Girls weekend! No Boys Allowed! (unless they maybe want to swoop in and take all the daughters for the day so the mothers can drink wine, take naps, and get massages - then boys are totally allowed)
Edie had never met Senna, but Cari and I had hoped they'd click and they did. Here they are shortly after arriving, warming up to each other while coloring outside:
Jess and Addie:
This photo kills me. Senna did this gangsta pose for me and asked me to take a picture:
Decorating their 'mermaid mansion':
This is what happened when I asked them to do their best "mermaid poses":
I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of work to parent 4 children under 5 for the whole weekend. If my child wasn't weeping and wailing because I'd packed lame pajamas when Senna had a nightgown, then Aven was demanding to be carried while Cari tried to make dinner, or Senna was flipping out about her improvised dress-up gown not looking like it should in her head. Sometimes all at the same time. And Jessie is in that 5-month old exhaustion phase that makes thinking about anything other than sleep (the baby's and your own) a challenge. At the end of each day, we were all happy but TIRED.
That said, it was undeniably special to all be together after so long and be surrounded by all these beautiful and strong little girls. And to have another little 4 year old girly girl along for the weekend was awesome - of course it meant making sure that everything had to be 100% equal - right down to how many pieces of fruit each received on their dinner plates (eye roll), BUT it mostly meant that she had a partner in crime to put on shows, talk about mermaids and Disney's Frozen with, color, and play dress up. Most of my friends in town have boys and/or babies and this made for a lovely change of pace - and much less parenting on my part (because if Senna hadn't been there, we all know who would have been recruited to rehearse and perform in The Show). Every year will get easier and I do hope we make this an annual thing.