Today we combined husband's birthday and Easter dinner. Darrin's soccer game was supposed to be thrown in there somewhere too but it was canceled at the last minute. Nichole, boyfriend, and Aubrey came down from dayton. Nichole and Aubrey made a bunny cake and easter sugar cookies from scratch. I've got to say my youngest is turning into quite the cook/baker. husband brought katie and the kids over. We did the family easter egg hunt in PCs front yard (she lives a half block down the alley). Surprisingly enough for her tiny yard.......it took the kids quite a while to find their eggs. lol Then the walk back to Nana's house so us ladies could do the cooking and the grands could play. Only one hitch......easy child had told the grands they could go outside to play.......with no supervision. (never a good idea) So I had husband and Travis hovering around windows to keep an eye on them. Alex and Darrin decided tossing my flowerbed bricks looked like fun.....until papa caught them.....and his big booming papa voice nearly made them wet themselves. Time out seemed like a great idea after that. Inside grown ups were having a good visit. Katie is slowly getting things she needs.....doesn't "seem" to be wasting money on things. (kids usually tell on her) Katie was happy and engaged in conversation. Grands were all thrilled to be together again with the infrequent short lasting squabbles that crop up among cousins. The meal turned out good. But seems it takes only 1 difficult child to trigger an entire table full of kids to stop eating. Alex put on such a performance due to Nana requiring he ate one large bite (tablespoon size) of everything served that it triggered Aubrey, Darrin and Brandon into not wanting to eat. Parents backed Nana up. Nana supervised eating as Nana has all the tricks down pat. Aubrey worked herself up to the point of neither eating nor getting dessert. (leftovers were sent home for her) Alex I stood firm with the no dessert if you don't take at least a big bite of everything......and he finally did. He discovered that he loves green-bean casserole and that broccoli won't kill him. lol Once Alex bit the bullet, Darrin decided to be a trooper.....and he did the same, earning himself dessert too. Kayla is never a problem. And I've got to say I'm stunned. Evan.......you know the all out holy terror difficult child??........Was GOOD! Now husband tells me he wasn't very good outside.......but c'mon Alex and Darrin were causing trouble outside so..... But inside and during the egg hunt........very very good. He helped me shame Alex into eating to set a good example for the "little kids" because he was sitting there good as gold eating up all his food and not making a mess. He had so much fun looking for the E eggs during the hunt. Was so cute. Both granddaughters were dressed to the nines. lmao And if Aubrey could get any more enthusiastic about everyday ordinary things....let alone special occasions?.......the girl would explode! She was soooooooooooooo proud of the bunny cake she helped Mommy make. I was having such a horrid day this morning. Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Aubrey's new thing is that Nichole has Nana's number on speed dial in case of emergency and Aubrey forgets to call 911. (then she can speed dial nana instead and nana can call for her) So Aubrey practices calling me everyday. It's so funny, I always know it's her because there is like 30 seconds of silence on the line before she bursts out with NANA!! GUESS WHAT? Which is followed by "my daddy fish puts the baby fishes into his mouth when they fall out of the bubble nest and he swims back to the bubbles and spits them out!" Or "I decorated my hermit crabs house today and it's sooooooooo pretty!" And trust me, it's every detail of her day told to me with such exuberance that it always leaves me grinning from ear to ear if not my sides aching from laughing my head off. (not to her of course, cuz she's serious don'tcha know) Brandon decided to be papa's boy today. And poor Conner couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry as he's cutting top teeth. Exhausting but genuine, basically uneventful family fun. A good holiday gathering. What made it better? Not a peep about M from any of katie's kids or katie. They didn't even ask why he wasn't at the dinner ect. Nothing. Like the man didn't exist. Blissful. Seems her kids are slowly beginning to realize they can survive without M. Evan is having issues adjusting to the apartment. His whole life they've either lived in a 1 room motel room or shelters. He's terrified to sleep in his room he shares with alex........katie's trying to get him to stay in his bed, it's not working so well. Nichole invited katie to the girls makeover session......issue is a sitter for the kids, so no clue if she'll be able to make it or not. And she brought some sheets for the pull out sofa bed katie has. I donated some old window sheers Nichole had used in her bedroom when she lived at home. But M is not out of the picture. He literally just called here looking for katie using her cell phone. Bleh bleh bleh. Oh well, at least I didn't have to put up with him today.