I had a friend over for the triplets and it was the best play date ever. We did a 3.5hour play date and literally it was one of the easiest mornings ever (not to mention the mom of the play mate got a ton of stuff done and was loving her morning as well). They played outside (without me). They had a tea party(without me). They played house, police officer and worked on stuff (without me). I was able to do some laundry, pay some bills, sit down and watch some morning TV, drink my coffee etc. It may be time for some more play dates in the future.
I am really finding that tea parties are a huge hit for all involved. It is cheap entertainment. Juice, snacks and some imagination and 45 minutes later we are still talking about how hot our tea is. Love it.
I have been having issues keeping the triplets in their rooms for naps so each day I have tried to give them so incentive. Yesterday I told them if everyone stays in their room for naps that we could go to the nature center and feed the deer. They were all over that and all of them successfully stayed in their rooms and 2 of them even slept. We packed up some carrots and headed up the road to the local nature center. I will continue to laugh at this only because growing up in a small town and in the "country" I find nature centers in the metropolitan areas comical. I think they are great...don't get me wrong but they crack me up only because you have this large area that is all wooded and as you are walking you come up along the edge of a highway and the noise of the traffic is loud. This place is amazing for kids because they rescued 2 deer 12 years ago and they keep them in a large outdoor caged area. The deer come running to the edge of the fence when they hear people....scary friendly they are. There are also several miles of trails that little ones can burn off all kinds of energy. We go quite often.