout the day. Seth is standing more on his own, especially while bending over toys, and Gracie can stand but usually doesn't want to.
The kids laugh and play with each other constantly now. It's just too precious for words. I hope to post some video soon.